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The Harry Potter Knight Bus Tour stopped by the Central Library this morning, and it drew quite a crowd. Fans lined up early for the opportunity to climb on board the traveling bus and make a… continue reading Harry Potter Bus Stops by Central for a Spell

By written by Communications Office    June 13, 2007   

The Free Library's 2007 mystery-themed Summer Reading season-- Get a Clue @ Your Library --kicked off in Central's Main Lobby this morning. Students from Philadelphia's Bache-Martine and Waring… continue reading Summer Reading Kicks Off at Central, Phillie Phanatic Is 300 Pounds of Enthusiasm for Literacy

By written by Communications Office    June 12, 2007   

Author Julia Glass will be appearing at the Central Library’s Skyline Room on Thursday , June 14 at 7:00 p.m. (This event is free ; no tickets required.) Glass won the National Book Award in… continue reading Take Five with . . . Julia Glass

By written by Communications Office    June 11, 2007    12

The Free Library added another new Explore topic this week, just in time for Philadelphia's Pride Parade and Festival this Sunday , June 10 . The Library's GLBT Explore pages offer organized… continue reading Explore FLP GLBT Resources on the WWW

By written by Communications Office    June 8, 2007   

Octavio Paz Lozano was born in Mexico City in 1914. His father was a journalist involved in Emiliano Zapata's uprisings. In 1938, he helped found the magazine Taller ("Workshop"),… continue reading Poet of the Week | Octavio Paz

By written by Administrator    June 7, 2007   

This post-9/11 era isn't the only time in U.S. history when our nation has been preoccupied with thoughts of potential disasters. Check out the Free Library's new Explore topic on Emergency… continue reading Duck and Cover!

By written by Administrator    June 6, 2007   

Been meaning to get around to reading the classics, but never seem to find the time? Problem solved . Now you can read the Aeneid in 152 easy installments through an RSS feed on your aggregator .… continue reading Read the Aeneid on Your Aggregator

By written by Communications Office    June 5, 2007   

OK, maybe not every award ever , but he's won quite a few awards of the literary variety, including the National Book Award (twice), the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National… continue reading John Updike Has Won Every Award Ever

By written by Communications Office    June 4, 2007   

  Stanley Kunitz was born in Massachusetts in 1905. He attended Harvard University, eventually serving during World War II when his conscientious objector status was denied. After returning… continue reading Poet of the Week | Stanley Kunitz

By written by Administrator    June 1, 2007   

Sherman Alexie--celebrated Native American author, poet , and screenwriter--is touring in support of his first novel in 10 years, Flight , "a hilarious and tragic portrait of an orphaned Indian… continue reading Native Son to Fly into Philly

By written by Communications Office    June 1, 2007   

Best-known as the producer of films about bands like Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie, Gary Hustwit has taken on the role of director with his latest project, a feature documentary about a font.… continue reading Indie Rock Doc Filmmaker Turns Lens on Typographical Superstar

By written by Communications Office    May 31, 2007   

Senator John Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, have written a book together-- This Moment on Earth: Today's New Environmentalists and Their Vision for the Future --and they will be here at… continue reading John and Teresa Heinz Kerry's Unapocalyptic Vision for the Future

By written by Communications Office    May 30, 2007   

Unable to find organizations that would accept donations of used books, frustrated bookstore owner Tom Wayne of Kansas City, Missouri decided to burn some of his overstock this past Sunday in… continue reading Bookstore Owner Promotes Literacy by . . . Burning Books?

By written by Communications Office    May 29, 2007   

If you want to spend some outdoor-oriented indoor time with an award-winning garden writer this weekend, stop by the Central Library's Montgomery Auditorium tomorrow, May 26 , at 2:00 p.m. Author… continue reading Get Your Green Thumb On

By written by Communications Office    May 25, 2007    2

W.B. Yeat's "The Second Coming" was featured prominently in this past Sunday's episode of The Sopranos . Because it is so rare for a poem to appear on pop culture's radar, we… continue reading Poet of the Week | W.B. Yeats

By written by Administrator    May 24, 2007    1

Ever wonder what celebrated authors like Joyce Carol Oates, Rick Moody, Jennifer Egan, and Francine Prose read when they're lounging in the sun? Satisfy your curiosity here . continue reading Literati Beach Read Recommendations

By written by Communications Office    May 23, 2007   

Shrinking book review sections in print publications around the country have caught the attention of the National Book Critics Circle , and they are not pleased . They've mounted a " Campaign to… continue reading The National Book Critics Circle Is Riled

By written by Communications Office    May 22, 2007   

With The Kite Runner still charting on the New York Times paperback fiction bestseller list--its run currently extends more than one hundred weeks--Khaled Hosseini is back with his second novel, A… continue reading Khaled Hosseini to Visit Central

By written by Communications Office    May 21, 2007   

Charles Simic was born in Yugoslavia in 1938 and emigrated with his family to the United States in 1958. He published his first poems in 1959, at the age of 21. In 1961 he was drafted into the… continue reading Poet of the Week | Charles Simic

By written by Administrator    May 18, 2007   

The Philadelphia Tribune published an article today on the Youth Empowerment Summit hosted here at the Central Library on Wednesday. The theme of this year's summit was "Stand Up for Philly."… continue reading Teens Ready to Stand Up for Philly

By written by Communications Office    May 18, 2007   

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