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Fly Me to the Moon: Apollo 11 at 50

Fifty years ago today, Neil Armstrong , Buzz Aldrin , and Michael Collins first set off into space to explore the surface of the Moon. Their mission, Apollo 11 , was the culmination of decades of determined research and experimentation…

Happy Birthday, Frida!

Independence Day isn’t the only famous birthday this week: on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacan, which is now part of Mexico City, the revolutionary spirit Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon was born in a blue house.  If you…

Celebrate Independence Day | The Statue of Liberty

In celebration of Independence Day, let’s take a look at one of America’s greatest national monuments: The Statue of Liberty . Recognized internationally as a symbol of freedom, it is a powerful representation of our country…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in July!

What do you like to read in the summer? Do you prefer fiction that takes you out of yourself and your surroundings? Or do you like to read about a real person or event to learn something new about your world? Our July suggested titles…

Young Adult Books Stranger than Stranger Things

This is not a drill friends: Stranger Things  is coming back! I repeat, Stranger Things is coming back just in time for the Independence Day weekend! In the meantime while we all wait, let me suggest some titles to quench your…

Father's Day Films

"A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow." (unknown author) Father's Day is celebrated internationally on a variety of different dates. In the United States, Father's Day has traditionally…

Celebrate Father's Day with Picture Books!

Are you looking for ideas on fun things to do for Father's Day?  How about cuddling with the perfect picture book? We have loads of wonderful picture books celebrating the bonds between fathers and children. And to get you…

Don’t Be a Drag, Just Be a Queen: Exploring and Celebrating Gender Roleplay in Young Adult Books!

Welcome to another Pride Month, friends! After this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race , I’m sure we're all ready to keep the amazing times rolling with more exploration of performative gender with some rollicking young adult…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in June!

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month with lots of Free Library of Pride events scheduled! We recommend these new children’s, teen, and adult fiction titles, coming to a neighborhood library near you, that explore gender, sexuality, and the…

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May, among other things, is Mental Health Awareness Month —so this is a great time to discuss and reduce the stigma around mental illness. Millions of people in the United States and around the world cope with depression, anxiety,…

Graphic Novels about Motherhood

Ah mothers and motherhood – such a beautiful and serene time, where everything is so easy and uncomplicated, right? Ha! All of the moms I know, including my friends, coworkers, and even my own mother have assured me that it…

Happy National Tourism Day!

Free Library cardholders know that the library is a passport to literacy, learning, and curiosity. But did you know that the Free Library can also assist your actual travels around our city, our country—and the world? Today, May…

May the 4th Be With You | Star Wars Fiction

This Saturday marks that most intergalactic of wordplay holidays... May the 4th Be With You ! Did you know that " Star Wars Fiction " is a subject heading in our online catalog ? It’s hundreds of pages of items in…

Children's Books for Ramadan Mubarak (Happy Ramadan!)

Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month, begins on May 5. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar and all over the world Muslim families celebrate with daily fasting and prayer. For families that observe the holiday and for…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in May!

Our new title offerings for May are an eclectic bunch, touching on wolves, teenage chefs, Harper Lee, and the strange art and science of decision-making. Read on for our suggestions, available in May at a neighborhood library near you!…

Are You an N.K. Jemisin Fan Yet?

In my version of a perfect world, there are two kinds of fiction readers: Those who have already read (and loved) multi-award-winning author N.K Jemisin 's work and those who will. Soon. If you find yourself in neither category (!),…

Rah! Rah! Sis Boom Bah!: Let's Hear It for Sports Comics and Manga!

If you had told me a few years ago that I would be fully obsessed with either ice hockey or fencing by way of comics I would have laughed SO HARD. I’m barely into watching baseball or football – and those have snacks readily…

Picture Book Highlights | Owls Are Good At Keeping Secrets

We’re back for another edition of Picture Book Highlights – a series where we put the spotlight on a book that has been ordered for all neighborhood libraries . Earlier this year we did a series of blog posts on concept…

YA Books to Read While You Wait for Game of Thrones to Return

Game of Thrones is coming back to HBO, did you know that? I mean, how could we miss it—am I right? I’m guessing that you’ve been waiting like everyone else with baited breath to find out what happens in the final…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in April!

Celebrate the coming of Spring with new fantasy fiction for teens and adults, memoirs by culinary celebrities, a film about the ground-breaking career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and a guide to help kids build…