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Today marks the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, and the Free Library joins the global celebration honoring the life and legacy of the world's first literary superstar. Philadelphia is… continue reading Happy 200th Birthday Charles Dickens!

By written by Caitlin G.    February 7, 2012    2

A few weeks ago, we moved our online catalog to a different server, as part of a project that we are working on to improve the hardware and upgrade the software. We’re now preparing for… continue reading Online Catalog Migration: The Sequel

By written by Carolyn P.    February 3, 2012    2

As a part of One Book, One Philadelphia programming, Parkway Central Library’s Print and Picture Collection and Vivant Art Collection present a special historical and spiritual Haitian art… continue reading Haitian Art Exhibition at Parkway Central

By written by Eileen O.    February 2, 2012    2

Have you seen them around town? On subway concourses, sides of buses and within SEPTA bus shelters, KEYSPOTS ads have premiered. KEYSPOTS is a citywide initiative bringing internet access,… continue reading KEYSPOTS and Hot Spots

By written by Jenn D.    January 26, 2012   

Throughout February, the Free Library is celebrating Black History Month with a wide range of events across the branches. Beginning with film and discussion series, Black History Month at the Free… continue reading Commemorate Black History Month with the Free Library of Philadelphia!

By written by Eileen O.    January 26, 2012   

The Free Library is acquiring a Techmobile, a 25’ vehicle outfitted for digital literacy training and outreach. Right now, construction is in progress and we expect you’ll see the… continue reading The Techmobile is Coming!

By written by Joel N.    January 25, 2012   

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Year of Dickens 2012 carries on throughout February—Charles Dickens’s birthday month! Mr. Dickens officially turns 200 on February 7, but… continue reading Everyone's Getting in the Dickens Spirit!

By written by Eileen O.    January 24, 2012    2

We at the Free Library were saddened to hear of the passing of WURD radio host Fatimah Ali . This past summer a number of our librarians and staff had the wonderful opportunity to work with Ms.… continue reading In Memoriam: Fatimah Ali

By written by Alix G.    January 24, 2012    1

Today at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, TX, the Caldecott and Newbery Award winners and honor books were announced. The Caldecott Medal awards the artist of… continue reading Caldecott and Newbery Medals Awarded

By written by Joel N.    January 23, 2012   

Over the past several weeks, I have focused mainly on the themes, ideas, and questions brought up by Edwidge Danticat’s Create Dangerously . However, I couldn’t conclude this blog… continue reading Chatting One Book: The Art of Danticat’s Writing

By written by Michelle S.    January 19, 2012    2

Looking for love this Valentine’s Day? Find it at the Free Library of L’amour! Throughout the beginning of February, we’re holding various free speed dating events in many of… continue reading The Free Library of L'Amour

By written by Eileen O.    January 17, 2012    15

Do you remember the old-fashioned library card catalogs – huge wooden cabinets lined with long drawers full of index cards, listing all the books in the library by title, author, and… continue reading And now, a word from the Information Technology Department

By written by Carolyn P.    January 13, 2012    3

The holidays have come and gone and it seems there are suddenly a lot of new Kindle owners out there. I thought this would be a good time to post this short, introductory video on how to checkout… continue reading Merry Kindle!

By written by Jamie W.    January 12, 2012    1

In “Our Guernica,” the final essay in Create Dangerously , Edwidge Danticat focuses on the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 and destroyed her former… continue reading Chatting One Book: Create Dangerously, Chapter Twelve - “Our Guernica”

By written by Michelle S.    January 12, 2012    1

Next month marks the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens. With brightly colored banners hanging outside Parkway Central, Rare Book Department exhibitions, special storytime readings, and our very… continue reading Dickens of the 21st Century

By written by Eileen O.    January 10, 2012   

We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the classic Life Story by Virginia Lee Burton. First published in 1962, this wonderful book tells the tale of life on Earth from the beginning to the… continue reading "Ever Wondrous to Behold": The 50th Anniversary of Virginia Lee Burton's Life Story

By written by Adrienne P.    January 10, 2012   

Enjoy a brief selection of books about the winter, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Chinese New Year! Winter Babies Wear Layers , by Michelle Sinclair Colman, illustrations by Nathalie Dion… continue reading Welcome the winter season with another year of amazing books!

By written by Michelle S.    January 9, 2012   

The Mayor's Commission on Literacy has an exciting community development bidding opportunity for Philadelphia's adult literacy providers and nonprofit organizations to receive $30,000 for work to… continue reading Funding Opportunity from The Mayor's Commission on Literacy

By written by Eileen O.    January 9, 2012    2

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy, the Free Library has a host of events and activities across the branches to commemorate the inspiring work of the Civil Rights… continue reading Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Free Library!

By written by Eileen O.    January 6, 2012    1

One of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s best and brightest Children’s Librarians can be found at the Independence Branch at 18 South 7 th Street, a neighborhood rich in culture and… continue reading Preschool Spotlight on... Margaret Bernardi

By written by Sarah S.    January 5, 2012    3

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