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Every year, one of the most anticipated parts of the One Book, One Philadelphia program is the opportunity for Philadelphians to meet an incredible author. And though we're doing… continue reading Upcoming Virtual Events with One Book Author Jericho Brown (and More!)

By written by Brittanie S.    March 22, 2021   

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    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   

While we missed out on the last week of One Book, One Philadelphia  programming, we are looking forward to a rescheduled Finale event later this year. Stay tuned for details! In the meantime,… continue reading One Book, One Philadelphia at Home: Reading and Teaching Guides

By written by Brittanie S.    April 3, 2020   

I learned so much at a recent One Book, One Philadelphia   panel about the relationship between food, memory, and economic justice. The conversation centered on what it means to… continue reading One Book, Many Voices Community Dinner at Cobbs Creek Library

By written by Brittanie S.    February 26, 2020   

On Wednesday, January 22, Tommy Orange will join us in Philadelphia for the One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff , which launches eight weeks of more than 130 events exploring the themes in his… continue reading #OneBookWednesday | One Book 2020 Event Highlights

By written by Brittanie S.    January 8, 2020   

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   

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   

It seems like just yesterday that thousands of Philadelphians were reading and discussing Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing , the 2019 One Book, One Philadelphia selection. There is still… continue reading This Year’s One Book, One Philadelphia Selection is…

By written by Brittanie S.    October 7, 2019    2

Independence Day isn’t the only famous birthday this week: on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacan, which is now part of Mexico City, the revolutionary spirit Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon was… continue reading Happy Birthday, Frida!

By written by Brittanie S.    July 5, 2019    1

What’s the difference between hearing and listening? Kirsten, our instructor from the Drexel Writers’ Room , asked us this question last week in a workshop inspired by Sing, Unburied,… continue reading First Listen: Writing Workshops Inspired by This Year's One Book, One Philadelphia Selection

By written by Brittanie S.    January 30, 2019   

As we begin 2019 and await the One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff , I’ve been re-reading Sing, Unburied, Sing and thinking about its outward effects. Many people have called Jesmyn Ward… continue reading #OneBookWednesday: Jesmyn Ward and Bearing Witness

By written by Brittanie S.    January 9, 2019   

Today we kicked off the annual One Book, One Philadelphia reading period with the announcement of the 2019 featured selection. You’re invited to jump into the 17 th season of this citywide… continue reading One Book, One Philadelphia is Here!

By written by Brittanie S.    October 16, 2018   

What if the whole city read one book at the same time and then talked about it? What if the book became the basis for hands-on activities in every single neighborhood? What if folks started making… continue reading This Year’s One Book, One Philadelphia Selection Is…

By written by Brittanie S.    October 10, 2018   

One of my favorite comic collections of all time is the Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book . It reminds me that whenever possible, even if just for an hour, having a "lazy Sunday" is… continue reading 5 Lazy Day Library Card Uses

By written by Brittanie S.    August 10, 2018   

Last week, One Book, One Philadelphia joined a session of The Best Day of My Life So Far , which brings together older Philadelphians to write and share their stories. Younger folks are invited to… continue reading #OneBookWednesday: The Best Stories – A Day at Philadelphia’s Senior Center

By written by Brittanie S.    January 31, 2018   

When Another Brooklyn narrator August moves north with her father and brother, her mother does not go with them, but her absence in Bushwick isn't exactly real. The first sentence of… continue reading #OneBookWednesday: What Are Funerals For?

By written by Brittanie S.    December 27, 2017   

Another Brooklyn  is so rich with sound that I can hear it. I want to slide it onto a record player and spin myself back to white go-go boots and Al Green . 1970s. Inimitable young August has… continue reading #OneBookWednesday: Another Brooklyn Beats (A Reading Playlist)

By written by Brittanie S.    November 15, 2017