Browsing Date: December 2021 (18)

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It can be difficult to get into the holiday spirit in the midst of so much confusion, fear, and grief. Children and adults alike may find ourselves feeling sad at the loss of a loved one, of… continue reading Giving Back for the Holidays

By written by Emily S.    December 23, 2021   

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

By written by Sarah J.    December 22, 2021   

Which were the best books you read this year? The Children’s Librarians at Parkway Central Children’s Department have all the extremely specific book awards and recommended reads you… continue reading Best Books of 2021 Selected by Parkway Central Children's Librarians

By written by Administrator    December 21, 2021   

Can you believe we’re about to turn the page on another (long, strange, COVID-19 filled...) year? I know I can't!  While I've never really been a big New Year's… continue reading The Free Library and You: New Year’s Resolutions in 2022!

By written by Kate C.    December 20, 2021    2

Free Library staff recently took the time to chat and answer some of our Library-specific Rebuild questions. Read their insights and enthusiasm about what Rebuild (Rebuilding Community… continue reading Free Library and Rebuild: Building Stronger Communities One Park, Recreation Center, and Library at a Time

By written by Jenn D.    December 17, 2021   

You may know bell hooks for her innovative and tranformative works in literature, poetry, and feminist studies.  Did you know she also wrote picture books?  These titles are… continue reading bell hooks and picture books

By written by Monica C.    December 16, 2021   

On the eve of One Book, One Philadelphia’s 20th anniversary year in 2022, now is a good time to look back at the past two decades of a citywide tradition that has only blossomed… continue reading Happy 20th Birthday, One Book!

By written by Nell M.    December 15, 2021   

Would you like to learn a new language for an upcoming vacation? Or would you like to share the love of your language with someone? As the New Year approaches, the Languages and Learning Center is… continue reading Introducing World Language Tutoring

By written by Rachel H.    December 14, 2021   

No matter what holiday(s) you celebrate, the month of December is jam-packed with holiday offerings at the Free Library–both in-person and virtually!  Check out these events and make… continue reading Celebrate the Holidays with the Free Library!

By written by Kate C.    December 13, 2021    1

The Free Library Board of Trustees will hold a meeting on Friday, December 17, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. View the upcoming meeting agenda » The meeting will take place through the… continue reading Free Library Board of Trustees Public Meeting on Friday, December 17 at 8:00 a.m.

By written by Administrator    December 10, 2021   

What art projects can you think of that involve layers? What recipes have you tasted that include layers of ingredients? Leanna and Tonii share two ideas for layering, while creating art and… continue reading Nourishing Literacy | Let's Layer: Art and Cooking!

By written by Shayna M.    December 10, 2021   

It’s a well-established tradition at the end of the year that ballet companies everywhere offer performances of The Nutcracker . The Philadelphia Ballet presentation of this seasonal… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | The Nutcracker

By written by Monica C.    December 9, 2021   

The FDA has approved a COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11—just in time for the holidays! The holiday season is usually a time for family and friends to gather and share food and fun.… continue reading COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Children and Available in Philadelphia

By written by Emily S.    December 8, 2021   

Jólabókaflóðið , or the Christmas Book Flood in English, is an Icelandic holiday tradition started in 1944 and enjoyed every year since then. Around 2015, this… continue reading Jólabókaflóðið: Iceland’s Holiday Book Tradition

By written by Jeff B.    December 7, 2021   

The Rainbow Connection is an LGBTQ+ group of library staff across all job classes that serve to support each other and the Queer communities in Philadelphia. Below are the books that we loved… continue reading The Rainbow Connection Fall Booklist

By written by Raven W.    December 6, 2021    1

Updated Wednesday, December 15, 2021 4:20 p.m. One of the most popular attractions of the Free Library's Rare Book Department is Grip the Raven, the late lamented pet of author Charles… continue reading Grip: A Poem, Book, and Raven

By written by Chris B.    December 3, 2021   

December is chockful of celebrations, with windows filled with lights and decorations, and a communal feeling of anticipation and joy.   Find picture books for the holidays you celebrate… continue reading Celebrating in December | Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa

By written by Monica C.    December 2, 2021   

There’s a lot to explore this December with a mix of new titles coming to the Free Library's shelves!   Young Children (up to 2nd Grade) The Real Santa  written by Nancy… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in December!

By written by Rachel F.    December 1, 2021