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What are the most popular Googled questions about Ramadan? Here's what we found: When does Ramadan begin and end in 2021? What is allowed and not allowed during Ramadan? What does Ramadan… continue reading Happy Ramadan: Manuscripts of the Muslim World and Beyond!

By written by Joe S.    April 6, 2021   

Hannah Cho is a University of Pennsylvania Work-Study student from Davis, CA. During the Fall semester, she studied, recorded, and edited the Story Search podcasts remotely from South Korea.… continue reading Story Search from Special Collections: An Interview by Hannah Cho

By written by Joe S.    January 6, 2021   

On Thursday, April 8, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the unprecedented closure of  K-12 schools for the remainder of the year due to the outbreak of COVID-19 . In lieu of… continue reading Going the Distance: Remote Learning and Online Resources for Educators

By written by Joe S.    April 24, 2020   

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   

Archives shield us from a world saturated with fake news and misinformation. But what are archives? How are they different from libraries? Where are they? How do they work? How are they… continue reading Design in the Archives: A Free Evening of Fun and Learning for All Ages!

By written by Joe S.    October 21, 2019   

Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens! The celebrated author was born February 7, 1812 in Landport near the city of Portsmouth, England. Dickens professional writing career began in the early… continue reading Happy Birthday to You, Charles Dickens!

By written by Joe S.    February 7, 2019   

One of the most popular items in the Rare Book Department that resonates with visitors the world over is not what you would expect. It is not a rare manuscript or a printed book from one of our… continue reading Grip, Philadelphia's Pet Raven

By written by Joe S.    December 3, 2018    6

Come and learn about Philadelphia's exciting, dynamic, and often forgotten history with a free guided tour of the  Philadelphia: The Changing City exhibition. The tour will be led by… continue reading Free Tours of Philadelphia: The Changing City Exhibition

By written by Joe S.    November 5, 2018   

Hypnosis, using its power to heal or influence others, has captured our public imagination long ago. It is a popular and often misunderstood technique that has been used for a variety of things,… continue reading Hypnosis & Your Health

By written by Joe S.    September 21, 2018   

Philadelphians and people worldwide will eventually be able to view and download entire Islamic manuscripts, consisting of both images and texts, from the Free Library of Philadelphia’s… continue reading Updates From the Manuscripts of the Muslim World Project

By written by Joe S.    September 5, 2018   

Much has been written in academic journals about the need to increase access to special collections in public libraries, museums, and universities. This topic is particularly relevant to the … continue reading Traveling Treasures: A Special Collection Worth Touching

By written by Joe S.    May 5, 2017   

Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar. It is a day of feasting and rejoicing, commemorating the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to annihilate… continue reading Purim and a Medieval Cutting in the Free Library of Philadelphia

By written by Joe S.    March 4, 2015   

The doorbell rings. I walk through the hallway to answer it. Although I’ve done this walk repeatedly over the years, this time something is different. This one book catches the corner of my… continue reading A Book Rediscovered

By written by Joe S.    October 3, 2013    2

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