Tuesday, October 4, 2016

What A Great New Lineup For The Fall!

All of the following events and programs are from the Free Library of Philadelphia:

Exhibit A

Come to the Rare Book Department in Parkway Central Library to view the exhibition An American-Born Faith: Writings from the First Century of Mormonism! This exhibition, open until February 6, 2017, explores historic Mormon material from the Free Library and Rosenbach collections, focusing on the 19th and early 20th centuries. Highlights include early copies of the book of Mormon; texts printed from Deseret, a Mormon phonetic alphabet; 19th-century travelers' descriptions of Mormon settlements; and publications documenting the range of Americans' reactions to the new faith.

Breaking Ground

As part of our Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative, construction is underway at Lillian Marrero and Lovett Memorial libraries, and it's beginning today at Logan and Tacony libraries! This marks the first phase of the exciting renovations taking place at these libraries. Learn more about the changes happening here.

Check It Out

Unleash the power of your library card! With your card, you can unlock a treasure trove of free resources!Download ebooksget online homework helpstream movieslearn a new language, and much more.

Click here to find out what else your library card can do for you! 

Leading Voices

This month, hear from two of the brightest minds in business during our Leading Voices morning lecture series, sponsored by Friedman LLP.

On Friday, October 7 at 8:00 a.m., Tracy Kidder—an award-winning nonfiction writer—will speak about his book A Truck Full of Money: One Man's Quest to Recover from Great Success. On Wednesday, October 19 at 8:00 a.m., Valerie Graves—a top creative director and one of Advertising Age's industry-wise "100 Best and Brightest"—will speak about her new book Pressure Makes Diamonds: Becoming the Woman I Pretended to Be.

Be sure to purchase tickets so you don't miss out on these exciting events! Tickets to each event include a book and a continental breakfast.


Start Here, Go Anywhere

This fall, pumpkin spice up your life while you check out these engaging events at neighborhood libraries around Philadelphia!

Check out our calendar to find out what's going on near you.

Now Appearing

Edward Sorel | Mary Astor's Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 with Jules Feiffer |Cousin Joseph
Thursday, October 20, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Parkway Central Library
$15 General Admission, $7 Students
Buy tickets here! 

Illustrator, caricaturist, and cartoonist Edward Sorel has illustrated 41 covers for The New Yorker and has published pictorial essays and features in The Nation,Vanity FairEsquire, and The Atlantic, among a score of other publications. In Mary Astor’s Purple Diary, a masterpiece 40 years in the making, he draws a rounded character study of his muse, the scandalous Oscar-winning actress.

Jules Feiffer won a Pulitzer Prize for the comic strip he published for 42 years in the Village Voice, an Academy Award for Best Animated Short, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Writers Guild of America, and he is an inductee to the Comic Book Hall of Fame.Cousin Joseph is Feiffer’s prequel to the New York Times bestselling Depression-era noir graphic novel Kill My Mother.
Robert Kanigel | Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs
Thursday, October 27, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Parkway Central Library
Free! No ticket required.

The author of six other books and more than 400 articles, essays, and reviews, Robert Kanigel has produced biographical and scientific writings that earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant. Eyes on the Street tells the story of Jane Jacobs, the irascible, unstoppable polymath activist who changed the way we understand the metropolis.

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