Browsing Date: January 2019 (21)

The current exhibition in the Rare Book Department ’s Dietrich Gallery, entitled Philadelphia - The Changing City , offers a look at centuries’ worth of local transformations… continue reading

By Alina J.   January 18, 2019   

Happy birthday, Benjamin Franklin —times two! Our favorite founding father actually had two birthdays: he was born in Boston on January 6, 1706, and then his birthday jumped to January 16,… continue reading

By Victoria G.   January 17, 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

By Monica C.   January 17, 2019   

Back in October, we announced Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing as the 2019 One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection, and since then we’ve been digging in and gathering our… continue reading

By Kate C.   January 16, 2019   

Throughout 2019, the Free Library’s School Partnerships team is continuing to think big about strenghtening and sustaining partnerships between schools and libraries across the… continue reading

By Molly B.   January 15, 2019   

You’ve been reading about how libraries are increasingly moving beyond our brick and mortar structures and into the communities we serve, but how, you might ask, does this work reflect back… continue reading

By Community-Centered Libraries   January 14, 2019   

Are you looking for fun and engaging weekend activities to help your child see the world in new ways? Sundays on Stage is here for you!   Sundays on Stage is series of engaging cultural… continue reading

By Molly B.   January 11, 2019   

Domestic working and middle-class housing in Philadelphia will probably bring up images of row homes in the minds of most people. There are some notable exceptions however like The Letitia Penn… continue reading

By David D.   January 11, 2019    1

It’s wintertime in Philly. Even in the absence of snow, (thus far!), this means the sun rises later and sets earlier than in bordering seasons. It’s enough to make a person feel like… continue reading

By Jenn D.   January 11, 2019    1

As long as there has been war, there’s been writing about war, whether in poetry or prose, exploring not only its glory and valor but its brutality and cost. "The Great War"… continue reading

By Alex B.   January 10, 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

By Brittanie S.   January 9, 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

By Monica C.   January 8, 2019   

2018 was a super busy year for YA books being adaptated into movies: The Hate U Give , To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before , Dumplin ’ , and so many others . (p.s. I have some… continue reading

By Rachel F.   January 7, 2019   

The late and great Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell once sang, "Ain’t nothing like the real thing baby." These words hold true for how to best experience our material culture. People… continue reading

By Joe S.   January 7, 2019    1

Tomorrow is National Bird Day and it's making me reflect on my connection with birds and nature in general. I’ve never been able to have a relationship with birds growing up in the city.… continue reading

By Kamilah C.   January 4, 2019   

I have a confession to make—I am that friend who always wants to get a trivia team together on a Tuesday night. I’m also that kid who read Trivial Pursuit cards for fun to see if I… continue reading

By Christine M.   January 4, 2019    2

As we go to air it’s the beginning of January, which means we’re still in the Christmas season, which also means I have no compunction about playing some Christmas music for… continue reading

By Fleisher Collection   January 4, 2019   

What is a concept book?  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… continue reading

By Monica C.   January 3, 2019   

Starting January 6, Literacy Lab will return to Northeast Regional Library for the 2018-2019 school year! Previously piloted as the Sunday Literacy Program during the 2016-2017 school… continue reading

By Molly B.   January 3, 2019   

As the sun has set on 2018, let’s cast our gaze ever forward to a new year and a new author events schedule. Over here in Author Events, people have been asking, "Hey! What’s on… continue reading

By Author Events   January 2, 2019