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by Erin H . and Kayla H. What does it feel like to be a child living through war and displacement? How can young people in the United States learn to develop empathy for young people around the… continue reading Palestinian Stories in Literature for Young People

By written by Administrator    June 21, 2021   

African American Independence Day, widely referred to as Juneteenth, originated in Galveston, Texas in 1865. Though the Emancipation Proclamation, issued in 1863, freed millions of slaves in… continue reading Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom and Cuisine

By written by Naquawna L.    June 18, 2021    1

This blog post was written by Jeanette Coppinger, Digital Resource Specialist for Lovett Memorial Library. Jeanette was a member of Cohort 10 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries… continue reading Exploring the Neighborhood: Virtual Adventures in Community Asset Mapping

By written by Community-Centered Libraries    June 17, 2021   

June is Pride Month and the Free Library’s Author Events series has an extensive archive of podcasts and videos to help you celebrate a diverse range of writers working in politics, fiction,… continue reading Author Events Celebrates Pride Month

By written by Author Events    June 16, 2021   

Here are five ebook and audiobook titles about identity, acceptance, love, and loss to consider this month as we celebrate those journeys with our friends, families, and ourselves.   King and… continue reading LGBTQ+ Middle Grade and YA ebooks and Audiobooks

By written by Jeff B.    June 16, 2021   

Effective June 30, 2021, we will no longer be offering Kanopy and Hoopla services to our patrons. Instead, the Free Library will use the funding for those subscriptions to support our collections… continue reading Kanopy and Hoopla Access Ends June 30, 2021

By written by Tara M.    June 15, 2021    13

Read, Baby, Read is a Free Library initiative focused on encouraging early literacy development among infants and young toddlers under two years old. We work with 12 participating libraries across… continue reading Read, Baby, Read Presents Early Literacy Ideas: Food!

By written by Sarah J.    June 15, 2021   

The oldest known celebration of the end of enslavement in U.S. history, Juneteenth is a day that recognizes freedom and liberation. Juneteenth, a combination of the words "June" and… continue reading The Commemoration of Juneteenth

By written by Inaara S.    June 14, 2021   

The comic strip  Heart of the City , set in Philadelphia, dates back to when everyone read the daily funnies on newsprint. A year ago, then 29-year-old Christina “Steenz”… continue reading Christina “Steenz” Stewart Draws the Heart of the City

By written by Bruce J.    June 11, 2021   

How does it feel to be an immigrant? Imagine yourself leaving your home, your family and your country to settle in a completely different one.  How would you feel? What would you miss? And… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Immigrant Heritage Month

By written by Monica C.    June 10, 2021   

For Pride Month this year, we’re highlighting one of the most entertaining programs that we offer— Drag Queen Storytime ! I interviewed Ian Morrison (a.k.a. Brittany Lynn) and Amy… continue reading Spotlight on Drag Queen Storytime

By written by Kamilah C.    June 9, 2021   

Many of us queer people never stop coming out. When we list our emergency contact, when we rent a car, when we take our kids to the playground—we remain surrounded by hetero- and… continue reading Coming Out at Work

By written by Joel N.    June 8, 2021    4

Eight weeks of programs diving into The Tradition , Jericho Brown’s collection of poetry and the One Book, One Philadelphia 2021 title , have gone by in the blink of an eye. We read, we… continue reading Re-Creating Our World: Join Us for the One Book, One Philadelphia Finale

By written by Brittanie S.    June 7, 2021   

The Free Library Board of Trustees will be holding its annual meeting of FY21 on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in-person at Parkway Central Library… continue reading Free Library Board of Trustees Upcoming Public Meeting on Wednesday, June 9 at 4:00 p.m.

By written by Administrator    June 4, 2021    2

Looking for books to celebrate Pride month? Look no further than these titles bursting with love and pride! These picture books have it all, with families finding homes, love, and adventures along… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Celebrate Pride Month!

By written by Monica C.    June 4, 2021   

Would you like to work for one of the largest urban library systems in America? The Free Library of Philadelphia circulates more than eight million items to almost 500,000 patrons, and conducts… continue reading We’re Hiring: Library Facility Guards!

By written by Jenn D.    June 4, 2021   

This June we are commemorating Immigrant Heritage Month to celebrate the incredible diversity, beauty, and strength of immigrant communities in Philadelphia! Throughout the month, the City of… continue reading Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month this June!

By written by Inaara S.    June 3, 2021   

This June we’re celebrating Pride with a spectrum of titles from picture books to novels, plus some danger and intrigue in our adult fiction and movie recommendations!   Young… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in June!

By written by Rachel F.    June 2, 2021   

The Parkway Central Children’s Department is excited to announce a series of outdoor author visits for Summer of Wonder 2021! Please join us in kicking off this summer's festivities with… continue reading Readers and Dreamers: Kick Off Summer of Wonder with Local Author Stephany Coakley

By written by Becky S.    June 2, 2021    1

by Keri E. Wilkins, Administrator, Free Library Library for Blind and Physically Handicapped, LAMP: Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians and Mark Lee, Administrator, LAMP: Library of… continue reading Announcing LAMP: Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians

By written by Administrator    June 1, 2021   

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