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Raising a Reader--Phonological Awareness Are you trying to raise a reader? One of the key skills young children develop on their way to reading success is phonological awareness, or the ability to… continue reading Raising a Reader: Phonological Awareness

By written by Sarah S.    September 21, 2011    2

At the end of this week, there will be a small change made to our Homework Help Online service. As with our other online databases, you will now need to enter your Free Library card number and PIN… continue reading Small Change to Homework Help Online Log-in Process

By written by Michelle S.    September 20, 2011   

  Written by Helen Azar May, 2010. " You should have it back in a few days ", I am told by my primary care physician  whose office I am sitting in a few days after recovering… continue reading Senseless Life, or A Year With No Sense of Smell or Taste.

By written by Daniel S.    September 15, 2011    26

To celebrate our extensive collection of Beatrix Potter materials and to share her magical world with children across Philadelphia, we are proud to partner with the Beatrix Potter Society to bring… continue reading “Reading Beatrix Potter” at the Free Library

By written by Michelle S.    September 14, 2011    1

Children’s illustrator Carolyn Haywood was a lifelong Philadelphian who generously donated her extensive collection of book manuscripts, illustrations, and personal papers to the Free… continue reading New exhibit from the Children's Literature Research Collection

By written by Adrienne P.    September 12, 2011   

At the Free Library, we’re really proud of our librarians. They guide, support, and inspire patrons on a daily basis. In a recent blog post , we shared some of the super efforts and awesome… continue reading Love Your Librarian!

By written by Eileen O.    September 9, 2011   

As it is for many people, fall is my favorite time of year. There are tons of reasons for my partiality towards autumn, but I’m beginning to realize that most of them revolve around food.… continue reading Gearing Up for Fall Flavors

By written by Eileen O.    September 7, 2011    2

September brings cooler weather, fall foliage, and back-to-school jitters. But the first month of autumn is important for another reason: September is National Library Card Sign-Up month ! My… continue reading In Celebration of National Library Card Sign-Up Month!

By written by Eileen O.    September 1, 2011    4

Parkway Central Children’s has recently acquired a collection of Children’s books in French that are both classic and popular.  These beautiful books include tales from Tomi… continue reading New French-language Books for Children

By written by Sarah S.    August 31, 2011    2

Here at the Free Library we’ve had a wonderful few days celebrating how incredibly dedicated (and awesome!) our children’s librarians are. We got so much wonderful feedback from this… continue reading Celebrating The Free Library's Extraordinary Children's Librarians

By written by Sarah S.    August 31, 2011   

We are pleased to announce that the Free Library has recently expanded its digital collection with the addition of Disney Digital Books.  This new collection features nearly 700 popular… continue reading New Disney Online Books available now!

By written by Jamie W.    August 30, 2011    19

When I turned 21, I knew a few things about beer: it was generally the color of straw, it was carbonated, served cold, contained a mild amount of alcohol and I thought it tasted ok.  Then… continue reading Cracking the Barley Code: How the Free Library Helped Me Become a Homebrewer

By written by Daniel S.    August 29, 2011    3

The news of Steve Jobs’s resignation from Apple, the innovative computer company he co-founded over 30 years ago, was announced yesterday to a saddened, but maybe not surprised, Silicon… continue reading Steve Jobs and the Free Library

By written by Eileen O.    August 25, 2011   

Dancer, actor, singer, choreographer, director. Gene Kelly (1912–1996) added each of these impressive “job titles” to his résumé during his time in Hollywood, and… continue reading Celebrating the Great Gene Kelly

By written by Alix G.    August 24, 2011   

Since I can remember, I’ve always been a little behind the curve on the latest pop culture trends (for example, when I was little, my favorite pop singer was Mike Nesmith of The Monkees.… continue reading Playing Summer Catch Up

By written by Eileen O.    August 23, 2011   

I feel like the weather has been on everyone's minds lately, from the insufferable heat wave of a few weeks ago to the now seemingly daily deluges of rain. (Not to mention recent news about how… continue reading Inspired by the Weather

By written by Michelle S.    August 22, 2011   

With the all the rain we’ve been getting this week in Philadelphia, it’s a wonder I’ve made it out of my house at all. On rainy days, many people hunker down on a comfy couch… continue reading How to Avoid Rainy Day Blues

By written by Eileen O.    August 18, 2011    2

I was curled up on the couch last weekend when a preview for one of my favorite Alfred Hitchcock films flashed across the screen. Strangers on a Train , starring Farley Granger and Robert Walker,… continue reading Flicks from the Master of Suspense

By written by Alix G.    August 17, 2011   

With the opening of the newly refurbished Shakespeare Park   directly across the street from Parkway Central, it seems fitting to highlight the Library's holdings related to the man… continue reading The First Folios

By written by Janine P.    August 11, 2011   

Carolyn Haywood once described herself as “grand student of Howard Pyle.” Haywood was heavily influenced by several of Pyle’s students: Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935),… continue reading Like a Red, Red Rose

By written by Administrator    August 10, 2011    2

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