The Free Library of Philadelphia will celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the month of January with a variety of exciting programming for children and adults.… continue reading

By Michelle S.   January 4, 2011    5

There's a new online community for young writers creating quite a buzz -- . Created by Jacob Lewis, former managing editor at The New Yorker and New Yorker staff writer Dana… continue reading

By Michelle S.   January 3, 2011    2

New Year’s Resolutions can be great ways to add new things into your life. This year try to find a time each day when you and your children can share books. Try out one of these times and… continue reading

By Chris C.   December 30, 2010    1

The New York Times presented a video series called " Fourteen Actors Acting " which simply showcases actors portraying classic screen types you might see in films. Here are a couple of… continue reading

By Camille T.   December 29, 2010   

The National Film Registry Board under the Library of Congress selected 25 films they deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" for the 2010 year. I was happy to… continue reading

By Camille T.   December 28, 2010    3

If you're anything like me, you've read a ton of series books. And then you come to the end, or you've read all the available books and are waiting for the author to write more. So you move on to… continue reading

By Dena   December 23, 2010    5

The library continues to expand its collection of ebook titles. We now have close to 4,000 books available for you to download to your new ereader. Compatible ebook reading devices are listed… continue reading

By Jen W.   December 21, 2010    3

Just in time for the holidays, you can now download ebooks to your iPhone, iPod Touch and Android device ! It only appears to work  with EPUB formatted ebooks, not PDFs, at this… continue reading

By Jen W.   December 20, 2010    7

In 1972, the Philadelphia Recreation Department was invited by the Pennsylvania Ballet to participate in a Nutcracker doll contest, in which people would imagine and create their own doll based on… continue reading

By Michelle S.   December 17, 2010    3

Shopping just got easier! Give the Gift of Reading, and share the joy of reading! As Cicero said, “A home without books is a body without soul.” The Materials Management… continue reading

By Michelle S.   December 15, 2010   

We are very happy to announce that a new exhibit featuring the work of children's book author and illustrator Tomi Ungerer has just been installed on the ground floor of the Parkway Central… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   December 14, 2010   

Today, at the Lillian Marrero Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter named Dr. Judith Renyi as the new Executive Director of the Mayor's Commission on Literacy (MCOL), which… continue reading

By Michelle S.   December 13, 2010    2

If you’ve been following us on Facebook, you know that we archivists are in a holiday mood. The authors whose papers we're processing also had a soft spot for Christmas. They made… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   December 9, 2010   

Growing up, I always placed myself on the Rolling Stones side of the Stones v. Beatles debate. My mom is a big Stones fan, and I grew up listening to their music quite a bit. Not that I wasn't… continue reading

By Michelle S.   December 8, 2010    1

Oprah recently chose two books by Charles Dickens-- A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations --as her next book club selections. I've enjoyed Dickens since I was a child, beginning with A… continue reading

By Michelle S.   December 7, 2010    2

The Free Library is proud to offer “Let’s Speak English” conversation groups at several of our 54 locations throughout the city. These weekly conversation hours will allow adult… continue reading

By Michelle S.   December 3, 2010    11

Yesterday, the New York Times released their picks for the 10 Best Books of 2010 . I haven't read all of the books on their list, but I was heartened to see that Emma Donoghue's Room made it. Room… continue reading

By Michelle S.   December 2, 2010    3

The holiday shopping season is in full swing in Philadelphia. As you think about the children in your life, remember books can be really fun gifts, too. Below are some recommendations of books… continue reading

By Sarah S.   December 1, 2010    6

The 4th Annual Book Paper Scissors Artists’ Book Fair will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4th from 10-4 at the Parkway Central Library. It's free and open to the public. This festive event… continue reading

By Karen L.   November 29, 2010    4

Not many people know about the Free Library's wonderful collection of Tomi Ungerer papers , currently being processed in the Children's Literature Reseach Collection. But since his… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   November 26, 2010    3

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