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Library staff, as well as the literary world, have been saddened this week over the tragic passing of author David Foster Wallace. To keep his memory alive for booklovers, we encourage you to… continue reading David Foster Wallace podcast

By written by Shannon G    September 19, 2008    2

The literary world recently lost a significant force whose experimentation with form prompted critics to call him "one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last 20… continue reading Writer David Foster Wallace, 46, dies

By written by Shannon G    September 15, 2008    4

Amazon.com has changed how people buy books (of course, we know that you borrow MOST of the books you read from the Free Library of Philadelphia!).  But even if you don't buy books from… continue reading Best Books of the Year...So Far?

By written by Anne L.    September 12, 2008    28

J.K. Rowling , the author behind the wildly successful Harry Potter series, recently won a lawsuit that had been brought against RDR Books , a publisher based in Michigan. The win halted the… continue reading Rowling wins suit against Harry Potter Lexicon publisher

By written by Shannon G    September 11, 2008    3

The Fall season brings so many good things ... cooler weather, freshly picked apples ... and the anticipation of a big book publishing season.  The Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer (9/7/08)… continue reading Upcoming Fall books

By written by Anne L.    September 10, 2008    29

I would like to take this opportunity to say hello to Philadelphia and to let you know that along with the trustees, directors, and staff of the Free Library, I look forward to continuing a long… continue reading Post from Library's New President and Director

By written by Kathleen    September 8, 2008    13

Looking to get to know a different side of newly elected Democractic Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden? Learn more about Biden, who has served as a United States senator since 1973, by… continue reading Getting to know Sen. Biden

By written by Shannon G    September 8, 2008    17

How To Be Useful : A Beginner’s Guide to Not Hating Work / Megan Hustad Admission: I picked up this book because of its cover. I don’t take much stock in the whole… continue reading Surviving Your First Job

By written by Liz A.    September 3, 2008    75

Over the next month, a green roof will be installed on Parkway Central’s Beaux Arts building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The project represents the first green roof on a city… continue reading Parkway Central Goes Green

By written by Alix G.    September 3, 2008    140

Have you ever wanted to learn a foreign language?  Whether you are travelling out of the country soon or just want  to communicate with your neighbors, our downloadable foreign language… continue reading Language learning audiobooks available to download!

By written by Jen W.    August 29, 2008    73

Fans of Shelfari , a social networking site for booklovers, may be interested in the recent announcement that it is being acquired by Amazon.com . While terms of the deal were not revealed, the… continue reading Amazon.com Acquires Shelfari

By written by Shannon G    August 28, 2008    14

Ever wonder who owns the rights to works of deceased authors? In a recent case, a federal appeals court overturned a 2006 ruling that had awarded John Steinbeck’s son and granddaughter the… continue reading Judge Overturns Ruling on Rights to Steinbeck's Titles

By written by Shannon G    August 27, 2008    18

  Ocean : The World’s Last Wilderness Revealed / American Museum of Natural History I LOVE big, new, glossy, non-fiction books—the kind that are so big you’d most definitely… continue reading New True: New Non Fiction

By written by Liz A.    August 27, 2008    58

The New York Times recently published an article examining teens and the difference, if any, between reading printed books and online content. As writer Motoko Rich states, some point a finger of… continue reading Reading: Online vs. Print

By written by Shannon G    August 25, 2008    18

If you’re a debater, a fan of politics talk shows, or otherwise a news junkie, or if you want to follow what lawmakers are up to, you’ll be pleased to learn about two databases the… continue reading News junkies, eat your heart out with CQ

By written by Joe M.    August 22, 2008    21

An exciting addition to our reference collection is making its way onto shelves around the city: the multi-volume African American National Biography , published by Oxford University Press and… continue reading African American National Biography

By written by Anne L.    August 21, 2008    16

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to welcome Siobhan A. Reardon as the new President and Director. She is the first woman to serve as President in the position’s 114-year history.… continue reading Free Library Welcomes New President

By written by Shannon G    August 20, 2008    15

Here in the Communications and Development department, we’ve got Yo-Yo Ma, Oprah, Rosie O’Donnell, and Denzel Washington hanging out. Okay, fine, not literally - they’re on our… continue reading READ On

By written by Shannon G    August 19, 2008    2

When I attended the Harlem Book Fair recently, I spoke with local Philly author, Karen E. Quinones Miller, who has started her own publishing company.  The Free Library of Philadelphia… continue reading Harlem Book Fair News!

By written by Music Department    August 18, 2008    10

Romance Writers of America have just announced the winners of the 2008 RITA awards : RITA awards, named after RWA's first president, Rita Clay Estrada, are presented annually to the best… continue reading Add a little romance to your life!

By written by Music Department    August 15, 2008    45

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