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Today, at its Midwinter Meeting right here in Philadelphia, the American Library Association announced its picks for the best in youth media for the past year--including recipients of the Newbery,… continue reading And the Award Goes To..., ALA Announces 2008 Youth Media Awards

By written by Communications Office    January 14, 2008    1

Free Library of Philadelphia Interim President and Director Joseph McPeak is co-author of an op-ed item in today’s Philadelphia Daily News . Entitled “ What's playing at the library?… continue reading Dance Dance Revolutionary Times at the Library

By written by Communications Office    January 11, 2008   

The 2008 One Book, One Philadelphia kick-off was a standing-room-only affair--conclusively answering this question ...--with hundreds of people interested in learning more about Dave Eggers’… continue reading One Book Kick-Off with Dave Eggers Draws a Full House

By written by Communications Office    January 9, 2008   

Congratulations to Jon Scieszka--author of clever children's favorites including The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs --who was yesterday… continue reading Stinky Cheese Author Appointed National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

By written by Communications Office    January 4, 2008   

Yesterday writer Belinda Webb posted an item on the Guardian 's books blog announcing her New Year's resolution to keep to an " audiobook diet " in 2008. She writes, "So here we are, in 2008.… continue reading New Year's Resolution, An Audiobook Diet in 2008?

By written by Communications Office    January 2, 2008    2

One Book, One Philadelphia will soon kick off its sixth consecutive year with a visit on January 8 from bestselling writer Dave Eggers , author of this year’s featured One Book reading… continue reading Get Ready for One Book

By written by Communications Office    December 21, 2007   

A copy of the Magna Carta that dates from 1297--the only copy of the Magna Carta in the United States--was auctioned by Sotheby’s yesterday, fetching $21.3 million from David Rubenstein, a… continue reading Sold!

By written by Communications Office    December 19, 2007   

Whether you’re looking for a last-minute holiday gift idea for a lapsed bibliophile , or just curious how your favorite books of the past 12 months have been ranked by the… continue reading Best of the Best Of, Books of 2007

By written by Communications Office    December 17, 2007   

The University of Pennsylvania’s 60-Second Lecture Series offers an excellent repository of thought-provoking distractions. Check out the Fall 2007 series here . With topics ranging from… continue reading Smarter in 60 Seconds

By written by Communications Office    December 12, 2007   

Yes, such a thing does exist. Since September, folks at the Nobel Foundation have been adding videos of Nobel Prize announcements, interviews with Nobel Laureates, and official Nobel Lectures.… continue reading The Nobel Prize Channel on YouTube

By written by Communications Office    December 5, 2007   

Described by Gillian Engberg for Booklist as a “winning Dutch import for parents looking for an original tale with a gay slant,” Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland’s King & King… continue reading Children’s Books Presenting Same-Sex Relationships Continue to Scandalize

By written by Communications Office    December 3, 2007    1

In January 1943 Philadelphia’s readers couldn’t get enough of Marcia Davenport’s second novel, The Valley of Decision , and Cecil Brown’s Suez to Singapore , the respective… continue reading Regional Bestsellers of the 1940s

By written by Communications Office    November 30, 2007   

A comprehensive study released by the National Endowment for the Arts on November 19 finds that Americans are reading less, and also less well. Key findings include that on average Americans… continue reading Americans Are Still Reading Less, And Less Well

By written by Communications Office    November 26, 2007   

A time to celebrate togetherness like it's 1621 ? continue reading Happy Thanksgiving

By written by Communications Office    November 21, 2007   

Etymythologies are etymologies that are not factually true but remain popular nonetheless. "[They're] like family anecdotes," writes Ben MacIntyre for the Times. "They may not literally be true;… continue reading Etymythologies

By written by Communications Office    November 16, 2007   

This Saturday , November 17 , the Free Library's Print and Picture Collection, together with the Philadelphia Center for the Book , will present Book, Paper, Scissors , an artist's book fair. (If… continue reading Book, Paper, Scissors

By written by Communications Office    November 14, 2007   

According to Google , "Revision is a critical piece of the writing process." Indeed. "Now, Google Docs has partnered with Weekly Reader’s Writing for Teens magazine to help you teach it in a… continue reading Weekly Reader Facilitates the Googlification of America?

By written by Communications Office    November 9, 2007    1

Thankless too for peace, (Peace long preserved by fleets and perilous seas) Secure from actual warfare, we have loved To swell the war-whoop, passionate for war! from "Fears in Solitude"… continue reading This Means War . . . Poetry

By written by Administrator    November 7, 2007   

In a recently published interview with Bookslut , Shalom Auslander is asked if writing has stopped being a catharsis for him--if the publication of his new memoir, Foreskin's Lament , signals an… continue reading Shalom Auslander Thought It Would Be More Cathartic

By written by Communications Office    November 5, 2007   

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