In Memoriam: Maya Angelou
Legendary poet and author Maya Angelou has passed away at age 86. Known for her poems, essays, memoirs, and biographies--including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings--Angelou had a prolific creative career. She was also a director, actor, cook, and the first African American female cab car conductor in San...
A Message from Free Library President and Director, Siobhan A. Reardon
We are deeply grateful to Mayor Nutter for increasing the Free Library’s budget, which will ensure that every neighborhood library will be open six days a week. Serving Philadelphians of all ages and backgrounds right in their home communities in deep and meaningful ways is at the core of the Free Library’s mission. This recognition of the critical service we provide in the community means so much to the library staff and to the citizens we work with every day. The Free Library plays a pivotal role in helping community members find employment, as it is one of the largest...
To Beer or Not to Beer
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
Love's Lagers Lost
Introducing Leading Voices: Conversations from the C-Suite
The Free Library is proud to introduce Leading Voices: Conversations from the C-Suite, a new morning lecture program featuring the brightest minds in business, brought to you by its award-winning Author Events Series and made possible by sponsor Brandywine Realty Trust.
The inaugural lecture on November 22 will feature Erik Prince,...
Congratulations Philadelphia on reading 20 Million Minutes this Summer!
Way to go, Philly! The Free Library of Philadelphia is so proud to announce that we achieved our goal of collectively reading 20 million minutes this summer! We met the goal yesterday, on August 7th and celebrated with Kate Bilo, meterologist from CBS 3, our President and Director Siobhan Reardon and...
Moonight Movies in Mt. Airy Returns to Lovett Library!
Celebrate the long summer nights with Moonight Movies from Mt. Airy USA! Beginning Friday, June 21 and running through Friday, August 16, Moonlight Movies will be shown at 8:30 p.m. in the park adjacent to the Lovett Library (6945 Germantown Avenue). Bring lawn chairs, blankets, food, and friends, and settle in to watch your favorite family movies! Moviegoers can also partake in Dining Under the Stars, with pop-up food vendors from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Friday.
With nine different movies scheduled--and a special simulcast of a Phillies game on July 24--Moonlight Movies in Mt. Airy is sure to offer up...
Announcing The Rosenbach of the Free Library Foundation
The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation is incredibly excited to announce their intent to merge with The Rosenbach Museum & Library, creating The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation. This extraordinary partnership will bring together two of Philadelphia’s premier cultural institutions, creating wonderful new opportunities to showcase both organizations’ rich literary treasures.
The Rosenbach of the Free Library will be maintained as an independent entity under the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation and will be funded through private philanthropic support.
This exciting new venture will formally connect The Rosenbach Museum & Library and the Free Library, highlighting the already shared...
The following, I’m sure, comes as no surprise to any Philadelphia resident: it’s freezing outside. I know we’ve escaped a huge chunk of winter with milder weather, but that doesn’t mean I like the fact that I can’t feel my toes after my morning commute. For the next week or...
Celebrate Black History Month!
The Free Library of Philadelphia is celebrating Black History Month throughout February with programming in our neighborhood libraries. From storytimes to poetry readings, drumming workshops to scavenger hunts, there are plenty of ways to honor important Africans and African Americans in history. For a complete listing of more than 40 Black History Month events throughout the Library system, click here. Below are just a few highlights of our programming:
Underground Railroad Quilt
Monday, February 4, 7:00 p.m. | Lovett Memorial Library
Listen to amazing stories from the days of the Underground Railroad with Mama Carla Wiley while making a personal quilt square.
Pride and Prejudice at 200!
January 28, 2013, marks the 200th publication anniversary of Pride and Prejudice. In honor of the special occasion, the Free Library is hosting Pride and Prejudice at 200, a day-long celebration of the novel at Parkway Central Library, neighborhood libraries, and online at freelibrary.org!
The Library is proud to advance literacy,...
A Special Birthday
Mirabel Horton didn’t want the latest gadget or expensive toy for her 4th birthday. Instead, she wanted to give to others.
A frequent customer at the Parkway Central Children’s Department, Mirabel loves the Library. Her parents, Alicia and Todd, have been teaching their daughter about sharing and giving, and when Mirabel...
Litte Dog Lost Finds a Home with the Best Books of 2012!
The Free Library is proud to announce that our very own Children’s Librarian Mônica Carnesi and her picture book, Little Dog Lost, were chosen for Horn Book's list of the best books of 2012: Horn Book Fanfare 2012! Each year, the editors and reviewers of Horn Books choose a selection...
The Free Library Shop
Racking your brain for the perfect holiday gifts? Well, rack no more because the Free Library Shop is here! Launched earlier this week, the Free Library Shop has a slew of great literary and Library gifts like signed copies of Author Events books, FLP T-shirts and totes, and lots of...
Why Support Your Local Library?
Now, more than ever, libraries are a vital resource in our communities. From job searches to homework help, libraries provide a wealth of services that are especially important given today’s economic outlook. Check out the infographic below to find out why it’s important to support your local library.
FIND A LIBRARY NEAR YOU
FIND YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY
WITH GOOGLE MAPS
DATA SOURCE: IMLS
Thank you to StateStats.org
for providing this infographic and other free web guides and tools.
Bond, James Bond
October 5, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of when the first Bond film, Dr. No, based on Ian Fleming’s novel, premiered in London. With that half-century marker, the world celebrates Global James Bond Day. And 007 is one popular 50-year-old agent. Events around the world include a special Christie’s auction...
A Free Library Minute: Reveal Your Inner Nerd
In this edition of A Free Library Minute, Web Developer Camille Tomlin proves that being a nerd is cool.
We want to hear from you: Who would you like to hear from in our next video? Is there something you've always wanted to know about Library behind-the-scenes? Share your ideas below!...
A Free Library Minute: Volunteer!
What's it like to volunteer at the Free Library? Listen in as one of our volunteers, Matt, speaks about his experience:
And find out more at freelibrary.org/volunteer...
A Free Library Minute: Digital Offerings!
The Free Library's got a wealth of electronic resources including ebooks, online homework help, research databases, world-language programs, and more! Below, Electronic Resources Coordinator, Jamie Wilson, tells you more: