When you think about a library and the sorts of events you might find scheduled between its walls, you may think of storytimes, lectures, maybe even job fairs and computer classes. While the Free… continue reading

By Kate C.   July 5, 2017    1

The Fourth of July is America's biggest holiday – there are parades, music, picnics, parties, AND fireworks! We are a nation of immigrants and on this day we all come together to… continue reading

By Monica C.   July 3, 2017   

We all know that the 4th of July is Independence Day and that there will be celebrations involving food, but how about celebrating Chocolate Day on July 7 – yum! – or National Ice… continue reading

By Sarah S.   July 3, 2017   

Did you miss the live performance of GUMSHOE ? We’re sorry! BUT, don’t fret. You can still experience the immersive adventure using your mobile phone, now through September 1 at the… continue reading

By Kate C.   July 3, 2017   

Not intentionally, the theme for our recommended new books this month is: outsiders. You’ll find stories of refugees forced to leave their homes, historical villains as seen from their side… continue reading

By Paul A.   June 30, 2017   

Some great news right before the upcoming Welcome to America July 4th holiday festivities get under way in Philadelphia this weekend... Shakespeare Park has finally reopened! If you've tried… continue reading

By Peter SM   June 30, 2017   

"Sign her up? But she can’t even read yet!" This was the reply by a caregiver at a recent Baby and Toddler Storytime , when I encouraged a mother to sign up her 18-month-old child… continue reading

By Sarah S.   June 30, 2017   

It's official—summer has arrived and the Free Library is here to keep you cool, connected, and book-bound! Our summer hours went into effect on June 19, so take note that most of our… continue reading

By Jenn D.   June 29, 2017   

Saturday, July 1, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Charles Ives (1874–1954). Variations on "America" (1891), arr. William Schuman Ives . Symphony No. 2 (1901) Discoveries from the… continue reading

By Fleisher Collection   June 29, 2017   

Was I ever not-weird? I really can’t say. From the time I can remember, I was a weird child who grew into a weird teen who went on to become a weird adult. Part of my oddity has been a… continue reading

By Kalela W.   June 29, 2017   

Summer is upon us, and you know what that means: road trips, vacations, relaxing afternoons on the beach, and maybe even a much-needed staycation on your couch. If you’ll be out of town and… continue reading

By Kate C.   June 28, 2017   

On June 7, 1979, President Jimmy Carter designated the month of June to honor the musical contributions of African Americans, known as Black Music Month. In 2016, President Barack Obama gave a… continue reading

By Camille T.   June 27, 2017   

I was in graduate school when Oprah Winfrey confronted author James Frey about fabricating portions of his memoir,  A Million Little Pieces . Oprah, who had previously defended Frey’s… continue reading

By Sara D.   June 26, 2017   

As summer heats up, stay cool with this fruit soda recipe from Get HYPE! Philly ! Under the guidance of Chef Shawn Murray, teens at our Kensington Library used a blender to learn how to puree… continue reading

By Brittany B.   June 26, 2017    2

It may feel like summer has only just began, but at the Free Library we are already prepping for back-to-school and the arrival of our Jumpstart Camp program. Jumpstart is a three-week camp that… continue reading

By Becky F.   June 23, 2017    1

Before the Re-Read... To be honest, I can’t even remember what grade I was in when I first read this book. It was either third or fourth, a time at which I still was a non-reader. I read the… continue reading

By Mary W.   June 22, 2017   

Mid-19th century Philadelphia was booming. Its factories produced iron and steel, locomotives and textiles, and finished goods of all kinds. Immigrants and citizens alike flowed into the city to… continue reading

By Sally F.   June 21, 2017   

You may know him as the recipient of multiple Theodor Seuss Geisel Awards . You may know him as the author of such great books as The Watermelon Seed , Good Night Owl , and Number One Sam . Now… continue reading

By Becky F.   June 20, 2017   

Looking for a book that will help get kids moving? We have a good one for you! Our new selection for Picture Books Highlights – a series of posts where we put the spotlight on a brand-new… continue reading

By Monica C.   June 20, 2017   

While some schools in the area have already let out for the summer, the last official day for Philadelphia School District students is Tuesday, June 20. Woo Hoo! While pools and spraygrounds… continue reading

By Administrator   June 19, 2017   

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