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As the days get shorter, stay cozy at home with one of these December selections coming soon to a neighborhood library near you.   Young Children (Up to 2nd Grade) The Cool Bean written by… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in December!

By written by Tara M.    December 6, 2019   

An early letter by Emily Dickinson. Two months ago, I spent an evening in a dimly lit room scrutinizing the handwriting of a long-dead person with a group of mostly strangers. Scraps of… continue reading The Remarkable Afterlife of Emily Dickinson

By written by Clare F.    December 6, 2019   

Here at Donatucci Library, we are thrilled to welcome back Alycia Larson also known as "the Geography Lady" to present an inclusive holiday program called Lights Around the World today,… continue reading Donatucci Library's Lights Around the World and Holiday Book Recommendations

By written by Sunita B.    December 5, 2019   

The Kingsessing Library has served the Southwest Philadelphia community now for a full century ! All are invited to our Centennial Celebration today, Thursday, December 5, from 4:00 p.m.-6:00… continue reading Kingsessing Library Celebrates Its 100th Birthday!

By written by Ben R.    December 5, 2019   

It’s right around the corner! Join us at Parkway Central Library on Saturday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. for Music in the Air: A Free Library Fête . The Free Library’s annual gala… continue reading Join us for Music in the Air: A Free Library Fête!

By written by Jamie K.    December 4, 2019   

I’m so thrilled that the One Book, One Philadelphia selection this year is There, There by Tommy Orange. I’m so thrilled that it features Indigenous folks with complicated, modern… continue reading #OneBookWednesday | Indigenous Voices for Young Adults

By written by Rachel F.    December 4, 2019   

On December 7, the Art Department at Parkway Central Library will host the 12th annual Book Paper Scissors event, a fair designed for artists who create book-and paper-based work. As usual,… continue reading Book Paper Scissors: 12th Annual Artists' Book Fair at Parkway Central Library

By written by Alina J.    December 3, 2019   

It’s Giving Tuesday ! Celebrated on the Tuesday after all of the chaos of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a time to step back from consumerism and deals.… continue reading It's Giving Tuesday!

By written by Jamie K.    December 3, 2019   

From the mid-1930s to the early 1940s, artists working for the Federal Art Project’s Poster Division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA, later renamed Work Projects Administration)… continue reading Spotlight on Special Collections: WPA Posters in the Print and Picture Collection

By written by Laura S.    December 2, 2019   

by Jamie Bowers and Dennis Mawson Starting today, Philadelphians ages 18 and above can use their Free Library card to check out FREE digital passes to cultural institutions and other attractions… continue reading Announcing the Experience Pass—Your Key to Free Philadelphia Museums, Attractions, and More!

By written by Jamie B.    December 2, 2019    14

Philadelphia is soon to be lit up with the awe-inspiring glee of the opening of the annual Christmas Village, presented by Bank of America and located in LOVE Park. The open-air German Christmas… continue reading Welcome in the Winter Season with Free Library Storytimes at the Christmas Village!

By written by Gennifer R.    December 2, 2019   

As another year draws to a close, another frenzied holiday season arrives—and what better way to say no to the madness than by saying yes to a compelling book? December is not just the month… continue reading December Is Read a New Book Month

By written by Clare F.    November 29, 2019   

What is ‘Black Friday,' and why do we do it? I did some digging... "In 1621, colonists invited Massasoit, the chief of the Wampanoags, to a feast after a recent land deal.… continue reading Did You Know?: Black Friday was Born in Philly

By written by Brittanie S.    November 29, 2019   

It’s all there in the name: Thanksgiving is about gratitude, it’s about paying attention, noticing all the good things in our lives and in the world, and choosing to be thankful.… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Thanksgiving Edition

By written by Monica C.    November 27, 2019   

Recently, my One Book, One Philadelphia coworker-in-crime wrote a blog post about poetry events happening at the Free Library this fall, including a public talk with U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo .… continue reading #OneBookWednesday | Surfacing the Edge: Reading Contemporary Native Poets

By written by Brittanie S.    November 27, 2019   

December is THE SEASON. For whatever holiday you observe, celebrate, or just casually note upon the calendar, the Free Library has a celebratory feast of offerings.   Is it a performance… continue reading December is Holiday Heaven at the Free Library!

By written by Jenn D.    November 26, 2019   

Do you absolutely love job interviews and eagerly anticipate your next opportunity to tell strangers about yourself? Or do you have nightmares where you go to an interview and forget your own… continue reading How to Have a Stress-Free Job Interview

By written by Karen H.    November 26, 2019   

As the weather changes, there's no better company than reading a good book in a cozy space. Running from November 25 to February 29 , our Winter Reading Challenge invites readers of all ages… continue reading 'Tis the Season for the Winter Reading Challenge

By written by Gennifer R.    November 25, 2019    1

It's getting close to being "the most wonderful time of the year", or, if you have to travel far and wide—over the river and through the woods even—you may need some help… continue reading Digital Media Spotlight | New Audiobooks for Holiday Travels

By written by Peter SM    November 22, 2019   

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