With an estimated 62 million Spanish speakers  residing in the US, the United States now has the second largest Spanish-speaking population in the world after Mexico. But for many bilingual… continue reading

By Violet L.   November 16, 2018   

Maybe when they say November 17 is Take a Hike Day , they mean you’re supposed to tell someone on your nerves to go take a hike?! Hmmm. *shrug emoji* In any case, we figured it was a good… continue reading

By Kate C.   November 16, 2018   

The Recording Academy will hold the 61st Grammy Awards on February 10, 2019. First round voting in October placed two CDs of particular note one step closer to official nominations in two… continue reading

By Fleisher Collection   November 15, 2018   

November is Native American Heritage Month—a time to celebrate the rich histories, cultures, and traditions of all First Nations. We have compiled a booklist of board books and picture books… continue reading

By Monica C.   November 15, 2018   

Another Wednesday is upon us and that means new comic book day , but this week's usual trip to my local comic book shop will be a somber one, as not just the comic's world but the entire… continue reading

By Peter SM   November 14, 2018   

Growing up in New Jersey, I was super aware that I was what my family calls a “halfie” – half Jewish, half Lutheran. There are tons of different ways to be a halfie, and that was… continue reading

By Rachel F.   November 14, 2018   

Completing a marathon is a huge accomplishment! Months of training and hard work culminating with one exciting day – running a mind-boggling 26.2 miles and testing the limits of the human… continue reading

By Kate C.   November 13, 2018   

What Is Veterans Day and why do we celebrate it? From History.com (who says it more elegantly than I can): Veterans Day originated as "Armistice Day" on November 11, 1919, the first… continue reading

By Rachel F.   November 9, 2018   

November is Picture Book Month – a whole month to share and celebrate the awesomeness of the mighty picture book! The advent of ebooks changed the publishing landscape. In those early days,… continue reading

By Monica C.   November 9, 2018   

by Michelle Sheffer Today marks Irish writer Bram Stoker ’s 171st birthday. Author of Dracula —the inspiration for many a nightmare and pop-culture meme over the past two… continue reading

By Administrator   November 8, 2018   

Although October was Computer Learning Month, it's always a great time to learn and try new tech tools. Take a moment this month to test out JSTOR , the Free Library’s classic research… continue reading

By Jamie B.   November 8, 2018    1

When we think of food, many of us recall the well-worn kitchen tables at which our families welcome friends and neighbors to share dishes that tell our stories. As a first generation American, I… continue reading

By Suzanna U.   November 7, 2018    1

November is Native American Heritage Month , and although "Native American" is a bit of a misnomer, Indigenous peoples have been here long before there even was an “America”.… continue reading

By Rachel F.   November 7, 2018   

Our first cohort of staff members participating in the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries training recently learned about and explored team roles and dynamics. Staff reflected on their own… continue reading

By Community-Centered Libraries   November 6, 2018    1

If you totaled up all your tweets, comments, texts, and Facebook posts for one day, do you think they might add up to 1,667 words? They might very well – in which case, why not try… continue reading

By Violet L.   November 6, 2018   

The Fool in King Lear advised "Speak less than thou knowest" – but it's good the speakers at this year’s Shakespeare in the World  lecture series aren’t… continue reading

By Violet L.   November 5, 2018    1

Come and learn about Philadelphia's exciting, dynamic, and often forgotten history with a free guided tour of the  Philadelphia: The Changing City exhibition. The tour will be led by… continue reading

By Joe S.   November 5, 2018   

It's that time of year again, where we "Fall back" and set our clocks back an hour as Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 4, at 2:00 a.m. Although we gain an hour of sleep,… continue reading

By Sally F.   November 2, 2018   

If you’re looking for fun or interesting, then this list is for you. Our new offerings for November are all over the spectrum of genres and subjects. We have funny, fantastical, dramatic,… continue reading

By Paul A.   November 1, 2018   

Howllo Boils and Ghouls!, Welcome back to the Free Library of Phrightadelphia's blog, on this most haunted of holidays— Halloween ! Besides the usual seasonal scares that arise from the… continue reading

By Peter SM   October 31, 2018    1

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