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Like all of you, we’re adapting to the realities of social distancing in the era of COVID-19. And while we can’t gather in the Parkway Central Library ’s auditorium for a new… continue reading Author Events Fall 2020 Schedule

By written by Author Events    October 20, 2020   

Are you a renter who has lost income due to COVID-19? You may qualify for rental assistance through the City of Philadelphia's Emergency Rental Assistance Program . Phase 2 of this program is… continue reading How to Apply for Emergency Rental Assistance: A Walk-through for Tenants and Landlords

By written by Michael R.    October 19, 2020   

HEY, SIRI! SPELL "DICTIONARY"! In an age where access to the internet is at our fingertips, we oftentimes rely on apps like Siri and AI technologies such as Alexa to provide us with… continue reading Happy Dictionary Day!

By written by Lydia M.    October 16, 2020   

October is Health Literacy Month and certainly in October 2020—health is on everyone’s mind. At the Free Library, "literacy" is one of our favorite words, as it means… continue reading Health Literacy Month

By written by Peter L.    October 15, 2020   

In these difficult times, the birthday of a beloved book, TV, and movie character from childhood feels like the perfect excuse to curl up within the comfort and safety of nostalgia. And boy do we… continue reading It's Winnie the Pooh's Birthday!

By written by Christine M.    October 14, 2020   

Need an excuse to satisfy your sweet tooth? We are here to help! Today, October 14, is National Dessert Day , and a great opportunity to break out your favorite dessert of choice. While I truly… continue reading Celebrate National Dessert Day in Philadelphia!

By written by Caity R.    October 14, 2020   

Updated Tuesday, October 20, 2020 12:15 p.m. Spanish and Chinese translations have been added to this blog post. In the real world, small technical details count for a lot. How many checks were… continue reading Voting by Mail? Avoid "Naked Ballots"!

By written by Richard L.    October 13, 2020    1

Though I’ve lived in so-called Philadelphia for several years, it was only last year that I learned that Lenapehoking is the name of this place so many of us call home. In learning how to… continue reading Indigenous Peoples' Day Philly

By written by Brittanie S.    October 9, 2020   

The Latin American Book Fair , in partnership with the Culinary Literacy Center , will be presenting Language Through My Kitchen: Latin Cuisine , during a virtual event broadcast on Facebook… continue reading Language Through My Kitchen: Latin Cuisine

By written by Mary Marques    October 8, 2020   

by Jessica Walker and Allegra D'ambruoso According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that 16.2 million U.S. adults had at least one major depressive episode. This… continue reading National Depression Screening Day

By written by Administrator    October 8, 2020   

Are you interested in reading new authors? Are you looking for a safe place to discuss literature and culture? Then this book club is for you! The YA / Adult Multicultural Book Club has a focus on… continue reading Join Our New YA and Adult Multicultural Book Club!

By written by Kayla J.    October 7, 2020    2

"Beginning Readers" are books aimed at those who are just learning to read. They have easy to read text accompanied by illustrations that reinforce reading comprehension. These books are… continue reading Books for Emerging Readers | Hello, Hedgehog!

By written by Monica C.    October 6, 2020   

The Literature Department at Parkway Central Library is celebrating the 25th year of our flagship program, Monday Poets ! Over the years, the department has hosted poets from all over the country,… continue reading Monday Poets Turns 25! View Ephemera from Over the Years

By written by Sam P.    October 5, 2020    1

Every year around this time, the Free Library and other libraries around the country celebrate reading challenged books during Banned Books Week . Why are there banned books? These could be any… continue reading Banned Books Week | A Focus on Nonfiction Reads

By written by Linda Y.    October 2, 2020   

by Mariam Williams, Project Director for Chronicling Resistance Sometimes, the way events merge is uncanny. This is the case for Chronicling Resistance, a project that recently migrated to the… continue reading Chronicling Resistance

By written by Administrator    October 2, 2020    1

There's quite an eclectic mix in our recommendations for October: animals, magic, Klan fighters, zombies, plus cooking and history too! You'll find all of these new titles in our libraries… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in October!

By written by Paul A.    October 1, 2020   

by Natalie Hartog and Deborah Ahrens A Blue Moon occurs when two full moons occur within the same month. These are relatively rare, happening once every two to three years. October 2020 is one… continue reading Once in a Blue Moon

By written by Natalie H.    October 1, 2020   

It's that time of year again, where we sound the alarm on censorship in all its forms during Banned Books Week —and today, more specifically, raise awareness of the overly restrictive… continue reading Banned Books Week | Banned Websites Awareness Day

By written by Peter SM    September 30, 2020   

As we find ourselves weeks away from Election Day, consider this question:  Who was the first person in your family to vote?  The stories of Philadelphia women who built and sustained… continue reading Making Her Mark: Philadelphia Women Fight for the Vote Exhibition Opens Fall 2020

By written by Suzanna U.    September 30, 2020   

The Business Resource and Innovation Center ’s (BRIC) free business resources are accessible anywhere! That means you can conduct business research at your leisure from the comfort of your… continue reading At Home with BRIC: Finding Your Target Audience

By written by Gillian R.    September 29, 2020   

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