Free Library of Philadelphia Board of Trustees member and New York Times bestselling author Leslie Esdaile Banks has passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Leslie wrote more than 50… continue reading

By Michelle S.   August 2, 2011    1

Finding inexpensive family entertainment in Center City is difficult. Philadelphia has wonderful museums, theaters, and music venues, but even programs priced for families can add up. As part of… continue reading

By Michelle S.   August 2, 2011   

Following up on our recent post about some of the Library’s coolest online resources, we’re excited to announce that the Free Library has won the OverDrive Digital Pioneer Award! The… continue reading

By Michelle S.   August 1, 2011    4

All federal benefit payments to you such as Social Security, SSI, SSDI, and Veteran’s Benefits will be made electronically starting in March 2013. The U.S. Department of the Treasury will… continue reading

By Michelle S.   July 29, 2011    1

If you’re a movie lover, then you might be familiar with the video distribution company The Criterion Collection . This company is known for re-releasing classic and foreign films, as well… continue reading

By Camille T.   July 28, 2011   

The Free Library is proud to offer an extensive and continuously growing array of digital resources for the casual curiosity seeker to the serious scholar. From ebooks to language lessons to free… continue reading

By Michelle S.   July 26, 2011    9

I first heard about mattter/antimatter from Star Trek when I was a kid, which--to be honest--sparked a lot of my fascination with science and technology. In Star Trek , they use matter/antimatter… continue reading

By Camille T.   July 21, 2011   

I'm a huge fan of young adult literature. Several of my favorite young adult authors maintain some excellent and entertaining blogs that discuss everything from classic novels to the world of… continue reading

By Michelle S.   July 20, 2011    2

It's summertime, that means many Philadelphia families are taking trips to the “shore” - yup, the Jersey Shore. You might not see Snooki, The Situation, or Pauly D, but odds are if… continue reading

By Camille T.   July 19, 2011    1

Overdrive Media, the company that supports many of the downloadable eBooks and audiobooks available through the Free Library of Philadelphia does an awfully good job ensuring that their service is… continue reading

By Jamie W.   July 14, 2011    2

Today is Bastille Day--the French national holiday--and I'm in a Francophile kind of mood, right down to the croissant from Parkway Central Library's H.O.M.E.Page Café that I had for… continue reading

By Michelle S.   July 14, 2011    3

Although the last Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows , was published four years ago, the last installment of the film series will finally be released this… continue reading

By Donald R.   July 11, 2011    1

Dun -dun. Dun -dun. (That's my poor attempt at the Jaws theme song, if you can't tell). It's coming. Tucked under those wide, floppy leaves, hiding under the thick, prickly plant stems, masking… continue reading

By Michelle S.   July 6, 2011    5

Over the next two months, you can hear the latest and greatest about what’s happening – for free! – at your local library by tuning in to community-focused talk radio station,… continue reading

By Michelle S.   July 5, 2011    2

Czeslaw Milosz is one of the most honored and revered poets of the 20th century. A recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN Award for translation, and the… continue reading

By Michelle S.   June 30, 2011    1

For those of you not familiar with Carolyn Haywood’s books (and who didn’t read last week’s blog post ), imagine stereotypical 1950s children’s literature: safe plots,… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   June 28, 2011    1

Scarcely a day goes by in the Rare Book Department without a visitor asking about our Beatrix Potter Collection. It's not surprising since we have the largest collection of her… continue reading

By Caitlin G.   June 27, 2011    4

Carolyn Haywood created a comfortable, reassuring world for young children, where the greatest dilemma any character faces is the sudden disappearance of a coveted tea set from the toy store… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   June 21, 2011   

Father’s Day is Sunday, a time to celebrate those special men in our lives who helped raise us or who guided us or simply to honor the wonderful men whom we look up to. If you… continue reading

By Camille T.   June 16, 2011   

The Free Library has a longstanding partnership with the Philadelphia Phillies.  This year, they are once again one of the sponsors of our Summer Reading Game . To show our appreciation,… continue reading

By Donald R.   June 16, 2011    3

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