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Movie goers will be whisked back into the wizarding world of the Harry Potter -verse this weekend when J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them magically appears across theater… continue reading Fantastic Fantasy and Where to Find It

By written by Peter SM    November 18, 2016   

We are back with a new Picture Book Highlights , the series where we put the spotlight on a brand-new book that has been ordered for all of our libraries . This time it’s Owl Sees Owl ,… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Owl Sees Owl

By written by Monica C.    November 15, 2016   

Amid swirls of concern over the death of the independent book shop, Ann Patchett  has been bringing "independent" back for the past five years at her Parnassus Books , a thriving… continue reading The Final Word with Ann Patchett

By written by Samantha M.    November 14, 2016   

I don’t know why I’m so fascinated by the British Royal Family (remember my excitement about the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton back in 2011?). Perhaps it’s… continue reading Grab a Cup of Tea and Learn About the Queen

By written by Camille T.    November 14, 2016   

Thanksgiving will soon be upon us and is always a good time to remind ourselves to be grateful. Expressing appreciation for what we have, noticing the small and big things in our lives that are… continue reading Giving Thanks!

By written by Monica C.    November 10, 2016   

We're a week away from the scariest, spookiest, most superstitious night of the year— Halloween ! If you are looking for something to watch to get you in the holiday spirit, look no… continue reading Stream Screams with Hoopla this Halloween!

By written by Peter SM    October 25, 2016    1

Years ago, a program called Poetry in Motion  placed poetry posters in transit systems of various cities all over the United States, including Philadelphia . You may have seen one of the… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Daniel Finds a Poem

By written by Monica C.    October 18, 2016    2

It’s time to think of costumes and go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood! How about getting ready for Halloween with some old friends? Join Llama Llama , Farmer Brown and the Barnyard… continue reading Enjoy the Treat of Some Great Halloween Children's Books!

By written by Monica C.    October 12, 2016    1

The Anti-Hero figure in pop culture isn't necessarily a new concept but has seemed to become the prevalent form of a "hero" that we see in our media nowadays. The idea of the perfect… continue reading The Anti-Hero in Pop Culture

By written by Peter SM    October 12, 2016    1

Does the 2016 election have you feeling anxious? Are your news and social media feeds just too much for you some days? Are you randomly and for no reason starting fights with family… continue reading The Patriot's Guide to Taking a Break from the Election

By written by Rachel F.    October 6, 2016    2

At the beginning of every month, a new Early Literacy calendar —compiled by Free Library of Philadelphia’s children’s librarians—can be found on our blog. It is filled… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Sing with Me!

By written by Monica C.    October 4, 2016   

When the days start getting shorter and cooler, it means fall is in the air. Leaves begin to turn shades of yellow, orange, and red, carpeting the ground and changing the… continue reading Falling in Love with Fall

By written by Monica C.    September 22, 2016   

Children love to play with blocks—they begin by stacking and balancing, then they move on to building and engaging in pretend play. As an early literary  skill, play is an… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Blocks

By written by Monica C.    September 13, 2016   

It’s school time again! For some, this will be their very first first day going to school. The first day of school is a day of many feelings: excitement, curiosity… and a little… continue reading First Day of School

By written by Monica C.    September 7, 2016   

The life of a children’s librarian is so interesting. We get to meet so many amazing parents, grandparents, aunties, and uncles who bring their children to our library for storytimes… continue reading Too Tired to Turn Pages? Try These Online Early Literacy Tools!

By written by Sarah S.    August 30, 2016    1

We are back for another Picture Book Highlight , where we put the spotlight on a brand-new book that has been ordered for all our libraries. Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, is also known… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Maybe Something Beautiful

By written by Monica C.    August 25, 2016   

Sometimes you just can't believe the story someone is telling you . Maybe it’s because it seems too fantastical or maybe it’s just because the storyteller is untrustworthy. Maybe… continue reading The Unreliable Narrator: Who Can You Trust?

By written by Rachel F.    August 19, 2016    2

August is hot and steamy in Philadelphia... a perfect time to take a vacation to somewhere sunny, beachy, or just far away. Need some books to keep the kids busy? Here you go! Everything Goes On… continue reading Children's Books for Your Next Roadtrip!

By written by Sarah S.    August 4, 2016   

We are starting a new series of posts: Picture Book Highlights will put the spotlight on a brand-new book that has been ordered for all our agencies. Philadelphia is a large metropolitan city, so… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | City Shapes

By written by Monica C.    August 3, 2016   

There’s something about trucks ... They’re big, they’re loud, they’re strong! There’s a truck for every job and children love to learn about them. Here are some… continue reading Keep on Trucking!

By written by Monica C.    July 28, 2016   

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