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It's that time of year again, where we sound the alarm on censorship in all its forms during Banned Books Week —and today, more specifically, raise awareness of the overly restrictive… continue reading Banned Books Week | Banned Websites Awareness Day

By written by Peter SM    September 30, 2020   

As we find ourselves weeks away from Election Day, consider this question:  Who was the first person in your family to vote?  The stories of Philadelphia women who built and sustained… continue reading Making Her Mark: Philadelphia Women Fight for the Vote Exhibition Opens Fall 2020

By written by Suzanna U.    September 30, 2020   

The Business Resource and Innovation Center ’s (BRIC) free business resources are accessible anywhere! That means you can conduct business research at your leisure from the comfort of your… continue reading At Home with BRIC: Finding Your Target Audience

By written by Gillian R.    September 29, 2020   

by Joanne Chu - Intern, Languages & Learning Center 你好! 最近好吗? You are invited to join the Free Library's Languages & Learning Center newest offering: the Mandarin… continue reading Join Our New Mandarin Conversation Circle!

By written by Rachel H.    September 29, 2020   

Hey, library lovers! Another  Banned Books Week  is upon us, this year extending from September 27 through October 3, as libraries around the country join forces with the … continue reading It’s Banned Books Week!

By written by Kate C.    September 28, 2020   

Do you know your fellow library patrons? Are you interested in joining an authentic learning space with fellow patrons across Pennsylvania? The Free Library is excited to introduce Hear Me Out : a… continue reading The Free Library Welcomes 'Hear Me Out' Dialogue Series Program!

By written by Irma Q.    September 25, 2020   

Updated Wednesday, September 30, 2020 4:45 p.m. The census deadline, originally slated for September 30 after the federal administration moved to an earlier date, has now been extended to October… continue reading A Census Story

By written by Kalela W.    September 24, 2020    2

Being a business owner can be tough, because there are so many moving parts and the only constant is change. It’s even more difficult to own and operate a business during a global pandemic… continue reading Business Librarian and Business Owner: Use Your Resources

By written by Sharontina H.    September 24, 2020    1

Bad things happen to people that Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, dislikes. Currently, Aleksi Navalny, the most important leader of Russia’s opposition, lies in a German hospital… continue reading Defying Putin: The Dangers and Opportunities in Opposing Russia’s President

By written by Richard L.    September 23, 2020   

Is Fall your favorite season? Many people would say yes! Where I grew up, we didn’t have very defined seasons. That is, seasons would blend one into another, without any clear sign that… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Fall Is in the Air

By written by Monica C.    September 22, 2020   

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts highlighting major figures in jazz history who were in some sense from Philly. Every one of the bolded album titles below can be streamed for free with… continue reading Philly Jazz Legends: Sun Ra

By written by Ben R.    September 21, 2020    2

The Free Library Board of Trustees will be holding its first quarterly meeting of FY21 on Thursday, September 24, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The meeting will take place through the online meeting… continue reading Free Library Board of Trustees Upcoming Public Meeting on Thursday, September 24 at 8:00 a.m.

By written by Administrator    September 18, 2020   

On the third Saturday in September, comic book, superhero, and pop culture fans alike celebrate all things Batman ! And sure, it's a made-up "holiday" , but if Batman Day is at the… continue reading Capes Out, Cowls On for Batman Day!

By written by Peter SM    September 18, 2020   

During the critical first presidential debate in 1960, the difference in the physical appearance of the two candidates could not have been sharper. Vice President Richard Nixon looked like a man… continue reading The Picture of Health: The Strange Case of John F. Kennedy

By written by Richard L.    September 17, 2020   

As part of our  ongoing series  of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Debi Leonard, who serves… continue reading Meet Your Library Staff: Debi Leonard - Work-Study Program Coordinator

By written by Kate C.    September 17, 2020    3

When we reflect on the highly unusual Summer of Wonder 2020 , one highlight stands out for the staff at the North Central Cluster of Libraries – making and sharing Grab ‘n Go… continue reading Summer Outreach in the North Central Cluster

By written by Catherine M.    September 16, 2020    2

Today, September 15, marks the beginning of National Hispanic American Heritage month. As part of the celebration, we want to highlight the works of Latinx authors and illustrators of picture… continue reading Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Latinx Authors and Illustrators

By written by Monica C.    September 15, 2020   

I still have my whole life ahead of me and I’m not giving up now. You can’t silence my voice. And when you come for one of us We rise up, you give us no choice. — from “Do… continue reading Cydney Brown Named the 2020-2021 Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate

By written by Andrew N.    September 15, 2020    7

Listening to audiobooks allows me to travel to unknown worlds. Thinking of the storytelling idea, process, climax, and ending excite my logical mind. On the other hand, creating worlds with… continue reading Strengthening My Imagination Through Audiobooks

By written by Mary Marques    September 14, 2020   

In this unprecedented time, the Free Library has had a lot of firsts. We pulled together to bring you our first virtual Summer of Wonder with the help of librarians and library staff, camp… continue reading Looking Back on the Free Library’s First All-Virtual Summer of Wonder!

By written by Emily S.    September 11, 2020   

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