Recession Tools? What’s that about? We all know that times are tough. In fact, the unemployment rate is in the double-digits, one out of eight Americans is now receiving food stamps, and… continue reading

By Lee F.   January 13, 2010    2

Miep Gies, the woman who helped hide Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis, died on Monday evening from a neck injury sustained during a fall in December. Gies, who was 100 years old, was one… continue reading

By Shannon G   January 12, 2010   

  The Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia presents The Spirit of Satire in the Rare Book Department  an exhibition that explores the various dimensions of the… continue reading

By Joe S.   December 23, 2009    6

Those words were never spoken by the character Sherlock Holmes in the novels by Conan Doyle . But like many wonderful literary characters, they often take on a life of their own. Sherlock Holmes… continue reading

By Camille T.   December 23, 2009    14

A new study might make you think twice before you threaten to take away your child’s cell phone or limit their computer use. The National Literacy Trust has published findings that… continue reading

By Shannon G   December 3, 2009    20

The New York Times recently revealed its line-up of 2009’s best fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in its annual 100 Notable Books list. Many of the authors that we hosted at the Parkway… continue reading

By Shannon G   December 2, 2009    13

Don't miss the third annual  Book Paper Scissors Artists' Book Fair at the Parkway Central Library on Saturday, December 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.—it's free and open to the… continue reading

By Karen L.   December 1, 2009    9

Ever wonder how a book is made, outside of the huge factory production of regular publishing? This video by Abigail Uhteg, a 2007 graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, shows how. She… continue reading

By Shannon G   November 30, 2009    20

Head over to Children’s Book World in Haverford on Sunday, November 22 for A Novel Idea , a benefit for the Free Library of Philadelphia. Nationally renowned young adult authors will be on… continue reading

By Shannon G   November 20, 2009    1

It’s that time of year again—not a day full of turkey and football, but the announcement of the 2009 National Book Award winners! In addition to the winners in fiction, nonfiction,… continue reading

By Shannon G   November 20, 2009    1

Two months ago, we announced the 2010 One Book, One Philadelphia featured reading selection, Marjane Satrapi’s The Complete Persepolis . The programming period officially kicks off in… continue reading

By Shannon G   November 12, 2009    2

Looking for some great kid-tested, librarian-approved books for Thanksgiving?  The children's librarians at the Free Library have put together a list of their favorites.  Their… continue reading

By Carolyn P.   November 12, 2009    4

Today marks the 40th Anniversary of Sesame Street , the educational children’s television show that bridged the gap between education and entertainment. Check out one of our favorites here… continue reading

By Camille T.   November 10, 2009    9

Learn and listen to Science@Central, where you’ll hear podcasts from some of today’s best known scientists and science writers, including: Buzz Aldrin James Watson Richard Dawkins… continue reading

By Camille T.   November 9, 2009   

My last entry discussed U.S. Government resources for career assessment. This entry will feature resources that can inform you about the world of work. An important part of career decision-making… continue reading

By Paul S.   October 27, 2009    9

Give your dancing shoes a night off and join Library lovers across the city on Saturday, November 7th in a celebration of literacy and the vital role the Free Library of Philadelphia plays in our… continue reading

By Shannon G   October 22, 2009    2

The Parkway Central Library’s Print and Picture Collection is currently hosting a new exhibition of artists’ books, photographs, and prints acquired by purchase or gift in 2008 and… continue reading

By Karen L.   October 15, 2009    5

Yes, Uncle Sam has free online resources for career planning and job searching. Over the next few blogs, I’ll discuss some of these resources and how they can help you to develop and reach… continue reading

By Paul S.   October 14, 2009    9

Marjane Satrapi’s memoir, Persepolis , captured my full attention on the first page—the image of young girls playing with their veils instead of wearing them made me chuckle. I read… continue reading

By Shannon G   October 9, 2009    4

Interested in the Free Library’s downloadable resources but not sure where to start? Stop by the Parkway Central Library on Friday, October 16 between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and hop aboard… continue reading

By Shannon G   October 8, 2009   

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