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Do you miss seeing the animals at the Philadelphia Zoo ? I sure do! But guess what? You can still see their penguins anytime through the computer. The Zoo has a live feed called the Penguin Point… continue reading Penguins, Penguins, Penguins!

By written by Monica C.    April 29, 2020   

Today we start a new series of blog post where we will highlight an ebook – a picture ebook, no less – that you can read at home, using the Free Library's Digital Media portal. The… continue reading Picture ebook Highlights | Float

By written by Monica C.    April 17, 2020    3

It can be hard being a big brother or a big sister. It can also be hard being a little brother or a little sister. When you’re older, the arrival of a little sibling brings both joy and huge… continue reading Celebrate Siblings Day with These ebooks!

By written by Monica C.    April 9, 2020   

April is chock full of religious celebrations: Passover starts on April 8, Easter Sunday falls on April 12, and Ramadan begins on April 24. As always, you can find books to share with your little… continue reading Celebrating in April | Passover, Easter, and Ramadan

By written by Monica C.    April 7, 2020   

It’s early March and the Philadelphia Flower Show has just opened – a clear sign that spring is near! The spring equinox, which will arrive on March 19 this year, marks a new season,… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Spring is in the Air

By written by Monica C.    March 5, 2020    1

Back in 2018, Denene Milner, children’s book writer and publisher, wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times lamenting the scarcity of children’s books that "celebrate the… continue reading Celebrating Everyday Experiences of Black Children and Families

By written by Monica C.    February 6, 2020    6

It’s that time of the year. where winter has just started and with it more cold days and colder nights. Looking for something to warm up your heart and tummy? How about soup? Making soup… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Mmm, Mmm, Soup!

By written by Monica C.    January 22, 2020   

It’s all there in the name: Thanksgiving is about gratitude, it’s about paying attention, noticing all the good things in our lives and in the world, and choosing to be thankful.… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Thanksgiving Edition

By written by Monica C.    November 27, 2019   

November is Native American Heritage Month—a time to celebrate the rich histories, cultures, and traditions of all First Nations. It is encouraging to see new books being created by and… continue reading New First Nation Books for Young Readers

By written by Monica C.    November 19, 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   

It's September—time to celebrate National Grandparents Day ! And what better way to celebrate than to share a picture book with your very special grandpa/grandma? Below are three… continue reading Spend Some Quality Time This Grandparents Day with These New Picture Books!

By written by Monica C.    September 5, 2019   

I’ve always loved this expression – probably because it includes two of my favorite things: the summer season and dogs! As an idiom, the dog days are the hottest, most humid days of… continue reading More Dog Days of Summer!

By written by Monica C.    July 18, 2019   

In celebration of Independence Day, let’s take a look at one of America’s greatest national monuments: The Statue of Liberty . Recognized internationally as a symbol of freedom, it is… continue reading Celebrate Independence Day | The Statue of Liberty

By written by Monica C.    July 3, 2019   

Are you looking for ideas on fun things to do for Father's Day?  How about cuddling with the perfect picture book? We have loads of wonderful picture books celebrating the bonds between… continue reading Celebrate Father's Day with Picture Books!

By written by Monica C.    June 12, 2019   

Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month, begins on May 5. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar and all over the world Muslim families celebrate with daily fasting and prayer. For… continue reading Children's Books for Ramadan Mubarak (Happy Ramadan!)

By written by Monica C.    May 2, 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 . Earlier this year we… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Owls Are Good At Keeping Secrets

By written by Monica C.    April 15, 2019   

It’s still early in the race for the presidency 2020, but already we have 4 (four!) women candidates for the presidency: Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Kamala… continue reading Women’s History Month | 2020 Women Presidential Candidates

By written by Monica C.    March 12, 2019   

February is Black History Month – an annual commemoration that recognizes and celebrates the heritage, culture, contributions and achievements of African Americans to American history and… continue reading #ownvoices: Celebrating Black History Month and Picture Books

By written by Monica C.    February 6, 2019   

Concept books are a type of picture book that introduces basic ideas, or concepts, to young children. They are sometimes described as informational picture books for preschoolers. These books play… continue reading Concept Books | Learning about Opposites

By written by Monica C.    January 31, 2019   

Concept books are a type of picture book that introduces basic ideas, or concepts, to young children. They are sometimes described as informational picture books for preschoolers. These books play… continue reading Concept Books | Learning about Shapes

By written by Monica C.    January 23, 2019