Tagged Government Information

Passport Office Opens at Northeast Regional Library

The Free Library has always helped people explore new worlds—through fictional tales of far-off places and its international music collections, as well as through its robust foreign-language materials and travel resources. Now it…

Government Documents at the Regional Operations Center

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 different than placing a hold on any library…

A Woman on the New $10

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 Jacob Lew announced that Alexander…

Recovering from Identity Theft

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 an interest in identity theft. The…

The FCC, Open Internet and the Digital Divide

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? Net neutrality – and “the…

2015 Tax Preparation

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 well as at the neighborhood libraries .…

Committees of the U.S. Congress

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 the House of Representatives or, in the…

Thanksgiving Day

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 decent supply this Thanksgiving. Turkey…

The Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month

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 Community Survey one-year esimates ) The…

Election Day 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 Senators and Representatives.…

Fall Back

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 effort to conserve fuel during the First…

Government Documents at the Regional Operations Center

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 different than placing a hold on any library…

Labor Day 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 retail and food service). [Source: U.S.…

Online Census Data during the Government Shutdown

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 example,  census.gov is currently unavailable,…

The Open Data Initiative and GIS Technology

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 attention in the tech world and in…

News junkies, eat your heart out with CQ

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 Library subscribes to: CQ Researcher and CQ…

Edward Snowden in Conversation with Jeremy Scahill | The Surveillance State Then and Now

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! Edward Snowden will appear via a live closed-circuit link. In 2013 NSA contractor Edward Snowden shook the pillars of the worldwide intelligence community when he revealed a trove of…

U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1980)

The bound, sequentially numbered volumes of all the Reports, Documents, and Journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives constitutes a rich source of primary source material on all aspects of American history. Upon…

HealthCare.Gov

Official guide to the health care, health insurance and the Affordable Care Act

Archive-It

Archive-It, a web archiving service, to collect and store the websites of Philadelphia government agencies and selected cultural institutions, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the American Philosophical Society. You can search…

Chris Hayes | A Colony in a Nation

Chris Hayes is the titular host of MSNBC’s news and opinion show All In with Chris Hayes . Formerly a frequent fill-in for Rachel Maddow and the host of the weekend morning show Up with Chris Hayes , in 2013 he became the youngest…

Bernie Sanders | Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In

In conversation with Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! Perhaps America’s greatest standard-bearer for progressivism, Bernie Sanders inspired hope and a fervent following with his 2016 Democratic Presidential campaign. Currently…

Jeremy Scahill | The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government's Secret Drone Warfare Program

Jeremy Scahill is an investigative journalist and the author of the bestselling books  Blackwater , an exposé of the powerful and controversial private army, and Dirty Wars , in which he revealed the grim consequences of the clandestine…

Barbara Boxer | The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life

The junior United States senator from California for more than two decades, a lifelong Democrat, former Congresswoman, and seasoned scrapper, Barbara Boxer has devoted her tenure in public service to compassionate advocacy for women,…

Mary Roach | Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

“America’s funniest science writer” ( Washington Post ), Mary Roach has researched and written about the life of the recently expired human body ( Stiff ), the mysteries that lie beyond this mortal coil ( Spook ), the prurient phenomena…

Michael V. Hayden | Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

In more than 40 years of public service, Michael Hayden rose to become a United States Air Force four-star general, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Director of both the Central Intelligence Agency and the…