Tagged Awards

Best of the Worst: The 2017 Razzie Awards

You'll have to excuse me today, I'm a little tired after watching this weekend's wild awards ceremonies. And no, I don't mean The Oscars (although, #envelopegate would get my vote for "Best Dramedy"!).…

The Academy Awards: Bingo, Ballots, and Books!

The Academy Awards, also referred to as the Oscars, will be broadcast on Sunday, February 26. This is the biggest night of the year in my household. We host a party every year and have a blast with trivia, bingo, costume…

The 2016 Free Library of Philadelphia / Drexel University Children’s Literature Citation Recipients Are...

We here at the Free Library, along with Drexel University, love to celebrate and honor our local partners who are dedicated to promoting high-quality children’s literature and championing children’s literacy. One way we…

Jerry Pinkney Day

Jerry Pinkney is a rock star. His fans tend to be of the toddler-variety, but he has legions of older die-hard devotees of his work as well—mostly parents, nannies, and a lot of librarians. This week, a new fan is…

Free Library Receives NEH Challenge Grant

The Free Library of Philadelphia was recently awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant that will allow it to establish a new type of programming endowment – a Community Humanities Endowment of…

Gene Luen Yang named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

On Monday, January 4, the Library of Congress (along with the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader ) announced a new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature—Gene Luen Yang, a graphic novelist and…

The Crossover: Plenty of Swagger, Lots of Praise

Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for most distinguished contribution to children’s literature, and deservingly so.  The Crossover is filled with lots of rhyme and reason.This…

Three Book Award Winners for Children to Check Out

Three Award Winners to Check Out You might ask your dentist to recommend a good toothpaste, buy a sneaker endorsed by a professional basketball player or pick a veterinarian-approved pet food for your fuzzy best friend. Likewise, if you…

Caldecott, Newbery, Belpre, Oh My!

Last weekend in Chicago, a room full of children's and teen librarians erupted in cheers, gasps, and wild applause for the newest batch of books chosen for the Youth Media Awards, administered by the American Library…

2014 National Book Award Winners

The 65th National Book Awards took place on November 19th and featured appearances by Fran Lebowitz , Steve Martin , Rudine Sims Bishop , Garrison Keillor , and many other distinctive voices of American literature who have previously…

The 2014 Free Library of Philadelphia/Drexel University Children’s Literature Citation Winner Is...

illustrator and author Matt Phelan from Ardmore, PA! The award was presented this month at the annual Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference . Matt is an illustrator and author of many books for young readers, including the…

Science Fiction Award Season!

Last weekend was a big one for Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature, as the Nebula Awards were announced in San Jose, CA. Philadelphia’s own Samuel R. Delany, Professor of Creative Writing at Temple, was named Grand Master.…

Youth Media Awards have been announced!

This week, one of the most exciting and prestigious events in children’s literature took place right here in Philadelphia. The American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards are a highly anticipated event in which the…

LEAP's DREAM@50 Contest Winners

Today marks what would have been the 84th birthday of Nobel Prize winning activist and Civil Rights Leader Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. The DREAM@50 is a tribute series that was held throughout 2012 and continues into 2013, commemorating…

Free Library of Philadelphia/Drexel University Children’s Literature Citation

Free Library of Philadelphia/Drexel University   Children’s Literature Citation This citation is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to  literature for children and who is from Philadelphia,…

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - Music History at the Museum and at Your Local Library!

April 14 th is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 26 th induction ceremony, celebrating the achievements of some of the biggest names in rock music as well as recognizing some early influences and contributions of other music…

Looking Back at the First Annual Academy Awards

With all the glitz and glamour that Hollywood is known for, it is easy to imagine that the Oscars have always looked like they do now with red carpets and galas and tear-soaked speeches.  Yet, if you are watching the 84th Annual…

Caldecott and Newbery Medals Awarded

Today at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, TX, the Caldecott and Newbery Award winners and honor books were announced. The Caldecott Medal awards the artist of the most distinguished American picture…

2011 Street Lit Book Award Medal Winner and Honor Books

The Street Lit Book Award Medal Committee comprises of a group of volunteer librarians and library workers from across the U.S. who work with Street Lit and its readers in public and school libraries. The Committee collected, discussed,…

Free Library Receives 2010 EDDY Award!

We're proud to announce that the Free Library has received the 2010 "Star Community Commitment to Education" EDDY Award from the Philadelphia Education Fund! We're being honored for our work in providing all segments of…