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Do you know your fellow library patrons? Are you interested in joining an authentic learning space with fellow patrons across Pennsylvania? The Free Library is excited to introduce Hear Me Out : a… continue reading The Free Library Welcomes 'Hear Me Out' Dialogue Series Program!

By written by Irma Q.    September 25, 2020   

In 1930, Dorothy Evelyn Hudson lived in a rented home on an unimproved dirt road in Fairfield County, South Carolina with her uncle, aunt, and their four-year-old son. Dorothy, age eleven, was the… continue reading A Census Story

By written by Kalela W.    September 24, 2020    1

Being a business owner can be tough, because there are so many moving parts and the only constant is change. It’s even more difficult to own and operate a business during a global pandemic… continue reading Business Librarian and Business Owner: Use Your Resources

By written by Sharontina H.    September 24, 2020   

Bad things happen to people that Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, dislikes. Currently, Aleksi Navalny, the most important leader of Russia’s opposition, lies in a German hospital… continue reading Defying Putin: The Dangers and Opportunities in Opposing Russia’s President

By written by Richard L.    September 23, 2020   

Is Fall your favorite season? Many people would say yes! Where I grew up, we didn’t have very defined seasons. That is, seasons would blend one into another, without any clear sign that… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Fall Is in the Air

By written by Monica C.    September 22, 2020   

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts highlighting major figures in jazz history who were in some sense from Philly. Every one of the bolded album titles below can be streamed for free with… continue reading Philly Jazz Legends: Sun Ra

By written by Ben R.    September 21, 2020    2

The Free Library Board of Trustees will be holding its first quarterly meeting of FY21 on Thursday, September 24, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The meeting will take place through the online meeting… continue reading Free Library Board of Trustees Upcoming Public Meeting on Thursday, September 24 at 8:00 a.m.

By written by Administrator    September 18, 2020   

On the third Saturday in September, comic book, superhero, and pop culture fans alike celebrate all things Batman ! And sure, it's a made-up "holiday" , but if Batman Day is at the… continue reading Capes Out, Cowls On for Batman Day!

By written by Peter SM    September 18, 2020   

During the critical first presidential debate in 1960, the difference in the physical appearance of the two candidates could not have been sharper. Vice President Richard Nixon looked like a man… continue reading The Picture of Health: The Strange Case of John F. Kennedy

By written by Richard L.    September 17, 2020   

As part of our  ongoing series  of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Debi Leonard, who serves… continue reading Meet Your Library Staff: Debi Leonard - Work-Study Program Coordinator

By written by Kate C.    September 17, 2020    2

When we reflect on the highly unusual Summer of Wonder 2020 , one highlight stands out for the staff at the North Central Cluster of Libraries – making and sharing Grab ‘n Go… continue reading Summer Outreach in the North Central Cluster

By written by Catherine M.    September 16, 2020    2

Today, September 15, marks the beginning of National Hispanic American Heritage month. As part of the celebration, we want to highlight the works of Latinx authors and illustrators of picture… continue reading Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Latinx Authors and Illustrators

By written by Monica C.    September 15, 2020   

I still have my whole life ahead of me and I’m not giving up now. You can’t silence my voice. And when you come for one of us We rise up, you give us no choice. — from “Do… continue reading Cydney Brown Named the 2020-2021 Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate

By written by Andrew N.    September 15, 2020    7

Listening to audiobooks allows me to travel to unknown worlds. Thinking of the storytelling idea, process, climax, and ending excite my logical mind. On the other hand, creating worlds with… continue reading Strengthening My Imagination Through Audiobooks

By written by Mary Marques    September 14, 2020   

In this unprecedented time, the Free Library has had a lot of firsts. We pulled together to bring you our first virtual Summer of Wonder with the help of librarians and library staff, camp… continue reading Looking Back on the Free Library’s First All-Virtual Summer of Wonder!

By written by Emily S.    September 11, 2020   

As a child, I loved eating, tasting, and experimenting with different ingredients. On Saturdays, I would spend my day watching cooking shows before the Food Network became a thing. It was my dream… continue reading Whipping Up a Dream Pie

By written by Naquawna L.    September 11, 2020   

This year going back to school looks very different than ever before. No school buses, no first day back at school, no new classrooms, no field trips, etc. At least, not yet. It will take some… continue reading Picture Books Highlights | Books and Reading

By written by Monica C.    September 10, 2020   

Edible Alphabet is a free English Language Learning (ELL) program offered by the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center . The mission is to teach English language and literacy skills through… continue reading Edible Alphabet Recipe of the Week: Veggie Mac and Cheese

By written by Lindsay S.    September 10, 2020   

2020 has brought many changes to the United States, including changes to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Free Library stands with immigrants and is here to support the… continue reading Immigration and Citizenship Resources from the Free Library

By written by Lindsay S.    September 9, 2020    1

We have good news to share! Following the guidance of public health officials, the Free Library is now expanding our available services at some of our locations to include several in-building… continue reading Available Services are Expanding at the Free Library!

By written by Kate C.    September 8, 2020   

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