Do you love The Da Vinci Code ? Have you ever wished you could uncover a secret code in a medieval manuscript? Exciting news! Your wish may come true! Take a look at the image of a 15th-century… continue reading

By Diane B.   March 9, 2017   

At the Free Library, we recognize that people come to literacy—and literature—in many different ways. In our Words at Play Vocabulary Initiative , art, music, and other unique tools… continue reading

By Alix G.   March 8, 2017   

Much of the Free Library's ability to create and incubate cutting-edge programs and services is thanks to the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations. One of the most… continue reading

By Julie B.   March 8, 2017   

by Jamie Bowers , Culinary Literacy Center and Julie Berger , Free Library Foundation Purim Is Coming! The Jewish holiday of Purim , celebrating the triumph of the Jewish people over an evil… continue reading

By Jamie B.   March 7, 2017    3

The Free Library of Philadelphia has digitized over 41,000 items from our extensive collections and is constantly adding more every day. Current collections include Charles Dickens , the Fine Arts… continue reading

By Victoria G.   March 6, 2017    1

Mackenzie, Holbrooke, and British Music Coming into Its Own Josef Holbrooke (1878–1958) . Pantomime Suite (Ballet from Pierrot and Pierrette) (1908) Alexander Mackenzie (1847–1935).… continue reading

By Fleisher Collection   March 3, 2017   

Happy Women’s History Month ! All throughout the month of March, we’re joining in the nationwide celebration of the vital role of women throughout American history. We hope… continue reading

By Kate C.   March 3, 2017   

Throughout February, we were feeling the Valentine's Day spirit and decided to ask our audience a simple question: Why do YOU #LoveTheLibrary ? The response warmed our hearts and reminded us… continue reading

By Kate C.   March 2, 2017   

One of the most exciting days in library land is here – it’s Dr. Seuss’ birthday! Today, we’re joining in the celebration of the 113th birthday of Theodor Geisel, a.k.a.… continue reading

By Kate C.   March 2, 2017   

Last week, the Drexel University Autism Support Program presented a panel discussion highlighting issues raised about autism in this year’s One Book, One Philadelphia selection , The Curious… continue reading

By Sandy H.   March 1, 2017   

We’ve got a lot to celebrate throughout the month of March: Dr. Seuss ' birthday and National Read Across America Day are March 2. Check out our events calendar for a Dr. Seuss event… continue reading

By Sarah S.   March 1, 2017   

OverDrive , one of our most popular Digital Media platforms for accessing ebooks and digital audiobooks, recently made some changes to their mobile apps. These changes should make your digital… continue reading

By Jamie W.   February 28, 2017   

You'll have to excuse me today, I'm a little tired after watching this weekend's wild awards ceremonies. And no, I don't mean The Oscars (although, #envelopegate would get my… continue reading

By Peter SM   February 27, 2017   

The Rare Book Department 's Judaica includes a beautifully written and lavishly hand-decorated Spanish Hebrew Masoretic Text bible . Commissioned in 1496 in Lisbon, Portugal, the book is… continue reading

By Caitlin G.   February 24, 2017   

New Orleans is always on my mind at this time of year. Mardi Gras is more than just Fat Tuesday in the Big Easy, and the celebrations extend far beyond Bourbon Street: parades take place all… continue reading

By Sara D.   February 23, 2017   

The Art Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia maintains a collection of artist files going back to the 19th century. Our artist files are folders that include article clippings, gallery… continue reading

By Alina J.   February 23, 2017   

The Free Library of Philadelphia Author Events program is pleased to announce the debut of 20th & Vine , a new behind-the-scenes interview series featuring backstage conversations with authors… continue reading

By Author Events   February 22, 2017    2

You don’t understand how much I love burgers. I  love  them. Give me a big fat burger on a bun with a couple slices of tomato, pickles, and cheese, and you’ll see the… continue reading

By Kalela W.   February 22, 2017   

Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and other tech billionaire/philanthropists may have set new standards in giving, but philanthropy is an old Philadelphia tradition with two of our earliest… continue reading

By Sally F.   February 22, 2017    8

The Academy Awards, also referred to as the Oscars, will be broadcast on Sunday, February 26. This is the biggest night of the year in my household. We host a party every year and have a blast… continue reading

By Jen W.   February 22, 2017   

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