Word on the Web May 2015
It's been a few months, but we're back on the blog beat, so let's get the "Word on the Web" and check out some recent topics of interest and discussion from the tech, literary, library, and arts and entertainment intersections of the World Wide Web that happened in May 2015.
Free Library in the News: May 26-29, 2015
Related exhibitions of Pennsylvania German fraktur and decorative arts will be on view at the Free Library of Philadelphia through July 16.
The summer reading season kicks into high gear
Features various programs and events at the Free Library in June
Remembering mathematician John Nash
In 2002, WHYY host Dr. Dan Gottlieb sat down...
“A Book That Shaped Me” Writing Contest
Now announcing a great opportunity for rising 5th and 6th graders! The Library of Congress is holding a writing contest entitled “A Book That Shaped Me.” This will encourage children “to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact on their lives.” Finalists of the context have a chance to...
TechXpo at Northeast Regional Library
By Lisa C.
In honor of Philly Tech week last month, Northeast Regional Library hosted their first ever TechXpo where attendees could get a first-hand look at some of the latest technology in action including 3D printing and iPad-created stop-motion animation.
Both NRI 3DLab and the Chocolate Press were on hand to...
Facing Suspension or Expulsion from School?
On Monday, June 1, the School Discipline Advocacy Service will give a free presentation at the Parkway Central Library for any students (and parents of students) facing formal disciplinary procedures from the Philadelphia School District. Topics covered will be of interest to students facing expulsion, transfer, or suspension; and will...
Remembering B.B. King
Philadelphia’s guitarists are dropping by the Reference Desk more frequently than usual to request our B.B. King songbooks. School students are visiting the Music Department asking for books for papers they're writing on B.B. King’s life. Not to mention the folks who come in looking for our books about B.B, as well as...
Our Community of New Americans
A new spring ad campaign is underway here at the Free Library and this year’s theme is focused on new Americans and the role the library can play as a gateway to learning and information. With nearly 200,000 foreign-born individuals living in Philadelphia, the Library has come to play an...
Free Library in the News: May 18-22, 2015
There are Infinite Reasons to Love This Photographer and Her 97-year old Muse
She spent thirty five years working at the Free Library of Philadelphia as a commercial illustrator, though self-portraits remained her specialty. Now, at 97 years old, Ulmer has devoted her life to creative expression, working in media ranging...
Digital Audiobooks Are Now Easier Than Ever
Frequent visitors to our Overdrive site may have noticed a few changes this week. After months of planning, Overdrive has discontinued the much maligned WMA and WMV formats for audiobooks, videos, and music. These restrictive formats previously caused headaches for those of us using Apple or Android mobile devices or Mac...
1943 Philadelphia Train Derailment Tragedy
Last week’s deadly train derailment in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia was eerily similar to a crash that happened at the same junction on Labor Day in 1943.
The 1943 accident involved the sixteen-car Congressional Limited which originated in Washington and was bound for New York. Of the 541 passengers...
Hoopla Makes A Splash (Page), Now Offering Comic Book Downloads!
It's new comic book day across the United States today and you can flip through some new comics without even leaving your house to head down to your local comic shop.
Hoopla, one of our most popular Digital Media resources here at Free Library, already boasts a catalog of more than...
Free Library in the News: May 11-15, 2015
Words at Play Vocabulary Initiative at FLP
Sen. George Mitchell: The Negotiator
Former Senator GEORGE MITCHELL accomplished the Herculean task when after years of negotiations, he crafted the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. (appeared 5/11)
Sundays on Stage at the Free Library of Philadelphia: Brave Little Tailor
With expressive masks, life-size puppets, original...
Software Upgrade Saturday, May 16th
Beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16th, Free Library IT staff will be performing system maintenance on our website. Our online catalog, telephone renewal system, and access to electronic resources will be temporarily unavailable while we perform this software upgrade. We expect to restore access by Sunday morning, May...
Don't Forget to Vote on May 19!
Philadelphia’s 2015 primary election is Tuesday, May 19. Registered voters have the opportunity to select primary candidates for Mayor, City Council, Judges, City Commissioners, Sheriff, and Register of Wills.
Wondering where the candidates stand on issues that are important to you? Not sure who to choose? Check out Crowdpac. This handy...
May 2015 Computer Classes at Parkway Central
Know anyone who'd like some free computer lessons? Parkway Central librarians have announced their new roster of computer courses for May 2015. Librarians lead these classes and serve as all around guides, educators, and information experts; we crafted many of these classes after the types of questions you ask us at...
Free Library in the News: May 4-8, 2015
Toni Morrison’s book explores how childhood trauma twists adult life
When one of the world’s most revered writers hit a bump in her wheelchair heading to the stage of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Toni Morrison covered her face with her latest book and quipped: “A little scary, wasn’t it?”
Framing Fraktur: Lettering in the Fraktur Style
Fraktur is a term describing both a 16th century German typeface and manuscript letter form, and the manuscript documents (now considered folk art) produced by the Pensylvania Germans in the 18th and 19th centuries. Join us for a FREE workshop, Lettering in the Fraktur Style, Saturday, May 9th, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Here...
Join us for the Raven Society Rooftop Biergarten!
Celebrate the coming of summer with a rooftop biergarten!
Mingle atop the Skyline Terrace and have an excellent view of the city with other young Philadelphia professionals, while you take in the summer air and the flow of local ale, all to support the Free Library of Philadelphia. In addition to enjoying...
May 2015 Early Literacy Calendar
Walk outside, take a deep breath, and feel the warm sunshine on your face—Spring is in full swing!
The month of May is full of fun little holidays that you can celebrate with the children in your life like honoring your favorite teacher on National Teachers Day, reading a nursery rhyme...