My Advice to High School Seniors! An Undergraduate Perspective!
My name is Ericka and I worked as a work study student in the College Prep Program on behalf of seniors in high school, helping them to complete goals to successful enter college! I believe my experience as an undergrad prepared me in so many ways and I would love to share this advise to...
Top 10 ebooks Downloaded from OverDrive Digital Library in May 2015
Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in May 2015.
More than 62,200 ebooks were checked out and downloaded for the month!
Taking the number one spot this month is Paula Hawkins' suspenseful debut The Girl on the Train. It along with other Mystery and Suspense...
Free Library in the News: June 1-5, 2015
When Tchaikovsky came to Philadelphia: Tchaikovsky’s charm
Written using help from the staff of the Social Science and History/Newspaper Department and extensive resources from FLP’s Newspaper Department’s fee-based service
Movement at last for hulking Market East garage
Across the street from the garage stands the Graff House, also known as the Declaration House,...
June 2015 Early Literacy Calendar
The unofficial start of summer is under way and the next few months feature the promise of warm weather, outdoor activities, and time spent with family and friends. Good thing you can download another month's worth of Early Literacy activities and links from the Free Library of Philadelphia's children's librarians...
IRS Data Theft
Last week the Internal Revenue Service announced a data breach affecting around 100,000 taxpayers who used the IRS’s online “Get Transcript” application. Those affected (as well as those unsuccessfully targeted) will receive a letter in the coming week outlining the details of this breach; credit monitoring will be offered to those...
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...