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Concept Books | Learning about Numbers & Counting

Concept books are a type of picture book that introduces basic ideas, or concepts, to young children. They are sometimes described as informational picture books for preschoolers. These books play an important part in early literacy and…

Concept Books | Learning about Colors

Concept books are a type of picture book that introduces basic ideas, or concepts, to young children. They are sometimes described as informational picture books for preschoolers. These books play an important part in early literacy and…

Read These YA Books Before They Debut on Movie Screens in 2019!

2018 was a super busy year for YA books being adaptated into movies: The Hate U Give , To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before , Dumplin ’ , and so many others . (p.s. I have some Read-a-Like lists for The Hate U Give , To…

Concept Books | Learning about the Alphabet

What is a concept book?  Concept books are a type of picture book that introduces basic ideas, or concepts, to young children. They are sometimes described as informational picture books for preschoolers. These books present…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in January!

January is an especially good month to cozy up in a comfy chair with a warm cup and read a good book or watch a good movie and forget about what’s going on outside. Whether you’re looking to escape or to learn something new,…

18 Great Graphic Novels from 2018!

As another year comes to a close, I'm looking back on one of my favorite hobbies: reading comic books! Whether they were new stand-alone stories, retro reissue collections, original children's series, or new adventures with…

Newest Additions to the National Film Registry

It's that time of year again where everything seems to slow down between the holidaze and my mind and free time turns to my never-ending "to-watch" list. There's few greater joys than turning off all my electronic…

Love Hallmark Christmas Movies? Give These Teen Holiday Reads a Look!

2018, it’s been quite a year, am I right? I know that by this point every year we’re all like, “WOW, what a year!”, but this year especially feels like we are on track for record length. So in this, possibly the…

Picture Book Highlights | Winter is Almost Here!

Winter is almost here... and I’m NOT happy about it! There, I said it. The truth is, winter is my least favorite season. I don’t like the short days, I don’t like the cold, I don’t like wearing layer upon layer…

Gift Ideas from the Free Library!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? Right! The holidays certainly are fun, from office parties to time away from work, visits with family and friends and childhood nostalgia. And don’t forget the egg nog and…

Already Filled Up on The Great British Baking Show? Taste Test These Satisfying Cooking Reads!

Ah December – the days are shorter, the nights are longer, and the temperature is dropping. It's the time of year when cooking and baking seem the coziest of activities. However, if you are like me are not necessarily the…

Picture Book Highlights | The Truly Brave Princesses

In traditional fairy tales, princesses are usually the ones in need of rescue. That’s one way to think of princesses, but certainly not the only one! There are new princesses in town: they have agency, they have choices, and they…

What to Read While You Wait for Dumplin'

Excited for the Netflix premiere of Dumplin'  starring Jennifer Aniston and Danielle MacDonald? Did you know the movie was based on the Young Adult novel also titled Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy? Of course you did, you…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in December!

If you’re looking for some seasonal gift ideas or just something to take your mind off of the holiday frenzy, check out the following new titles that will transport you to a world away. You’ll find all these and mushc more…

Curl Up with a Winter Read

The days have gotten shorter. We’ve dug up our coziest sweaters. We’re making hot chocolate and plenty of other steaming drinks. We’re spying twinkly lights all around, from city streets to shopping malls.…

Thanksgiving & Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving reminds us to be grateful for all the little and big things that happen in our lives. And that’s a very good thing: feeling thankful helps us to stay positive! When we focus on little acts of kindness and moments of…

Picture Book Highlights | Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month—a time to celebrate the rich histories, cultures, and traditions of all First Nations. We have compiled a booklist of board books and picture books written by and about Native peoples.…

My Favorite Jewish (and Half Jewish) Family Children's Books!

Growing up in New Jersey, I was super aware that I was what my family calls a “halfie” – half Jewish, half Lutheran. There are tons of different ways to be a halfie, and that was ours. We celebrated Christmas AND…

The 25th Annual Philadelphia Marathon Weekend Is Here!

Completing a marathon is a huge accomplishment! Months of training and hard work culminating with one exciting day – running a mind-boggling 26.2 miles and testing the limits of the human body and spirit like almost nothing else…

Veterans Day Reads

What Is Veterans Day and why do we celebrate it? From History.com (who says it more elegantly than I can): Veterans Day originated as "Armistice Day" on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I.…