Tagged television

Mark Gatiss Visits The Rosenbach to Film New Dracula Documentary

The Rosenbach was delighted to have writer, actor, and director Mark Gatiss visit in June to shoot scenes for his In Search of Dracula documentary, which was just released on the BBC. Along with Stephen Moffat , Gatiss created a new…

Digital Media Spotlight | Season's Streamings with These Unique Holiday Television Specials and Movies

The holidays are in full swing, and that means your television, web browser, and anywhere else you can watch video on is currently inundated with holiday programming. And as comforting as A Charlie Brown Christmas or a Rankin/Bass…

Monstermania!: A Monstrous Halloween Playlist

Howllo Boils and Ghouls!, Welcome back to the Free Library of Phrightadelphia's blog, on this most haunted of holidays— Halloween ! It would seem to be that 2019 is the Year of the Monster—whether in books, films, or…

His Dark Materials Screenings and Scavenger Hunts!

by Peter SM and Dena H. Imagine stepping into an alternate universe where not everything is as it seems, animals—known as dæmons —can talk and act like humans, and a mysterious substance called "Dust" is…

An Autumnal State of Mind

As someone who not-so-patiently awaits the arrival of fall every year, I’m elated that today is the autumnal equinox. This wonderful first day of fall is one of my favorite holidays. It ushers in all things cozy: apple cider,…

Shark Week 2019 Swims Into View

It's that time of the year again where it may not be safe to go back in the water... For the past 31 years, Shark Week has been an annual celebration of the sharp-toothed and fast-finned creatures, running the gamut from educational…

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…

Game of Thrones Returns

Eight years ago, HBO debuted a trailer for a new series called Game of Thrones . (My colleague’s 2011 blog post previewed the show and highlighted the books in our collection.) I was confused and intrigued all at once. Hand of the…

What to Read While You Wait for New Episodes of Riverdale!

I don’t know about you guys but I was really into the Archie comics as a kid. It didn’t matter what order you read them in, the digests were really cheap and you could always count on Reggie to be a total jerk. I was pretty…

Input and the Extraordinary Marion Stokes

You’ve heard the adage that “All politics is local”, but the real, hidden story of American life is documented in the rich and mostly lost bounty of local television programming . For every regional program like…

Brought To You In Living Color

For Baby Boomers, the words “Land Shark”, “Samurai Delicatessen”, “Coneheads”, and “The Blues Brothers” conjures up adventures on the wild frontier of comedy, when Saturday Night Live…

5 Lazy Day Library Card Uses

One of my favorite comic collections of all time is the Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book . It reminds me that whenever possible, even if just for an hour, having a "lazy Sunday" is crucial. Or, in this case, a "lazy…

Anthony Bourdain's Endless Exploration of the Intersection between Food and Life

Chef. Raconteur. Explorer. Enthusiast . Anthony Bourdain was all of these things and much more. He had a lust for life that was all encompassing, whether it was his dream of traveling to the Congo (the setting for one of his favorite…

Creative Thinkers at the Free Library and on WHYY’s Articulate

We’re a hall of learning, a cove of curiosity, an ambassador of opportunities, and a fount of resources. The Free Library of Philadelphia is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in the city. Our more…

Now Showing: Hoopla on the Big(er) Screen!

At long last, Hoopla , our popular source for streaming television and movies (as well as graphic novels , ebooks , music , and audiobooks ) is now available to use on Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Android TV! View the following video…

Why DVDs Still Matter

Binge-Watch  (verb) - "Watch multiple episodes of (a television program) in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming." According to Merriam-Webster, the first known use of the term…

From Banned to the Big Screen: Banned Book Adaptations

We've spent the past week here on the blog celebrating Banned Books and the f READ om to read whatever you want—banned, challenged, or not. If there's one thing possibly more controversial and/or overblown than the very…

Re-viewing the Re-boot Phenomenon

The arrival of 2017 brought numerous throwbacks to popular television shows of the past. A number of reboots have already hit the small screen, with more scheduled to appear by the end of the year. Some people are tired of old…

What the Rest of the World is Watching on TV

The most popular television shows of 2016 include Game of Thrones , The Walking Dead , Pretty Little Liars , Westworld , and The Flash . There are a few series listed there I haven't seen yet and will need to add to my…

Which Game of Thrones Characters Would You Invite to Your Block Party?

Winter is here and season 7 of Game of Thrones (GoT) starts July 16. Are you ready? I know I am, but if you are one of the few people who doesn’t watch (last season the show averaged 25.1 million viewers , making it one of the…