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Started in 2001 (née "McSweeney's Festival") Philadelphia's own 215 Festival is back in its seventh year with a long weekend of (mostly) free events and "cross-pollinated performances"… continue reading Kablam-O! The 215 Festival Is Upon Us

By written by Communications Office    September 26, 2007   

Items found between the pages of returned books at the Madison Public Library in recent memory include pipe cleaners, postcards, tax forms, an unused ticket to the Olympics for the rhythmic… continue reading Wisconsin Library Remembers Bacon Bookmarks

By written by Communications Office    September 25, 2007    1

It seems that Augusten Burroughs may have taken some liberties in his characterization of the Turcotte family (aka "the Finches") in his wildly popular Running with Scissors: A Memoir . But… continue reading It's Not a Memoir, It's a Book

By written by Administrator    September 24, 2007    2

Naomi Klein, bestselling author of No Logo , is back with another polemic, this time aiming to "[explode] the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically" and to expose "the puppet… continue reading Naomi Klein's Viral Video, Oscar-Nominated Director Does Nonfiction Book Ad

By written by Communications Office    September 21, 2007   

The Colbert Report on Comedy Central may seem like an improbable venue for serious literary discussion (and it is), but that doesn't discourage noted authors from stopping by to promote their… continue reading Stephen Colbert Doesn't Read

By written by Communications Office    September 20, 2007   

Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry will be appearing at the Central Library's Montgomery Auditorium tomorrow, Thursday , September 20 , at 12:00 p.m. (This event is free ; no tickets… continue reading Take Five with . . . Dave Barry

By written by Communications Office    September 19, 2007   

Diane Ackerman, acclaimed author of A Natural History of the Senses , will be appearing at the Central Library's Montgomery Auditorium this Thursday , September 20 , at 8:00 p.m. (Click here to… continue reading Take Five with . . . Diane Ackerman

By written by Communications Office    September 18, 2007   

"Very dull" and "a dreary record of typical family bickering, petty annoyances and adolescent emotions"--so wrote a staff reader for Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., the publisher who subsequently rejected… continue reading Anne Frank Rejected, Among Others

By written by Communications Office    September 17, 2007    2

William Stafford was born in Kansas in 1914. He attended the Universities of Kansas and Iowa. He was a conscientious objector during World War II and worked in the alternative service camps. He… continue reading Poet of the Week | William Stafford

By written by Administrator    September 13, 2007   

This past Saturday's installment of National Public Radio's All Things Considered featured an interview with astronaut Janice Voss , who was inspired as a young reader by Madeleine L'Engle's A… continue reading Astronaut Mourns Madeleine L'Engle

By written by Communications Office    September 11, 2007   

Lovers of words and web-based social networks will rejoice upon discovering Wordie , yet another internet rabbit hole to tumble down, this one encouraging you to wile away abstracted hours… continue reading Like Flickr for Logophiles

By written by Communications Office    September 10, 2007   

Tomorrow is International Literacy Day . Check out what organizations are doing around the world to promote "literacy as an integral aspect of the universal right to education." There's also no… continue reading 774 Million Adults Lack Minimum Literacy Skills

By written by Communications Office    September 7, 2007   

Natasha Trethewey was born in 1966 in Gulfport, Mississippi. She earned an M.A. in English and creative writing from Hollins University, and an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of… continue reading Poet of the Week | Natasha Trethewey

By written by Administrator    September 6, 2007   

Radio One's 100.3 The Beat and the Free Library partnered this morning to present a Start the School Year Right Anti-Violence Rally in the Central Library's Main Lobby. The program featured a… continue reading Young Philadelphians Start the School Year Right

By written by Communications Office    September 5, 2007    2

Comic actor and travel documentary host Michael Palin will appear at the Central Library's Montgomery Auditorium this Thursday , September 6 , at 7:00 p.m. (This event is free ; no tickets… continue reading Dead Parrot Salesman to Visit Central

By written by Communications Office    September 4, 2007   

Walt Whitman, one of the most famous American poets in the canon, was born in 1819. When he was 12, he started training to be a printer, which prompted him to read the works of Homer, Dante, and… continue reading Poet of the Week | Walt Whitman

By written by Administrator    August 31, 2007   

There can be only one . . . next mayor of Philadelphia, and the Free Library wants you to be a well-informed electorate--so mark your calendars for Wednesday , September 5 at 7:00 p.m. when our… continue reading Talk About It! Wants to Hear from You

By written by Communications Office    August 30, 2007   

The latest installment in local art bloggers Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof's Look! series takes viewers on a tour of the Book of War exhibit currently on display at the Philadelphia Museum of… continue reading War Is Good for Illustrated Folios, Fallon and Rosof Look! at the Book of War at the PMA

By written by Communications Office    August 29, 2007   

Writers and musicians are inspired by one another in an artistic feedback loop that has given us, among other things, High Fidelity and The Crane Wife . While this stimulating interconnectivity… continue reading Musical Writers on Literary Music and Vice Versa, Or Some Combination Thereof

By written by Communications Office    August 28, 2007   

You may have encountered this story in the news already. An Associated Press-Ipsos poll based on interviews conducted earlier this month and released last week indicates that one in four Americans… continue reading One in Four Americans Read No Books Last Year, Not Even Harry Potter

By written by Communications Office    August 27, 2007   

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