“My child loves mysteries and solving riddles. What’s a good series?” Oh how I love this question. Mystery readers can be a difficult group to please. The books recommended have… continue reading

By Chris B.   May 1, 2017   

Gabourey Sidibe received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her debut role in the 2009 film Precious , based on the novel Push by Sapphire , and won instant fame for her heartbreaking… continue reading

By Author Events   April 28, 2017    4

We all know Benjamin Franklin, Philadelphia's everyman. Poor Richard . Diplomat of the Revolution . Inventor of the Glass Harmonica . Postmaster General . Guy Who Flew A Kite in a… continue reading

By Caitlin G.   April 28, 2017   

In advance of our sold-out John Waters Author Event this Saturday, April 29, let’s get some background on the iconic director, writer, actor, art collector, professional hitchhiker,… continue reading

By Author Events   April 28, 2017   

Looking for something new to read? Our book selectors suggest these new titles coming in May to a local neighborhood library location near you. We've selected a classic children’s tale,… continue reading

By Paul A.   April 27, 2017   

In the spring of 1776 , the British began a blockade of American ports, throwing coastal shipping into disarray and sending many captains back to the more secure European routes. But a young… continue reading

By Sally F.   April 27, 2017   

A baker browses through dozens of cake pans to plan confectionary creations of her wildest imagination. Meanwhile, a man chooses the perfect tie from more than 60 to wear to his graduation.… continue reading

By Samantha M.   April 26, 2017   

I hear tell that April is National Letter and Card Writing month and I thought, well, you could always write to your congressperson , but in addition, you could also read some books about letter… continue reading

By Rachel F.   April 26, 2017    1

A year ago we kicked off the Paschalville Partnership , a Free Library-led collaboration of 11 organizations working to transform services for job seekers in Southwest Philadelphia. This community… continue reading

By Julie B.   April 25, 2017   

Detective. Private eye. PI. Shamus. Gumshoe. So many names for the ever-popular crime sleuth! As the Free Library delves into the art of mystery and detection with the We the Detectives… continue reading

By Julie B.   April 24, 2017    1

The NFL Draft is coming to Philadelphia! And it is happening on the front lawn of the Parkway Central Library —the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. But perhaps the American football craze… continue reading

By Julie B.   April 24, 2017   

Here at the Business Resource & Innovation Center , we are lucky to work with some amazing organizations who are dedicated to growing Philadelphia’s small business community. This month,… continue reading

By CaitlinT   April 21, 2017   

Happy birthday (and death day, crazily) to William Shakespeare on Sunday, April 23! This day is a literary holy day, honoring The Bard, most hallowed of English-language writers. (Let us leave… continue reading

By Julie B.   April 21, 2017   

June 2, 2017, will mark the 90th birthday of our Parkway Central Library . On September 8, 2017, celebrations for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s 100th anniversary will begin and continue… continue reading

By Fleisher Collection   April 21, 2017   

The Philadelphia Science Festival is almost here!  The city-wide celebration of science happens April 21-29. The Free Library is proud to partner with the festival to offer great programing… continue reading

By Ann P.   April 20, 2017   

In an informal conversation with Marianne Banbor, Branch Head of the Independence Library , and Sara Palmer, Children’s Librarian at the Ramonita G. de Rodríguez Library , I asked… continue reading

By Mary Marques   April 20, 2017   

Wow, what a success that was! 2017 marked our third annual Free Library of Comic Con and it was our biggest yet! To all of you who came—Thank You! You are the reason we’re able to do… continue reading

By J. Matthew C.   April 19, 2017    1

Here at The Free Library of Philadelphia, we talk a lot about literacy. Literacy, as you may know, is all about learning to read and improving your reading skills. But there's another kind of… continue reading

By Teresa A.   April 19, 2017   

Farming in the city? Well, yes! And it is happening right here in Philadelphia: in community gardens, parks, backyards, and plots. There is Farm Philly , a program by Philadelphia’s Parks… continue reading

By Monica C.   April 18, 2017   

Do you know any local artists (and by that, we also mean writers, musicians, performers…) who are seeking a wider audience for their work and would like to get paid for it? The Free Library… continue reading

By Kate C.   April 18, 2017    11

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