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Keeping You and the Kids Busy While Social Distancing

While we all practice social distancing with schools and libraries closed for at least two weeks to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 , what exactly are you (and your kids!) going to do with yourself? A lot of us have to-be-read piles…

Are Your Favorite Titles Disappearing from Netflix?

Here today gone tomorrow is sometimes the fate of digital content. Paid subscription services such as Netflix add and drop titles monthly. Are your favorite titles disappearing from Netflix? Check out the following titles that are…

Picture Book Highlights | Spring is in the Air

It’s early March and the Philadelphia Flower Show has just opened – a clear sign that spring is near! The spring equinox, which will arrive on March 19 this year, marks a new season, one that is all about new beginnings and…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in March!

Our adult selections for March are decidedly serious and topical, dealing with opioid addiction, racial bias, and living under despotism... while our teen and children’s selections are full of magic and fantasy. Never let it be…

Visions of Black Future Month During Black History Month

I know its Black History Month, and we have a ton of programs  and resources  to share and celebrate, but February always makes me think of the title of N.K. Jemisin’s award-winning collection of stories, How Long…

Consent is Romantic!

Ah those intense feelings of first love and sexual awakening – how heady and confusing and exhilarating! In ye olde school times when I was growing up, any books (or movies or television shows) showing teens in love and having sex…

Celebrating Everyday Experiences of Black Children and Families

Back in 2018, Denene Milner, children’s book writer and publisher, wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times lamenting the scarcity of children’s books that "celebrate the humanity and everyday experiences of black…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in February!

These new titles coming to a library near you in February are, for the most part, inspirational, speak out against injustice, and strive for a better world. And then there’s the film Doctor Sleep , which is none of those. Take…

Short Books for the Shortest Month!

With the shortest month of the year upon us, how about a book list full of short yet spectacular fiction reads to match? You’ll be sure to whiz through these stories in no time, and the limited page counts (with each title…

Digital Media Spotlight | New Year, New ebooks!

For this month's Digital Media Spotlight , we turn our attention towards ebooks and the news that in 2019, the Free Library reached the 1 million+ ebook checkout mark ! And it would seem public libraries, in general, were having a…

Picture Book Highlights | Mmm, Mmm, Soup!

It’s that time of the year. where winter has just started and with it more cold days and colder nights. Looking for something to warm up your heart and tummy? How about soup? Making soup together is a bonding experience: gathering…

Newest Additions to the National Film Registry

For Hollywood, the time spanning November through March is known as "film awards season" . Between the  People's Choice Awards ,  Golden Globe Awards , the Oscars , the Golden Raspberry Awards , as well as…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in January!

A new year and decade has arrived; time to take stock of where we are and begin anew.  May we suggest some inspirational children’s titles, and a new book by Martha Stewart to help you organize your home and your life? No?…

19 Great Graphic Novels from 2019!

Whether they were new stand-alone stories, biographical novels, retro reissue collections, original children's series, or new adventures with familiar faces, there was no shortage of comic-related reading material in 2019, let alone…

Dena's Favorite Books of 2019

It's that time of the year again! Working in the Fiction Department of the Parkway Central Library means that I am always surrounded by excellent books to read. I read over 330 this year, and in narrowing it down to my top 30…

New Star Wars Teen Fiction to Read Before The Rise of Skywalker!

Hey everyone, it’s that time of year again – time for a new installment in the Star Wars movie universe! I’ve written before about my Star Wars excitement (that I’m sure you share!): Back in 2015, it was about…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in December!

As the days get shorter, stay cozy at home with one of these December selections coming soon to a neighborhood library near you.   Young Children (Up to 2nd Grade) The Cool Bean written by John Jory and illustrated by Peter Oswald…

Donatucci Library's Lights Around the World and Holiday Book Recommendations

Here at Donatucci Library, we are thrilled to welcome back Alycia Larson also known as "the Geography Lady" to present an inclusive holiday program called Lights Around the World today, Thursday, December 5 at 4:30 p.m. Alycia…

December Is Read a New Book Month

As another year draws to a close, another frenzied holiday season arrives—and what better way to say no to the madness than by saying yes to a compelling book? December is not just the month of Giving Tuesday, the Winter Solstice,…

Picture Book Highlights | Thanksgiving Edition

It’s all there in the name: Thanksgiving is about gratitude, it’s about paying attention, noticing all the good things in our lives and in the world, and choosing to be thankful. Thanksgiving is also about sharing and…