Since the early days of printing, readers have been gripped by real-life tales of highwaymen and murderers, the last words of executed criminals, and fictional detective stories which have long… continue reading

By Julie B.   March 24, 2017   

by Indre Page The Free Library of Philadelphia recently received wooden block sets for preschool programming from the State Library of Pennsylvania. To prepare for this new programming,… continue reading

By Administrator   March 23, 2017   

When we heard this week was Shakespeare Week , we knew we couldn’t miss out on the chance to get in on the fun from across the pond. We didn’t have to look far for inspiration! Below,… continue reading

By Kate C.   March 23, 2017   

Words at Play Vocabulary Initiative community partners are making big news! Jasmond "Jazz" Schoolfield, owner of Creative Image Unisex Salon on Cecil B. Moore Ave., is featured on the… continue reading

By Carrie K.   March 22, 2017   

At long last, the time has come... If you’ve been longing to get out of the house after a long snow and ice bound end to winter, Free Library of Comic Con ( FLoCC ) is a great chance to go… continue reading

By J. Matthew C.   March 22, 2017   

The end of another phenomenal One Book, One Philadelphia season is upon us. We have spent eight inspired weeks reading, discussing, watching, creating, playing, and enjoying. The 15th season of… continue reading

By Julie B.   March 22, 2017   

If you’d like to do some background reading before attending this week's sold out Author Event with Chris Hayes on Thursday, follow the links below to become familiar with the… continue reading

By Author Events   March 21, 2017   

When UNESCO declared March 21 World Poetry Day in 1999, they had in mind building connections through our oral and written traditions and finding commonality among the feelings and questions that… continue reading

By Autumn M.   March 21, 2017   

March 21 is the second annual Credit Card Reduction Day , an obscure holiday created in 2016. You’ve never heard of it? Neither had I until just a few days ago, but I’m sure plenty of… continue reading

By Allen M.   March 21, 2017   

Pioneer. Innovator. Original. From the first time he slung on a guitar to the first time he belted out a tune, Chuck Berry was all of these things, and much, much more. The music icon passed away… continue reading

By Peter SM   March 20, 2017   

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. Claude Monet   As winter finally drags its feet slowly out the door, I think of Spring, and I think of flowers. Here are some books… continue reading

By Ai Leng N.   March 20, 2017   

Excited for the new live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast ? Me too... kind of? Maybe? I hope it will be amazing? Either way, good or bad, at least we'll always have all kinds of different… continue reading

By Rachel F.   March 17, 2017   

Philadelphia was the place to be in July of 1976. Even Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain came to present the Bicentennial Bell , cast in the same foundry as our Liberty Bell. The 4,000+… continue reading

By Sally F.   March 16, 2017   

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to expand our Sunday Literacy program, now at eleven of our neighborhood libraries ! This program offers drop-in assistance to students struggling to… continue reading

By Jenn D.   March 16, 2017   

Everyone has always been so hot and bothered for those Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. Is it the togas? Is it young Harry Hamlin in that total camp classic Clash of the Titans movie from the… continue reading

By Rachel F.   March 15, 2017   

One of the special things about the One Book, One Philadelphia programming season is the ability for the One Book program and the Free Library as a whole to get out in the community, start or… continue reading

By Kate C.   March 15, 2017   

I admit it: I’ve developed a slight obsession with baking pies. It all started last spring, when I took a hands-on pie class at the Free Library’s Culinary Literacy Center with Holly… continue reading

By Samantha M.   March 14, 2017   

Ordering Pizza? Our Get HYPE Philly! teens recently built environment-friendly pizza ovens to reheat leftover pizza. All you have to do to make your own is hang on to your delivery box! They… continue reading

By Khyra L.   March 14, 2017   

Note: The scheduled Saturday, March 18 Migrate to Discovery and Adventure event has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 1, due to inclement weather. While books, CDs, and DVDs are still among the… continue reading

By JoAnne W.   March 13, 2017    3

City living can be noisy. And sometimes, neighbors can keep you up at night. For our next Picture Book Highlights – a series of posts where we put the spotlight on a brand-new picture book… continue reading

By Monica C.   March 13, 2017   

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