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You may have noticed a few of our librarians' shining faces around town lately on buses, billboards, subway placards, and more, as part of our ad campaign in partnership with ADLOOP. We… continue reading Check Us Out: Meet Adam!

By written by Michelle S.    May 16, 2013    1

As part of its 21st Century Libraries initiative, the Free Library will be holding a series of forums to welcome feedback from community members about how they use and value their neighborhood… continue reading Upcoming Community Forums

By written by Michelle S.    May 16, 2013   

In our continual effort to better serve you, a team of librarians has recently taken a fresh look at our many electronic resources and databases, and has recommended some changes. Public… continue reading Changes Coming to Our Electronic Resources and Databases

By written by Jamie W.    May 15, 2013    32

This is a great time for music lovers. Not so long ago, we had relatively few choices when it came to how we heard our music. We could buy it, which is ideal if you’re sure you’re… continue reading Music Everywhere

By written by Jamie W.    May 15, 2013    17

The Free Library Mobile Services page has recently been updated! There are new step-by-step instructions and screenshots illustrating how to access and bookmark the Free Library's mobile… continue reading Free Library Mobile Services at the Tap of Your Finger!

By written by Peter SM    May 14, 2013    1

You may have noticed a construction crane towering over Parkway Central Library today. That crane is lifting steel into place as part of work being done to the third and fourth floors of Parkway… continue reading Parkway Central Library Renovations Update

By written by Michelle S.    May 13, 2013   

The Phillies are going to bat for literacy! On July 10, join the Free Library as the Phillies take on the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. All net proceeds from tickets purchased through this… continue reading Root, Root, Root for the Home Team!

By written by Alix G.    May 13, 2013   

Beginning on Saturday, May 18th at 5:00 p.m., Free Library IT staff will be performing a software upgrade and system maintenance on our online catalog. The upgrade is essential to keep our catalog… continue reading Software Upgrade Beginning Saturday, May 18th

By written by Peter SM    May 10, 2013   

A true legend of the silver screen passed away earlier this week, and while you may not know his name or what he looks like, chances are if you've ever watched a science fiction, fantasy, or… continue reading Visual Effects Pioneer Ray Harryhausen R.I.P. 1920 - 2013

By written by Peter SM    May 9, 2013   

Another resource and ally in the Open Data movement (as I've written about in previous blog posts ) has popped up online as of last week: . CultureBlocks is a free web-based… continue reading Arts, Culture, and Creativity Mapped Out on CultureBlocks

By written by Peter SM    May 8, 2013   

Congratulations on your new e-reader, tablet, or mobile device! We hope you enjoy borrowing digital items from the Free Library of Philadelphia. Here's a quick guide to get you on your… continue reading New to Ebooks? Start Here

By written by Jamie W.    May 7, 2013    18

May is here with its blossoming trees and warm, elongated days that make for the most enjoyable bike rides. Did you know that May is National Bike Month? It's a great time of the year to… continue reading Break out the tricycles, May is National Biking Month!

By written by Kate E.    May 5, 2013    1

Iron Man 3 rockets onto screens today and ushers in the 2013 summer movie season. Superheroes are at the forefront of the box office again this summer with Man of Steel , the newest entry in the… continue reading Friday Five: Superhero Movies

By written by Peter SM    May 3, 2013   

See update to this story (10/2/2013) Yesterday, we were pleased to learn that Hachette, one of the “Big 6” publishers in the United States, will now sell their full catalog of ebook… continue reading Publishers Warming to Library Ebook Lending

By written by Jamie W.    May 2, 2013   

Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in April 2013. There were more than 850 ebooks checked out and downloaded for the month! This following list… continue reading Top 10 ebooks OverDrive Digital Library April 2013

By written by Peter SM    May 1, 2013   

Teen Tuesday celebrated National Poetry Month with a Spine Poetry Photo Shoot. Let's see your spine poems!   continue reading Spine Poetry Photo Shoot

By written by Aurora S.    April 29, 2013   

"Humor is mankind's greatest blessing." - Mark Twain Did you know that besides being National Poetry Month and some other unique "holidays" such as National Peanut Butter… continue reading Have a Laugh; It's National Humor Month : D

By written by Peter SM    April 26, 2013    1

If you attended any of the recent Philadelphia Book Festival events, or are planning on attending any of the remaining Philadelphia Science Week or Philly Tech Week events, you've probably… continue reading Free Library Branches and Departments on Facebook

By written by Peter SM    April 24, 2013   

Yesterday was the 43rd anniversary of the Earth Day. Individuals across the globe took place in a variety of celebrations. "The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million… continue reading Earth Day 2013- Continue to Celebrate

By written by Andrea Z.    April 23, 2013   

  Please join us in welcoming the latest addition to Parkway Central's Philbrick Hall team. Patrice is the new Teen Center Specialist, and she'll be hanging out in the Teen Center… continue reading Meet Patrice!

By written by Dena    April 22, 2013   

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