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Residents can get out of the heat and into an air-conditioned space at a neighborhood library with access to books, computers, wireless internet, and other library amenities. Masks are… continue reading Cooling Centers Open at Select Libraries on Monday, August 8 through Tuesday, August 9

By written by Jenn D.    August 5, 2022   

Interested in time travel? The superpowered James Webb Telescope has released its first images this month, giving us a window into distant space and the distant past. It’s dazzling. The… continue reading Time Travel to the Beginning of the Universe

By written by Emily S.    August 5, 2022   

Juanita Vega DeJoseph is the Assistant Department Head in the Art & Literature Department and someone who enjoys cooking and creating. We are so grateful to Juanita for sharing her… continue reading Making Sofrito with Juanita and Family!

By written by Shayna M.    August 1, 2022    1

Ready for some new reads to escape this long, hot summer? Read on for fun and inspiring books to help get you through the dog days of August. Young Children (up to 2nd Grade) To Change a Planet by… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in August!

By written by Rachel F.    August 1, 2022   

Are you passionate about serving diverse populations in an urban public library setting? Are you ready for all that Philadelphia has to offer? If so, then please consider this community-focused… continue reading We're Hiring Librarians!

By written by Jenn D.    July 25, 2022   

Chess is thriving! The New York Times recently reported that interest in chess is at a 50 year high, the highest level since the 1972 World Chess Championship between American Bobby Fischer… continue reading International Chess Day is July 20th

By written by Sharyl O.    July 20, 2022   

Here's one more reason to love July: it's National Ice Cream Month! There's something special about having ice cream in the summer -- a cool, delicious, creamy treat for the hot days… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | National Ice Cream Month

By written by Monica C.    July 19, 2022   

Strawberries  are super and sweet to look at and to eat! In this video, Shayna used strawberries as her theme for making handmade cards . What ideas do you have for making cards or… continue reading Nourishing Literacy | Let's make strawberry cards with Shayna!

By written by Shayna M.    July 15, 2022   

The Summer Readers of Philadelphia are on a roll. Just halfway through the Free Library’s Summer of Wonder, we’re more than halfway to our citywide online reading minutes goal! If… continue reading Halfway through Summer of Wonder 2022!

By written by Emily S.    July 14, 2022   

Literacy in Early Learning Spaces is a Free Library project focused on literacy and language development in children from birth through 5 years old. We partner with childcare programs across… continue reading Literacy in Early Learning Spaces | How do young children interact with books?

By written by Emily S.    July 13, 2022   

As the days get warmer in our area, we hope you keep the Free Library in mind as a great place to cool off!  Here are a few ways to beat the heat with us (and our friends around the City of… continue reading 6 Ways to Keep Cool with the Free Library and in Philly this Summer!

By written by Kate C.    July 12, 2022   

Lately, transgender and gender non-conforming youth have been a hot topic across the nation. Many people feel confused, even panicked, and it can be hard to tell what claims being made are even… continue reading Empathy Versus Misinformation: Transgender Youth Panel Series

By written by Shelley R.    July 11, 2022   

This July we are exploring summer treats going down the shore, world travel, escaping into sweet love stories, and possibly, battling our own clone! A little something for everyone in the… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in July!

By written by Rachel F.    July 8, 2022    1

Phew, the summer is heating up! As we all try our best to deal with the rising temperatures in our area, don't forget that the Free Library is a great place to cool off. Check your… continue reading Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer!

By written by Kate C.    June 30, 2022   

Are you between the ages of 14 and 19? Do you have a passion and commitment for social justice? Are you looking for an opportunity where you can learn, serve your community, and… continue reading Free Library Seeking Teen Social Justice Fellows!

By written by Erin H.    June 28, 2022   

The Pride Flag as we know it today has gone through several iterations since its birth in 1978. It has a long and rich history that started in San Francisco with artist Gilbert Baker, who met… continue reading The History of the Pride Flag

By written by Kamilah C.    June 24, 2022   

Celebrate Pride month with these new picture books, where you will find stories of love, family and joy, told with humor and tenderness. And there's more — be sure to check our booklist… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Celebrate Pride Month

By written by Monica C.    June 22, 2022   

Summer is here, and along with the rising temperatures, the Summer of Wonder is heating up! In June, we kicked off Pride Month with a brand new Pride March right here in Philly, and we’re… continue reading Summer of Wonder is Heating Up!

By written by Emily S.    June 21, 2022    3

Father’s Day can be celebrated in many different ways – with a day full of activities or as quiet day filled with longing and memories.  For all those celebrating Father’s… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Father's Day

By written by Monica C.    June 16, 2022   

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