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Summer Movies 2017: Sequels and Retreads and Adaptations, Oh My!

As the weather turns warmer, schools begin to let out, and people head out of town on vacation, another summer slate of movies is being rolled out in theaters across the country. The "summer blockbuster" is now a perennial…

Interactive Picture Books | Lift the Flap!

Reading a book can be a very tactile experience: holding the book in your hands or lap, turning the pages, feeling the paper, pouring over the art and text. With electronic readers, one can carry tons of books with them anywhere, but…

Every Day Is Free Comic Book Day at Free Library!

One of my favorite days of the year is coming up this Saturday: Free Comic Book Day ! Way better than Christmas, definitely better than another candle on a birthday cake, but maybe not as good as Halloween. Nonetheless, any day devoted…

May the 4th Be With You!

So... I love Star Wars. I have always loved Star Wars. My friends and I would routinely marathon Star Wars , The Empire Strikes Back , and Return of the Jedi at sleepovers when we were younger. (Or maybe we still do - who among you…

Asian American Superheroes

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month , so I thought I would share some exciting developments in the world of Asian American superheroes!   There's a brand new Hulk in town, and his name is Amadeus Cho ! Get…

The Final Word with George Saunders

George Saunders, a MacArthur Genius and one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people, is the author of several collections of short stories, including the New York Times notable books Pastoralia and CivilWarLand in…

#MysteryMonday: Children's Mysteries

“My child loves mysteries and solving riddles. What’s a good series?” Oh how I love this question. Mystery readers can be a difficult group to please. The books recommended have to have the right combination of…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in May!

Looking for something new to read? Our book selectors suggest these new titles coming in May to a local neighborhood library location near you. We've selected a classic children’s tale, stories of friendship and love, and a…

Letters of Note in YA Lit

I hear tell that April is National Letter and Card Writing month and I thought, well, you could always write to your congressperson , but in addition, you could also read some books about letter writers. While not necessarily epistolary…

Hey, Kids! Want to Get Smart About Money?

Here at The Free Library of Philadelphia, we talk a lot about literacy. Literacy, as you may know, is all about learning to read and improving your reading skills. But there's another kind of literacy also important to your…

Picture Book Highlights | Anywhere Farm

Farming in the city? Well, yes! And it is happening right here in Philadelphia: in community gardens, parks, backyards, and plots. There is Farm Philly , a program by Philadelphia’s Parks & Recreations, that aims to support…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in April!

Our selectors of new materials are starting a monthly blog post to recommend some new titles coming to Free Library. Browse through our catalog to find the local neighborhood library locations that have these new books or to place a…

Beauty and the Beast Retellings

Excited for the new live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast ? Me too... kind of? Maybe? I hope it will be amazing? Either way, good or bad, at least we'll always have all kinds of different literary retellings of the Beauty and…

Norse Mythology – Retold Tales for a New Generation

Everyone has always been so hot and bothered for those Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. Is it the togas? Is it young Harry Hamlin in that total camp classic Clash of the Titans movie from the 80s? Who knows, but thanks to Neil…

Picture Books Highlights | Noisy Night

City living can be noisy. And sometimes, neighbors can keep you up at night. For our next Picture Book Highlights – a series of posts where we put the spotlight on a brand-new picture book that has been ordered for all agencies…

Man vs. Monster? Kong is King!

The Eighth Wonder of the World roars, stomps, and swings his way into a new film this weekend with Kong: Skull Island , a modern-day retelling of the King Kong mythos and the second installment in a much larger planned cinematic…

Literary Scenes from New Orleans

New Orleans is always on my mind at this time of year. Mardi Gras is more than just Fat Tuesday in the Big Easy, and the celebrations extend far beyond Bourbon Street: parades take place all over the city for several weeks,…

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…

Picture Book Highlights | One Proud Penny

Philadelphia is home to the nation’s first Mint facility , and it is here that the largest number of U.S. pennies is manufactured. Pretty cool, right? Which links nicely with our next selection for Picture Book Highlights —a…

Dive into Dena's Romance Picks for Valentine's Day!

Although I think that one never needs an excuse for wanting a good happily-ever-after, I’m happy to take any chance I get to recommend some great romance books. Personally, I find it comforting to know that however uncertain the…