A Cozy Yet Mysterious #FLPNoShameNovember
Ever since Nancy Drew roared into my first-grade life in her little blue roadster, I’ve been hooked on mystery books. And not just any mystery books—I’ve found myself particularly drawn to the paperback mysteries known as “cozies,” which means there’s little to no blood/sex/violence, and a whole lot of polite,...
Framing Fraktur through Food
Many moons ago when we began to undertake the incredible Framing Fraktur initiative here at the Free Library, I started blathering on (incessantly, some might say) to colleagues about the wonder that is Shoofly Pie. You can keep your ice cream, your cakes, and your (gasp! Dare I say it!?) your...
Free Library Cooling Centers Active Through July 19
As the temperature continues to rise this week, a number of Free Library of Philadelphia neighborhood locations will serve as official cooling centers, where residents can get out of the heat and into an air-conditioned space with access to books, computers, wireless internet, and other library amenities. The City has declared an Excessive Heat Warning beginning today and ending at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. Daytime temperatures this week are expected to be in the mid to high 90s. In cooperation with the City, the Free Library of Philadelphia has designated 14 of its libraries as cooling centers that...
Root, Root, Root for the Home Team!
The Phillies are going to bat for literacy!
On July 10, join the Free Library as the Phillies take on the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. All net proceeds from tickets purchased through this special site will go to the Free Library.
To learn more, buy tickets, and help us hit a home run for literacy click here!
Catching Up with the Oscars
Let me just say: I love an awards show. I love the suspense, the silly red-carpet interviews, the dresses, everything. This year, though, I barely managed to make it to the movie theater. So while I was glued to my couch watching the Academy Awards this past weekend, I wasn’t...
The Free Library and Website Advertising
In a few short weeks, you will notice limited commercial advertising on the Free Library’s website in an effort to generate new income that will support Library services and innovations. Below are basics about the program:
Why is the Free Library pursuing website adverting? Over the past five years, our budget has become increasingly tight and we have needed to look for new streams of funding to complement the operating dollars provided by the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In response, our new Strategic Plan charges us to strive for increased private support to supplement this public funding....
More than just books!
In this Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer, Free Library Board Member Sheldon Bonovitz penned a passionate op-ed about the wide impact of the Free Library of Philadelphia. In it, he notes:
If a resident of Philadelphia were asked what services the Free Library provides, the likely answer would be, "Books and other reading materials." That's true, in part. But the Free Library does so much more. In fact, one can say the Free Library of Philadelphia has morphed into a community service organization, with 54 locations throughout the city and a staff that speaks more than 30 languages...The Free Library is stepping up and...
Dreaming of Darcy
We here at the Free Library are really excited about our upcoming Pride and Prejudice at 200 celebration on January 28.
Actually, for me, “really excited” might be an understatement. Maybe I’d call myself “irrationally excited.” Something about that darned Mr. Darcy just kicks the pragmatic side of me right out...
My Favorite Holiday Gift: Books!
During the holiday season (heck, on any gift-giving occasion) the present I most look forward to receiving is a book. Somehow, the “newness” of it lasts longer than whatever piece of chocolate I wolf down in five minutes. Its enjoyment is drawn out over many more hours than the latest...
Hey, Hey, It's a Wealth of Musical Memoirs (and more!)
Last week in my “Best of” daze, I stumbled upon this article in the New York Times about the year’s most notable musical memoirs. I don’t particularly have a thing for celebrity tomes, except for when I go to a concert and subsequently find myself unable to resist learning everything I can...
Reliving My Childhood Through Books
About a month ago I tagged along on my husband’s business trip to Chicago so that I could check out Ernest Hemingway’s home in Oak Park, Illinois. (More on that another time—Suffice it to say Papa’s pop loved taxidermy and thus a legend was born). But while wandering the streets...
The "Best of" Lists Are Here!
