Meet the Free Library of Philadelphia Special Collections – October 27, 2015

October 27, 2015 at 6pm

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1901 Vine Street, 4th floor
Free
Space is limited, so please RSVP here

The Free Library of Philadelphia invites you to learn more about the seven fantastic special collections at Parkway Central: the Automobile Reference Collection, the Children’s Literature Research Collection, the Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music, the Map Collection, the Print and Picture Collection, the Rare Book Department, and the Theatre Collection.

Treasures from each collection will be on view, and the collections’ curators will lead a special show-and-tell. A reception with light refreshments and drinks will follow.

Fated Sky: The Textuality of Time & Space – Ongoing Exhibit, 2014

FatedSkySept. 22, 2014 – Feb. 14, 2015, Monday – Saturday, 9am-5pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department
1901 Vine Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA
Free
No registration required

What people see in the heavens has, through the ages, been connected with religion, time and science. This exhibition presents that broad spectrum, in print and manuscript, from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment.

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Born of the Bard: Works Inspired by Shakespeare – Ongoing Exhibit, 2014

john drew petrucioOct. 10 – Dec. 21, 2014, Monday – Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5

Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street, West Hallway Gallery, 1st floor, Philadelphia, PA
Free
No registration required

This exhibition highlights the myriad ways that Shakespeare, both the man and his works, have inspired artists of all kinds: performers, musicians, filmmakers, writers, visual artists, and more. Through items like movie posters, novels, programs, and photographs, visitors can see the vast impact Shakespeare has had on cultural heritage around the world.

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Tour of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Rare Book Department – Ongoing Exhibit, 2014

elkinsroom_lgEvery Monday to Saturday at 11am

Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department
1901 Vine Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA
Free
No registration required

A public tour of the Rare Book Department has been in operation since 1949. Rare book librarians on staff provide a basic introduction to the history of the book using the items from the collections, including cuneiform tablets, a section of a papyrus scroll, a medieval manuscript and a leaf from a Gutenberg Bible. The tour also includes a visit to our Elkins Room, the actual library of a former Free Library Trustee who was also a prominent book collector.

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50th Anniversary Celebration of Lloyd Alexander’s “The Book of Three” – October 11 and Ongoing Exhibit, 2014

lloydalexanderEvent on October 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm in the Montgomery Auditorium
Exhibit on view all October, Monday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm in the Rare Book Department

Free Library of Philadelphia,
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA
Free
No registration required

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of “The Book of Three,” the first book in Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles, the Rare Book Department is displaying a small exhibition of archival material relating to its creation and publication.

Philadelphia native Lloyd Alexander wrote more than 40 books for children and young adults, including the “exciting, highly imaginative, and sometimes profound” (New York Times) fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain. In 1995, he donated his papers to the Children’s Literature Research Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

On October 11, at 1pm in the Montgomery Auditorium, bestselling fantasy author Tamora Pierce will lecture on Lloyd Alexander, followed by a discussion with Alexander’s goddaughter Sharyn November, senior editor at Viking Children’s Books and Editorial Director at Firebird Books.

A screening of “The Black Cauldron” will follow the lecture and discussion.

Follow the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Rare Book Department on Facebook and Twitter. More event details at http://libwww.freelibrary.org/authorevents/index.cfm?ID=47433&type=2

Of Money & Magic: The Industry and Artistry of Early American Film, Exhibit at the Free Library – Ongoing Exhibit, 2013

Of Money & Magic: The Industry and Artistry of Early American Film

“A Movie Camera Study Of Those Who Mean Most To It” from MGM Studios, 1927

“A Movie Camera Study Of Those Who Mean Most To It” from MGM Studios, 1927

An Exhibit at
Free Library of Philadelphia

Rare Book Department – 3rd floor
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Presented by the Theatre Collection of the Rare Book Department, this exhibition celebrates the early celluloid era while tracing the development of the moving picture from cinema prehistory to the advent of sound. By examining these changes from the perspective of the actors, directors, producers, and studios (including the Philadelphia-based Lubin Film Manufacturing Company), visitors will see how business, technology, and artistic expression dovetailed to create and grow what has become one of the most popular of all modern entertainments. The exhibition features film stills, advertising, studio documents, and artifacts such as an original 1904 Lubin projector.

This exhibit runs August 12, 2013 through January 11, 2014; Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Tour the Rare Book Department at the Free Library of Philadelphia – October 8, 2013

The Elkins Room, the actual library of a former Free Library Trustee who was also a prominent book collector

The Elkins Room, the actual library of a former Free Library Trustee who was also a prominent book collector

Tuesday October 8, 3:00-4:00pm

Free Library of Philadelphia
Rare Book Department – 3rd floor
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Please RSVP for the October 8 tour here
(tour limited to 12 people)

Stop by the Free Library of Philadelphia on Tuesday, October 8 between 3 & 4pm to check out the Rare Book Department. The tour of the Rare Book Department has been in operation since 1949. Rare book librarians on staff provide a basic introduction to the history of the book using the items from the collections, including cuneiform tablets, a section of a papyrus scroll, a medieval manuscript and a leaf from a Gutenberg Bible. The tour also includes a visit to the Elkins Room, the actual library of a former Free Library Trustee who was also a prominent book collector. For more information…

“Grip,” Charles Dickens’s pet raven

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Tour the Rare Book Department at the Free Library of Philadelphia – October 25, 2013

“Grip,” Charles Dickens’s pet raven

Friday October 25, 3:00-4:00pm

Free Library of Philadelphia
Rare Book Department – 3rd floor
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Please RSVP for the October 25 tour here
(tour limited to 12 people)

Stop by the Free Library of Philadelphia on Friday, October 25 between 3 & 4pm to check out the Rare Book Department. The tour of the Rare Book Department has been in operation since 1949. Rare book librarians on staff provide a basic introduction to the history of the book using the items from the collections, including cuneiform tablets, a section of a papyrus scroll, a medieval manuscript and a leaf from a Gutenberg Bible. The tour also includes a visit to the Elkins Room, the actual library of a former Free Library Trustee who was also a prominent book collector. For more information…

The Elkins Room, the actual library of a former Free Library Trustee who was also a prominent book collector

The Elkins Room, the actual library of a former Free Library Trustee who was also a prominent book collector

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