Part of the excitement of creating the exhibition  Our Five Senses was having the opportunity to curate a show featuring living authors and illustrators. These artists can be found… continue reading

By Chris B.   September 19, 2019   

A figure in red slowly lifts her arms. She sweeps them out to either side of her body, continuing to lift them until they form a straight line with her shoulders. For a moment, the figure is… continue reading

By Clare F.   September 19, 2019    1

by Guest Author: Naomie Nyanungo  - Senior Director, Office of Adult Education       If you are an adult education practitioner or adult learner in Philadelphia, you are… continue reading

By Naomie N.   September 18, 2019   

You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of entertainment. Next stop, the Free Library of Philadelphia's… continue reading

By Peter SM   September 18, 2019   

Have you read the 1619 Project yet? It’s the award-winning special issue of the New York Times Magazine all about American Slavery that was published last month. The project’s creator,… continue reading

By Jamie B.   September 17, 2019   

We are deeply grateful to Mayor Kenney for increasing the Free Library’s budget this fiscal year. The increase allowed the Free Library to hire additional staff and will ensure that all… continue reading

By Jenn D.   September 17, 2019    3

The work of two scholars has led to the astounding discovery that a Shakespeare First Folio housed in the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Rare Book Department likely belonged to English poet… continue reading

By Kaitlyn F.   September 16, 2019    3

This past school year, Ms. Pinkston’s second grade class from Bayard Taylor Elementary surprised the Free Library with a new way to look at our Online Reading Challenge . During the Winter… continue reading

By Shari K.   September 16, 2019    1

September is Adult Education Month and the Free Library is excited to announce the launch of the Languages and Learning Center at Parkway Central Library , a center dedicated to supporting the… continue reading

By Liz A.   September 16, 2019    1

As you may have read in the news, recent changes in the publishing industry will soon impact library customers’ access to some newly released ebook titles. Macmillan Publishers—one of… continue reading

By Administrator   September 13, 2019    2

In the course of a casual conversation with a new acquaintance this summer, chatter turned—as it inevitably does, when one of you works in a library—first to books, then to mystery… continue reading

By Alix G.   September 13, 2019   

Whether you've voted or not in the past few years for national or local elections, you may or may not know that voting security has become an ever-increasing concern. A bipartisan report by… continue reading

By Peter SM   September 12, 2019   

Everyone has gifts, everyone has something to contribute, and everyone cares about something that motivates them to act. These are the foundational principles underlying asset-based community… continue reading

By Annette M.   September 11, 2019    1

The Culinary Literacy Center has been cooking up summer fun for youth over the last five years through the Summer Thyme Cooks program. This past summer, the Nourishing Literacy team piloted… continue reading

By Shayna M.   September 10, 2019   

In addition to Library Card Sign-Up Month (woo-hoo!), September is National Literacy Month! As you would expect, literacy is very near and dear to our hearts here at the Free Library, and a core… continue reading

By Kate C.   September 10, 2019   

Thanks to the Free Library’s huge selection of digital media , most of our patrons know that their library cards gain them access to books, music, movies, and more that travel with… continue reading

By Clare F.   September 9, 2019   

During this fall season of Free Library Author Events , we’re seeing a lot of cultural connections between our authors and speakers. Let’s talk about the events taking place two days… continue reading

By Author Events   September 9, 2019   

Today is National Read a Book Day , and as a book lover and Free Library staff member it’s my sworn duty to encourage everyone I meet today to pick up a book, so expect some recommendations… continue reading

By Christine M.   September 6, 2019   

I waited until the last possible minute to write this blog. I’m not joking. When I took on the assignment, I made a joke about how ironic it would be to turn in a blog about procrastination,… continue reading

By Kamilah C.   September 6, 2019   

It's September—time to celebrate National Grandparents Day ! And what better way to celebrate than to share a picture book with your very special grandpa/grandma? Below are three… continue reading

By Monica C.   September 5, 2019   

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