Every year at this time, it seems like billions of “best of” lists start peppering blogs, newspapers, magazines, and morning news television shows. I gobble them up, despite the fact that the books I read, movies I see, and music I listen to rarely makes those lists. (Why “Kind of...
Rare Book Department, Theatre Collection to be Closed in Preparation for Renovations
The Free Library of Philadelphia is moving on to the next phase of renovations at our Parkway Central location, which includes extensive work in the Rare Book Department. This work will include the complete renovation of the Theatre Collection, the creation of a climate controlled storage area for rare books, and a new gallery space east of the main entrance. Before work begins, the collections in these areas are to be moved and stored off-site. The packing and moving will begin the week of November 26, 2012. In preparation for this, the Theatre Collection will be inaccessible and remain closed...
Libraries and Readers Deserve Great Ebooks!
A few months ago we posted a blog about the Free Library’s stance on the issue of publishers, ebooks, and libraries. We’re continuing to urge all our customers who believe that libraries should be able to purchase and lend any ebook titles they’d like to reach out to those major publishers who currently don’t support this position. While two of the “Big Six” publishers (Random House and Harper Collins) do allow us to purchase ebooks, three of them do not (Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and MacMillan). The fourth—Penguin—doesn’t currently allow it but is in the midst of testing a pilot lending...
Free Library Activates Cooling Centers for July 17 and 18
The City has declared an Excessive Heat Warning beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, and ending at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18. The Free Library has designated 14 agencies as cooling centers that will have extended hours during excessive heat warnings. The Free Library locations listed below will be open for extended hours on days they would normally close at 5:00 p.m. These libraries with extended hours are open in addition to the 25 Free Library agencies with regular late night hours on Tuesday and the 31 Free Library agencies with regular late night hours on Wednesday.
Free Library Cooling Centers activated for July 6 and 7
Due to the ongoing heat wave, the following Free Library locations have been designated as cooling centers and will all remain open this evening until the hour indicated. In addition, the Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library will be open as a cooling center on Saturday, July 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Library Cooling Center Locations for Friday, July 6:
Andorra – 8:00 p.m.
Falls of Schuylkill– 8:00 p.m.
Independence– 8:00 p.m.
Katharine Drexel— 8:00 p.m.
Logan– 8:00 p.m.
Lucien E Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional– 8:00 p.m.
McPherson Square—7:00 p.m.
South Philadelphia– 8:00 p.m.
Welsh Road– 8:00 p.m.
Wynnefield– 8:00 p.m.
Wyoming – 8:00 p.m.
Service Note: As...
Travels with Papa
This summer my husband and I had the incredible opportunity to visit Cuba on a people-to-people tour sanctioned by the U.S. government. The tour included a stop to see Ernest Hemingway’s Finca Vigia (“Lookout Farm”) and his boat Pilar right outside of Havana, so before we headed off I grabbed...
Free Library to Operate Cooling Centers This Weekend
Due to the Excessive Heat Warning this weekend, the following Free Library locations will serve as official Cooling Centers and operate under these extended hours:
Friday, June 29, 2012
Andorra: 10:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Eastwick: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Falls of Schuylkill: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Frankford: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Haddington: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Independence: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Katharine Drexel: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Logan: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
McPherson Square: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
South Philadelphia: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Welsh Road: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wynnefield: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00...
Fourteen Free Library Locations Named Official Cooling Centers
As the temperature continues to rise this week, a number of Free Library of Philadelphia neighborhood locations will serve as official cooling centers, where residents can get out of the heat and into an air-conditioned space with access to books, computers, wireless internet, and other library amenities. The City has declared an Excessive Heat Warning beginning at noon on Wednesday, June 20, and ending at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, June 22. Daytime temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be in the high 90s and may exceed 100 by Thursday. In cooperation with the City, the Free Library has designated...
For the Love of Reading: 7
Check out this entry in our Free Library Reading Journal and then click here to access a podcast of Harry Belafonte discussing My Song at the Free Library!