Take the Free Library Anywhere!
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3 Great Books to Read Before Starting School
Going to school is an exciting, nerve-wracking experience—whether it’s your first day of Kindergarten or you’re a wise, experienced third grader. Either way, having good conversations about what your child can expect is a great way to make a smooth transition into a successful year of school.
Here are a few...
Free Library in the News: August 24-28, 2015
Free Library Welcomes Papal Visit with New Ecumenical Exhibit (no link)
The exhibit, “Sacred Stories: The World’s Religious Traditions,” will include a wide range of religious texts from Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. Janine Pollock said it took almost a year to put the exhibit together and showcase the best...
Heading Back to School in a Library State of Mind
As you get in gear for the new school year, know that the Free Library has your back! We, too, are gearing up for the homework, projects, and papers the school year brings—not to boost our own report card, but to help you make the grade.
What can we do to...
Sacred Stories: The World's Religious Traditions
To celebrate the landmark papal visit to Philadelphia, the Rare Book Department at Parkway Central Library has opened a new exhibition of rare religious texts. Running through January 30, 2016, Sacred Stories: The World’s Religious Traditions will showcase the department’s unique collection of sacred works that share the broadly human experiences of belief,...
Featured Resource: Homework Help Online
A Free Library card is your key to countless resources, but few are as valuable to students as Homework Help Online.
Login with your Free Library card and PIN, register a username, and connect one-on-one with tutor via live chat. Help is available for students from elementary school through college in both...
Back to School Jumpstart Campers Practice with the Experts
Back to School Jumpstart Camp is a summer learning program for children entering first through third grade. They attend a three-week camp-style academic enrichment program designed to boost their reading and writing skills just before school starts, and get used to being back in the classroom. The students practiced intensive reading...
Free Library in the News: August 17-21, 2015
Donald Root: Beyond the Bookshelves at Free Library
Donald Root, Chief of Central Public Services Division, talks about his life, appreciation for libraries, and all the great things happening at the Free Library!
Atlantic Coast Opera comes to Wallingford
A free “Sneak Preview” show will take place Sunday, Aug. 23, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at...
Our Wonder-ful Summer is Over!
This sticky, humid weather makes it hard to believe that Summer Reading is over! This year, kids and teens all over the city of Philadelphia explored, created, and, of course, read a ton of great books! We had a great time and we hope you did too! We truly appreciate all the volunteers,...
Poetry Room: Weirdness and Off-the-wall Poems and Poets
Welcome to Poetry Room blog post #2. Remember the whole “poetry is weird and difficult and often written with seemingly hidden clues designed to stymie the average reader” theme from our last post? Let's talk more about that weirdness. Let's discover some off-the-wall poems. Poetry doesn't have to be the...
Friday Five: Spy TV
It's been a while since we've had a Friday Five post, so what better way to jump back into some pop culture goodness than with the theatrical release this weekend of the big screen adaptation of the small screen spy show The Man from U.N.C.L.E.?
Take a look at the stylized...
Information Literacy Games to Explore the Music Department
This musical #informationliteracy activity today was very successful! https://t.co/fAaGY8A7pI pic.twitter.com/Y87oGAhpp9
— adamleofeldman (@adamleofeldman) July 29, 2015
What does it mean to command the skills of information literacy? For this generation of students and teachers in Philadelphia the answers are not clear, and few are asking the question. After all, there are virtually...
Three Book Award Winners for Children to Check Out
Three Award Winners to Check Out
You might ask your dentist to recommend a good toothpaste, buy a sneaker endorsed by a professional basketball player or pick a veterinarian-approved pet food for your fuzzy best friend. Likewise, if you want to find the best books in the nation, just ask the...
Author Events Galore and Free Library in the News: August 3-7, 2015
This week's press round-up is sparse, but gives a preview of some exciting author events happening at the Library soon and also looks back at a couple fun past events . From chick-lit machine Jennifer Weiner to punk poet Patti Smith, from former President Jimmy Carter to femist funny-woman Caitlin Moran, so many fascinating people...
Featured Resource: Learning Express Library
Sometimes you've got to take a test. It's a fact of life. Some of us struggle with tests while others breeze by, but we could all benefit from a little preparation. So before you decide whether to go it alone or ask a tutor to help you get ready for that SAT, AP, GED...
Outside Sound - a 2015 Fringe Festival performance @ the Free Library
In conjunction with the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Music Department at the Parkway Central Library will present a unique music performance and visual-art gallery project called Outside Sound.
Outside Sound is the result of years of intimate collaboration between composer Chris Coyle and adult visual artists living with disabilities. Audiences...
Top 10 ebooks Downloaded in July 2015
Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in July 2015.
More than 90,000 ebooks were checked out and downloaded for the month!
Jumping up from the third most downloaded ebook last month, Paula Hawkins' The Girl On The Train takes over the number one spot....
Free Library in the News: July 27-31, 2015
Top Press Mention in the News:
Poet Sonia Sanchez’s life gets film treatment
Check out this film about the life of Philadelphia poet extraordinaire and Free Library Board of Trustees member Sonia Sanchez!
Weekly Entertainment Guide--Travel through Time
On display at the Free Library of Philadelphia is Kollner's View: Philadelphia and Beyond in...
August 2015 Early Literacy Calendar
Whew! Hot enough for ya?
Why not stop in at your local neighborhood library for one of our many Children’s Events and Activities? Or maybe add another book to your Summer Reading tally? Best of all, we have air conditioning : )
On the days when it isn't hazy, hot, and humid, try...