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The Free Library's Summer Reading Game 2007 went out with a bang this afternoon at Wizard Palooza in the Central Library's Montgomery Auditorium. The Moaning Myrtles , the Whomping Willows , and… continue reading Summer Reading Wraps Up with Wizard Palooza

By written by Communications Office    August 10, 2007   

Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn in 1957. His father, a leader in the Puerto Rican community, introduced the poet to political activism at a young age. After receiving a B.A. in history… continue reading Poet of the Week | Martín Espada

By written by Administrator    August 9, 2007   

In late June of this year, On Demand Books publicly debuted version 1.5 of its Espresso Book Machine at the New York Public Library's Science, Industry and Business Library in Midtown Manhattan.… continue reading Public Debut of Amplified Photocopier & Paper-Shearing Machine a Gutenberg Moment?

By written by Communications Office    August 8, 2007   

First Book , a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books, recently polled their constituency and asked them… continue reading Nancy Drew Rules First Book's Top 50

By written by Communications Office    August 7, 2007   

Venezuela's University of Momboy is spreading the joy of reading to residents of remote Andes villages using bibliomulas, or "book mules." University staff are making plans to expand the already… continue reading Meet Venezuela's Bibliomulas

By written by Communications Office    August 6, 2007   

This past June, South Carolina’s Pickens County Library System withdrew its participation in a voluntary, nationwide, youth summer reading program , after receiving criticism and threats… continue reading The Pizza Stands Alone

By written by Communications Office    August 3, 2007   

Anne Sexton was born Anne Gray Harvey in Newton, Massachusetts in 1928. She married Alfred Muller Sexton II when she was 19. In 1953, she had a daughter. The following year she was diagnosed with… continue reading Poet of the Week | Anne Sexton

By written by Administrator    August 2, 2007    1

The New Yorker does a great monthly podcast as part of its Out Loud series, wherein a contemporary author of note presents a favorite short story from the magazine's fiction archives. A reading of… continue reading Danticat on Diaz, Both to Appear at Central in September

By written by Communications Office    August 1, 2007   

New York Times reporter Tim Weiner won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1988--when he worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer --in recognition of a series of articles he wrote detailing… continue reading Top-Secret Shortcomings

By written by Communications Office    July 31, 2007   

"As I've said many times, the future is already here. It's just not very evenly distributed." Thus spoke William Gibson during an appearance on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation in… continue reading William Gibson Is Still Relevant

By written by Communications Office    July 30, 2007    3

"At one level, the YouTube debate shows that the Web has really become a centerpiece of American political culture," adds Lee Rainie, director of Pew Internet . "At another level, it also shows… continue reading Two Americas

By written by Communications Office    July 27, 2007   

As many of you may know, Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum & Library participates in the annual, international celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses known as Bloomsday , held on June… continue reading Twitterature

By written by Communications Office    July 26, 2007    1

Before the web, quantitatively speaking, text had the illusion of being finite. Yes, libraries were available for plundering in their entirety, but the effort of utilizing those texts was… continue reading Writing's Current Crisis?: Meta-Blogging on the Blogosphere

By written by Communications Office    July 25, 2007   

Philadelphia native Bruce Buschel published a piece two weeks ago entitled " The city of brotherly losers ," in which he took an armchair cultural anthropologist's perspective in considering the… continue reading Bruce Buschel Contextualizes Phillies' 10,000th Loss, To Visit Central

By written by Communications Office    July 24, 2007   

The Free Library’s Staff Association held a block party this past Friday, on Wood Street behind the Central Library. By all accounts the event was a huge success. Festivities included a… continue reading Blinged Booktrucks on View, Or Is It Blung?

By written by Communications Office    July 23, 2007   

If there hadn’t been such a similar frenzy surrounding the commercial release of the iPhone just a few weeks ago, the international phenomenon of people camping out on the street to be among… continue reading The World Queues Up for Harry Potter

By written by Communications Office    July 20, 2007   

Edward Estlin Cummings, aka E.E. Cummings, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1894. While at Harvard, he published his first work in 1917 in the anthology Eight Harvard Poets . He volunteered… continue reading Poet of the Week | E.E. Cummings

By written by Administrator    July 19, 2007   

With the release of the seventh and final book at midnight this Saturday, the Harry Potter series will soon be complete, and the future of “wizard rock”--a subgenre of indie rock… continue reading Wizard Rock's Pinnacle Moment?

By written by Communications Office    July 18, 2007   

Tim Gunn’s appearance here at the Central Library, originally scheduled for next week on Tuesday, July 24, has been postponed . (Mr. Gunn is busy taping his new television series , debuting… continue reading Tim Gunn Appearance Postponed

By written by Communications Office    July 17, 2007   

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   

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