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Archives shield us from a world saturated with fake news and misinformation. But what are archives? How are they different from libraries? Where are they? How do they work? How are they… continue reading Design in the Archives: A Free Evening of Fun and Learning for All Ages!

By written by Joe S.    October 21, 2019   

While riding on the El one afternoon, as the train wobbily drifted into 46th Street Station, I noticed a handful of people standing around in a vacant lot off to the side of the tracks and then I… continue reading Strange Statues and a Discovery in Parkway Central Library's Art Department

By written by Briana G.    March 29, 2019    3

Who was Herbert Crowley? And why did he almost fade into obscurity after exhibiting critically acclaimed work at the start of the 20th century? Crowley was part of the very influential… continue reading Herbert Crowley: A Visionary Artist Rediscovered

By written by Alina J.    October 29, 2018   

You’ve heard the adage that “All politics is local”, but the real, hidden story of American life is documented in the rich and mostly lost bounty of local television programming… continue reading Input and the Extraordinary Marion Stokes

By written by Violet L.    September 14, 2018    9

Philly Theatre Week , presented by Theatre Philadelphia, is a 10-day celeration of the artists, organizations, and audiences that have made Greater Philadelphia one of the most vibrant… continue reading Philly Theatre Week and a Look at Philadelphia Theatre History

By written by Karin S.    February 9, 2018   

Ferdinand never wanted to be a fighting bull, so he's right at home here in the Free Library...  John Cena stars as the big-hearted bull in the animated adaptation opening in theaters… continue reading Ferdinand: The Bull Is In The House (or at least the library!)

By written by Caitlin G.    December 15, 2017   

Over three previous concert seasons at the Parkway Central Library , veteran and up-and-coming Philly musicians have explored some questions. What has the Great Migration meant to music in… continue reading Mysterious Travelers Tunes Up for Its Fourth Season of Free Jazz Shows with the Philadelphia Jazz Project!

By written by Perry G.    September 13, 2017   

 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

Katherine Milhous (1894-1977) and Frances Lichten (1889-1961) were life partners and artistic collaborators who shared several passions: creating vibrant artwork for children and adults,… continue reading A Love of Philadelphia

By written by Lindsay F.    June 25, 2012    3

How do you write a children’s book about political corruption? It becomes quite simple when the real life story features a rhinoceros. Little Una by Elizabeth Olds is about a rhino that… continue reading Better a Rhino

By written by Lindsay F.    May 7, 2012   

As archivists at the Children’s Literature Research Collection, it’s not surprising that most of the materials we work with are children’s book materials: drafts of manuscripts,… continue reading Dolls and Matchbooks and Buttons, Oh My!

By written by Caitlin G.    April 17, 2012    1

Scott O’Dell once summed up being an author in three simple words: “Writing is hard.” As a writer of children’s historical fiction, he excelled in creating his own story… continue reading The Scott O'Dell papers

By written by Adrienne P.    March 19, 2012    5

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   

With 2011 coming to an end, we want to recognize the 75 th anniversary of one of our favorite children’s books: Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson’s The Story of Ferdinand. Published by… continue reading Happy Birthday to Ferdinand the Bull!

By written by Caitlin G.    December 16, 2011    6

Recently, I began processing the papers of children’s book author and illustrator Munro Leaf. Having already processed the Frederick R. Gardner collection of Robert Lawson, it was a perfect… continue reading “This Is a Watchbird Watching YOU”

By written by Caitlin G.    October 14, 2011    23

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   

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