A Celebration of Nelson Mandela's Life Through Word and Song
"I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for. But, my lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to...
Top 10 ebooks OverDrive Digital Library November 2013
Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in November 2013.
There were more than 45,000 ebooks checked out and downloaded for the month!
Donna Tartt's highly acclaimed novel The Goldfinch took the #1 spot for November 2013. Overall, romance ruled this past month, taking 5...
December 2013 Early Literacy Calendar
We're back after the Thanksgiving holiday (and still eating delicious leftovers : ), Hanukkah is here, and Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Years are all up on the horizon. With so many holidays and gatherings of family and friends over the next month, it's a perfect time to engage the...
Free Library Shop: The Perfect Gift for the Holidays
We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
If you need a post-Thanksgiving food coma pick-me-up, we've got just the thing: the Free Library Shop!
You can browse through the Free Library Shop from the comfort of your computer keyboard, tablet, or mobile phone for great literary and library-inspired gift ideas like signed...
Google Translate Helps to Break Language Barriers on Free Library Website
The Free Library is happy to announce the latest addition to our website: the integration of Google Translate!
As part of the Free Library’s strategic plans, it has been a goal to present our website content in multiple languages to cater to the diverse population of our patrons throughout the City...
Around the Web: The Hunger Games Edition
Let's go "Around the Web" and check out all the excitement over the next film installment in Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire!
First and foremost, watch the epic and awe-inspiring trailer below (which if you are a fan, you have probably already watched dozens of times since it...
Top 10 ebooks OverDrive Digital Library October 2013
Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in October 2013.
There were more than 46,000 ebooks checked out and downloaded from both our website and mobile site for the month!
Mystery and suspense ebooks dominated this past month, taking 6 out of the top 10...
Top 10 Author Event Podcasts Downloaded in October 2013
View and listen to the Top 10 Author Event Podcasts Downloaded in October 2013.
There were more than 29,900 podcast downloads from our website for the month of October.
View our full Fall schedule and don't miss out on all the great author events we have planned for the rest of 2013!
Do The Monster Mash with this Halloween Playlist from Free Library's Spotify Channel
Howllo Boils and Ghouls,
Do you know what today is? Why, it's Halloween, of course!
What better way to celebrate this haunted holiday then with songs about zombies, monsters, grim reapers, cemeteries, witches, spooky spells, psycho killers, nightmares, and devils?
From petrifying pop and rabid rock to sinister soundtracks and cursed classical selections,...
Friday Five: Zombies
If the record breaking season 4 premiere of The Walking Dead is any indication of television viewer's taste, much like the unsatiated and unstoppable creatures themselves, there is no stopping the appetite for all things zombie-related in all forms of pop culture.
Zombies used to be relegated to late night B-movies,...
Poverty, Digital Literacy, and Digital Inclusion Topics of Discussion at TLC Conference
The Technology Learning Collaborative, an association of service organizations from throughout Philadelphia committed to leveraging technology resources to reduce poverty, improve public health, decrease homelessness, mobilize through media, and prepare individuals and communities to be more employable, held its inaugural conference last week at Temple University. The topic for the conference...
Top 10 Author Event Podcasts Downloaded in September 2013
View the Top 10 Author Event Podcasts Downloaded in September 2013.
There were more than 34,000 podcast downloads from our website for the month of September!
View our full Fall schedule and don't miss out on all the great author events we have planned for the rest of 2013.
Ross King | The Judgement of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism
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Ross King is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Brunelleschi’s Dome and Michaelangelo & the Pope’s Ceiling, as well as the novels Ex-Libris and Domino. The Judgment of Paris chronicles the dramatic decade between...
Edgar Allan Poetry
Looking out the window across the city on a rainy and dreary day, my mind always turns to Poe. What better author to shine a creepy candlelight on at this time of year than Edgar Allan Poe? The Master of Macabre, the Grand Guignol of the grotesque and gothic, Poe's...
Fall into these cool web extras!
If you haven't viewed our Extras page in a while, we've recently updated it again with some new autumn-themed digital images from our various digital collections, including our vast Historical Images of Philadelphia collection.
Add a crisp and cool touch of fall to your desktop, tablet, phone, e-reader, or mobile device...
Friday Five: Tom Clancy
Earlier this week, best-selling author Tom Clancy passed away at the age of 66.
Whether it was his technically detailed espionage and military thrillers, the many films adapted from said novels, or in recent years the explosion of video games inspired by his combat centric characters, Tom Clancy was a juggernaut...
Top 10 ebooks OverDrive Digital Library September 2013
Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in September 2013.
There were more than 44,450 ebooks checked out and downloaded from both our website and mobile site for the month!
Romance rules this month, taking 5 out of the top 10 spots.
The Arrangement (fiction)
Friday Five: Stephen King
In Stephen King's short story, Sometimes They Come Back, ghosts and demons haunt a man who is forced to confront his traumatic past. It would seem Stephen King is living out one of his own stories in a truth is stranger than fiction scenario with his new book Doctor Sleep,...
Around the Blogs
Let's go "Around the Blogs" and check out some recent topics of interest from the tech, literary, library, and arts and entertainment sections of the World Wide Web.
It's Banned Books Week. Find out which books have been banned throughout history and learn how to fight censorship of literature in all...
Friday Five: Animation Legend Chuck Jones
This Saturday, September 21st marks the birth date of animation legend Chuck Jones.
Even if the name doesn't ring any bells, if you've ever watched a Warner Bros. cartoon or really any cartoon for that matter, you've more than likely seen one that was directed by Chuck Jones or indirectly influenced...