Hip hop's 50th anniversary represents a milestone for an American genre of music and art that began in the 1970s at block parties in New York City — specifically the Bronx. Born out of… continue reading The Free Library Observes the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop
By written by Bridget G. June 5, 2023
Books are an opportunity to celebrate cultures, share traditions, and travel around the world! They are also an avenue to learn a new language, share your favorite recipes, and become… continue reading Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month with Coquíes and Plátanos
By written by Mary Marques June 1, 2023
On June 8, 2023, the Free Library of Philadelphia will hold the inaugural Community Impact Awards ! Hosted by the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, the awards will be an annual… continue reading The Free Library Community Impact Awards Will Be Held on June 8
By written by Kate C. June 1, 2023
Philadelphia is a city full of the history, culture, and contributions of numerous immigrant communities. This June, join the Free Library of Philadelphia as we celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month,… continue reading June is Immigrant Heritage Month
By written by Inaara S. May 31, 2023
It’s that wondrous time of year again when the sun heats up, the spray parks open, and the books come out! We’re talking about the Summer of Wonder , of course. What started over a… continue reading Kick off Your Summer of Wonder With a Week of Play!
By written by Emily S. May 31, 2023
In 1973, author Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) wrote The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man , a comical fantasy novel about a housecat who is magically transformed by his wizard-owner into a… continue reading The Human Who Was Amazed by "The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man"
By written by Chris B. May 31, 2023
There's something for everyone this month! Young Children (up to 2nd Grade) Awake, Asleep by Kyle Lukoff; illustrated by Nadia Alam From sunup to sundown, a young child’s day is bursting… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in June!
By written by Rachel F. May 30, 2023
The Free Library Board of Trustees will be holding its annual meeting of FY22 on Friday, June 2, 2023 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in-person at the Elaine… continue reading Free Library Board of Trustees Public Meeting on Friday, June 2 at 8:00 a.m.
By written by Administrator May 26, 2023 2
The Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music at the Free Library of Philadelphia offers a closing theme as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month comes to an end for 2023. As… continue reading Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage in the Fleisher Collection
By written by Fleisher Collection May 24, 2023
Last month we released a post about the Better Philadelphia Exhibition , a 1947 exhibit designed by architects and city planners showing the citizens of Philadelphia their plans for urban… continue reading Reading the City: Books About Plans, Models, and Photos of Cities
By written by Francis B. May 24, 2023
We are happy to announce that more than 1,000 new videos have been added to our Kanopy PLUS subscription. The library has purchased these two new film packs, recently introduced by… continue reading More Kanopy Films Added
By written by Sharyl O. May 22, 2023
This June, the Free Library of Philadelphia commemorates LGBTQ+ Pride Month with events, programs, and resources that amplify LGBTQ+ voices and stories! Begin your summer… continue reading The Free Library Celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month
By written by Bridget G. May 22, 2023
Beginning Wednesday, April 12, 2023, the Free Library of Philadelphia launches a unique seven-part series of live evening events exploring the life and career of George Orson Welles , one of the… continue reading Special Lecture Series: Orson Welles & The Golden Age of Hollywood
By written by Administrator May 18, 2023 7
If you don't have a high school diploma, it's not too late to obtain your credentials! The Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD) is a "high school equivalency credential… continue reading Practice for Your GED With the Free Library
By written by Jamie B. May 16, 2023
Manga is often published chapter-by-chapter in anthology magazines which are marketed towards particular audiences. Some magazines focus on specific genres of manga (like fantasy, romance, etc.)… continue reading Manga 101: Demographic Categories
By written by Meg B. May 15, 2023 1
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month , and you can celebrate the heritage, contributions, and writings of these diverse peoples through the Free Library’s Author Events audio podcast… continue reading AAPI Experiences: Podcasts From Past Author Events
By written by Jason F. May 15, 2023
Hi, my name is Gillian and I’m an accidental music librarian. Specifically, I’m an accidental orchestral music librarian. I recently joined the staff of The Edwin A. Fleisher… continue reading Confession: I’m an Accidental Music Librarian
By written by Gillian R. May 9, 2023
Are you a creative, engaged student who is passionate about writing, reading, performing, and experiencing poetry? Are you equally passionate about working with your peers and other students to… continue reading Are You Philadelphia’s Next Youth Poet Laureate?
By written by Kris L. May 8, 2023
Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 16, 2023, and 32 of our neighborhood libraries will serve as designated voting locations. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Remember: anyone in… continue reading 32 Libraries Will Serve as Polling Places for the May 16, 2023 Primary Election
By written by Bridget G. May 8, 2023
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month — a perfect time to highlight some recent books written and/or illustrated by Asian creators. We've done it in the past, and you… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
By written by Monica C. May 8, 2023