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    1

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    5

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   

Women's History Month is in full swing, and in addition to a full slate of events across all our neighborhood libraries , the Free Library is no stranger to celebrating, showcasing, and… continue reading

By Kate C.   March 10, 2017    1

The Eighth Wonder of the World roars, stomps, and swings his way into a new film this weekend with Kong: Skull Island , a modern-day retelling of the King Kong mythos and the second installment in… continue reading

By Peter SM   March 10, 2017   

In the 1970s, the counter culture comedy duo of Cheech and Chong (Richard "Cheech" Marin and Tommy Chong) laughed all the way to el banco as each of their successive bad-boy stoner… continue reading

By Author Events   March 10, 2017   

Do you love The Da Vinci Code ? Have you ever wished you could uncover a secret code in a medieval manuscript? Exciting news! Your wish may come true! Take a look at the image of a 15th-century… continue reading

By Diane B.   March 9, 2017   

At the Free Library, we recognize that people come to literacy—and literature—in many different ways. In our Words at Play Vocabulary Initiative , art, music, and other unique tools… continue reading

By Alix G.   March 8, 2017   

Much of the Free Library's ability to create and incubate cutting-edge programs and services is thanks to the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations. One of the most… continue reading

By Julie B.   March 8, 2017   

by Jamie Bowers , Culinary Literacy Center and Julie Berger , Free Library Foundation Purim Is Coming! The Jewish holiday of Purim , celebrating the triumph of the Jewish people over an evil… continue reading

By Jamie B.   March 7, 2017    3

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