Posts in “rare-book-department” (107)

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Tomorrow is National Bird Day and it's making me reflect on my connection with birds and nature in general. I’ve never been able to have a relationship with birds growing up in the city.… continue reading Happy National Bird Day!

By written by Kamilah C.    January 4, 2019   

One of the most popular items in the Rare Book Department that resonates with visitors the world over is not what you would expect. It is not a rare manuscript or a printed book from one of our… continue reading Grip, Philadelphia's Pet Raven

By written by Joe S.    December 3, 2018    6

Now more than ever , students and teachers at our schools need the information and skills that librarians and libraries can provide. This year, the Free Library is working to spread the word about… continue reading Better Together: The Free Library Partners with Schools

By written by Jess P.    October 26, 2018   

What do food and books have in common? I can certainly name three things: They are organic, can grow mold, and can be preserved. Those three things were key elements to a lesson taught to third… continue reading What Do Food and Books Have In Common?

By written by Paul M.    October 17, 2018   

October 10 marks the opening of an exhibition that analyzes Philadelphia's growth across more than three centuries, presenting more than 80 rare and revelatory prints, photographs,… continue reading Philadelphia: The Changing City - An Exhibition from Special Collections

By written by Janine P.    October 9, 2018   

For many, the month of October can conjure up a glorification of gore. Here at the Free Library’s Culinary Literacy Center , we are taking a bit of a different approach and beginning a… continue reading Anatomy Eats

By written by Suzanna U.    October 5, 2018   

The Free Library’s popular rooftop beer garden series, Brews & Views , held in conjunction with Brûlée Catering , is headed back to the Parkway Central Library for a… continue reading The Free Library’s Rooftop Beer Gardens Are Back!

By written by Kate C.    September 28, 2018   

Hypnosis, using its power to heal or influence others, has captured our public imagination long ago. It is a popular and often misunderstood technique that has been used for a variety of things,… continue reading Hypnosis & Your Health

By written by Joe S.    September 21, 2018   

The summer is coming to a close (though someone obviously forgot to tell the weather!) and with that, several exhibitions at the Free Library will soon be winding down. Don’t worry!… continue reading Visit These Free Library Exhibitions Before It’s Too Late!

By written by Kate C.    September 11, 2018   

Philadelphians and people worldwide will eventually be able to view and download entire Islamic manuscripts, consisting of both images and texts, from the Free Library of Philadelphia’s… continue reading Updates From the Manuscripts of the Muslim World Project

By written by Joe S.    September 5, 2018   

A recent article and video at the University of Pennsylvania's  Penn Today highlights the work taking place to digitize all of the medieval manuscripts at Philadelphia area… continue reading Bringing Philadelphia's Rare Manuscripts to the World

By written by Janine P.    August 20, 2018   

Want to explore the outdoors? Start inside—here at the Free Library! Now through September 15, the Free Library of Philadelphia, with an exciting new exhibition and programs, is your pathway… continue reading A Field Guide to Exciting Programs and Special Exhibitions at the Free Library!

By written by Kalela W.    August 2, 2018    2

Badum-bum… All bad puns aside, today is Herman Melville's birthday (his 199th – next year will be a big one!) and the Free Library is paying tribute to the American Homer! Our… continue reading Have a Whale of a Time Celebrating Herman Melville!

By written by Kate C.    August 1, 2018   

For the past 25 years, America’s birthplace (Philly, of course!) has celebrated America’s birthday (July 4, of course!) with Wawa Welcome America – a multi-day festival of FREE… continue reading Join the Free Library for Wawa Welcome America Festivities!

By written by Kate C.    June 19, 2018   

When I first found out that we had a James Bond collection in the Rare Book Department , I was so surprised. James Bond amongst medieval manuscripts and cuneiform tablets—how the heck did… continue reading How 007 Got His Name

By written by Karen K.    May 16, 2018    3

Throughout Spring and Summer, every corner of the Free Library of Philadelphia will be taking inspiration from In Our Nature: Flora and Fauna of the Americas - an exhibition taking place in our… continue reading The City of Arborly Love: Flora, Fauna, and Free Trees at Parkway Central Library!

By written by Adam F.    March 27, 2018    3

The Free Library's Rare Book Department prides itself on making historical and beatiful artifacts available to the general public. An award of $500,000 from the Council on Library and… continue reading Rare Book Department Awarded Digitization Grant for Muslim-World Artifacts

By written by Julie B.    January 11, 2018    4

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