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Thank you to Nourishing Literacy (NL) team member Carolyn for writing this blog post! In addition to sharing her experience and findings, Carolyn has included some of the activities and approaches… continue reading Squash Across Tables

By written by Shayna M.    January 20, 2021   

Navigating social distancing and splintering ideological differences across Pennsylvania has not been an easy feat. Debuting in October 2020 , the Hear Me Out civic dialogue program works to get… continue reading Announcing the Upcoming 'Hear Me Out' Civic Dialogue Line-Up!

By written by Irma Q.    January 19, 2021   

On Monday, January 18, celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with us! These books honor Dr. King’s work and the impact of his amazing life during the Civil Rights Movement . A renowned… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

By written by Monica C.    January 15, 2021   

The Free Library’s Winter / Spring 2021 Author Events series is set to begin! As in the fall, all of these events will be virtual and held on Zoom. All events begin at 7:30 p.m. Most are… continue reading Author Events Winter / Spring 2021 Schedule

By written by Author Events    January 15, 2021    1

The Free Library is thrilled to announce the 19th annual One Book, One Philadelphia selection... The Tradition by Jericho Brown   Each year, a single book is chosen by library staff,… continue reading Announcing the 2021 One Book, One Philadelphia Selection...

By written by Brittanie S.    January 14, 2021   

I know a lot of parents and caregivers out there miss taking a trip to the library. Believe me, we miss having you! One part of using the library that is harder when you can’t actually come… continue reading Tips on Searching for Books for the Whole Family in Our Catalog!

By written by Rachel R.    January 13, 2021   

The South Indian holiday of Pongal is a multi-day harvest festival full of music and food observed by the Tamil and Telugu community, celebrated this year per the Hindu religious calendar,… continue reading Celebrate the South Indian Holiday of Pongal!

By written by Sunita B.    January 12, 2021   

Seen any good movies lately? If you've exhausted watching everything on your streaming media platforms of choice, take a look at the National Film Registry 's yearly recommendations and… continue reading Newest Additions to the National Film Registry

By written by Peter SM    January 11, 2021    3

While the days of immersing ourselves at an in-person exhibit at a favorite gallery or museum are still out of reach for so many of us, as we continue to follow health guidelines to help manage… continue reading Online Exhibition Experiences to Welcome in the New Year

By written by Suzanna U.    January 8, 2021   

Have you ever thought about why we use the same vocabulary to describe consuming food and consuming knowledge? How we’re hungry for the truth, devour a good book, and digest… continue reading Let Culinary Explorations of Literature Nourish You with Book Feast!

By written by Katherine L.    January 7, 2021   

Hannah Cho is a University of Pennsylvania Work-Study student from Davis, CA. During the Fall semester, she studied, recorded, and edited the Story Search podcasts remotely from South Korea.… continue reading Story Search from Special Collections: An Interview by Hannah Cho

By written by Joe S.    January 6, 2021   

The Languages and Learning Center (LLC) supports the individual literacy and learning goals of Philadelphia adults, including resources for Adult Basic Education, language learning, and digital… continue reading I Belong: Facing COVID-19 with Wellness and Resilience

By written by Lindsay S.    January 5, 2021   

Through the challenges of 2020, one of the abiding sources of relief for many of us has been poetry. More people than ever are looking to the written word for strength, wisdom, and comfort. Even… continue reading Healing Verse Philly: a Project from the Poet Laureate

By written by Autumn M.    January 5, 2021    5

It’s finally 2021! Hopefully this year will bring better things than the last... and on that note, why not try one of these recommended reads!   Young Children (Up to 2nd Grade)… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in January!

By written by Rachel F.    January 4, 2021   

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines the word resilience as "an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change." Learning how to remain positive, in the face… continue reading Resilience Builds Positive Outcomes

By written by Mary Marques    January 4, 2021   

It's that time of year again for my annual list of favorite books from the Philbrick Hall Fiction Department at Parkway Central Library . It's been a hard year for a lot of people, and… continue reading Dena's Favorite Books of 2020

By written by Dena    December 31, 2020   

What can I say about 2020 that hasn’t already been said? The Coronavirus pandemic completely turned the world upside-down and forced many of us to hunker down in our households, work from… continue reading New Year's Resolutions: Moving Forward by Taking a Step Back in 2021

By written by Kamilah C.    December 31, 2020   

December is coming to an end and soon we will be wishing everyone a Happy New Year.  That is always a nice feeling: a fresh new start, a new beginning. 2020 has been a difficult year in many… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Happy New Year

By written by Monica C.    December 30, 2020    1

The longest year ever is coming to a close. (Amen.) That means that it’s time to peruse some Best of 2020 book lists! Across the web you can find tons of these kinds of lists. Two of my… continue reading What Philadelphia Read in 2020

By written by Jamie B.    December 30, 2020   

As we wind down 2020, I have a few choice words that I can think of to describe the year... but none that would be appropriate to print here. Luckily for us, Merriam-Webster added plenty of new… continue reading 2020's Newest Word Additions and Definitions to the Dictionary

By written by Peter SM    December 29, 2020   

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