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Famous Monsters of the Silver Scream: Dracula and Frankenstein

Howllo Boils and Ghouls... welcome back to the Free Library of Phrightadelphia's boo-log, as we draw near to the most haunted of holidays— Halloween ! This year is a monstrously momentous occasion for celebration, as two of…

Reopening the Book of the Dead: The Evil Dead 40th Anniversary

40 years ago on this day, October 15, 1981, a film debuted that not only scared audiences but would send shivers through Hollywood for years to come, serving as not only an artistic influence on future filmmakers but also a D.I.Y. guide…

Celebrate #BeyDay the Beyoncé Way

September 4 is #BeyDay , the birthday celebration of our favorite Queen of the music industry— Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter . This inspiring, outspoken, and sometimes shy Virgo is celebrating her 39th birthday this year.…

Best Summer Albums Through the Decades

Whether it is eating ice cream, swimming, or visiting your neighborhood library, there are so many great summer pastimes. One of the most exciting parts of summer is listening to all the incredible music! As we approach the end of…

The Return of Free Comic Book Day!

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Free Comic Book Day ! The all-ages event was founded in 2001 to encourage both curious, first-time comic book readers and seasoned comic book fans alike, offering a huge selection of free titles…

The Suicide Squad are Dying to Save the World

What do you get when a secret government agency assembles an equally secret team of supervillains and anti-heroes to fight against a worldwide threat? Sounds like a mission for The Suicide Squad ! Consisting of an assassin with a grudge…

Local Athletes Competing in the Summer Olympics

After the postponement of the 2020 Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the torch will be lit once again this year as the rescheduled Summer Games will take place in Tokyo, Japan starting today, Friday, July 23, and run through…

Are You Ready for Shark Week?

Up from the depths and onto your screen, it's... Shark Week ! The Discovery Channel's annual feeding frenzy of shark-related media kicks off its 33rd year with shows featuring comedian Tiffany Haddish ( Tiffany Haddish Does…

May the 4th Be With You!

Today, fans across the world celebrate Star Wars Day ! We were first introduced to George Lucas' Star Wars universe in 1977 (later retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope ) and since then the galactic characters and their fans…

March Monster Madness: Godzilla vs. Kong

Dracula vs. Frankenstein Alien vs. Predator T-800 vs. T-1000 These are just a few of the most over-the-top sci-fi b-movie fight scenes ever filmed, but the main event will finally take place when Godzilla squares off against King Kong…

Recipes and Recommendations for Pi Day!

by Breshay Woods — Culinary Literacy Center Intern What better way to mark the one-year anniversary of life under a global pandemic than with a number that seems to go on forever and can just never seem to come to an end?…

Digital Media Spotlight | MAR10 Day and the World of Video Games

Today, on March 10—or Mar10 , if you will—we celebrate everything about the red-and-blue-suspendered plumber with extraordinary jumping abilities and a knack for exciting adventures— Mario ! Mario has been Nintendo…

Memories of the Golden Age of Hip Hop

I bomb atomically, Socrates’ philosophies and hypotheses Can’t define how I be dropping these mockeries Lyrically perform armed robbery - "Triumph (feat. Cappadonna)" by Wu-Tang Clan, 1997 I am a rap fan.…

Digital Media Spotlight | The Muppets

2021 marks 45 years since The Muppet Show debuted on television and today Disney+ is bringing back all 120 episodes streaming on-demand! As Kermit the Frog would say—arms flailing— "YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!" The Muppets…

Newest Additions to the National Film Registry

Seen any good movies lately? If you've exhausted watching everything on your streaming media platforms of choice, take a look at the National Film Registry 's yearly recommendations and selections to be preserved in the Library…

This Is The Way... to Mandalorian and Star Wars Reads

Space western adventures! Out of this world creatures! And one cute green baby (Yoda)! We're talking about The Mandalorian , the latest installment in the ever-expanding Star Wars universe of characters and stories. The season 2…

Capes Out, Cowls On for Batman Day!

On the third Saturday in September, comic book, superhero, and pop culture fans alike celebrate all things Batman ! And sure, it's a made-up "holiday" , but if Batman Day is at the very least just an excuse to read, watch,…

Bill and Ted Face the Music \m/

If I had to sum up 2020 so far in one word, it would be... bogus . Or, maybe we're just stuck in one of the darkest timelines ? Either way, we could all use some pure escapism right now, and if anything can take you away from all…

Digital Media Spotlight | Shark Week 2020

It's that time of year again... where you'll never know what to expect from... Shark Week ! For the past 32 years, Shark Week has grown from a small, PBS-styled series of documentary programming to a full-blown pop culture…

Digital Media Spotlight: Olympic Memories of the Past

The 2020 Olympic Games were supposed to be starting today in Tokyo, Japan, but the Olympic flame will not be lit this summer . This year's Olympics were postponed back in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, delayed until July 23 -…