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The Free Library is excited to announce that Trapeta Mayson has been appointed the 2020-2021 Philadelphia Poet Laureate . A committee of poets, educators, and arts-organization professionals… continue reading A New Poet Laureate for Philadelphia...

By written by Andrew N.    December 12, 2019   

Never having been much of a history buff, and possessing a wholly striking inability to memorize dates, my cultivation of Philadelphia history has been mostly through passive absorption. I have… continue reading #OneBookWednesday | Regional Lenape History

By written by Hannah B.    December 11, 2019   

Guess what, Philadelphia? We have great news! Drumroll, please... Today, the Free Library of Philadelphia Board of Trustees voted to approve a measure that will eliminate most overdue fines… continue reading We're Going Fine-Free!

By written by Administrator    December 11, 2019    6

Can you believe the holidays are already upon us? Although it's the *most* wonderful time of the year in many ways, from office parties to time away from work to celebrating with loved ones… continue reading Holiday Gift Ideas from the Free Library!

By written by Kate C.    December 10, 2019   

The Languages and Learning Center is excited to announce the Free Library of Philadelphia’s first tutoring program for adult learners. We are creating a tutoring program to support the… continue reading Languages and Learning Center Launches Tutoring Program for Adult Learners

By written by Rachel H.    December 10, 2019   

Deciding what holiday gifts to get friends and family is always tricky, especially since this time of year can be so hectic. And once you finally figure that out, you have to worry about actually… continue reading Give a Special Free Library Gift to Someone this Season: Dedicate a Bookplate!

By written by Jamie K.    December 9, 2019   

The Free Library is reading around town! Find a Free Library storyteller at the Christmas Village , the RiverRink Winterfest , and as always, Reading Terminal Market . Children, families, and… continue reading Winter Storytimes at the Free Library

By written by Gennifer R.    December 9, 2019    1

As the days get shorter, stay cozy at home with one of these December selections coming soon to a neighborhood library near you.   Young Children (Up to 2nd Grade) The Cool Bean written by… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in December!

By written by Tara M.    December 6, 2019   

An early letter by Emily Dickinson. Two months ago, I spent an evening in a dimly lit room scrutinizing the handwriting of a long-dead person with a group of mostly strangers. Scraps of… continue reading The Remarkable Afterlife of Emily Dickinson

By written by Clare F.    December 6, 2019   

Here at Donatucci Library, we are thrilled to welcome back Alycia Larson also known as "the Geography Lady" to present an inclusive holiday program called Lights Around the World today,… continue reading Donatucci Library's Lights Around the World and Holiday Book Recommendations

By written by Sunita B.    December 5, 2019   

The Kingsessing Library has served the Southwest Philadelphia community now for a full century ! All are invited to our Centennial Celebration today, Thursday, December 5, from 4:00 p.m.-6:00… continue reading Kingsessing Library Celebrates Its 100th Birthday!

By written by Ben R.    December 5, 2019   

It’s right around the corner! Join us at Parkway Central Library on Saturday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. for Music in the Air: A Free Library Fête . The Free Library’s annual gala… continue reading Join us for Music in the Air: A Free Library Fête!

By written by Jamie K.    December 4, 2019   

I’m so thrilled that the One Book, One Philadelphia selection this year is There, There by Tommy Orange. I’m so thrilled that it features Indigenous folks with complicated, modern… continue reading #OneBookWednesday | Indigenous Voices for Young Adults

By written by Rachel F.    December 4, 2019   

On December 7, the Art Department at Parkway Central Library will host the 12th annual Book Paper Scissors event, a fair designed for artists who create book-and paper-based work. As usual,… continue reading Book Paper Scissors: 12th Annual Artists' Book Fair at Parkway Central Library

By written by Alina J.    December 3, 2019   

It’s Giving Tuesday ! Celebrated on the Tuesday after all of the chaos of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a time to step back from consumerism and deals.… continue reading It's Giving Tuesday!

By written by Jamie K.    December 3, 2019   

From the mid-1930s to the early 1940s, artists working for the Federal Art Project’s Poster Division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA, later renamed Work Projects Administration)… continue reading Spotlight on Special Collections: WPA Posters in the Print and Picture Collection

By written by Laura S.    December 2, 2019   

by Jamie Bowers and Dennis Mawson Starting today, Philadelphians ages 18 and above can use their Free Library card to check out FREE digital passes to cultural institutions and other attractions… continue reading Announcing the Experience Pass—Your Key to Free Philadelphia Museums, Attractions, and More!

By written by Jamie B.    December 2, 2019    16

Philadelphia is soon to be lit up with the awe-inspiring glee of the opening of the annual Christmas Village, presented by Bank of America and located in LOVE Park. The open-air German Christmas… continue reading Welcome in the Winter Season with Free Library Storytimes at the Christmas Village!

By written by Gennifer R.    December 2, 2019   

As another year draws to a close, another frenzied holiday season arrives—and what better way to say no to the madness than by saying yes to a compelling book? December is not just the month… continue reading December Is Read a New Book Month

By written by Clare F.    November 29, 2019   

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