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A new exhibition opened this past Saturday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art . Showcasing treasures from the John Frederick Lewis Collection of the Free Library's Rare Book Department, The Book of… continue reading Free Library and Philadelphia Museum of Art Collaborate on Book of War

By written by Communications Office    July 16, 2007   

According to their website , the Simplified Spelling Society was founded in 1908 with the aim of updating English spelling "for the benefit of learners and users everywhere." The main thrust of… continue reading The Simplified Spelling Society: Champions of Literacy?

By written by Communications Office    July 13, 2007    1

Robert Hayden was born Asa Bundy Sheffey in 1913. His parents separated when he was young, and his mother gave him to her next-door neighbors, William and Sue Ellen Hayden, to raise. Hayden… continue reading Poet of the Week | Robert Hayden

By written by Administrator    July 12, 2007   

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and novelist Doug Marlette, who died yesterday in a car accident at the age of 57. He was scheduled to… continue reading In Memory of Doug Marlette

By written by Communications Office    July 11, 2007   

Michael Eric Dyson may have announced his imminent departure from Philadelphia last week--he has accepted a position at Georgetown University --but he will be here tonight at the Central Library's… continue reading Jay-Z Sings the Praises of Michael Eric Dyson

By written by Communications Office    July 10, 2007   

Brian Doyle published a piece in yesterday's issue of the Oregonian on the sorts of materials people keep in their cars "in case of reading emergencies and unforeseen opportunities." Doyle asked… continue reading Emergency Roadside Reading Materials

By written by Communications Office    July 9, 2007    2

Sylvia Plath, one of the most important poets of the 20th century, was born in Massachusetts in 1932. She began publishing poetry at an early age and attended Smith College, where she wrote 400… continue reading Poet of the Week | Sylvia Plath

By written by Administrator    July 6, 2007   

Super-librarian Nancy Pearl recently contributed this piece to National Public Radio's Morning Edition , recommending nine summer reads with "great opening lines to hook young readers." (The… continue reading Judge These Books By Their First Lines

By written by Communications Office    July 5, 2007   

The Central Library has been keeping attendance records since its doors first opened in 1927, and the 2007 fiscal year--July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007--marks the first on record since 1938 that… continue reading Over One Million Visits to the Central Library!

By written by Communications Office    July 3, 2007   

The American Library Association may not be known for its red carpet premieres, but that didn't stop filmmaker Ann Seidl from bringing a touch of Hollywood glamour to the first night of the… continue reading The Hollywood Librarian, Hit Film of the ALA’s 128th Annual Conference

By written by Communications Office    July 2, 2007   

Held this morning in the Main Lobby of the Central Library, the National Education Association 's Dr. Seuss-themed Read-In was a huge success, featuring a surprise appearance by the Cat in the Hat . continue reading Celebrity Appearance Incites Pandemonium at the Central Library

By written by Communications Office    June 29, 2007   

Eamon Grennan was born in Dublin in 1941; however, he has lived in the United States for over thirty years and has taught at Vassar College since 1974. Grennan has won numerous awards--among them… continue reading Poet of the Week | Eamon Grennan

By written by Administrator    June 28, 2007   

The National Education Association is holding its 145 th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia this year, and thousands of NEA members will be enjoying our city in the coming days. This year marks the 10… continue reading Read Across Philadelphia

By written by Communications Office    June 27, 2007   

Douglas Wolk--author, blogger , and journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times , Publishers Weekly , and Rolling Stone, among many other publications--has a new book coming out next… continue reading Have You Considered the Class Implications of Comic Book Lingo?

By written by Communications Office    June 26, 2007   

Libby Rosof of roberta fallon and libby rosof's artblog interviewed Karen Lightner, head of the Print and Pictures Department at the Free Library, for a piece entitled "Treasure trove at the Free… continue reading FLP in the News | June Miscellany

By written by Communications Office    June 25, 2007   

Alison Bechdel is best known for her long-running, syndicated comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For , which she first began working on in the early 1980s. Her bestselling memoir in graphic novel… continue reading Take Five with . . . Alison Bechdel

By written by Communications Office    June 22, 2007    1

Tomaž Šalamun was born in Croatia in 1941 and grew up in Slovenia. He is considered to be one of the great postwar Central European poets, believing poetry to be as important or more… continue reading Poet of the Week | Tomaž Šalamun

By written by Administrator    June 21, 2007   

Roughly 95% of public libraries in the United States use the Dewey Decimal System to organize their collections, and it remains the gold standard in library classification systems, but some… continue reading Dewey Decimated in Arizona

By written by Communications Office    June 20, 2007    1

If you haven't already heard, Phillies infielder Jimmy Rollins recently volunteered his voice as an official spokesperson for the Campaign for a New Central Library on the Parkway. This past… continue reading Jimmy Rollins Goes to Bat for the Free Library, State Senator Presents $2 Million

By written by Communications Office    June 19, 2007   

On the strength of a manuscript of her first novel, The Icarus Girl , author Helen Oyeyemi signed a two-book deal with British publisher Bloomsbury at the age of 19. Having recently graduated from… continue reading Take Five with . . . Helen Oyeyemi

By written by Communications Office    June 18, 2007   

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