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High School selection season is upon us—the window for students to select a Philadelphia School District High School is open now through November 6. The Literacy Enrichment Afterschool… continue reading The Philly High School Choice Website Is Now Online!

By written by Bryan B.    October 29, 2020   

The fall season is upon us, and along with turning leaves and back-to-school resources, the Free Library is here to help you and your family learn, grow, and play every day. For the Whole Family… continue reading Fall Programming for Children and Families

By written by Emily S.    October 28, 2020   

If you do not plan to vote by mail, please plan to vote at the polls on  Election Day, Tuesday, November 3 ! Despite COVID-19, many of our neighborhood libraries will again be designated as… continue reading 37 Free Library Locations to Serve as Polling Places in 2020 Presidential Election

By written by Jenn D.    October 27, 2020   

The Languages and Learning Center supports Philadelphia adults in their individual learning goals, including language learning, basic education, and digital literacy. This fall, all of our… continue reading Join the Languages and Learning Center for Virtual English, Japanese, and Spanish Language Learning!

By written by Lindsay S.    October 27, 2020   

People have had a fascination with haunted houses for centuries. This year, the Torresdale Library has taken their Haunted House online! These spooky places fill us with chills as spirits and… continue reading The Torresdale Library... is Haunted!

By written by Mike F.    October 26, 2020   

Managing the finances of a small business can be one of the most intimidating and challenging aspects of running a business. If you’re just not that into numbers (like me), it can be… continue reading Business Librarian and Business Owner: Let's Talk Money

By written by Sharontina H.    October 26, 2020   

Are you getting ready for Halloween? It’s going to be a bit different this year, I know. But what never changes are the books that help us celebrate this fun (and spooky!) holiday. You will… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Happy Halloween

By written by Monica C.    October 23, 2020   

Each October, the Young Adult Library Services Association celebrates TeenTober . It’s a nationwide celebration which "aims to celebrate teens, promote year-round, innovative teen… continue reading Check Out All of the Field Teen Center's Virtual Programs and Online Resources This TeenTober!

By written by Kris L.    October 23, 2020   

A few years back, when I was an Afterschool Program Facilitator ( LEAP Leader) at my neighborhood library, one of the mothers of a student who regularly attended came in and asked if I could help… continue reading G.E.D. Test Prep

By written by Rich T.    October 22, 2020   

With Election Day coming up on November 3, it is critical that all citizens are aware of how to make their voices safely and properly heard. This post will cover the basics of mail-in voting and… continue reading Your Complete Guide to Mail-In Voting

By written by Irma Q.    October 21, 2020   

Like all of you, we’re adapting to the realities of social distancing in the era of COVID-19. And while we can’t gather in the Parkway Central Library ’s auditorium for a new… continue reading Author Events Fall 2020 Schedule

By written by Author Events    October 20, 2020   

Are you a renter who has lost income due to COVID-19? You may qualify for rental assistance through the City of Philadelphia's Emergency Rental Assistance Program . Phase 2 of this program is… continue reading How to Apply for Emergency Rental Assistance: A Walk-through for Tenants and Landlords

By written by Michael R.    October 19, 2020   

HEY, SIRI! SPELL "DICTIONARY"! In an age where access to the internet is at our fingertips, we oftentimes rely on apps like Siri and AI technologies such as Alexa to provide us with… continue reading Happy Dictionary Day!

By written by Lydia M.    October 16, 2020   

October is Health Literacy Month and certainly in October 2020—health is on everyone’s mind. At the Free Library, "literacy" is one of our favorite words, as it means… continue reading Health Literacy Month

By written by Peter L.    October 15, 2020   

In these difficult times, the birthday of a beloved book, TV, and movie character from childhood feels like the perfect excuse to curl up within the comfort and safety of nostalgia. And boy do we… continue reading It's Winnie the Pooh's Birthday!

By written by Christine M.    October 14, 2020   

Need an excuse to satisfy your sweet tooth? We are here to help! Today, October 14, is National Dessert Day , and a great opportunity to break out your favorite dessert of choice. While I truly… continue reading Celebrate National Dessert Day in Philadelphia!

By written by Caity R.    October 14, 2020   

Updated Tuesday, October 20, 2020 12:15 p.m. Spanish and Chinese translations have been added to this blog post. In the real world, small technical details count for a lot. How many checks were… continue reading Voting by Mail? Avoid "Naked Ballots"!

By written by Richard L.    October 13, 2020    1

Though I’ve lived in so-called Philadelphia for several years, it was only last year that I learned that Lenapehoking is the name of this place so many of us call home. In learning how to… continue reading Indigenous Peoples' Day Philly

By written by Brittanie S.    October 9, 2020   

The Latin American Book Fair , in partnership with the Culinary Literacy Center , will be presenting Language Through My Kitchen: Latin Cuisine , during a virtual event broadcast on Facebook… continue reading Language Through My Kitchen: Latin Cuisine

By written by Mary Marques    October 8, 2020   

by Jessica Walker and Allegra D'ambruoso According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that 16.2 million U.S. adults had at least one major depressive episode. This… continue reading National Depression Screening Day

By written by Administrator    October 8, 2020   

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