Another summer season is about to start and with it a swath of celluloid distractions from the impending heat and humidity outside, projecting eye-popping entertainment some 40 feet high amid… continue reading

By Peter SM   May 25, 2018   

At the end of the film Dead Poets Society , the students who loved their professor, Mr. Keating (played by Robin Williams ), stand up on their desks and proclaim, "O Captain, My Captain"… continue reading

By Autumn M.   May 24, 2018   

One of the biggest nights in the food world, The James Beard Foundation Media Awards , took place April 27 at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Hailed as “the Oscars of the food world,”… continue reading

By Paul M.   May 23, 2018   

The Free Library of Philadelphia opened its first Passport Acceptance Facility at the Northeast Regional Library in June 2017. Now, almost one year later, we are excited to have accepted over… continue reading

By Victoria G.   May 22, 2018   

We’ve all been there... Days when something goes wrong and we feel down in the dumps or maybe it someone else is having a hard time. When someone we care for is having a bad day, how can we… continue reading

By Monica C.   May 21, 2018   

By Ray Banas, Department Head, Music Department  In the fall 2017, in the midst of the dramatic renovation to replace six levels of stack-shelving units with soaring new public spaces at the… continue reading

By Music Department   May 18, 2018   

Now that the Free Library has wrapped up its annual Comic Con , we're proud to offer fans of serial art an additional chance to meet some of their favorite artists. The cartoonists of the… continue reading

By Adam F.   May 18, 2018   

As you walk through the Children’s Department at Parkway Central Library , we hope you’ll stop and admire our newly-returned statue, The Young Bonaparte . We’re happy to have… continue reading

By Chris B.   May 18, 2018   

Science in the Summer is returning to the Free Library of Philadelphia and we are excited about this year’s curriculum—The Science of Space. By bringing the Science of Space to… continue reading

By Elizabeth K.   May 17, 2018   

What are your kids planning to do this summer? If they want to learn to make pasta, pizza, and other yumtastic dishes from scratch, they should apply to attend Summer Thyme Cooks at the Culinary… continue reading

By Jamie B.   May 17, 2018   

When I first found out that we had a James Bond collection in the Rare Book Department , I was so surprised. James Bond amongst medieval manuscripts and cuneiform tablets—how the heck did… continue reading

By Karen K.   May 16, 2018    1

Do you know what Kabbalah is?  Join us on May 23 at 7:00 p.m. to learn about this ancient mystical Jewish tradition.  Professor Joel Hecker will talk about the history of Kabbalah,… continue reading

By Laurie A.   May 15, 2018   

There’s something about writing poetry that sparks the need to shape the community around us. It inspires us to engage with others, it encourages reflection—and it incites change.… continue reading

By Kalela W.   May 14, 2018    5

TheFree Library is teeming with opportunities for little ones to get cozy with letters, words, and books from the earliest ages. Our storytimes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers incorporate… continue reading

By Julie B.   May 14, 2018   

In what we hope will be an ongoing series of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Abbe Klebanoff, Branch… continue reading

By Administrator   May 11, 2018   

Read and Rise provides books and curriculum to integrate literacy-rich activities into summer camp programs. Read and Rise is sponsored by Read by 4th and managed by the Free Library of… continue reading

By Elizabeth K.   May 11, 2018   

The Danza Azteca del Anahuac is an indigenous Mesoamerican prayer dance that evokes spiritual and religious ritual movements, with interwoven narratives, creating sacred spaces to contact the life… continue reading

By Mary Marques   May 10, 2018   

Games? We love games! Board games , video games , card games , fantasy role playing games —we'll probably play hundreds of different games throughout our lifetime, but what about… continue reading

By Rachel F.   May 9, 2018   

It’s almost Mother’s Day and for those of us lucky to still have our moms in our lives, or to have had cool moms at all, you'll probably celebrate with maybe some brunch? A mani… continue reading

By Rachel F.   May 8, 2018    2

Sing, read, play, write, and talk with the World Traveling Trunks —cultural-themed toolboxes that celebrate cultures around the globe while enriching our local communities throughout… continue reading

By Mary Marques   May 7, 2018    4

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