Posts in “government-information” (15)

Since 2014, the Free Library’s new Regional Operations Center (ROC) has been open—open to staff, not the public. And while requesting most books from this offsite location is no… continue reading

By Timothy F.   November 10, 2015    1

Sacagawea and Susan B. Anthony grace dollar coins, but the faces on U.S. currency have largely belonged to white men. This is starting, slowly, to change. On June 18, Secretary of the Treasury… continue reading

By Timothy F.   June 18, 2015    1

With the recent theft of some taxpayers’ personal information, and an even more recent data breach of federal employees’ information, it’s no wonder the U.S. Government is taking… continue reading

By Timothy F.   June 11, 2015   

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently thrilled many internet enthusiasts (and enraged others) in finally ruling on the question of the “ open internet .” The verdict?… continue reading

By Timothy F.   March 6, 2015   

Tax season is upon us. After months of anticipation, the Federal and Pennsylvania tax forms are now available in the Government Publications Department at the Central Library (1901 Vine St.), as… continue reading

By Timothy F.   February 11, 2015   

The United States Congress handles much of its work through the use of committees – panels of varying size, focus, rules, funding, and authority – made up of members of the Senate or… continue reading

By Timothy F.   December 22, 2014   

Cranberry production was down four percent this year – but American farmers still produced over eight million barrels (800 million pounds) of the fall favorite, so the country should have a… continue reading

By Timothy F.   November 24, 2014   

There are almost 20 million veterans currently living in the United States, and almost 12 percent of Pennsylvania’s adult population has served in an American war. (Source: 2013 American… continue reading

By Timothy F.   November 9, 2014   

This year’s general election takes place Tuesday, November 4, when Pennsylvanians will go to the polls and cast their votes for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, U.S. Congress, and State… continue reading

By Timothy F.   November 1, 2014   

Daylight saving time (aka daylight time, aka DST) has its origins in the United States with the Standard Time Act of 1918 (See Pub.L. 65-106, United States Statutes at Large , 65 th Congress), an… continue reading

By Timothy F.   October 30, 2014   

Since May, the Free Library’s new Regional Operations Center (ROC) has been open – open to staff, not the public. And while requesting most books from this offsite location is no… continue reading

By Timothy F.   September 16, 2014   

In 1910, farmers and farm laborers made up, by far, the largest group of workers in the United States. A century later, they don’t even crack the top ten (the greatest numbers now work in… continue reading

By Timothy F.   August 27, 2014   

With luck, the government shutdown will be a thing of the past very soon, but until then, remember that you can rely on the Free Library for many of your information needs.  For… continue reading

By Jamie W.   October 15, 2013   

This is the first part in a multi-part series looking at tech news and issues relevant to the Free Library of Philadelphia’s customers and patrons. One of the more recent buzzwords gaining… continue reading

By Peter SM   November 27, 2012   

If you’re a debater, a fan of politics talk shows, or otherwise a news junkie, or if you want to follow what lawmakers are up to, you’ll be pleased to learn about two databases the… continue reading

By Joe M.   August 22, 2008    21