Summer is over, fall is in full swing, and the weather is beginning to turn cold. Some days it almost feels like it’s winter already! That’s when we start thinking of warm comfort… continue reading

By Monica C.   October 23, 2018   

I mean, this is Tom Hanks —you scarcely need us to tell you who he is. Famed for his portrayals of a ping-pong savant , WWII Army ranger , pioneering AIDS activist , toy sheriff , astronaut… continue reading

By Author Events   October 23, 2018   

On Friday Oct 26 from 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. , the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is throwing itself a wild block party to celebrate 100 years of culture and learning along Philadelphia’s… continue reading

By Adam F.   October 22, 2018   

The Free Library was founded with the goal of helping Philadelphians achieve personal enlightenment, and has continuously evolved to reach this goal in an ever-changing city and world. To further… continue reading

By Kate C.   October 22, 2018   

Does the "O" in October ever remind you of a hot, bubbling, scrumptious pizza? If it does, maybe that’s because October is National Pizza Month! We just observed International… continue reading

By Violet L.   October 19, 2018   

In July, the Free Library launched its new strategic plan for the next three years. This plan is a refresh of our prior five-year plan and keeps the same mission: Advance literacy, guide learning,… continue reading

By Autumn M.   October 18, 2018   

What do food and books have in common? I can certainly name three things: They are organic, can grow mold, and can be preserved. Those three things were key elements to a lesson taught to third… continue reading

By Paul M.   October 17, 2018   

It’s October and you know what that means – it’s time for all things haunted and spooky! I’m not generally a person who is into witches and ghosts and demons , but this is… continue reading

By Rachel F.   October 17, 2018    2

To celebrate the crisp weather, colorful leaves, and delicious food that this time of year brings, we wanted to share with you a fun recipe that screams fall! There's more to the season than… continue reading

By Kate C.   October 16, 2018   

Today we kicked off the annual One Book, One Philadelphia reading period with the announcement of the 2019 featured selection. You’re invited to jump into the 17 th season of this citywide… continue reading

By Brittanie S.   October 16, 2018   

In the summer of 2017, Kristen Albee, a local mom who regularly attends Pre-K Storytime with her daughter at the Queen Memorial Library in Point Breeze, fostered a connection between the library… continue reading

By Liz G.   October 15, 2018   

Did you know that October is Computer Learning Month ? The Free Library wants to help you celebrate! Below you'll find a helpful a reminder of all the ways we can help you gain confidence in… continue reading

By Kate C.   October 15, 2018    1

The World Traveling Trunk Project was officially launched in June 2018 during Immigrant Heritage Month , when “Every voice is unique, Every story is powerful.” Since then,… continue reading

By Mary Marques   October 12, 2018   

If you’ve ever joined our friends at The Rosenbach for Bloomsday , you know how fun (and slightly surreal) it can be to hear a book read aloud over an extended period of time. Well, the next… continue reading

By Kate C.   October 12, 2018   

The Skills for Community-Centered Libraries initiative – a series of trainings meant to build community engagement capacities among staff – launched on October 2, so it’s a good… continue reading

By Community-Centered Libraries   October 11, 2018   

Medical information changes rapidly with new research, and when new information is delivered to you during a stressful medical appointment, it can be tough to remember everything you were… continue reading

By Kate C.   October 11, 2018   

I don’t know about you guys but I was really into the Archie comics as a kid. It didn’t matter what order you read them in, the digests were really cheap and you could always count on… continue reading

By Rachel F.   October 10, 2018   

What if the whole city read one book at the same time and then talked about it? What if the book became the basis for hands-on activities in every single neighborhood? What if folks started making… continue reading

By Brittanie S.   October 10, 2018   

Throughout history there are duos that are stronger together than they are separate: Peanut Butter and Jelly       Hall and Oates… continue reading

By Liz A.   October 9, 2018   

October 10 marks the opening of an exhibition that analyzes Philadelphia's growth across more than three centuries, presenting more than 80 rare and revelatory prints, photographs,… continue reading

By Janine P.   October 9, 2018   

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