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NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month , is a creative exercise in perseverance for writers everywhere. It is a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel during the 30 days of November.… continue reading NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month!

By written by Kelly D.    November 18, 2019   

No ... we don't mean it like that ! This Sunday, November 17, is national Take a Hike Day. It's time to pull on some comfortable shoes and explore a forest, a park, or your very own… continue reading Hey Philly, Take a Hike!

By written by Clare F.    November 15, 2019   

I pride myself on being someone who recycles. My grandmother took trash and recycle day in her neighborhood VERY seriously. She would make sure that any jar that had sauce/jam/cream/oil in it was… continue reading The Do's and Don'ts of Recycling in Philadelphia

By written by Kamilah C.    November 15, 2019    1

This month, in celebration of Indigenous, Native, Aboriginal, and First Nation peoples, we will follow some notable hashtags, making waves for people seeking relatable content in the pages of a… continue reading Indigenous Reads for Children and Teens

By written by Gennifer R.    November 14, 2019   

While reading There There — Tommy Orange ’s award-winning novel and the 2020 One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection—I was repeatedly struck by how many references Orange… continue reading #OneBookWednesday | Some History and Terms from There There

By written by Clare F.    November 13, 2019   

November is National Adoption Awareness Month, a celebrated tradition that began in 1976 . This year, the monthly focus is on the adoption of children who are currently in foster care. The stories… continue reading Bringing Families Together: A Booklist About Adopted Children and Their Families

By written by Gennifer R.    November 12, 2019   

The human toll exacted by the Civil War is made clear simply by the size and number of hospitals in Philadelphia that treated the casualties of war. It’s no exaggeration to say that a few… continue reading Civil War Medicine: What Went Right

By written by David N.    November 12, 2019   

Yes, I am one of those: I keep a list of books saved in my phone—books that I will eventually read once I reach that magical point of life when I stop desiring new books and therefore stop… continue reading Happy Birthday to Kurt Vonnegut (and Kilgore Trout?)

By written by Briana G.    November 8, 2019    2

Blog post author Nina Coffin is a Librarian in the Social Science & History Department at Parkway Central Library and a participant in Cohort 6 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries… continue reading Honor the Past, Embrace the Future: Exploring Services for Veterans and Their Families

By written by Community-Centered Libraries    November 8, 2019   

On Saturday, November 9 at 12:00 p.m., world-renowned violist Adriana Linares of ArcoNet (The Arts & Community Network), an incorporated nonprofit organization committed to offering… continue reading Viola, Violin, and Cello Family Concert at Lawncrest Library

By written by Marcela F.    November 7, 2019   

Prints were popular in American colonial homes. Among the decorative luxuries available, they were the most affordable. They would be hung in hallways, entrance halls, stairwells, and kitchens.… continue reading Spotlight on Special Collections: Five Unstudied Prints from the American Revolutionary War

By written by Joe S.    November 7, 2019   

The 'Song-Poems' concert series , which debuted in the Spring of 2019, is finishing up this calendar year with three special events. The concert series invites Philadelphia-based musicians… continue reading Song-Poems Concert Series Returns to Literature Deparment This Fall

By written by Sam P.    November 6, 2019   

So, have you started reading There There yet? Back on October 17, the Free Library was pleased to announce , in partnership with the Office of the Mayor , that Tommy Orange 's… continue reading #OneBookWednesday: Are You Reading With Us?

By written by Kate C.    November 6, 2019    2

Sharing cross-cultural stories is so important to developing civic engagement and participation in our communities. Creating safe environments is essential to discovering, exploring, and learning… continue reading Multicultural Fair: Empowering Communities, Quilting Stories

By written by Mary Marques    November 5, 2019    1

Call me Ishmael. It’s one of the most famous sentences in U.S. literature—and the opening statement of what is often called "the great American novel": Herman Melville… continue reading The Free Library Celebrates Herman Melville’s Bicentennial

By written by Clare F.    November 4, 2019   

After finally graduating this year, I didn’t think that I would ever want to read another book again. Being assigned books to read that are of little interest to you tends to ruin the desire… continue reading Explore Your Love of Books and Find Your Next Favorite!

By written by Kamilah C.    November 1, 2019    1

If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, our November selections should be be of interest. There are sci-fi, fantasy, and amazing true stories that will capture your imagination… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in November!

By written by Paul A.    November 1, 2019   

We’re back for another edition of Picture Book Highlights – a series where we put the spotlight on a book that has been ordered for all neighborhood libraries . This time we have a… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller

By written by Monica C.    October 31, 2019   

Howllo Boils and Ghouls!, Welcome back to the Free Library of Phrightadelphia's blog, on this most haunted of holidays— Halloween ! It would seem to be that 2019 is the Year of the… continue reading Monstermania!: A Monstrous Halloween Playlist

By written by Peter SM    October 31, 2019    1

Squash is one of those wonderful, hearty foods that last throughout the colder seasons, and comes in many intriguing shapes and sizes. It serves as a point of literary intrigue, a cultural… continue reading The Pumpkin on the Plate

By written by Gennifer R.    October 30, 2019   

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