“One Book, One Philadelphia” Events Are Underway

Cold Mountain

Events for the Free Library’s annual “One Book, One Philadelphia” citywide book club are underway. This year’s book is Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier.

The events started Tuesday night with a discussion between Frazier and composer Jennifer Higdon, who created the Cold Mountain opera being performed as part of “One Book’s” events and which premieres Friday. Today’s events include a screening of the movie at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, as well as screenings of other Civil War movies, Glory and Lincoln, at other locations. (The full list of upcoming events in the series can be found here.) Read more »

Can the Free Library Replace Your Netflix Subscription?

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The Free Library of Philadelphia is taking a giant leap into the Streaming Digital Future of Everything today, launching Hoopla — a service that lets library cardholders check out TV, movies, audiobooks, and music. (The service is available for tablets and smartphones via apps on iTunes and Google Play.)

“Think of it like a Netflix for libraries,” the Free Library said in a blog post introducing the service. “And because you stream, rather than download, content from Hoopla, there are no waiting lists, no holds, and of course, no late fees! ”

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8 Things to Do in Philly This Week: Arcade Fire After Party, War on Drugs, Shut Up and Dance, and More

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Every week we round up five of the best things to do in the week ahead. Weather pending, of course. 

BRAT productions three chord fiction

Philly “rock and roll theater company” BRAT Productions is getting a head start on Valentine’s Day with “Three Chord Fiction: Love Bites.” Designed as a way to introduce Philly to the next generation of cabaret performers, the showcase pairs actor-singers with local musicians and tasks them to perform a musical tale about love. After every night’s show a different band will take the stage to woo the audience with an amorous-minded set of tunes. Singers include Red 40, drag queen Cleo Phatra, Senor Papos & Jota, and BRAT resident artist’s Jess Conda’s alter ego Len performing with the Ladies of the Cursed Church Theater. Scheduled bands are The Fancy Balloons (Feb. 4), TJ Kong (Feb. 5) and Upholstery (Feb. 6). Feb. 4-6, 8 p.m., $10, Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St.

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WATCH: Dr. J.’s Five Best Commercials


Sixers legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving will be giving a free talk tonight as a part of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Author Event series.

The Doctor, who mesmerized Sixer fans from 1976 to 1987, will discuss his life on and off of the court, as well as to promote his recently released book Dr. J: The Autobiography (in which we learn some things we wish we could unlearn). Of course, the good doctor is no stranger to shilling products. In the spirit of shameless self-promotion, let’s look back at the top five Dr. J commercials.

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Yellow Birds Is Philly’s “One Book” for 2014

13366259The Inquirer reports: “The Yellow Birds, a 2012 National Book Award finalist, will be named this year’s One Book One Philadelphia selection Wednesday morning in a ceremony at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Powers will join Mayor Nutter; Marie Field, chair of One Book One Philadelphia; and Siobhan A. Reardon, president and director of the Free Library, for the event.”

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Culinary Literacy at The Free Library of Philadelphia

Tomato Dinner at Supper and Bistrot La MinetteGet ready to brush up on your culinary literacy. This Saturday, August 24th @ 11:30 a.m., The Free Library of Philadelphia will host chefs from the Philadelphia Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier as they present a cooking demonstration of recipes that take advantage of summer’s bounty in “Craveable Fruits & Vegetables: Delicious Dishes to Eat Right Now”. Recipes and samples will be distributed to attendees. 

The program is at the Main Library at 1901 Vine Street and is free of charge.

Did you know the Free Library regularly hosts author events with acclaimed chefs and is proud to offer the robust Julie Dannenbaum Culinary Literacy Collection at the Parkway Central Library?

Craveable Fruits & Vegetables [Free Library of Philadelphia]

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