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Bad things happen to people that Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, dislikes. Currently, Aleksi Navalny, the most important leader of Russia’s opposition, lies in a German hospital… continue reading Defying Putin: The Dangers and Opportunities in Opposing Russia’s President

By written by Richard L.    September 23, 2020   

Is Fall your favorite season? Many people would say yes! Where I grew up, we didn’t have very defined seasons. That is, seasons would blend one into another, without any clear sign that… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Fall Is in the Air

By written by Monica C.    September 22, 2020   

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts highlighting major figures in jazz history who were in some sense from Philly. Every one of the bolded album titles below can be streamed for free with… continue reading Philly Jazz Legends: Sun Ra

By written by Ben R.    September 21, 2020    2

The Free Library Board of Trustees will be holding its first quarterly meeting of FY21 on Thursday, September 24, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The meeting will take place through the online meeting… continue reading Free Library Board of Trustees Upcoming Public Meeting on Thursday, September 24 at 8:00 a.m.

By written by Administrator    September 18, 2020   

On the third Saturday in September, comic book, superhero, and pop culture fans alike celebrate all things Batman ! And sure, it's a made-up "holiday" , but if Batman Day is at the… continue reading Capes Out, Cowls On for Batman Day!

By written by Peter SM    September 18, 2020   

During the critical first presidential debate in 1960, the difference in the physical appearance of the two candidates could not have been sharper. Vice President Richard Nixon looked like a man… continue reading The Picture of Health: The Strange Case of John F. Kennedy

By written by Richard L.    September 17, 2020   

As part of our  ongoing series  of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Debi Leonard, who serves… continue reading Meet Your Library Staff: Debi Leonard - Work-Study Program Coordinator

By written by Kate C.    September 17, 2020    2

When we reflect on the highly unusual Summer of Wonder 2020 , one highlight stands out for the staff at the North Central Cluster of Libraries – making and sharing Grab ‘n Go… continue reading Summer Outreach in the North Central Cluster

By written by Catherine M.    September 16, 2020    2

Today, September 15, marks the beginning of National Hispanic American Heritage month. As part of the celebration, we want to highlight the works of Latinx authors and illustrators of picture… continue reading Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Latinx Authors and Illustrators

By written by Monica C.    September 15, 2020   

I still have my whole life ahead of me and I’m not giving up now. You can’t silence my voice. And when you come for one of us We rise up, you give us no choice. — from “Do… continue reading Cydney Brown Named the 2020-2021 Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate

By written by Andrew N.    September 15, 2020    7

Listening to audiobooks allows me to travel to unknown worlds. Thinking of the storytelling idea, process, climax, and ending excite my logical mind. On the other hand, creating worlds with… continue reading Strengthening My Imagination Through Audiobooks

By written by Mary Marques    September 14, 2020   

In this unprecedented time, the Free Library has had a lot of firsts. We pulled together to bring you our first virtual Summer of Wonder with the help of librarians and library staff, camp… continue reading Looking Back on the Free Library’s First All-Virtual Summer of Wonder!

By written by Emily S.    September 11, 2020   

As a child, I loved eating, tasting, and experimenting with different ingredients. On Saturdays, I would spend my day watching cooking shows before the Food Network became a thing. It was my dream… continue reading Whipping Up a Dream Pie

By written by Naquawna L.    September 11, 2020   

This year going back to school looks very different than ever before. No school buses, no first day back at school, no new classrooms, no field trips, etc. At least, not yet. It will take some… continue reading Picture Books Highlights | Books and Reading

By written by Monica C.    September 10, 2020   

Edible Alphabet is a free English Language Learning (ELL) program offered by the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center . The mission is to teach English language and literacy skills through… continue reading Edible Alphabet Recipe of the Week: Veggie Mac and Cheese

By written by Lindsay S.    September 10, 2020   

2020 has brought many changes to the United States, including changes to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Free Library stands with immigrants and is here to support the… continue reading Immigration and Citizenship Resources from the Free Library

By written by Lindsay S.    September 9, 2020    1

We have good news to share! Following the guidance of public health officials, the Free Library is now expanding our available services at some of our locations to include several in-building… continue reading Available Services are Expanding at the Free Library!

By written by Kate C.    September 8, 2020   

The Board of Trustees of the Free Library of Philadelphia is pleased to announce the appointment of Leslie M. Walker as the Interim Director of the Free Library.  This appointment comes after… continue reading Leslie M. Walker Named Interim Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia

By written by Administrator    September 4, 2020    6

We at the Free Library love to shout to the mountaintops about all that libraries can do for their communities, and while we may not always be as comfortable asking our patrons to do something for… continue reading 2020 Census: Tell All Your Friends and Neighbors!

By written by Adam F.    September 4, 2020   

2020 Summer of Wonder poster In December, the Free Library and the design team at Mighty Engine put out a contest call for artwork from high school students. Deyania Sanders’ art teacher… continue reading An Interview with Deyania Sanders, the High School Artist Behind This Year's Summer of Wonder

By written by Emily S.    September 4, 2020    8

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