Word of the Year
Merriam-Webster's website published its Word of the Year as well as its Top Ten List of 2006. Compare 2006's list to those of 2005, 2004, and 2003 and its possible to get an idea of the themes that dominated public discourse over the years....
Poet of the Week - Wallace Stevens
Wallace Stevens was born in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1879. Though he longed to be a professional writer, he ended up practicing law until 1916. Stevens nevertheless began publishing under the pseudonym “Peter Parasol” in 1914 and although he would eventually spend his entire life behind an office desk, he continued...
Happy belated holidays and Happy almost New Year! The Free Library Blog is back in action, having taken a very relaxing vacation and eating far too much candy. Is it possible for a blog to join a gym?
The Lecture's Office is presenting a great lineup of author events in January . Check out Barbara Ehrenreich, Michael Vitez and Tom Gralish, Neal Pollack, Richard Clarke, Walter Mosley, and Alice Hoffman at the Central Library's Montgomery Auditorium and get 2007 off to a scintillating start!...
Library Holiday Cookies
If you want to treat your inner bookworm, here is a great recipe to make with book-shaped cookie cutters:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Garnish: coarse sugar or melted chocolate
Whisk together flour, baking...
A Very Smart Man
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
- Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)...
Read This Book
The New York Times has an online book group where authors often post answers to readers' questions....
Art Blog - Art reviews, deep thoughts, and gossip from Philadelphia and beyond.
Blinq - Inquirer Blog.
Broad & Market - Broad & Market showcases street fashion and street art in Philadelphia.
Kimmel Center - Kimmel Center Blog.
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Philadelphia Will Do - Philadelphia Weekly Blog.
Philly Blog - Blog for all Philly neighborhoods.
Phillyist - Phillyist is a website about Philadelphia and everything that happens in it.
The Clog - The City Paper blog....
Poem of the Week--Carolyn Forche
Carolyn Forché refers to herself as "a poet of witness." Indeed, in 1983, she acted as a journalist for Amnesty International in El Salvador in 1983 and as a Beirut correspondent for NPR's "All Things Considered." She won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 1976 for her debut...
Jump Start: Launching an Artists' Book Collection at the Free Library of Philadelphia
On Friday, December 15th a new exhibit entitled Jump Start: Launching an Artists’ Books Collection opens on the 2nd floor at the Central Library. The exhibition takes place in the cases in the corridors outside the Art Department and the Print and Picture Collection. A reception open to the public will be held in the Print and Picture Collection from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. At the reception, the cases will be open so that most of the books will be available for perusal (with clean hands or white gloves).
Recently, a collection of 60 artists’ books was donated to the Print...
Books to Give to Children this Holiday Season
The Free Library publishes book recommendations and reviews of Children's books each month as part of its series, Highlights of Children's Books . New titles are examined and added to the Free Library's collections and our favorites are posted in "Highlights" each month. It is always a great place to...
2006 James Beard Foundation/KitchenAid Book Awards
Each year, the James Beard Foundation gives out is annual culinary awards. Here is a link to their 2006 winners -- not only do cookbooks provide guidance for stressful holiday cooking, they make great gifts....
More Best Of....Lists
The WashingtonPost's Favorite Books of 2006 .
Slate Magazine's Best Books of 2006 .
The Economist's Books of the Year ....
The Free Library is pleased to announce that a number of new databases and electronic resources are available to us now through POWERLibrary. Please take a moment to try these out!
Business Source Premier (the Business Searching Interface) - this database contains the same information as Business Source Premier that we have had for years, but it has a different search interface. The basic search page has selections to search by company and industry, and options to browse company profiles and country reports.
Regional Business News- Regional Business News incorporates 75 business journals, newspapers, and newswires covering all metropolitan and rural areas...
Poet of the Week....Edna St. Vincent Millay
Edna St. Vincent Millay, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (in 1923, for The Harp-Weaver, and Other Poems), was known not only for her writing but for what was considered at the time to be an unconventional lifestyle. In its extensive poetry collections, The Free Library...
Children's Holiday Reading List
In honor of the holiday season, we compiled a special Children's Booklist for your convenience. With titles representing Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and the Chinese New Year, we hope you'll stop by your local library and take a couple of these gems home to share with family and friends....
Get Close and Personal With Medieval Manuscripts
Are you interested in learning more about the history of people who lived in Europe between 500 and 1500 A.D.? Take a look at this amazing webpage and have access to 500 of the 3,000 images in the Free Library's Lewis-Widener manuscript collection. It's pretty high-tech--you can see parts of the image only viewable before with the aid of a magnifying glass!...