Browsing Date: January 2021 (21)

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Welcome to our second blog post on how to use the Free Library’s website to find books for your family. In the first part of this series, we learned how about how to “narrow… continue reading Tips on Discovering Books and Resources for the Whole Family Through Our Explore Topics

By written by Rachel R.    January 29, 2021   

It’s that time of year again! The 2021 Youth Media Award winners have been announced, honoring this year’s best and brightest titles for children and young adults. Watch Julius C.… continue reading Read a Youth Media Award Winner!

By written by Emily S.    January 28, 2021   

When the Free Library of Philadelphia first started working together to draft a curriculum for the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries project, we never guessed how essential the skills we… continue reading Community-Centered Libraries Are More Important Than Ever

By written by Community-Centered Libraries    January 27, 2021   

Read, Baby, Read is a grant-funded Free Library initiative focused on encouraging early literacy development among infants and young toddlers under two years old. We work with 12 participating… continue reading Read, Baby, Read Presents Early Literacy Ideas: Things That Go!

By written by Sarah J.    January 26, 2021   

The new year brings about an urgency to create new goals, make resolutions, change some of our habits, and look toward the future. This applies not only to our personal lives, but to business as… continue reading Business Librarian and Business Owner: Goal Setting and Planning

By written by Sharontina H.    January 25, 2021   

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!

By 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

By written by Megan M.    January 21, 2021    4

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

By written by Shayna M.    January 20, 2021    2

Updated Wednesday, January 27, 2021 12:20 p.m. The Wednesday, January 27 Hear Me Out event is now SOLD OUT. Navigating social distancing and splintering ideological differences across Pennsylvania… continue reading Announcing the Upcoming 'Hear Me Out' Civic Dialogue Line-Up!

By 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

By 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

By written by Author Events    January 15, 2021    1

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

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!

By 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!

By 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

By written by Peter SM    January 11, 2021    3

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

By written by Suzanna U.    January 8, 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   

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

By 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

By written by Autumn M.    January 5, 2021    7

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!

By written by Rachel F.    January 4, 2021