Tagged Digital Media

Black History. Black News. Black Voices.

The Free Library is pleased to announce a new digital resource that provides access to the most distinguished African American Newspapers in the United States. Cardholders now have access to 10 historic Black newspapers that help piece…

Philly Jazz Legends: Billie Holiday

This is the second in a series of posts highlighting major figures in jazz history who were from Philly (even if most ended up in New York City). A virtual book discussion of Wishing on the Moon: The Life and Times of Billie Holiday…

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 -…

Comic-Con 2020: At-Home and Online!

For the past 50 years(!), fans, writers, illustrators, creators, and sellers of anything and everything comic book-related have convened in sunny San Diego, CA for the foremost pop culture event of the year— Comic-Con ! This July…

Philly Jazz Legends: John Coltrane

This is the first in a series of posts highlighting major figures in jazz history who were from Philly (even if most ended up in New York City). A virtual book discussion of Wishing on the Moon: The Life and Times of Billie Holiday by…

New Book to Screen Adaptations from Netflix This July!

Readers are no strangers to having their favorite books and characters adapted for the screen, and Netflix, in particular, is one of the biggest purveyors of bringing those pages to life via digital and streaming media. The following…

Digital Media Spotlight: Pride Month Streaming Film Fest!

Celebrate Pride Month by attending your very own film fest of curated LGBTQIA+ cinema, streaming through our Digital Media portal ! Kanopy There are hundreds of LGBTQAI+ featured films and videos currently streaming , with categories…

Edible Alphabet Recipe of the Week: Korean Noodle Salad (Japchae)

Edible Alphabet is a free English Language Learning (ELL) program offered by the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center . The mission is to teach English language and literacy skills through hands-on cooking projects. While Free…

Summer of Wonder – Week Three: Virtual Concerts, Therapy Dog Storytimes, Summer Crafts, and Juneteenth Celebration!

Today marks the last day of classes for School District of Philadelphia teachers and students and the beginning of summer break! It's been a challenging school year, to say the least, so let's celebrate with some fun activities…

Edible Alphabet Recipe of the Week: Pasta Primavera

Edible Alphabet is a free English Language Learning (ELL) program offered by the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center. The mission is to teach English language and literacy skills through hands-on cooking projects. While Free…

Magazines for Kids on RBdigital

Like me, you may already use RBdigital for its great selection of magazines for adults. But did you know that all four magazines in the Highlights family are available to read online? With kids unable to access the latest issue of their…

The Free Library Has Your Ticket for Summer Movie Streaming!

As the unofficial beginning of summer starts this weekend, this is usually when I write a blog post about all the summer movies that are coming to theaters over the next 3 - 4 months... but this year, COVID-19 had other plans... [Cue…

New World Language Titles Coming Your Way in May

This month brings new World Language additions to the Free Library's  Overdrive  ebook collection. Fiction and nonfiction titles are available for children, teens, and adults. You can find books in almost every…

Making Sense of Food Scraps

by Nourishing Literacy  staff members Shayna M. and Carolyn After reading a New Yorker article a few weeks ago, our curiosity and interest grew in how to use kitchen scraps in resourceful ways. Tamar Adler, the highlighted…

Saturday Morning Cartoons with Hoopla

It's been another long week and with the weekend upon us, hopefully some rest and relaxation are on the agenda. For kids of all ages (and the perpetually young at heart), Saturdays imparticular were once looked forward to as a…

Tips and Suggestions for Juggling Work from Home and Homeschooling Duties

It's been 8 weeks since Philadelphia schools closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic , leaving parents and caregivers pivoting back and forth between work schedules and full-time childcare, amongst other concerns. Last week was the first…

Top Ten Business Resources You Can Access Anywhere with Your Free Library Card

Check out some of our favorite business resources, accessible from anywhere with your library card number and PIN. Most of BRIC ’s business resources are also available from anywhere.   10. Gale ebooks Do you find yourself…

Edible Alphabet Recipe of the Week: Chana Masala

Edible Alphabet is a free English Language Learning (ELL) program offered by the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center. The mission is to teach English language and literacy skills through hands-on cooking projects. While Free…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in May!

