Today, April 13, is the first of two Friday the 13ths occurring in 2018. The next one arrives exactly 13 weeks later on July 13! The only logical thing to do on such a superstitious occassion is… continue reading

By Peter SM   April 13, 2018   

by Ray Banas and Perry Genovesi On March 22, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline became the latest high-profile musician to dig into some Free Library resources. Ray Banas, the Head of the Music Department… continue reading

By Music Department   April 12, 2018   

We know the Free Library is one of the most heavily used cultural and educational institutions in our city. We’ve got the numbers: In fiscal year 2017, 640,000 people in Philadelphia held a… continue reading

By Julie B.   April 12, 2018   

You love Black Panther, I love Black Panther—we all love Black Panther! Have you already read through all of our Black Panther comics and graphic novels available in our catalog? Feeling… continue reading

By Rachel F.   April 11, 2018   

Happy National Bookmobile Day ! Today we celebrate bookmobiles and those who ride/drive them and provide mobile library services to their communities. The Free Library has two different mobile… continue reading

By Link R.   April 11, 2018   

We are very pleased to announce complimentary online access to the New York Times is now available with your library card ! Free Library card holders will now have free access to NYTimes.com and… continue reading

By Jamie W.   April 10, 2018    8

National Library Week , held annually during the 2nd week of April, recognizes the values of libraries in our communities. This national observance, which is sponsored by the American Library… continue reading

By Christina P.   April 10, 2018    2

The Free Library's  Culinary Literacy Center is coming up on four years of having our kitchen doors open! One of the most frequent questions we get is,  What's your favorite… continue reading

By Liz A.   April 9, 2018   

In honor of National Library Week , we’re celebrating not just our beloved Free Library and its amazing librarians and staff, but the role of libraries in the 21st century. Chief among these… continue reading

By Julie B.   April 9, 2018   

This year's additions to the National Recording Registry were announced last month , which include 25 songs, albums, or audio recordings from the early 20th century up to the present. This… continue reading

By Peter SM   April 6, 2018   

Spoiler alert: it's an irrefutable fact that we will all die one day. Whether it's a family member, a beloved pet, or someone we look up to and admire—all will eventually pass away… continue reading

By Ai Leng N.   April 5, 2018   

We all have our favorites when it comes to picture books, and for me, one of my top ten picture books of all time is Leaves by David Ezra Stein . It is such perfect book – one very young… continue reading

By Monica C.   April 5, 2018   

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Stephen Foster (1826–1864). Old Folks at Home (1851), arr. 1897 by Carl Busch (1862–1943) George Chadwick (1854–1931). Suite… continue reading

By Fleisher Collection   April 4, 2018   

Even if you’re not a big reader of comics and graphic novels, there’s a good chance that you’re familiar with graphic novel memoirs . After all, these are the books that have won… continue reading

By Jennifer E.   April 4, 2018   

Released on April 3, 1968, the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey set a new standard for the science fiction film medium. I know that there are those who would talk about the… continue reading

By Rachel F.   April 3, 2018   

Spring is the season of renewal and new beginnings, so why not renew your love of reading and films with these new titles available in April? There are serious, off-beat, thrilling, and funny… continue reading

By Paul A.   April 3, 2018   

It’s April, everyone, and you know what that means – it’s National Poetry Month ! Each year, the Academy of American Poets "highlights the extraordinary legacy and ongoing… continue reading

By Autumn M.   April 3, 2018   

National Public Health Week takes place this week, from April 2-8. But what is "public health", you may be asking? Public health promotes and protects the health of all people and the… continue reading

By Katie D.   April 2, 2018   

Just in time for Easter, perhaps the largest collection of "Easter Eggs" to ever be assembled on film debuts in theaters today— Ready Player One . The film is adapted from Ernest… continue reading

By Peter SM   March 29, 2018    1

If you don't know the name Amalie Emmy Noether, you're not alone . Suffice to say, she was and remains one of the greatest minds of the 20th century. Read on to learn more about this… continue reading

By Sally F.   March 29, 2018   

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