The Free Library will be expanding services at some locations beginning Tuesday, January 19, including in-building services. Our programs and events will continue virtually. Please read our website for the latest updates on services and resources.
January 23 happens to be a date of importance for two similar reasons: it is the birthday of John Hancock , who was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence , with his name…
continue reading Celebrate National Handwriting Day!
written by Linda Y.
January 22, 2021
Sanborn fire insurance maps are available once again through ProQuest’s updated and newly-released database, Sanborn Maps 1867-1970 (formerly known as Sanborn Maps Geo Edition 1867-1970).…
continue reading New Release of the ProQuest Sanborn Maps Database
written by Megan M.
January 21, 2021
Thank you to Nourishing Literacy (NL) team member Carolyn for writing this blog post! In addition to sharing her experience and findings, Carolyn has included some of the activities and approaches…
continue reading Squash Across Tables
written by Shayna M.
January 20, 2021
Navigating social distancing and splintering ideological differences across Pennsylvania has not been an easy feat. Debuting in October 2020 , the Hear Me Out civic dialogue program works to get…
continue reading Announcing the Upcoming 'Hear Me Out' Civic Dialogue Line-Up!
written by Irma Q.
January 19, 2021
On Monday, January 18, celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with us! These books honor Dr. King’s work and the impact of his amazing life during the Civil Rights Movement . A renowned…
continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
written by Monica C.
January 15, 2021
The Free Library’s Winter / Spring 2021 Author Events series is set to begin! As in the fall, all of these events will be virtual and held on Zoom. All events begin at 7:30 p.m. Most are…
continue reading Author Events Winter / Spring 2021 Schedule
written by Author Events
January 15, 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...
written by Brittanie S.
January 14, 2021
I know a lot of parents and caregivers out there miss taking a trip to the library. Believe me, we miss having you! One part of using the library that is harder when you can’t actually come…
continue reading Tips on Searching for Books for the Whole Family in Our Catalog!
written by Rachel R.
January 13, 2021
The South Indian holiday of Pongal is a multi-day harvest festival full of music and food observed by the Tamil and Telugu community, celebrated this year per the Hindu religious calendar,…
continue reading Celebrate the South Indian Holiday of Pongal!
written by Sunita B.
January 12, 2021
Seen any good movies lately? If you've exhausted watching everything on your streaming media platforms of choice, take a look at the National Film Registry 's yearly recommendations and…
continue reading Newest Additions to the National Film Registry
written by Peter SM
January 11, 2021
While the days of immersing ourselves at an in-person exhibit at a favorite gallery or museum are still out of reach for so many of us, as we continue to follow health guidelines to help manage…
continue reading Online Exhibition Experiences to Welcome in the New Year
written by Suzanna U.
January 8, 2021
Have you ever thought about why we use the same vocabulary to describe consuming food and consuming knowledge? How we’re hungry for the truth, devour a good book, and digest…
continue reading Let Culinary Explorations of Literature Nourish You with Book Feast!
written by Katherine L.
January 7, 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
written by Joe S.
January 6, 2021
The Languages and Learning Center (LLC) supports the individual literacy and learning goals of Philadelphia adults, including resources for Adult Basic Education, language learning, and digital…
continue reading I Belong: Facing COVID-19 with Wellness and Resilience
written by Lindsay S.
January 5, 2021
Through the challenges of 2020, one of the abiding sources of relief for many of us has been poetry. More people than ever are looking to the written word for strength, wisdom, and comfort. Even…
continue reading Healing Verse Philly: a Project from the Poet Laureate
written by Autumn M.
January 5, 2021
It’s finally 2021! Hopefully this year will bring better things than the last... and on that note, why not try one of these recommended reads! Young Children (Up to 2nd Grade)…
continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in January!
written by Rachel F.
January 4, 2021
The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines the word resilience as "an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change." Learning how to remain positive, in the face…
continue reading Resilience Builds Positive Outcomes
written by Mary Marques
January 4, 2021