We're reviving our monthly blog post to highlight new titles at the Free Library, with the emphasis on featured ebooks or audiobook titles that we have recently been added to our online collections. We will try to have both ebook…

Supporting Teachers Using Google Classrooms

Philadelphia teachers have been tasked with teaching digitally during the COVID-19 pandemic and the Philadelphia School District has embraced Google Classroom for this switch. Online platforms now serve a critical role in our…

Dracula on Film with David J. Skal

A conversation about the history of Dracula film adaptations between author David J. Skal and Sundays with Dracula host Edward G. Pettit. Skal is the author of numerous books on vampires and horror, including The Monster Show: A…

Dracula on Film with David J. Skal

A conversation about the history of Dracula film adaptations between author David J. Skal and Sundays with Dracula host Edward G. Pettit. Skal is the author of numerous books on vampires and horror, including The Monster Show: A…

Virtual Behind the Bookcase | Golden Cross: Artifacts of Spanish Imperialism in the Western Hemisphere

The Spanish Empire was one of the western world’s first global colonial superpowers, and its great wealth was built on the extraction of natural resources by enslaved labor in Central and South America.  The Rosenbach is home…

Course | Read the Blood of Dracula

Bram Stoker’s Dracula has become the ur-text of vampire fiction and lore, the vampire story that not only continues to influence vampire tales today, but also influences how we read vampire stories that came before it. We’ll…

TumbleBooks

TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. Check out our home user guide

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

With an extraordinary array of more than 35,000 individual tracks of streaming music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds, users can listen to performances by American folk icons such as Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Pete Seeger…

Popular Music Library

Popluar Music Library contains a wide range of popular music from around the world, including hundreds of thousands of tracks from major genres in pop music, including alternative, country, Christian, electronic, hip-hop, metal, punk,…

Overdrive World Languages eReading Room

Download ebooks and audiobooks in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, French, and other languages. Get the Libby app to borrow on the go. Watch this short video to learn more

OverDrive Sala de Lectura Electrónica en Español

Descargue libros electrónicos y audiolibros en español para niños, adolescentes y adultos. (Download ebooks and audiobooks in Spanish for kids, teens, and adults.)

Overdrive Kid's eReading Room

Ebooks and audiobooks from Overdrive for young readers. Get the Libby app to borrow on the go. Watch this short video to learn more

Jazz Music Library

This resource will be the largest and most comprehensive collection of jazz available online. This release includes 4,933 albums and 59,860 tracks. It and is growing regularly.

Freading

Downloadable ebooks for Free Library of Philadelphia library card holders.

eBooks from Overdrive

Available in a variety of formats, here you will find the Library's Overdrive ebook collection. Get the Libby app to borrow on the go. Watch this short video to learn more

Contemporary World Music

Reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more.

Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake | The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats

In conversation with Michael A Smerconish Veteran counterterrorism czar and one of the world’s leading experts on cyberspace security, Richard A. Clarke worked for seven presidents and devoted three decades of his professional life to…

Feminista Jones | Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets with DaMaris B. Hill | A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing

Social worker, public speaker, community activist, and blogger Feminista Jones is the author of the novel Push the Button and the poetry collection The Secret of Sugar Water . She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in…

Ken Auletta | Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else)

In conversation with journalist Tracey Matisak Ken Auletta has penned the “Annals of Communications” column for The New Yorker for more than 25 years. His 11 books include the bestsellers Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their…

Michio Kaku | The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth

“Erudite and compelling” ( Chicago Tribune ), theoretical physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku is a renowned popularizer of science and co-founder of String Field Theory, continuing Einstein’s quest to discover a unified field theory.…

Edward Snowden in Conversation with Jeremy Scahill | The Surveillance State Then and Now

Watch the video here . In 2013 NSA contractor Edward Snowden shook the pillars of the worldwide intelligence community when he revealed a trove of highly classified information that exposed astonishingly widespread mass U.S.…

Digital Media Guide

Borrowing ebooks and audiobooks, downloading podcasts, and streaming media such as movies, music, and even comic books, from Free Library has never been easier. In this guide, we'll offer tips and information to get you started or…