We're thankful for these inventions that help us make the Thansgiving feast and all the festivties more enjoyable and fun!   Automatic mashed potato system (2007) U.S. Patent No. 7172335… continue reading

By Sharyl O.   November 20, 2018   

In our ongoing series of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Dennis Mawson of our Materials Management… continue reading

By Administrator   November 20, 2018   

Nourishing Literacy is the Culinary Literacy Center ’s school visit program, enjoyed by thousands of Philly students every school year. Hands-on cooking classes connecting to Common Core… continue reading

By Shayna M.   November 19, 2018   

Thanksgiving reminds us to be grateful for all the little and big things that happen in our lives. And that’s a very good thing: feeling thankful helps us to stay positive! When we focus on… continue reading

By Monica C.   November 19, 2018   

With an estimated 62 million Spanish speakers  residing in the US, the United States now has the second largest Spanish-speaking population in the world after Mexico. But for many bilingual… continue reading

By Violet L.   November 16, 2018   

Maybe when they say November 17 is Take a Hike Day , they mean you’re supposed to tell someone on your nerves to go take a hike?! Hmmm. *shrug emoji* In any case, we figured it was a good… continue reading

By Kate C.   November 16, 2018   

The Recording Academy will hold the 61st Grammy Awards on February 10, 2019. First round voting in October placed two CDs of particular note one step closer to official nominations in two… continue reading

By Fleisher Collection   November 15, 2018   

November is Native American Heritage Month—a time to celebrate the rich histories, cultures, and traditions of all First Nations. We have compiled a booklist of board books and picture books… continue reading

By Monica C.   November 15, 2018   

Another Wednesday is upon us and that means new comic book day , but this week's usual trip to my local comic book shop will be a somber one, as not just the comic's world but the entire… continue reading

By Peter SM   November 14, 2018   

Growing up in New Jersey, I was super aware that I was what my family calls a “halfie” – half Jewish, half Lutheran. There are tons of different ways to be a halfie, and that was… continue reading

By Rachel F.   November 14, 2018   

Completing a marathon is a huge accomplishment! Months of training and hard work culminating with one exciting day – running a mind-boggling 26.2 miles and testing the limits of the human… continue reading

By Kate C.   November 13, 2018    1

What Is Veterans Day and why do we celebrate it? From History.com (who says it more elegantly than I can): Veterans Day originated as "Armistice Day" on November 11, 1919, the first… continue reading

By Rachel F.   November 9, 2018   

November is Picture Book Month – a whole month to share and celebrate the awesomeness of the mighty picture book! The advent of ebooks changed the publishing landscape. In those early days,… continue reading

By Monica C.   November 9, 2018   

by Michelle Sheffer Today marks Irish writer Bram Stoker ’s 171st birthday. Author of Dracula —the inspiration for many a nightmare and pop-culture meme over the past two… continue reading

By Administrator   November 8, 2018   

Although October was Computer Learning Month, it's always a great time to learn and try new tech tools. Take a moment this month to test out JSTOR , the Free Library’s classic research… continue reading

By Jamie B.   November 8, 2018    2

When we think of food, many of us recall the well-worn kitchen tables at which our families welcome friends and neighbors to share dishes that tell our stories. As a first generation American, I… continue reading

By Suzanna U.   November 7, 2018    1

November is Native American Heritage Month , and although "Native American" is a bit of a misnomer, Indigenous peoples have been here long before there even was an “America”.… continue reading

By Rachel F.   November 7, 2018   

Our first cohort of staff members participating in the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries training recently learned about and explored team roles and dynamics. Staff reflected on their own… continue reading

By Community-Centered Libraries   November 6, 2018    1

If you totaled up all your tweets, comments, texts, and Facebook posts for one day, do you think they might add up to 1,667 words? They might very well – in which case, why not try… continue reading

By Violet L.   November 6, 2018   

The Fool in King Lear advised "Speak less than thou knowest" – but it's good the speakers at this year’s Shakespeare in the World  lecture series aren’t… continue reading

By Violet L.   November 5, 2018    1

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