Posts in “recommendations” (219)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Monica C.   July 28, 2016   

This summer, the Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to celebrate The Summer of Lauren Castillo! Okay, technically, it’s The Summer of Wonder—our annual Summer Reading program for… continue reading

By Chris B.   June 8, 2016    3

My dad was a radio DJ when I was a kid and thereby instilled in me a fierce love of music. As far back as my days of wearing footie pajamas I preferred partaking of his vast vinyl collection to… continue reading

By Kim B.   March 11, 2016   

Information and books and podcasts and programming and computers and Wi-Fi and a great place to hang out: All of this and more make up the Free Library of Philadelphia. But what does the Library… continue reading

By Autumn M.   March 3, 2016   

It's been a few days, but it's still hard to process that David Bowie has left us . Newspapers, television news broadcasts, the internet as a whole—and more than likely—your… continue reading

By Peter SM   January 14, 2016   

It's that time again: We reflect on the past year and think about what we want to do for the next year. For most of us, our resolutions have to do with health: getting fit and eating… continue reading

By Samantha M.   January 4, 2016   

Now that the gifts have been opened, (most of) the egg nog has been drank, and we've traveled back home from visits with friends and family, it's time to ring in 2016! We are pretty… continue reading

By Kate C.   December 30, 2015    1

I've written before about some of my favorite Young Adult titles this year, but I'm not the only librarian who loves reading YA. In October, three of our librarians—Erin H. from… continue reading

By Rachel F.   December 29, 2015    2

As we count down to the premiere of the next chapter in the Star Wars saga, the Free Library has you covered no matter what age you are! Need to catch up?   We have Star Wars: A New Hope ,… continue reading

By Rachel F.   December 11, 2015   

As the holiday season is upon us, I have started looking forward to one of my favorite holiday rituals: revisiting Little Women . This may not be on most people’s lists of traditional… continue reading

By Ann P.   December 4, 2015   

When new acquaintances find out I’m a librarian, our conversations generally go in one of two directions—either people apologize for not reading enough OR they quiz me about the latest… continue reading

By Rachel F.   November 17, 2015    4

It was recently announced that Philip Pullman’s award winning trilogy His Dark Materials would be adapted for film again, but this time for the small screen. It will be given a… continue reading

By Elizabeth K.   November 9, 2015   

Since their inception, comics have been considered “low culture.” Comics have their roots in political cartoons, which were targeted toward those who could not read the newspaper. They… continue reading

By Jordan H.   November 3, 2015   

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