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Over the past year, the Free Library—along with The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and many other partners throughout the city—has been celebrating the Year of the Bard: Shakespeare at 450 , with fun programs, unique performances, and engaging exhibitions. (Have you stopped by to see our latest, Born of the Bard: Works… continue reading

By Michelle S.   November 20, 2014   

With William Shakespeare’s 450 th birthday just around the corner on Wednesday, April 23 , the Free Library is set to is set to celebrate Shakespeare's big day with programs throughout the city, and we hope you'll join us! From a big birthday bash at Parkway Central Library to children's programs and engaging… continue reading

By Michelle S.   April 21, 2014   

As you may know from the buzz around the libraries, this April marks the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth. And while Will may be celebrated for his comedies, tragedies, historical plays and sonnets, the Wadsworth Library decided to honor his ability to throw some serious shade. Yes, insults can be hurtful in real… continue reading

By Chris B.   April 9, 2014   

bardolatry n. idolatry or excessive admiration of William Shakespeare 1 There is an exhibition going on in the Rare Book Department right now that you really need to see. It’s called “Shakespeare for All Time” and it contains some of the rarest treasures in the Free Library’s collection. “He was not for… continue reading

By Janine P.   April 9, 2014   

In keeping with the spirit of our The Year of The Bard celebration, we've published a new online exhibition and accompanying timeline to our website celebrating 450 years' worth of Shakespearean delight! The online exhibition is broken up into a number of sections, starting with Shakespeare's birth and childhood in… continue reading

By Peter SM   February 5, 2014   

Last night, the Free Library of Philadelphia celebrated the grand opening of the new William B. Dietrich Gallery in the Rare Book Department at Parkway Central Library . Made possible by a generous gift from the William B. Dietrich Foundation, this 1,000-square-foot gallery space includes a new exhibition area and is equipped with a… continue reading

By Michelle S.   January 30, 2014   

Last week, we hosted a Shakesbeer pun off—inspired by our special crafted Shakesbeer from Yards Brewery—on our Twitter feed ( @FreeLibrary ). Thanks to everyone who participated. Find some of our favorites below and let us know, what would you add to the list?   King Cobra Lear The Merchant of Guinness Twelfth Pint… continue reading

By Eileen O.   January 29, 2014    2

Today, in the lobby of the Parkway Central Library , the Free Library of Philadelphia, in partnership with The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and numerous other cultural organizations from around the region, kicked off the Year of the Bard: Shakespeare at 450 --a year packed full of engaging, enlightening, and entertaining programs… continue reading

By Michelle S.   January 8, 2014