Posts in “pop-culture” (32)

Another Wednesday is upon us and that means new comic book day , but this week's usual trip to my local comic book shop will be a somber one, as not just the comic's world but the entire… continue reading

By Peter SM   November 14, 2018    1

I mean, this is Tom Hanks —you scarcely need us to tell you who he is. Famed for his portrayals of a ping-pong savant , WWII Army ranger , pioneering AIDS activist , toy sheriff , astronaut… continue reading

By Author Events   October 23, 2018    1

Does the "O" in October ever remind you of a hot, bubbling, scrumptious pizza? If it does, maybe that’s because October is National Pizza Month! We just observed International… continue reading

By Violet L.   October 19, 2018   

***Event Information Update | October 9, 2018*** Book sales will begin at 4:00 p.m. Books purchased will include a signed bookplate.   The event has been moved from the Montgomery Auditorium… continue reading

By Alix G.   October 5, 2018    9

For Baby Boomers, the words “Land Shark”, “Samurai Delicatessen”, “Coneheads”, and “The Blues Brothers” conjures up adventures on the wild frontier… continue reading

By Violet L.   August 23, 2018   

We started out with 32 blockbuster best-selling books from a variety of genres ... over 5 weeks, the books were voted upon by you, our faithful blog readers and library patrons... as each week… continue reading

By Peter SM   August 14, 2018    1

Chef. Raconteur. Explorer. Enthusiast . Anthony Bourdain was all of these things and much more. He had a lust for life that was all encompassing, whether it was his dream of traveling to the Congo… continue reading

By Peter SM   June 8, 2018   

Another summer season is about to start and with it a swath of celluloid distractions from the impending heat and humidity outside, projecting eye-popping entertainment some 40 feet high amid… continue reading

By Peter SM   May 25, 2018    2

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

By Karen K.   May 16, 2018    3

This year's additions to the National Recording Registry were announced last month , which include 25 songs, albums, or audio recordings from the early 20th century up to the present. This… continue reading

By Peter SM   April 6, 2018   

2018 marks the 38th time little golden statues have been awarded to films of a certain competence... and no, I'm not talking about the Oscars—I'm referring to the Razzies ! The… continue reading

By Peter SM   March 9, 2018    1

Excited for the release of the movie adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time this spring? I know I am! Can’t wait for Black Panther ? Yes! Obviously you should read the books first, but did you know… continue reading

By Rachel F.   January 26, 2018   

209 years ago today, one of the most peculiar poets and apparitional authors to ever hold a pen was born: Edgar Allan Poe . His macabre and gothic tales have fascinated and entertained readers for… continue reading

By Peter SM   January 19, 2018    1

Book clubs seem to be more popular than ever—we've even got two right here at the Free Library: our annual One Book, One Philadelphia reading selection creates citywide conversations… continue reading

By Peter SM   January 9, 2018    5

So it’s almost time for another installment of the Star Wars franchise, an event which many of us are treating as a holiday. It’s been a roller coaster ride for fans these last two… continue reading

By Rachel F.   December 14, 2017   

Forty years after it left theaters, 1977’s Star Wars ranks as the second top-grossing film of all time (adjusted for inflation). Its impact on pop culture is immeasurable—from a pretty… continue reading

By J. Matthew C.   December 12, 2017    1

Another Brooklyn  is so rich with sound that I can hear it. I want to slide it onto a record player and spin myself back to white go-go boots and Al Green . 1970s. Inimitable young August has… continue reading

By Brittanie S.   November 15, 2017   

We've spent the past week here on the blog celebrating Banned Books and the f READ om to read whatever you want—banned, challenged, or not. If there's one thing possibly more… continue reading

By Peter SM   September 29, 2017   

The arrival of 2017 brought numerous throwbacks to popular television shows of the past. A number of reboots have already hit the small screen, with more scheduled to appear by the end of the… continue reading

By Lo I.   August 15, 2017    1

This summer the Free Library will team up with the Knight Foundation and Niantic , maker of Pokémon , to bring Pokémon GO to five select Philadelphia libraries! PHL17 recently… continue reading

By Nate E.   July 11, 2017