Spine Poetry Photo Shoot
Teen Tuesday celebrated National Poetry Month with a Spine Poetry Photo Shoot. Let's see your spine poems!
Have a Laugh; It's National Humor Month : D
"Humor is mankind's greatest blessing." - Mark Twain
Did you know that besides being National Poetry Month and some other unique "holidays" such as National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day (April 2nd) and National High Five Day (April 18th), that April is also National Humor Month?
Well, it must be true, I read it on the Internet! ; P
Here's a "Friday Five" of humorous books available at Free Library, from smart and sarcastic to side-splitting slapstick, that have put a wry smile on my face and made me LOL.
What I'd Say To The Martians
by Jack Handey
Some of the most bizarre, out-there, laugh-out-loud...
Free Library Branches and Departments on Facebook
If you attended any of the recent Philadelphia Book Festival events, or are planning on attending any of the remaining Philadelphia Science Week or Philly Tech Week events, you've probably stopped by one of our 54 branches.
Want to continue to find out about exciting, educational, and enlightening events at your local neighborhood library?
Have a Facebook account?
Surf on over to our Facebook page and at the top you will see a tab for "Branches and Departments".
Click on that tab and you will be able to access links to all of our branches and departments that have Facebook pages.
Find your local neighborhood...
Earth Day 2013- Continue to Celebrate
Yesterday was the 43rd anniversary of the Earth Day. Individuals across the globe took place in a variety of celebrations. "The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed." You can learn more about the movement at Earth Day Network. Google supported with an interactive doodle. What did you do? Continue on the journey by picking up one of these...
Please join us in welcoming the latest addition to Parkway Central's Philbrick Hall team. Patrice is the new Teen Center Specialist, and she'll be hanging out in the Teen Center after school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
In her own words:
" I'm incredibly excited to meet you all as the new...
Want library ebooks on your Android? There's an app for that!
Dear Android Lovers,
We know you want to read fantastic library ebooks and listen to great audiobooks on your device and now, it couldn't easier. Wth the free Overdrive Media Console app, you can enjoy library ebooks in EPUB, PDF, and Open EBUP formats as well as MP3 audiobooks on your Android tablet or phone. Library ebooks and audiobooks are free, convenient, and best of all... no late fees. When your loan expires the file is removed from your device. Here's a great video to help you get started.
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...
Music Critics' Roundtable for the Elementary Set
Librarians at the Parkway Central Music Department are rolling out a new media literacy program for teens. Music Critics' Roundtable offers young people a chance to share music with each other at the library, learn to listen critically, and ultimately to produce new digital art and commentary inspired by the...
Philly Tech Week 2013 Featured Events @ Free Library
Calling all tech enthusiasts, digital strategists, web entrepreneurs, online editors, software developers, web designers, engineers, bloggers, hackers, gamers, students, and gadget geeks all throughout the Philadelphia area: Philly Tech Week is almost here!
Philly Tech Week begins a week-long celebration of technology and innovation in Philadelphia kicking off Friday, April 19th...
"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once." - Albert Einstein
When Albert Einstein gave us his general relativity equation, E = mc2 he opened the possibility that time travel could be real. He theorized that time was simply a variable, and time could slow down and speed up, depending on your gravitational field or when you're traveling at high speeds. We all know you can't travel faster than the speed of light (299,792,458 meters per second), but if you could travel near the speed of light, time would begin to slow for you in relation to things...
Amazing findings in books in the stacks
In preparation for the dismantling of the book stacks at Parkway Central, we've been surveying the "Art Lewis" books in the stacks. These are books from John Frederick Lewis's personal collection that were donated to the Library by his widow in 1934. Their call numbers begin with AL (for Art Lewis) and are...
Pinteresting Spring Extras
If you haven't viewed our Extras page in a while, we've recently updated it with some new spring-themed photos from our various digital collections.
Add a touch of spring to your desktop, tablet, phone, e-reader, or mobile device by downloading a new wallpaper or screensaver!
Speaking of digital images, have you visited...
What to Say While Fastening the Garland to the Gable
The Borneman Pennsylvania German Collection at the Free Library of Philadelphia is very fortunate to have a very small manuscript, Borneman Ms. 99, about 4" x 3 " in size, entitled Zimmerspruch beÿm Aufstecken des Straußes or What to Say While Fastening the Garland to the Gable. It was most...
April is National Poetry Month!
Sharing poems and songs with your preschool-aged children helps get them ready to read. Nursery rhymes and nonsense verse are especially great in the way they expand children’s imaginations, and tickle their funny bones. When you sing or say a rhyme, your child learns that words are...
The Return of Mad Men
A feature in the most recent issue of Wired magazine proclaims that we are in the "platinum age of television", a progression over the past decade or so in the rise of quality television programming across all mediums (broadcast tv, cable tv, and online) and the availability to access those shows whenever and wherever we choose (DVDs, DVR, downloads, and on-demand streaming). Shows like Breaking Bad, The Wire, Arrested Development, Justified, 30 Rock, Louis, and Game of Thrones are just a handful of television shows that could all be included in this echelon, and perhaps none more so than one...
Introducing... Readings from the Chamber Music Collection
On Sunday March 24th, Bassoonist Raymundo Jacinto and the Parkway Central’s Music Department introduced the first experiment in what we hope will become a series of monthly readings and performances from the chamber music repertoire. For some brief highlights and to hear from Ray about this program, please enjoy this brief video:
The Free Library of Philadelphia invites local musicians to read from music discovered in our Chamber Music Collection. This circulating collection of individual parts from around 30,000 works of the chamber repertoire serves ensembles ranging between 1 and 10 instruments. Musicians interested in participating should contact the Music Department...
National Library Week for Preschool Children
This year, celebrate National Library Week (April 14-20) at any of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s 54 locations city-wide. If you’re looking for literacy-rich, fun activities for young children, you’re in luck! Some of children’s literature’s greatest authors and illustrators are visiting your local library branches, Regional libraries and the...
Summer in the City
"Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise."
So reads the memorable inscription above the door of Shakespeare & Company, one of my favorite bookstores.
This quaint Parisian bookstore welcomes strangers with quiet mystery, magical selections on the bookshelves, and the occasional French cheese hidden among the books. Far...
Amazon Buys Book-centric Social Networking Site Goodreads
In tech news reported right before the Easter holiday last week, it was revealed that Amazon had bought the social reading website Goodreads.
The news was posted on Goodreads official blog, expressing their excitement over the new partnership, especially the ability to now bring Goodreads to the most popular e-reader in...
Announcing the Virtual Library at Suburban Station
We’re so excited to announce the launch of the Virtual Free Library at Suburban Station, an awesome undertaking made possible by the Free Library and our partners at Dunkin’ Donuts, SEPTA, and Titan. The Virtual Library—believed to be the nation’s first in a train station—is featured on more than 70...