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 troubleshoot any issues you may be having access downloadable and streaming media and digital titles from our catalog.

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Are You Reading Fake News?

If you’re getting your news mostly from social media, your information diet is probably a little lacking. You might even be consuming fake news , which the New York Times defines as "a published news report that can be easily…

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Library Browser Extension Helps Show Book, ebook, Audiobook, and Movie Catalog Availability on Non-Library Websites

Ever been searching for a title on Amazon (or on Google, and then the first search result back gives you a link to Amazon) and wish you could also find out whether that same title is available at your local library ?  Check out…

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Remembering Toni Morrison, 1931–2019

When I first read The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison , at 15 years old, I knew it would haunt me. The story fed my soul—I was shocked at its lovely, yet stinging taste, but realized I had always been craving it. Never had my struggle…

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Summer at the Free Library!

Now that summer is upon us, we hope you’ve got the Free Library on your mind! Whether you’re looking for something fun to do outside, plan to cool off at your neighborhood library location , or take us along on your vacation…

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Get Creative Through the DIY Method of Zine Making!

A zine (pronounced zeen) is a small-circulation, self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images. Usually hand-made using found materials and simple supplies, zines can be about any topic and take various shapes and…

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Go Digital! Community Access to Subscription Databases

Tamoul Quakhaan is a Library Supervisor 1 / Training and Development Assistant in the Human Resources Department and a participant in Cohort 1 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries Trainings.  After participating in the…

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New Digital Magazines: Glossies from Africa to Latin America

Dive into film, international fashion, current events, and more with the newest additions to our digital magazines subscriptions through RBdigital . New World Language Magazines Read at your leisure in Spanish, Chinese, and French:…

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Fleisher Discoveries | #5WomenArtists (+1)

by Kile Smith The National Museum of Women in the Arts asked, "Can you name five women artists?" March is Women’s History Month , and Fleisher Discoveries is answering that question with five women composers –…

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Fleisher Discoveries | Mahler's Friend, Julius Bittner

Julius Bittner was born in Vienna in 1874, growed up just outside of his hometown, and died in that same town in January 1939. He was pretty much immediately forgotten after his death. Well, in 1939, Austria, Europe, and the world at…

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Masterpieces of Silent Film at the Free Library

On a cold winter day 125 years ago, only two hours from here in West Orange, New Jersey, Thomas Edison  completed construction on the Black Maria , (pronounced "muh-RYE-uh") the world’s first film…

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Stay Cozy with the Free Library this Winter!

It’s wintertime in Philly. Even in the absence of snow, (thus far!), this means the sun rises later and sets earlier than in bordering seasons. It’s enough to make a person feel like hibernating. Well, the Free Library can…

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Celebrating the Trivia Nerd in All of Us

I have a confession to make—I am that friend who always wants to get a trivia team together on a Tuesday night. I’m also that kid who read Trivial Pursuit cards for fun to see if I could guess the answers. And I ask Santa…

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Fleisher Discoveries | William Henry Fry (1813-1864) - Santa Claus: Christmas Symphony

As we go to air it’s the beginning of January, which means we’re still in the Christmas season, which also means I have no compunction about playing some Christmas music for you—especially since this is Christmas music…

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Five New Year’s Resolutions the Free Library Can Help You Keep in 2019

‘Tis the season for setting goals and thinking about the person you want to become in the new year! Good news: the Free Library of Philadelphia can help when it comes to making that New Year’s Resolution and sticking to it.…

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Newest Additions to the National Film Registry

It's that time of year again where everything seems to slow down between the holidaze and my mind and free time turns to my never-ending "to-watch" list. There's few greater joys than turning off all my electronic…

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The Fleisher Collection Debuts a New Music Podcast!

by Kile Smith While this is our first-ever podcast, Discoveries is actually entering its 17th year of broadcasts. In the fall of 2002, the Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music at the Free Library of Philadelphia launched Discoveries…

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Not a Black Friday Shopper? We’ve Got You Covered!

If the idea of heading out into the world at some ungodly hour to fight crowds and spend money makes you queasy, and you’re choosing to celebrate today as Buy Nothing Day rather than Black Friday, fear not! The Free Library has…

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Library Card Sign-up Month | Digital Media at Your Fingertips and On a Screen Near You!

As we continue through National Library Card Sign-Up Month, we've already discussed how a library card grants you instant access to a treasure trove of books, DVDs, and audiobooks from our catalog , or how you can use your library…

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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…

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