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#OneBookWednesday: Another Brooklyn Beats (A Reading Playlist)

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 moved from Tennessee with her father…

#OneBookWednesday: Another Brooklyn, Many Philadelphias – A Close-Up on Philly's Neighborhoods

Jacqueline Woodson has said that Another Brooklyn , although a fictional story of four girls growing up in the 1960s and 70s, is at its heart a biography of her neighborhood—Bushwick. Having moved there from Greenville, North…

#OneBookWednesday: Another Brooklyn – Historical Backdrop

In Another Brooklyn , Jacqueline Woodson explores the complex coming-of-age story of the teenage August, while seamlessly weaving in the history of the late 1960s and 1970s. She shows how events impacted the growth of individuals living…

#OneBookWednesday: Choosing The Book

Last week was a big week over here at the Free Library – we announced the 2018 One Book, One Philadelphia featured title , marking the start of the 16th season of One Book ! So as we sit back, read, and reflect on Jacqueline…

Announcing the 2018 One Book, One Philadelphia Selection

The 2018 One Book, One Philadelphia selection was announced this morning! We are very excited to share that for its 16th season, One Book will become immersed in Jacqueline Woodson’s beautiful novel Another Brooklyn . This New…

The 2018 One Book, One Philadelphia Selection IS … Coming Soon!

After months (seriously) of combing through stacks of award winners, bestsellers, thought provokers, and heartstring pullers … WE HAVE SELECTED THIS YEAR’S ONE BOOK, ONE PHILADELPHIA TITLE . What is it, you ask? We…

#OneBookWednesday: Coming Together Through Stories

The end of another phenomenal One Book, One Philadelphia season is upon us. We have spent eight inspired weeks reading, discussing, watching, creating, playing, and enjoying. The 15th season of this shared reading endeavor has included…

#OneBookWednesday: Night Skies

One of the special things about the One Book, One Philadelphia programming season is the ability for the One Book program and the Free Library as a whole to get out in the community, start or continue important conversations, and forge…

Pi(e) Day

I admit it: I’ve developed a slight obsession with baking pies. It all started last spring, when I took a hands-on pie class at the Free Library’s Culinary Literacy Center with Holly Riccardi, a baker who runs Magpie , South…

#OneBookWednesday: The Many Roads to the Free Library

At the Free Library, we recognize that people come to literacy—and literature—in many different ways. In our Words at Play Vocabulary Initiative , art, music, and other unique tools are used to help increase the vocabulary…

#OneBookWednesday: Stage vs. Page and Other Takeaways

Last week, the Drexel University Autism Support Program presented a panel discussion highlighting issues raised about autism in this year’s One Book, One Philadelphia selection , The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time .…

#OneBookWednesday: One Book…Wow, Burger

You don’t understand how much I love burgers. I  love  them. Give me a big fat burger on a bun with a couple slices of tomato, pickles, and cheese, and you’ll see the happiest Kalela ever. So of course, when the…

#OneBookWednesday: The Curious Incidence of the Dogs in our Lifetimes

There were no dog-related mysteries at last Wednesday evening’s One Book, One Philadelphia event . In fact, the message was quite clear: working and service dogs from across the city are pretty amazing creatures. Whether…

Philadelphia Performances for Autism (PPA)

The Free Library is happy to host  Philadelphia Performances for Autism (PPA) on Saturday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m. in Parkway Central Library's Children's Department . Philadelphia Performances for Autism (PPA)  is an…

#OneBookWednesday: Exploring Myths and Facts about the Autism Spectrum

Emphasizing the diversity and individuality expressed on the Autism Spectrum was one of the main themes that came out of the One Book, One Philadelphia panel discussion hosted at the South Philadelphia Library last Wednesday entitled…

#OneBookWednesday: Looking Back on 15 Years

Last Wednesday night, we officially closed the door on the 2016-2017 One Book, One Philadelphia reading period for  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (although, let’s be honest, you can totally still begin or…

Celebrate 15 Years of One Book, One Philadelphia!

The 2017 One Book, One Philadelphia kickoff event is set for tonight and marks the 15th year of this beloved Philadelphia tradition. Can you believe it? The very first One Book, One Philadelphia title, The Price of a Child by Lorene…

#OneBookWednesday: Book Discussion Tips

We are just one week away from the kickoff event to the One Book, One Philadelphia 2017 season ! On Wednesday night, January 25, at 7:30 p.m., you are invited to join us in Parkway Central Library for a free event to celebrate the…

#OneBookWednesday: A Neighborhood Library Perspective

Why do I so enjoy working with One Book, One Philadelphia each year? Let me count the ways! For me, this program combines many of the components that I consider to be critical to contemporary librarianship (and why I changed careers…

#OneBookWednesday: Companion Books about Children with Disabilities

While our 2017 One Book, One Philadelphia selection is often speculated to be a book about Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger’s Syndrome (something we've discussed in a previous #OneBookWednesday blog entry ), this…