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21 Great Graphic Novels and Comics from 2021

Another year, another stack of superhero stories, fascinating biographies, funny books, and extraordinary illustrated tales that defy classification! While not necessarily a "Top 10" (especially since I selected 21!), and…

Newest Additions to the National Film Registry

Turn the lights down, grab some snacks, and tune into your screen of choice—the National Film Registry 's 2021 recommendations and selections have been announced! 25 films have been selected each year—for the past 33…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in January!

What better way to start your new year than with one of these new titles coming to the Free Library this January? Young Children (up to 2nd Grade) The Year We Learned to Fly written by Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by Rafael…

Dena's Favorite Books of 2021

It's that time of year again for my annual list of favorite books from the Philbrick Hall Fiction Department at Parkway Central Library ! Welcome to the tenth anniversary of this yearly list and the second year of pandemic reading!…

Best Books of 2021 Selected by Parkway Central Children's Librarians

Which were the best books you read this year? The Children’s Librarians at Parkway Central Children’s Department have all the extremely specific book awards and recommended reads you never knew you needed!   Ms.…

The Free Library and You: New Year’s Resolutions in 2022!

Can you believe we’re about to turn the page on another (long, strange, COVID-19 filled...) year? I know I can't!  While I've never really been a big New Year's Resolution person, I do appreciate how the…

bell hooks and picture books

You may know bell hooks for her innovative and tranformative works in literature, poetry, and feminist studies.  Did you know she also wrote picture books?  These titles are not to be missed! Homemade Love…

Picture Book Highlights | The Nutcracker

It’s a well-established tradition at the end of the year that ballet companies everywhere offer performances of The Nutcracker . The Philadelphia Ballet presentation of this seasonal performance is for all ages and a perfect…

Jólabókaflóðið: Iceland’s Holiday Book Tradition

Jólabókaflóðið , or the Christmas Book Flood in English, is an Icelandic holiday tradition started in 1944 and enjoyed every year since then. Around 2015, this book-lovers event gained worldwide attention…

The Rainbow Connection Fall Booklist

The Rainbow Connection is an LGBTQ+ group of library staff across all job classes that serve to support each other and the Queer communities in Philadelphia. Below are the books that we loved reading so far this fall and would love to…

Celebrating in December | Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa

December is chockful of celebrations, with windows filled with lights and decorations, and a communal feeling of anticipation and joy.   Find picture books for the holidays you celebrate and learn about other annual…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in December!

There’s a lot to explore this December with a mix of new titles coming to the Free Library's shelves!   Young Children (up to 2nd Grade) The Real Santa  written by Nancy Amanda Redd; illustrated by Charnelle…

Picture Book Highlights | Thanksgiving

Sharing a meal is at the heart of Thanksgiving. Be it with friends or family, with new neighbors or with those in the larger community, the act of cooking and eating together brings us all together in gratefulness... just like these…

November is Picture Book Month!

Back in 2012, a group of authors and illustrators came together to promote picture books and... Picture Book Month was born! During this time in November, we celebrate this magical format of text and pictures coming…

Celebrating Jacqueline Woodson

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Jacqueline Woodson grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York, graduating from college with a B.A. in English. She is the author of dozens of award-winning books for young adults, middle…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in November!

We are grateful for these new titles arriving on our shelves and catalog this fall! Young Children (up to 2nd Grade) Nibi's Water Song  written by Sunshine Tenasco; illustrated by Chief Lady Bird When Nibi, an Indigenous…

Scary Reads for Autumn Chills | Horror Fiction Recommendations

Greeting fiends! The brisk winds of autumn are finally here, bringing colder nights for spooky reading... So much great horror fiction has been hitting our stacks, here are some of my current favorites.  My Heart Is a Chainsaw by…

Spooky Season Books and Films from Gen X to Gen Z

I’ll admit it—I am a child of the 1980s. I mean, the stereotypical mallrat/latchkey kid who watched a lot of sitcoms, devoured the Sweet Valley High series , and ate large (think mixing bowl-sized) quantities of sugary…

Picture Book Highlights | Indigenous Peoples' Day

This year, for the first time, Philadelphia will celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day on the 2nd Monday of October. It is a welcome and important step in recognizing and rethinking Native American history. It is also a celebration and…

Comic Book Frights for October

The Halloween season is here once again! Time for creepy decorations and spooky fun! While the way we celebrate Halloween Night might be different this year, the thrills of creepy comics will never change! Here are some suggestions from…