Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens! The celebrated author was born February 7, 1812 in Landport near the city of Portsmouth, England. Dickens professional writing career began in the early… continue reading

By Joe S.   February 7, 2019   

It’s Laura Ingalls Wilder's Birthday today, February 7, and like many people born in the 1970s and who grew up in the 1980s, I read (and by read, I mean devoured) the Little House on the… continue reading

By Rachel F.   February 7, 2019    5

Storm Rhodes is a Library Assistant at the David Cohen Ogontz Library , and a member of Cohort 1 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries training. In this post, she shares what she has… continue reading

By Community-Centered Libraries   February 6, 2019   

February is Black History Month – an annual commemoration that recognizes and celebrates the heritage, culture, contributions and achievements of African Americans to American history and… continue reading

By Monica C.   February 6, 2019   

Long before Comic-Con , long before the Hugo and Nebula awards, long before the sci-fi superhero film Black Panther made $1.3 billion dollars globally and became one of the highest grossing… continue reading

By Violet L.   February 5, 2019   

Teens at the  Philadelphia City Institute (PCI) Library are diving deep into big issues this month through the Teen Reading Lounge (TRL) program . Program participants are… continue reading

By Erin H.   February 4, 2019   

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia as we celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Pig! Chinese New Year is a fifteen-day celebration which starts on the new moon (also known as Lunar new… continue reading

By Administrator   February 4, 2019   

Julius Bittner was born in Vienna in 1874, growed up just outside of his hometown, and died in that same town in January 1939. He was pretty much immediately forgotten after his death. Well, in… continue reading

By Fleisher Collection   February 1, 2019   

With February being Black History Month , may we suggest some new adult, teen, and children’s titles by African American authors, including the latest by Angie Thomas (the author of The Hate… continue reading

By Paul A.   February 1, 2019   

On a cold winter day 125 years ago, only two hours from here in West Orange, New Jersey, Thomas Edison  completed construction on the Black Maria , (pronounced… continue reading

By Violet L.   January 31, 2019   

Concept books are a type of picture book that introduces basic ideas, or concepts, to young children. They are sometimes described as informational picture books for preschoolers. These books play… continue reading

By Monica C.   January 31, 2019   

by Erme C. Maula, Read by 4th Reading Captain Heading into my Reading Captain training, I didn’t know what to expect. I had wanted to get involved in my community by doing something that I… continue reading

By Administrator   January 30, 2019   

What’s the difference between hearing and listening? Kirsten, our instructor from the Drexel Writers’ Room , asked us this question last week in a workshop inspired by Sing, Unburied,… continue reading

By Brittanie S.   January 30, 2019   

The Free Library of Philadelphia is proud to celebrate Black History Month throughout the month of February, with extensive programming set to take place in neighborhood libraries across the city… continue reading

By Kate C.   January 29, 2019    5

The newest batch of must-read titles for children and young adults has been chosen once again to receive the Youth Media Awards ! The American Library Association's yearly event , held this… continue reading

By Peter SM   January 29, 2019   

Changes are coming Today, January 28, 2019, marks the start of the new tax season. With the full roll out of P.L. 115-97, the new  federal tax law , you will need to prepare for some… continue reading

By Marija G.   January 28, 2019    2

We are excited to share the news that the Free Library will be at the African American Children's Book Fair again this year! Founded and organized by Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati, the African… continue reading

By Molly B.   January 25, 2019   

Earlier this week, the City of Philadelphia announced efforts to help federal workers affected by the current government shutdown. Mayor Kenney is encouraging furloughed workers and those working… continue reading

By Kate C.   January 25, 2019   

The Free Library’s Musical Instrument Collection (MIC) celebrated its second birthday back in September 2018 and our collection keeps rolling on! It’s been a big 2 years for the MIC,… continue reading

By Perry G.   January 24, 2019    6

Concept books are a type of picture book that introduces basic ideas, or concepts, to young children. They are sometimes described as informational picture books for preschoolers. These books play… continue reading

By Monica C.   January 23, 2019   

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