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Free Library and Citizens Charitable Foundation Team Up to Host Job Fairs Throughout City


Job Fair attendees can receive résumé help and practice their interview skills

PHILADELPHIA, September 12, 2018—Over the next couple of months, the Free Library of Philadelphia will present a series of job fairs, made possible by a $25,000 grant from the Citizens Charitable Foundation, at the Parkway Central Library and at select libraries throughout the city, as part of the Library’s many programs and services available for Philadelphia’s job seekers.

The series will kick off with a special career resource fair on Wednesday, September 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Parkway Central Library with free and low-cost resources and tools to help advance job searching.

Additional upcoming job fairs will be taking place at the following Free Library locations:

  • Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd St., on Thursday, September 20

  • Paschalville Library, 6942 Woodland Ave., on Friday, September 28

  • Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave., on Friday, October 5

  • Parkway Central Library (nonprofit focus), 1901 Vine St., on Wednesday, October 24


The fairs feature companies from across the Philadelphia region. There will be plenty of opportunities for job seekers to learn about open positions, talk to prospective employers, and share their résumés. In addition, job seekers can discover free and low-cost resources and tools to help their job search. The fairs are free and no registration is required. More information can be found at

“Following the success of last year’s job fairs at the Free Library, we are excited about the diversification of the series focus, which allows us to reach more communities where job seekers can benefit from our workforce development programs,” said Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, President of Citizens Bank, Mid Atlantic Region. “The program continues to offer access to workforce development events across the city that will enable more job seekers to access employment-opportunity databases and work with career specialists on résumé writing, online applications, and interview tips.”  

“I am pleased that the Free Library is able to offer multiple job fairs throughout the city for Philadelphia’s job seekers to connect with area employers and learn about new career opportunities,” said Siobhan A. Reardon, President and Director, Free Library of Philadelphia. “Our annual job fair at the Parkway Central Library proved so successful over many years. We are delighted that the series now extends to neighborhood libraries so that as many people as possible can land their new or better job.”

In addition to job fairs, the Free Library’s career services hub, the Workplace at Parkway Central, provides free access to computers for job searching and skill-building exercises, résumé and cover letter preparation, and assistance with job applications online, as well as career-related print materials, including books, magazines, and newspapers. The Job Readiness Lab at Paschalville Library in Southwest Philadelphia is a great neighborhood library option for job seekers. In addition, the Free Library’s Regional Foundation Center at Parkway Central regularly publishes job listings for the nonprofit sector.

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About the Free Library of Philadelphia

The Free Library of Philadelphia system, with 54 locations and The Rosenbach, advances literacy, guides learning, and inspires curiosity with millions of digital and physical materials; 25,000 yearly programs and workshops; free public computers and extensive Wi-Fi, including neighborhood Hotspots; and rich special collections, including those at Parkway Central Library and at the Rosenbach. With more than 10 million annually—5 million in-person, 5 million online—the Free Library and The Rosenbach are among the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia and boast a worldwide impact.

About Citizens Charitable Foundation

The Citizens Charitable Foundation is a philanthropic organization funded by Citizens Financial Group, Inc.  The Foundation’s mission is centered in the belief that citizenship is at the heart of Citizens’ identity, and when people and communities reach their potential, we all thrive.  The Citizens Charitable Foundation currently focuses its giving in three key areas: helping people to manage their money, engaging with partners in the fight against hunger, and strengthening our communities. By investing in these important issues, the Citizens Charitable Foundation strives to improve the lives of our fellow citizens through building partnerships with public, private, and community interests to develop neighborhoods, transform lives, and stimulate economic renewal.                                       




Department of External Affairs, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710, FAX (215) 567-7850