Have you been participating in the Free Library’s Summer of Wonder program? You still have time to sign up! The in-person program ends on August 4, but runs online through August 31. Sign up… continue reading

By Sarah S.   August 1, 2017   

It’s getting hot out there, huh? As we all try our best to deal with the rising temperatures, don’t forget that the Free Library of Philadelphia is a great place to cool off during… continue reading

By Kate C.   August 1, 2017   

The new selections coming in August to a Free Library location near you are (mostly) about battling foes—whether they be villains and enemies, a brother, or maybe dots. They make for good… continue reading

By Paul A.   July 31, 2017    1

This year, the Summer of Wonder program has teamed up with the Rosenbach Museum to offer family-friendly fun for the whole season! The Rosenbach is a quirky little place located near Rittenhouse… continue reading

By Emilie P.   July 28, 2017   

We like to celebrate Beatrix Potter every day here in the Rare Book Department , but today is her 151st birthday, so it's extra-special. You probably remember Peter Rabbit and his… continue reading

By Caitlin G.   July 28, 2017    1

Eastwick Library has a new garden thanks to Bartram’s Garden and our area children. In partnership with Leslie Gale, Bartram’s Garden's educator, children have been busy this year… continue reading

By Amy H.   July 27, 2017   

James Joyce’s Ulysses and its reputation were not unknown to me before my tenure as Facilities Manager at the Rosenbach . The running joke I had with my friends as I was going through the… continue reading

By Christina D.   July 27, 2017   

Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods and Olney is a neighborhood of cultures. Today Olney is the most diverse  of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and its 5th Street business corridor… continue reading

By Sally F.   July 26, 2017    4

With the summer heat upon us, what better time is there to talk about ice cream? This month, we’re excited to interview local entrepreneur Steven Dorcelien, owner of Bright Yellow Creamery ,… continue reading

By CaitlinT   July 25, 2017   

Are you interested in a career where you can help others, give back to your community, all while working in the city that you call home? Then you should plan to check out HireMe Philadelphia on… continue reading

By Peter SM   July 24, 2017    12

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day . The goal of this day is to raise awareness about hepatitis. You can do that by reading this blog and checking out health resources at the Free Library! The South… continue reading

By Katie D.   July 24, 2017   

Eastwick Library is excited to announce our new Family Fun Literacy Backpacks. Our backpacks are a pilot program selected by the Library’s Strategic Initiatives Office to support the City of… continue reading

By Amy H.   July 21, 2017    4

Can you believe the Summer of Wonder is already halfway over? We can’t either. So far, we’ve danced with the Phillie Phanatic, built space ships, and learned how to knit. We’ve… continue reading

By Becky F.   July 21, 2017   

The City of Philadelphia has declared a Heat Health Emergency beginning at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, July 20 and extending through 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 21. Some Free Library locations will serve as… continue reading

By Jenn D.   July 20, 2017   

It's no surprise that I’ve been a reader forever. Menus, cereal boxes, adult novels – anything that sat still and had writing on it was fair game for the younger version of me.… continue reading

By Rachel F.   July 20, 2017   

Everyone in Philly is stooping this summer , and we wanted in! On the Parkway Central Library's front stoop—the newly renovated Shakespeare Park—the Free Library will present… continue reading

By Julie B.   July 20, 2017   

18th century Philadelphia was primarily a port city, its wealth based on imports and exports from all over the world. At the time of the American Revolution, the city’s major trading… continue reading

By Sally F.   July 18, 2017   

For the members of our Military History Club, each monthly meeting leads to a passionate and well-informed discussion about the major personalities and battles of World War II. The group is led by… continue reading

By Richard L.   July 17, 2017   

Even though school is out, we at the Free Library are committed to keeping children and teens learning all summer long. That’s why we plan the Summer of Wonder , which includes everything… continue reading

By Becky F.   July 14, 2017   

The most popular television shows of 2016 include Game of Thrones , The Walking Dead , Pretty Little Liars , Westworld , and The Flash . There are a few series listed there I haven't seen yet… continue reading

By Camille T.   July 14, 2017    2

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