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  Many of the traditions we associate with Easter can be traced back to celebrations that honored Ostara, or Eastre (Old English), an ancient pagan Germanic goddess of spring. … continue reading The Easter Bunny is Pennsylvania Dutch

By written by Del-Louise M.    March 27, 2013    6

"Be afraid... Be very afraid." is the newest addition to the ever-expanding collection of interactive online exhibitions featured on the Free Library's website. The exhibition,… continue reading "Be afraid... Be very afraid." - An Exhibition of Horror

By written by Peter SM    March 26, 2013   

Some sad news came across the internet last week as Google posted on their official blog that as of July 1st, 2013 they would be shutting down their Google Reader service . Google Reader is--or… continue reading Google Reader Service Ending July 1st, 2013

By written by Peter SM    March 21, 2013    1

Spring Break is right around the corner for Philly kids, tweens, and teens. They'll have a whole week of freedom from school, but even free time can get a little dull after a while. After all,… continue reading Teen Media Week at Free Library Hot Spots! March 25-28, 2013

By written by K-Fai S.    March 19, 2013    1

This April, the Free Library of Philadelphia is taking our annual Philadelphia Book Festival on the road, with special author events happening at all of our 54 locations throughout the city!… continue reading The 2013 Philadelphia Book Festival is Coming to YOUR Neighborhood Library!

By written by Michelle S.    March 18, 2013   

The Born This Way Foundation (BTWF) announced today that the Born Brave Bus is headed back on the road, without Lady Gaga, heading to Philly and three other select cities (Washington DC, New York,… continue reading The Born Brave Bus Tour is Back!

By written by K-Fai S.    March 14, 2013   

It’s the final week of One Book, One Philadelphia , and we couldn’t be more excited to be welcoming Julie Otsuka for the Grand Finale celebration on Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. at… continue reading Chatting One Book: The Buddha in the Attic, “A Disappearance”

By written by Michelle S.    March 13, 2013   

Back in November 2012, Google updated its Maps service for browsers, as well as Android powered mobile phones and tablets, with indoor maps and floor plans of over 10,000 locations inlcuding… continue reading Find Your Way Around Parkway Central via Google Indoor Maps

By written by Peter SM    March 12, 2013   

March 10-16 is Teen Tech Week @ The Free Library of Philadelphia and we’re calling on all Philadelphia teens to take a minute to check in at their Library or Hot Spot. We have tons of fun… continue reading It's Teen Tech Week!

By written by Daniel S.    March 8, 2013   

Welcome to “Chatting One Book ,” week seven! Just two weeks are left of One Book, One Philadelphia , and we’d love for you to share on Facebook or Twitter (or in the comments… continue reading Chatting One Book: The Buddha in the Attic, “Last Day”

By written by Michelle S.    March 6, 2013   

Every year, teen poets and spoken word artists come together to blow us away with their words and performances-- Teen Poetry Slam returns to the Free Library on Friday, April 5! If you’re… continue reading Teen Poetry Slam!

By written by Daniel S.    March 5, 2013   

 The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Rare Book Department has on display an exhibition of original drawings and published works of Robert Lawson.  The Department has a large… continue reading Not Just for Children: the Art of Robert Lawson

By written by Caitlin G.    February 28, 2013    2

The Kingsessing Branch is currently housing the TRAILBLAZERS TO FREEDOM DIGITAL INTERACTIVE MEDIA TRAVELING TRUNK . The trunk is an on loan to us from the African American Museum of… continue reading TRAILBLAZERS TO FREEDOM EXHIBIT @ The Kingsessing Branch

By written by Tamikka C.    February 27, 2013   

Welcome back to “Chatting One Book ”! This week, we’re focusing on the section called “Traitors.” In “Traitors,” I thought Julie Otsuka did an especially… continue reading Chatting One Book: The Buddha in the Attic, “Traitors”

By written by Michelle S.    February 27, 2013   

Let me just say: I love an awards show. I love the suspense, the silly red-carpet interviews, the dresses, everything. This year, though, I barely managed to make it to the movie theater. So while… continue reading Catching Up with the Oscars

By written by Alix G.    February 26, 2013   

The Free Library of Philadelphia is proud to partner with the Maker Education Initiative as part of their national Maker Corps Program for summer 2013. This unique program will provide… continue reading Library as Youth Maker Space – coming soon to a neighborhood location near you!

By written by K-Fai S.    February 21, 2013   

“The Children” is perhaps my favorite section of The Buddha in the Attic , if one can have a favorite part of this wholly enveloping novel. I love how Julie Otsuka describes the… continue reading Chatting One Book: The Buddha in the Attic, “The Children”

By written by Michelle S.    February 20, 2013   

We are excited to present VuFind , the newest version of our online catalog , starting on Wednesday, February 20th! We've been running VuFind in beta since early last year, so some of you may… continue reading VuFind, the Library's New Online Catalog!

By written by Peter SM    February 15, 2013    13

We’re halfway through the 2013 One Book, One Philadelphia season! How many events have you made it to so far? This week’s edition of “Chatting One Book ” focuses on the… continue reading Chatting One Book: The Buddha in the Attic, “Babies”

By written by Michelle S.    February 13, 2013   

The 55th annual Grammy awards were held this week in Los Angeles and the world was invited to sit on its collective couch and watch. Did the Grammys reaffirm your faith in pop music? Or like many… continue reading Grab a Grammy Winner with Freegal!

By written by Jamie W.    February 12, 2013   

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