Google Translate Helps to Break Language Barriers on Free Library Website
The Free Library is happy to announce the latest addition to our website: the integration of Google Translate!
As part of the Free Library’s strategic plans, it has been a goal to present our website content in multiple languages to cater to the diverse population of our patrons throughout the City...
Top 10 ebooks OverDrive Digital Library October 2013
Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in October 2013.
There were more than 46,000 ebooks checked out and downloaded from both our website and mobile site for the month!
Mystery and suspense ebooks dominated this past month, taking 6 out of the top 10...
Do The Monster Mash with this Halloween Playlist from Free Library's Spotify Channel
Howllo Boils and Ghouls,
Do you know what today is? Why, it's Halloween, of course!
What better way to celebrate this haunted holiday then with songs about zombies, monsters, grim reapers, cemeteries, witches, spooky spells, psycho killers, nightmares, and devils?
From petrifying pop and rabid rock to sinister soundtracks and cursed classical selections,...
Poverty, Digital Literacy, and Digital Inclusion Topics of Discussion at TLC Conference
The Technology Learning Collaborative, an association of service organizations from throughout Philadelphia committed to leveraging technology resources to reduce poverty, improve public health, decrease homelessness, mobilize through media, and prepare individuals and communities to be more employable, held its inaugural conference last week at Temple University. The topic for the conference...
Top 10 Author Event Podcasts Downloaded in September 2013
View the Top 10 Author Event Podcasts Downloaded in September 2013.
There were more than 34,000 podcast downloads from our website for the month of September!
View our full Fall schedule and don't miss out on all the great author events we have planned for the rest of 2013.
Ross King | The Judgement of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism
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Ross King is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Brunelleschi’s Dome and Michaelangelo & the Pope’s Ceiling, as well as the novels Ex-Libris and Domino. The Judgment of Paris chronicles the dramatic decade between...
Fall into these cool web extras!
If you haven't viewed our Extras page in a while, we've recently updated it again with some new autumn-themed digital images from our various digital collections, including our vast Historical Images of Philadelphia collection.
Add a crisp and cool touch of fall to your desktop, tablet, phone, e-reader, or mobile device...
Top 10 ebooks OverDrive Digital Library September 2013
Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in September 2013.
There were more than 44,450 ebooks checked out and downloaded from both our website and mobile site for the month!
Romance rules this month, taking 5 out of the top 10 spots.
The Arrangement (fiction)
Around the Blogs
Let's go "Around the Blogs" and check out some recent topics of interest from the tech, literary, library, and arts and entertainment sections of the World Wide Web.
It's Banned Books Week. Find out which books have been banned throughout history and learn how to fight censorship of literature in all...
Top 10 Author Event Podcasts Downloaded in August 2013
Checkout the Top 10 Author Event Podcasts Downloaded in August 2013.
There were more than 19,400 podcasts downloaded from our website for the month of August!
View our full Fall schedule and don't miss out on all the great author events we have planned for rest of 2013.
Clark DeLeon | Pennsylvania Curiosities...
Check Out Our New Blog Redesign!
If you're looking at this blog, you may notice something different: more stories, more color, more pictures.
We've redesigned our blog!
When you go to Free Library's blog now, you will notice two views available in the upper right-hand corner of the page: Grid and List.
The dynamic grid layout allows for multiple...
SparkFun Brings Maker Movement to Cecil B. Moore Library
Want to have a fun-filled day of creativity, learning, and making cool stuff courtesy of Free Library and SparkFun?
The SparkFun tour bus and staff will visit the Cecil B. Moore Library at 2320 West Cecil B. Moore Avenue on Tuesday, September 17th as part of their National Education Tour. The SparkFun crew will conduct four workshops for learners of all ages on e-textiles, wearable LEDs, and training dedicated to educators, mentors, parents, after-school coordinators, and just about anyone who works with youth on how electronics can be a vital part of education and programming.
Workshop times are as follows:
Adult / Educator Training
Top 10 ebooks OverDrive Digital Library August 2013
Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in August 2013.
There were more than 47,000 ebooks checked out and downloaded for the month!
The following list comprises fiction and nonfiction titles from across all genres, downloaded from both our website and mobile site.
Three Little Words (fiction)
by Susan Mallery
The 12th entry in the Fool's Gold romance series takes our top spot for ebook downloads in August 2013. A woman's teenage crush comes back to her hometown, just as she is returning to the same small town to restart her life. Will the power of love win...
Helping to Bridge the Digital Divide
There have been a number of news stories over the past few weeks discussing the digital divide that still exists around the world.
Studies and statistics show that access to the internet has improved over recent years to a certain extent, but that there are still 60 million Americans who have...
Free Library of Philadelphia's Google+ Page Sees Increased Number of Followers
Back in May we posted about the Google+ redesign, which included a multiple column layout, consistency across devices (desktop, tablet, and mobile), an emphasis on visual content with the ability to post and view larger photos and videos, a new related hastag system (i.e., click on the hashtag #LoveTheLibrary, and...
Top 10 ebooks OverDrive Digital Library July 2013
Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in July 2013.
There were more than 54,300 ebooks checked out and downloaded for the month!
The following list comprises fiction and nonfiction titles from across all genres, downloaded from our website and mobile site.
The Bat (fiction)
by Jo Nesbø's
The first appearance of Jo Nesbø's flawed detective, Harry Hole of the Oslo Crime Squad. Dispatched to Sydney, Australia to observe a murder case, he is drawn deeper into the world of a psychopath working his way across the country. No one is safe in this character-driven crime thriller!
Author Pseudonyms and Pen Names and Aliases, Oh My!
The saying goes, "Everyone loves a good mystery".
And a recent mystery in the literary world has people rushing to libraries and bookstores to pick up a book called The Cuckoo’s Calling.
A debut crime novel from first-time author Robert Galbraith, said to be a former member of the Special Investigative Branch...
Top 10 ebooks OverDrive Digital Library June 2013
Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in June 2013.
Taking the top spot for the month was Neil Gaiman's newest novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane (We can't keep this one on the shelves, physically or digitally!)
There were more than 1,300 ebooks checked out and downloaded for the month!
The following list comprises fiction and nonfiction titles from across all genres.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane (fiction)
by Neil Gaiman
A short story that sprawls into a novel length fantastical fable as the narrator takes the reader along on a supernatural...
Alternative RSS Readers to Replace Google Reader
As reported on this blog back in March, Google Reader announced that they were shutting down their Google Reader service as of July 1st, 2013.
Once we went through the five stages of grief, we started to do some research and test out the myriad of other news readers available on...