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October 23, 2014

The Annual 215 Festival Spotlights Philadelphia’s Literary Scene On South Street This Weekend, October 23-26

Starting today, October 23 and running through Sunday, October 26, the 215 Festival returns to celebrate Philly’s literary scene with free readings, cocktail-fueled events and more. This year, the literary fest fills locations along South Street with a variety of events that celebrate the written word. The festivities kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. with […]

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April 17, 2014

The Rosenbach Museum & Library Presents Sendak In The ’60s, Shedding New Light On Where The Wild Things Are And More

Think you know Where the Wild Things Are? Think again. The newest exhibit at The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia examines the work of prolific author and illustrator Maurice Sendak in a whole new way. Now open, Sendak in the ’60s is a fascinating exhibit sure to enlighten even the most avid Sendak […]

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October 17, 2013

The 215 Festival Returns This Weekend, October 17-20, Spotlighting Philadelphia’s Literary Arts Scene In Four Neighborhoods

After a triumphant revitalization in 2012, The 215 Festival of literary arts in Philadelphia returns this weekend, October 17-20. Hosting writerly events in four neighborhoods of Philadelphia — Callowhill, Fishtown, East Passyunk and Rittenhouse — the festival places the study of letters in the spotlight for four days, highlighting both the local Philly literary scene […]

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October 9, 2013

Celebrate The Written Word At The First-Ever Red Sofa Reading Series Event At Indy Hall, This Friday, October 11

This weekend, West Philly’s Red Sofa Salon & Poetry Workshop will team up with Indy Hall Arts to present the Red Sofa Reading Series, a brand new poetry reading series. The literary event will showcase some of the best poets writing today, and promises to bring together diverse arts communities, move, entertain and inspire. The […]

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June 14, 2013

Celebrate James Joyce’s Iconic Work, Ulysses This Weekend At The Rosenbach Museum And Library’s Annual Bloomsday Festival

This Sunday, June 16, commemorate James Joyce’s historic novel Ulysses at the annual Bloomsday festival at the Rosenbach Museum and Library. Join recent college graduates, Rosenbach employees, professors, actors and other members of the general public as they each read sections from Ulysses to equal out a reading of the book in all its entirety. […]

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May 16, 2013

Celebrated Author Alice Walker Comes To The Central Library To Discuss And Sign Her Latest Books, Wednesday, May 29

On Wednesday, May 29, esteemed author Alice Walker, will be on hand at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Libraryto discuss her newest works, answer audience questions and sign books. Best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple, Walker has been writing novels, short stories, children’s books and poetry for more than 40 […]

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April 2, 2013

Coming Soon: The Philadelphia Book Festival Puts Literature In The Spotlight With Author Events At 54 Library Locations, April 14-20

Heads up, bookworms. The Free Library of Philadelphia’s annual Book Festival begins April 14, just in time for National Library Week April 14-20. With events happening at each of the library’s 54 locations throughout the city this year, taking part in this bookish festival will be elementary. Previously held only at the Parkway Central Library, […]

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January 4, 2013

The Free Library Celebrates The 200th Publication Anniversary Of Pride And Prejudice With A Day-Long Celebration On January 28

January 28, 2013 marks the 200th publication anniversary of Jane Austen’s iconic novel Pride and Prejudice. In honor of the special occasion, the Free Library is hosting “Pride and Prejudice at 200,” a day-long celebration of the novel at the Parkway Central Library, neighborhood libraries around the city and online at See below for […]

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December 20, 2012

If You Get A New Gadget For The Holidays, The Free Library’s Tech Gurus Have You Covered

If you’re gifted with a new e-gadget this season, keep this tip in mind: the Free Library’s gadget gurus can help you make the most of your new device. Stop by the Central Library lobby to meet with a tech pro from 2-4 p.m. on December 26-28 or January 2-4. Learn how to download any of 80,000 ebooks to your Kindle or Nook, or discover the hidden features of your new iPad or Windows 8 tablet. The best part is that they’ll also help you get materials from the library’s extensive digital collections. Don’t have a library card? They can also sign you up for one right on the spot. [Free Library]

December 10, 2012

Conclusion Of The Free Library’s Year Of Dickens: The Final Month Leaves Plenty Of Time For Last-Minute Celebratory Events

In celebration of the 200th birthday of one of literature’s most iconic authors, Charles Dickens, the Free Library of Philadelphia has been hosting special Dickensian events all year. The Year of the Dickens still has one whole month of celebrating left. And many of the continuing events coincide perfectly with the winter holidays to make […]

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