Tagged Free Library staff

December is Read A New Book Month!

Did you know that December is Read A New Book Month ? That’s right, the perfect excuse to dig into something you haven’t read before, especially as the temperatures continue to drop and the idea of leaving the house and the…

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…

What I've Learned in a Year at the Free Library

This week marks my one-year anniversary working for the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, the non-profit organization that supports the Free Library. I was hired as the system’s social media manager, to use the digital…

The Free Library Mourns the Loss of Former President Elliot Shelkrot

The team at The Free Library of Philadelphia was deeply saddened to hear of the passing earlier today of our former president and director Elliot L. Shelkrot. Elliot was a wonderful and dynamic individual who we were all lucky to call…

Yes, I Do Know How to Find Great New Music

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 playing with my own toys. When I was in…

New Year's Resolutions from the Free Library Staff

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 excited, mostly because it means NEW…

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…

Introducing Michael - Central's New Teen Center After School Leader!

There's a new face in Philbrick Hall at Central this week - Michael R. has joined the team to be the After School Leader in the Teen Center.  Michael graduated from Vassar College in 2011, with a major in Art History and a…

Preschool Spotlight on... Margaret Bernardi

One of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s best and brightest Children’s Librarians can be found at the Independence Branch at 18 South 7 th Street, a neighborhood rich in culture and variety. Margaret Bernardi is known for…

Preschool Spotlight on...Lawncrest Branch's Preschool Programming and Branch Head Debra Mikus

Do you have a preschooler and live in the Northeast?  Think about stopping by the Lawncrest Library on Rising Sun Avenue.  Besides offering a wide variety of children’s books and materials, Lawncrest provides some unique…

Celebrating The Free Library's Extraordinary Children's Librarians

Here at the Free Library we’ve had a wonderful few days celebrating how incredibly dedicated (and awesome!) our children’s librarians are. We got so much wonderful feedback from this heartwarming article that ran in the…

Preschool Spotlight on…Children’s Librarian Christine Cornwall at Northeast Regional Library

Looking for quirky, fun ideas for storytime?  Just ask Northeast Regional’s Christine Cornwall, and you’ll be amazed at what she comes up with!  Christine has worked in the Northeast Regional Children’s…

Preschool Spotlight on... Charles Santore Branch's Preschool Programming and Children's Librarian Elizabeth Corbett

Pajama Story Time? Bilingual Story Time? No problem for Elizabeth Corbett, Children’s Librarian at the Charles Santore branch of the Free Library in South Philadelphia. Elizabeth, who formerly worked at the Whitman and Queen…

The Free Library Says, “It Gets Better!”

So many of us have been distressed by the recent suicides of teens bullied for being or seeming gay.  Here’s what the Free Library staff have done to help show that things can change. We have booklists, weblinks and so much…