Browsing Date: September 2018 (35)

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The Free Library’s popular rooftop beer garden series, Brews & Views , held in conjunction with Brûlée Catering , is headed back to the Parkway Central Library for a… continue reading The Free Library’s Rooftop Beer Gardens Are Back!

By written by Kate C.    September 28, 2018   

As we close out our Banned Books Week 2018 coverage , here's a "Fun" fact: According to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom , at least 46 of the… continue reading Banned Books Week | Conflagration

By written by Jenn D.    September 28, 2018   

What better way to celebrate Classical Music Month this September than to perform some of your own music? The Free Library’s Chamber Music Collection can provide you with the materials to… continue reading Chamber Music Collection | Celebrate Classical Music Month!

By written by Leanne F.    September 27, 2018   

Many subjects can cause the challenge or ban of a book, especially a book intended for children. Most challenged and banned book instances occur in school libraries and are brought forth from… continue reading Banned Books Week | LGTBQI+ Picture Books

By written by Mary W.    September 27, 2018   

Not only does Banned Books Week celebrate and advocate for the fREADom to express and share all types of knowledge of the written word, but also raises awareness of another type of censorship that… continue reading Banned Books Week | Internet Censorship and Banned Websites Awareness Day

By written by Peter SM    September 26, 2018   

September is Self-Improvement Month , and if you’ve been thinking about taking steps to become your best self, now is the time. Let the Free Library – and your library card , of course… continue reading Let the Free Library Help You Grow During Self-Improvement Month!

By written by Kate C.    September 26, 2018   

You probably already know about Free Comic Book Day , celebrated annually on the first Saturday in May at your local comic book store and also at your local library – but do you know about… continue reading Banned Books Week | National Comic Book Day and The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

By written by Rachel F.    September 25, 2018    1

When you think of spelling bees, you probably think back to those elementary school glory days (or, in my case, to an embarrassing misspelling of ‘macaroni’ that nearly ruined fourth… continue reading The Birds & The Bee: A Raven Society Spelling Bee!

By written by Kate C.    September 25, 2018   

This year, Banned Books Week runs from September 23 to September 29 and in true book-and-idea lovin’ fashion, the Free Library is ready to celebrate the freedom to express and share all… continue reading Banned Books Week | What Do You Mean We Can't Read That?

By written by Lo I.    September 24, 2018    2

We’ll soon be bidding farewell to Library Card Sign-Up Month (although, let’s be honest, EVERY month is a good month to get your library card !), but before we do, we wanted to check… continue reading Library Card Sign-Up Month | Staff Reflections

By written by Kate C.    September 24, 2018    2

Hypnosis, using its power to heal or influence others, has captured our public imagination long ago. It is a popular and often misunderstood technique that has been used for a variety of things,… continue reading Hypnosis & Your Health

By written by Joe S.    September 21, 2018   

From Tuesday, September 25 through Tuesday, October 30, the Public Library Association (PLA) – a division of the American Library Association (ALA) – will be accepting submissions of… continue reading Submit Your Short Story for the PLA's National Writing Contest!

By written by Kate C.    September 21, 2018    2

The world can be a pretty rough place sometimes. Sad things can happen to you or your friends, to people close by, or to people that live far, far away, all over the world. It’s easy to be… continue reading It's Not All Bad News... There Are Helpers All Around Us!

By written by Monica C.    September 20, 2018   

Voting is an exercise in democracy. And no matter where you fall on the political spectrum, if you’re not registered to vote, your voice won’t be heard. Midterms matter! And for these… continue reading Midterms Matter: Democracy Looks Like You!

By written by Kalela W.    September 20, 2018    2

Have you ever read a graphic novel or a comic strip and thought, "I would love to make my own comic... but I don’t know how!" Well, good news! The Free Library has tremendous… continue reading So You Want To Draw Comics...

By written by Violet L.    September 19, 2018    2

Are you curious about Judaism? Are Judaism and Jews a people, a nation, a religion, a culture, a way of life, or something else? What does it mean to be a Jew or Jewish? On October 11 , Rabbi Joel… continue reading Judaism 101: History, Religion, and Culture

By written by Laurie A.    September 19, 2018   

In our ongoing series of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Marvin DeBose - Haverford Library Branch… continue reading Meet Your Library Staff: Marvin DeBose - Haverford Library Branch Manager & Adult Teen Librarian

By written by Administrator    September 18, 2018    2

In addition to Library Card Sign-Up Month (woo-hoo!), September is National Literacy Month . As you would expect, literacy is very near and dear to our hearts here at the Free Library, and a core… continue reading Happy National Literacy Month!

By written by Kate C.    September 18, 2018   

"Meet you at the goat!" This common refrain can be heard from parents and caregivers all around the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. Billy the Goat, a statue in Rittenhouse… continue reading Philadelphia City Institute Library Welcomes Billy the Goat!

By written by Erin H.    September 17, 2018   

As we continue through National Library Card Sign-Up Month, we've already discussed how a library card grants you instant access to a treasure trove of books, DVDs, and audiobooks from our… continue reading Library Card Sign-up Month | Digital Media at Your Fingertips and On a Screen Near You!

By written by Peter SM    September 17, 2018    9