Posts in “holidays” (174)
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month , and it’s a wonderful time to celebrate this rich and varied cultural heritage with the whole family! The acronym stands in… continue reading Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage for Families
By written by Emily S. May 1, 2023
On April 22, 1970, on the heels of a massive oil spill in California, the first Earth Day brought 20 million Americans to stand up for the protection of a planet polluted and imperiled by… continue reading Celebrate the Earth This April With Kids
By written by Emily S. April 3, 2023
It’s a brand-new year and a new celebration is getting near: Chinese New Year. It is also called Lunar New Year because the festivities fall from the first new moon to the next full… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Happy Lunar New Year!
By written by Monica C. January 18, 2023
The winter season is upon us, and we're excited to spend it with you! Read on for some great ideas for family-friendly fun when the temperature starts to drop. Winter Reading Challenge… continue reading Wintertime Fun at the Free Library
By written by Emily S. December 16, 2022
It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, and that means Santa will soon be returning to LOVE Park for Christmas Village for festive seasonal storytimes for the whole family to enjoy!… continue reading Storytime at Christmas Village Returns!
By written by Emily S. November 28, 2022
In many cultures including those indigenous to the land we live on, the harvest season is a traditional time of gratitude. Here in the United States, the Thanksgiving holiday has a more troubled… continue reading A Multicultural Thanksgiving Celebration
By written by Emily S. November 22, 2022
It’s National First Responders Day! Every day is a great opportunity to honor the people in our community who have dedicated their lives to helping others in times of distress. These people… continue reading National First Responders Day
By written by Kamilah C. October 28, 2022
Philadelphia proudly joins the many cities and states around the nation who have chosen to officially recognize and celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in lieu of Columbus Day . This cultural… continue reading Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day in Philadelphia!
By written by Emily S. October 7, 2022
The Free Library is celebrating Juneteenth! Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of enslavement in the United States and a time when we come together to celebrate this monumental… continue reading Celebrating Juneteenth!
By written by Inaara S. June 14, 2022
In 2020, the city of Philadelphia declared June 19th a city holiday in recognition of Juneteenth, an important day in the history of African Americans and our country. New children's books… continue reading New Children's Books for Celebrating Juneteenth!
By written by Monica C. June 9, 2022
March is Women’s History Month, and it’s a wonderful time to delve into some of the previously untold history of the women of our world. Did you know that recent archaeological… continue reading What's New in Women's History
By written by Emily S. March 25, 2022
Are you getting ready to celebrate Purim? We have books for you! Purim is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the bravery of Esther and the salvation of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Purim
By written by Monica C. March 11, 2022
March 4th is National Employee Appreciation Day. I wanted to publicly commend our extraordinary staff who continue to keep one of our newest resources alive and well…our Call Center! The… continue reading National Employee Appreciation Day
By written by Jennifer B. March 4, 2022
Was there a saint of love? Despite myths surrounding the "real" Saint Valentine , this holiday likely owes its origins to Medieval English poet Chaucer . At a time of growing romance… continue reading Who Was the Saint of Valentine's Day?
By written by Emily S. February 14, 2022
On January 17, our nation commemorates the 27th Annual National Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work and legacy. Dr. King’s part in the Civil Rights Movement… continue reading In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
By written by Emily S. January 13, 2022
It can be difficult to get into the holiday spirit in the midst of so much confusion, fear, and grief. Children and adults alike may find ourselves feeling sad at the loss of a loved one, of… continue reading Giving Back for the Holidays
By written by Emily S. December 23, 2021
No matter what holiday(s) you celebrate, the month of December is jam-packed with holiday offerings at the Free Library–both in-person and virtually! So whether it's Christmas,… continue reading Celebrate the Holidays with the Free Library!
By written by Kate C. December 13, 2021 1
It’s a well-established tradition at the end of the year that ballet companies everywhere offer performances of The Nutcracker . The Philadelphia Ballet presentation of this seasonal… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | The Nutcracker
By written by Monica C. December 9, 2021
Jólabókaflóðið , or the Christmas Book Flood in English, is an Icelandic holiday tradition started in 1944 and enjoyed every year since then. Around 2015, this… continue reading Jólabókaflóðið: Iceland’s Holiday Book Tradition
By written by Jeff B. December 7, 2021
December is chockful of celebrations, with windows filled with lights and decorations, and a communal feeling of anticipation and joy. Find picture books for the holidays you celebrate… continue reading Celebrating in December | Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa
By written by Monica C. December 2, 2021 1