Free Library to Help Entrepreneurs Make Better Pitches

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The Free Library’s Business Resource and Innovation Center wants to teach Philly entrepreneurs a thing or two about pitching.

Next week, the Parkway Central Library will launch the Pitch Corner, a new resources and space for innovators where they can hone their business pitches and strengthen elevator pitches about their assets and aptitudes. Entrepreneurs can record their pitches in front of video camera and large backdrop in the space, and they’ll be able to re-watch the pitch to improve their performance.  Read more »

Bernie Sanders Is Coming to the Free Library Next Month

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Bernie Sanders speaks at the 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

What will Bernie Sanders do after the election is over?

Sanders gained a huge gathering of followers during his run for the presidency. Though he lost the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton, not all of his supporters have joined him in backing the Democratic nominee and her running mate, Tim Kaine. When the election ends, Sanders will be back in Congress — with a higher profile than he’s ever had before. What will he do? Read more »

How to Get Tickets for Springsteen’s Book Event at the Free Library

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Brian Patterson Photos /

Last week, Bruce Springsteen played for four hours, four minutes in Philadelphia — his longest-ever concert on U.S. soil. Now he’s coming back to Philadelphia for another long appearance.

Springsteen will be at the Parkway Central Library on September 29th to sign his new memoir — titled Born to Run, of course — starting at noon. First a four-hour concert, now a book event? Maybe Bruce is just going to move here. By next year he’ll be living in Vince Fumo’s mansion, marching in the Mummers Parade, and posting in the comments. Read more »

“One Book, One Philadelphia” Events Are Underway

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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

Looking for more Philly events? We’re keeping track of the best local to-dos now through May in our Philadelphia Event listings.

5 Must-Dos This Week in Philadelphia: Romeo and Juliet in Space, the “I Love You, I Hate You” Happy Hour and More

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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