Yesterday's free afternoon lecture by Richard Dawkins was attended by a full house in the Montgomery Auditorium as well as overflow crowds watching the simulcast. He was introduced by Tony Auth,… continue reading

By Emily   November 3, 2006   

The great American novelist William Styron once wrote: "Most books, like their authors, are born to die; of only a few books can it be said that death has no dominion over them; they live, and… continue reading

By Emily   November 2, 2006   

Sherman Alexie was raised on the Spokane Indian reservation in Wellpinit, Washington. He was born with water in his brain and was not expected to live. Even when he did, doctors predicted he would… continue reading

By Administrator   November 1, 2006   

The Philadelphia Weekly put the Free Library's upcoming Richard Dawkins lecture (tomorrow at noon) in its A List lineup. Journalist Matt Prigge wrote, "In his recent book Why Darwin Matters: The… continue reading

By Emily   November 1, 2006   

We here at the Free Library love Amy Sedaris. Not just because she visited us here last month. Or that she's funny. Or related to David Sedaris. Which doesn't hurt. But because she's now an… continue reading

By Emily   October 31, 2006   

Natalie Pompilio article . Damon C. Williams article. continue reading

By Emily   October 31, 2006   

Today at 11:00 a.m., a press conference was held in the Central Library's Main Lobby to announce the featured title for 2007's One Book, One Philadelphia . Carlos Eire's 2003 National Book… continue reading

By Emily   October 30, 2006   

Here are some photos from the Free Library's Barack Obama event. New Yorker interview. continue reading

By Emily   October 27, 2006   

Are you a young adult who loves the Free Library? Then join the Raven Society! For a $50 donation, you benefit from an array of members-only benefits, such as: invitations to social events and… continue reading

By Emily   October 27, 2006   

Tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the Falls of Schuylkill Branch , the gloves come off! First Lady Judge Marjorie O. Rendell will pit her wordplay skills against those of First Lady of Philadelphia, Naomi… continue reading

By Emily   October 26, 2006    2

Currently on display in the West Gallery of the Central Library through December is an exhibition entitled “Making Murals: The Connection Between Muralists, Students, and Community… continue reading

By Emily   October 25, 2006   

Michael Lewis, bestselling non-fiction author of such books as Liar's Poker , The New New Thing , and Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game , arrived at the Free Library today at noon to… continue reading

By Emily   October 24, 2006    11

Ever wonder what the average lifespan of a ladybug is? Or the name of President Eisenhower’s Secretary of Defense? The Free Library of Philadelphia website now hosts Ask Here PA , a new… continue reading

By Emily   October 23, 2006    9

This morning, the Washington Post and other prominent newspapers reported that Barack Obama is now considering a bid for the 2008 presidential elections. Could the resounding reception he received… continue reading

By Emily   October 23, 2006   

On October 22 at 2:00 p.m., the Rare Book Department will host a special program coinciding with the current exhibition, "Unimaginable Coasts: European Exploration and the Conquest of the… continue reading

By Emily   October 20, 2006   

Normally, science and religion are assumed to be at odds. But tonight's Lecture Series lineup presents a much more optimistic picture, with Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist and writer, Edward O.… continue reading

By Emily   October 19, 2006   

First, Smokin' Joe Frazier made an appearance at the Free Library's citywide anti-violence forum . Today, he showed up in the New York Times . continue reading

By Emily   October 18, 2006   

Yesterday afternoon, radio and talk show host Tavis Smiley spoke with teens as part of the Free Library's Field Family Teen Author Series. It was a rousing lecture -- in addition to discussing his… continue reading

By Emily   October 18, 2006   

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." Groucho Marx continue reading

By Emily   October 16, 2006   

The Free Library is pleased to announce that Library card holders can now access the online subscription to the PDR Electronic Library from home. You can search both the Physician’s Desk… continue reading

By Emily   October 13, 2006    10

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