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On Monday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m. , at the Parkway Central Library , the Mysterious Traveler All-Stars will present a fascinating concert of interpretations of contemporary Pop tunes - all… continue reading The Mysterious Traveler All-Stars Treat You to a Free Pop Performance!

By written by Perry G.    January 21, 2020   

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia as we celebrate Chinese New Year 2020 and the Year of the Rat ! Chinese New Year is a fifteen-day celebration that starts on the new moon (also known as Lunar… continue reading Celebrate the Year of the Rat with the Free Library!

By written by Peter SM    January 21, 2020    1

Today is the birthday of celebrated former First Lady and citizen of the world, Michelle Obama . A political figure in her own right, Michelle Obama is well known for her healthy eating campaign,… continue reading Michelle Obama Grows a Garden

By written by Gennifer R.    January 17, 2020   

I’m excited and intrigued by the upcoming release of the new Doctor Dolittle movie starring Robert Downey, Jr. — Dolittle ... The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle was one of the first novels… continue reading The Doctor is In: Doctor Dolittle Revisited

By written by Jeff B.    January 17, 2020   

Grab your honey pot, ‘cause it’s National Winnie the Pooh Day this upcoming Saturday, January 18! Author Alan Alexander Milne ’s birthday is also January 18, and for good reason,… continue reading There's a Rumbly in My Tumbly

By written by Gennifer R.    January 16, 2020   

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a strongly celebrated day in Philadelphia. People of all ages come together to support their communities and uplift the values of MLK’s civil rights leadership… continue reading MLK Day of Service | When the Youth Lead

By written by Gennifer R.    January 15, 2020   

It's almost time for the One Book, One Philadelphia kickoff! On January 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Parkway Central Library we will officially launch our 18th season of One Book, One… continue reading #OneBookWednesday | It's Almost Time for the One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff!

By written by Hannah B.    January 15, 2020   

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  stands with one arm stretched high above his head, waving to the crowd, with a broad smile on his face, as the legendary Philadelphia civil rights attorney and… continue reading Reflecting on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Visit to Philadelphia: A Personal Account

By written by Mharlyn M.    January 14, 2020    2

In preparation for a special Free Library event taking place this Wednesday, January 15 at Lovett Library , today we'll be looking at the history and architecture of Mt. Airy. The neighborhood… continue reading Neighborhood Beginnings: 11 Things You Should Know About Mt. Airy

By written by Sally F.    January 13, 2020    2

For Hollywood, the time spanning November through March is known as "film awards season" . Between the  People's Choice Awards ,  Golden Globe Awards , the Oscars , the… continue reading Newest Additions to the National Film Registry

By written by Peter SM    January 10, 2020   

The Free Library cares about digital inclusion, equity, and access, and has expanded beyond the walls of our 54 neighborhood libraries to partner with area nonprofits, providing free access to… continue reading Digital Inclusion, Equity, and Access | Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Hot Spot

By written by Lu F.    January 9, 2020   

On Wednesday, January 22, Tommy Orange will join us in Philadelphia for the One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff , which launches eight weeks of more than 130 events exploring the themes in his… continue reading #OneBookWednesday | One Book 2020 Event Highlights

By written by Brittanie S.    January 8, 2020   

As we head into the roaring '20s, let’s look forward to the Spring 2020 Free Library Author Events schedule , highlight a few of our guests, and offer up some other important details...… continue reading Spring 2020 Author Events Preview

By written by Author Events    January 8, 2020   

Philadelphia is a wellspring of inspiring young people, with our innovative communities and the creative spirit of the city bringing out the best in many of our young leaders. Today, we would like… continue reading Y is for Youth

By written by Gennifer R.    January 7, 2020   

The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790, and in 2020 we will do so again with a Census . Why does the country undertake this challenging count? Well, it's… continue reading Census 2020, Your Community, and You: Information and Employment Opportunities

By written by Jenn D.    January 6, 2020    3

Are you passionate about serving diverse populations in an urban public library setting? Are you a librarian with a Master's Degree? If so, please consider these community-focused librarian… continue reading We are HIRING Librarians!

By written by Jenn D.    January 3, 2020   

A new year and decade has arrived; time to take stock of where we are and begin anew.  May we suggest some inspirational children’s titles, and a new book by Martha Stewart to help you… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in January!

By written by Paul A.    January 2, 2020   

Can you believe we’re about to turn the page on this decade and welcome 2020? I sure can’t! With every passing year – but particularly a momentous one like this – I… continue reading Let the Free Library Help You with Your New Year’s Resolution!

By written by Kate C.    December 31, 2019    6

Can you believe 2019 is almost in the books? It has been a big year for us here at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and with December winding down I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on… continue reading My Top Five Free Library Moments of 2019

By written by Siobhan Reardon    December 31, 2019    7

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