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Hello to our friends of all ages! The Nourishing Literacy team is in the process of creating a series of printed learning materials and we would be thrilled to include your artwork! Call for… continue reading Call for Artwork: Nourishing Literacy Series of Printed Learning Materials

By written by Shayna M.    September 2, 2020   

What do books and objects from 800 years ago have to do with our present-day concerns? An exhibition taking shape online and in the  Rare Book Department 's William B. Dietrich Gallery… continue reading "Medieval Life" Comes to Parkway Central

By written by Janine P.    September 2, 2020   

The new school year starts this week throughout Philadelphia and whether students will be attending school in-person and / or virtually, the Free Library is ready to help with resources and… continue reading Back to School Resources and Programs for Students

By written by Valerie S.    September 1, 2020    1

Our recommendations for this month include kids' end of summer and back to school books, plus fictional and true stories about the struggle to belong and simply survive.   Young Children… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in September!

By written by Paul A.    September 1, 2020   

¡hurra! 万岁 hoan hô! Ура! hourra! hooray! الصيحة! Let’s celebrate! The Free Library now offers access to ebooks and audiobooks in seven world languages: Spanish, Chinese,… continue reading Hurra! Hourra! Hoan Hô! | ebooks in 7 Languages

By written by Jamie B.    August 31, 2020   

If I had to sum up 2020 so far in one word, it would be... bogus . Or, maybe we're just stuck in one of the darkest timelines ? Either way, we could all use some pure escapism right now, and… continue reading Bill and Ted Face the Music \m/

By written by Peter SM    August 28, 2020   

September is Library Card Sign-up Month , and we just wanted to remind you that securing your very own Free Library of Philadelphia library card is both easy and so worth it! Normally,… continue reading September is Library Card Sign-up Month!

By written by Kate C.    August 28, 2020    37

Beginning readers are books aimed at those who are just learning to read. They have easy to read text accompanied by illustrations that reinforce reading comprehension. These books are meant to… continue reading Books for Emerging Readers | Snail and Worm by Tina Kügler

By written by Monica C.    August 27, 2020   

You already know that the Free Library offers vital  early literacy  programs,  afterschool  programming, and world-class  civic and cultural  programming – but… continue reading Support the Free Library through the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program!

By written by Rebecca G.    August 27, 2020   

Last week, we completed our first Virtual Edible Alphabet English 4-week course and it was a great success! Twenty participants from around the world (Burundi, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic… continue reading Edible Alphabet Recipe of the Week: Persian Kotlet

By written by Lindsay S.    August 26, 2020   

Have you heard the news? OverDrive has acquired the RBdigital platform . For Free Library users, this means that on September 8, 2020, RBdigital content will move to OverDrive. The RBdigital… continue reading Big Changes are Coming to RBdigital

By written by Jamie B.    August 26, 2020    12

For most, actually starting a business is the most difficult part of the process. You have books and books of notes with ideas, plans, and maybe even some concrete pathways you plan to take to… continue reading Business Librarian and Business Owner: You Have to Start Somewhere

By written by Sharontina H.    August 24, 2020   

Have you ever gone bird watching? It’s amazing what you discover when you’re paying attention.  Birds living right in your backyard, on your street, in the… continue reading Picture Books Highlights | Let’s Learn About Birds

By written by Monica C.    August 20, 2020   

When our buildings closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic back in March, we could have never imagined that we’d still be serving the public under different circumstances… continue reading The Free Library is Safely Serving Up Virtual Programs, Online Resources, and Digital Media 24/7!

By written by Kate C.    August 20, 2020    2

Parkway Central Library Children’s Department is excited to present its first-ever Mutual Aid Fair! Central Children’s is teaming up with Youth Services, Read by 4th , the Art… continue reading Free Library Mutual Aid Fair

By written by Kate E.    August 17, 2020   

This is the third in a series of posts highlighting major figures in jazz history who were from Philly (even if most ended up in New York City). A virtual book discussion of Wishing on the Moon:… continue reading Philly Jazz Legends: Philly Joe Jones

By written by Ben R.    August 13, 2020    2

In these times of social distancing and no indoor activities, what better way to spend time than venturing outside and going for a hike in the great outdoors? You don’t have to go… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Let's Go Hiking

By written by Monica C.    August 13, 2020   

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