The Criterion Collection and Subtitles Aren't that Bad
If you’re a movie lover, then you might be familiar with the video distribution company The Criterion Collection. This company is known for re-releasing classic and foreign films, as well as films made by celebrated directors. Many times you can only find the critically acclaimed and celebrated foreign language films...
A Science Minute: Matter/Antimatter
I first heard about mattter/antimatter from Star Trek when I was a kid, which--to be honest--sparked a lot of my fascination with science and technology. In Star Trek, they use matter/antimatter as a source of fuel for their ships (which should not to be confused with the warp drive/core, which...
A History Minute: The Bikini
It's summertime, that means many Philadelphia families are taking trips to the “shore” - yup, the Jersey Shore. You might not see Snooki, The Situation, or Pauly D, but odds are if you take a walk on the beach you'll see many women wearing bikinis. So today's question is: Where...
Father’s Day is Sunday, a time to celebrate those special men in our lives who helped raise us or who guided us or simply to honor the wonderful men whom we look up to. If you haven’t already purchased the obligatory tie, golf tee or grabbed reservations at your dad’s favorite eatery,...
Around the blogs: Saying goodbye to the Space Shuttle Endeavour to reading in bed
What I read and enjoyed on the web this week:
NASA closed a chapter on the Space Shuttle Endeavour last month and here’s a video compilation of the best of the best.
Rolling Stone created a list of Top 10 Picks for Greatest Summer Jams.
Lifehacker gave some great tips for creating an awesome reading list. Don't forget to check our our Readers' Advisory 101.
I'm sure you know about the fabulous Philadelphia Book Festival, but did you know about the National Book Festival sponsored by the Library of Congress?
Letters of Note posted the letter from James Bond author Ian Fleming to a fan...
Around the blogs…
From vintage hats to the pleasures of Shakespeare, what I read and enjoyed on the web this week:
Watch a video from the Smithsonian featuring Philadelphia fashion pioneer Mae Reeves vintage hat collection.
An archivist uncovers 500 year old playing cards.
Rob Lowe discusses writing his memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends: an Autobiography with the New York Times.
Rolling Stone gives us the beat on the record industry’s digital storage crisis.
They finally cast an actress to play Katniss in the new Hunger Games film – Jennifer Lawrence
Publisher Random House asked twitter “Who is your favorite villain in literature?” Check out the responses!
The Royal Wedding
Okay, I’ll admit it - I’m kind of excited about the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. I mean, who doesn’t like a good wedding and a royal one to boot? The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981 was watched by a global audience of...
A Game of Thrones
The other day I saw a preview for a new show on HBO called Game of Thrones. I was intrigued because it featured medieval costumes, talk about honor, swords, and multiple and seemingly complex plot lines – just what any fantasy fan would want, right? Not to mention I wanted...
Will the real Mr. Darcy please stand up?
What is it about Jane Austen’s character Mr. Darcy from the novel Pride and Prejudice that has captivated audiences for last 198 years? This character has been re-imagined countless times, from the BBC adaptations to the popular novel and film Bridget Jones’s Diary (just for the record, Colin Firth will...
Malcolm X Review
Columbia Professor Manning Marable recently passed away April 1, 2011, three days before the publication of his new biography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. Professor Marable has spent his career studying African-American history and writing on the legendary life of activist Malcolm X and his new...
Most Circulated Titles at the Free Library, Part III: Children's
What are the kids up to these days? Reading a diverse array of books and graphic novels and watching some clever TV shows and films, as it turns out! Here are our most popular titles for children in a variety of categories. Please note that for book and television series listings, we have...
Most Circulated Titles at the Free Library, Part II: Digital Media
Last Monday, we revealed the most circulated books, DVD films, and DVD television shows for adults at the Free Library in 2010. This week, we're revealing the most circulated digital titles of 2010--both ebooks and downloadable audiobooks! Use of our downloadable media increased dramatically in 2010, and while we have a few repeat appearances--hi, again,...
Most Circulated Titles at the Free Library, Part I
We are often asked which titles are the most frequently checked out here at the Free Library. To answer this question, our hardworking Materials Management staff has compiled several lists of the top 10 circulated book and DVD titles throughout the Free Library system in 2010. Free Library patrons really seem to...
The New York Times presented a video series called "Fourteen Actors Acting" which simply showcases actors portraying classic screen types you might see in films. Here are a couple of my favorites:
Can you guess what films they were portraying?
If you are interested in studying the craft of acting, check out these books from the Free Library:
The Technique of Acting by Stella Adler with a foreword by Marlon Brando.
An Actor Prepares by Constantin Stanislavski
Building a Character by Constantin Stanislavski
A Dream of Passion: The Development of the Method by Lee Strasberg
The Art of Auditioning: Techniques for Television by...
Give the Gift of Books
The holiday shopping season is in full swing in Philadelphia. As you think about the children in your life, remember books can be really fun gifts, too. Below are some recommendations of books that make great gifts. What would you add to this list? Stop by your local library to...
Celebrating Thanksgiving with Your Preschooler
Thanksgiving is once again upon us! But before you succumb to pre-shopping anxiety and turkey-induced food coma, don’t forget about sharing the spirit of the season with the little ones. Here are some especially wonderful Thanksgiving books for the preschooler in your life, all available at your local Free Library...
Autumn Books, Songs, and Rhymes for Kids
Looking for some great kid-tested, librarian-approved books for autumn? The children's librarians at the Free Library have put together a list of a few of their favorites.
Title: Fall Leaves Fall!
Author: Hall, Zoe
A pretty picture book for ages 2 to 5.
Title: Leaf Jumpers
Author: Gerber, Carole
Illustrations and rhyming text describe different leaves and the trees from which they fall.
Title: From Seed to Pumpkin
Author: Pfeffer, Wendy
Kids grow pumpkins, from seeds to pies and jack-o-lanterns. Ages 4 to 8.
Title: Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin
Author: Serfozo, Mary
Peter the tiger's pumpkin wins a prize. Ages 3 to 7.
Of course, story time at the Free Library isn't just about sitting and listening to a...
Children and Reading
It’s been a week and people are still talking about the New York Times article titled "Picture Books No Longer a Staple for Children," which ran on October 7, 2010. From the more than 350 comments posted on the New York Times site to the various other blog posts that have popped up, the author of the article sparked a lot discussion and debate. As a children’s librarian, I’m glad to see that so many people are talking about reading and sharing what reading means to them. For anyone out there concerned that the Free Library of Philadelphia is giving up on...
100 Notable Books of 2008
This is that time of the year when we start to see a multitude of "Best of...." lists. One of my favorites is always The New York Times "Notable Books of..." for whatever year we happen to be ending. This year's list isn't officially released until Sunday, December 7, but it's...
Best Books of the Year...So Far?
Amazon.com has changed how people buy books (of course, we know that you borrow MOST of the books you read from the Free Library of Philadelphia!). But even if you don't buy books from Amazon.com, their website is always entertaining and instructive to read. Amazon.com recently emailed their customers, including me,...