Tagged recommendations

Picture Book Highlights | Windows

When I go for a walk or ride on a bus through the city streets as night begins to fall, I can’t help but look at windows. As I pass each townhouse or apartment, I get a glimpse of a different world: a kitchen, a living-room, part…

Haitian Families and Culture Featured in YA Fiction

Ah Haiti, our neighbor to the south that shares an island with the Dominican Republic. Surviving earthquakes, dictators, revolutions, and producing an amazingly creative diaspora (which as you know, means Haitian-born people who…

Join the David Bowie Book Club!

Book clubs seem to be more popular than ever—we've even got two right here at the Free Library: our annual One Book, One Philadelphia reading selection creates citywide conversations every year and the recent debut of our…

Dena's Favorite Books of 2017

Every year I read a lot of books. Out of the 339 that I read in 2017, I've picked out the 36 that I liked the best . 2017 was a hard year, and I found myself looking for books that were happy and not particularly difficult or…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in January!

So, the holidays are over and we got a bit more serious with the themes of our January recommended titles, picking from socially-conscious topics and current events. There’s a book for young children inspired by the writings of…

17 Great Graphic Novels from 2017!

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…

2017 Additions to the National Film Registry

As I've written about on this blog in the past, I'm constantly on the lookout for rare gems, overlooked oeuvres, or just new-to-me films. Whether they are award-winners , cinema classics , documentaries , b-movies ,…

Need a Last Minute Gift Idea? Check Out These 10 Popular Titles!

Looking for gift ideas for your favorite readers or for something to read yourself? Here’s a list from public libraries across the country of the 10 most popular books for adult readers in the past month. Mystery and suspense…

Celebrate Read A New Book Month with The Free Library!

Did you know that December is Read A New Book Month ? It’s perfect timing, really, as the temperature drops and we reaaaaaaaaally don’t want to think about leaving the couch if we don’t have to. This month, find…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in December!

Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us. Keep your cool with some fun and escapist fiction titles for all ages, coming to neighborhood libraries in December. On the more serious side, may we also suggest a cookbook of healthy…

#OneBookWednesday: Diverse Coming of Age Stories

The thing I like most about One Book, One Philadelphia is the chance to read outside of my experiences—to see the world through the eyes of someone living a very different lifestyle that I have. For example, I wasn't a…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in November!

Darkness comes earlier this month with the end of Daylight Saving Time, a good excuse to sit down with a good book or movie. For something different, try one of these new titles that will appear in neighborhood libraries and our online…

Something's Skull-king Around the Free Library this Halloween...

Howllo Boils and Ghouls!, Welcome back to the Free Library of Frightadelphia's bloodcurdling blog during this most haunted of holiday seasons, Halloween! Did you hear that unsettling sound? Perhaps it was just the wind... or perhaps…

Picture Book Highlights | Found Dogs

And we're back, for a new Picture Book Hightlighs , a series of posts where we put the spotlight on a new picture book that has been ordered for all agencies. Years ago, we wrote a blog post listing great picture books for those…

Take Your Broken Heart, Make It Into Art

We lost a lot of important things and people last year, and it looks like we’re on track for more losses and heartbreaks in the coming years. But, I guess we knew what we signed up for, eh? One of the more memorable statements to…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in October!

Take a chance and expand your reading universe in October with some wonderful first-time authors. We’re recommending dazzling debut fiction for all ages. There’s also a beautiful dessert cookbook by a celebrity…

Young Adult (Best!) Banned Books

Banned books—more like the best books , am I right? Some of the most frequently challenged books (at least according to the American Library Association’s list of  Frequently Challenged Books ) happen to be Young Adult…

Full of Fall

Can you believe it? Summer is almost over! For some people (I'll admit it, me!) it can be hard to say goodbye to summer. But there is something that makes it easier: all the fall colors. I grew up in a place where seasons were not…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in September!

Can you believe that we’re talking about September already? Finding a common theme in this month’s titles was elusive, so September’s main claim to fame is being used as the unifying feature – Back to School . If…

Women’s Equality Day

August 26 is Women’s Equality Day , a celebration of the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution—which as we all know gave women the right to vote. However, because implementation was left…