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Hey book lovers! Did you know you can read, read, read, with just a tap of your finger — and without ever having to go to the library? Try digital books, also known as e-books! You can… continue reading Everything You Need To Know About Free Library E-Books

By written by Sharyl O.    August 4, 2023    10

We may just be wrapping up the dog days of summer, but a new school year is just around the corner! For Philly families looking for school supplies, we’ve got some hot tips. Each year, the… continue reading Gear Up for Success With Back To School Giveaways!

By written by Emily S.    August 4, 2023    5

August is National Black Business Month! This August, we are highlighting a handful of Philly-based, Black-owned small businesses that are definitely worth checking out. From books, to coffee, to… continue reading Celebrating National Black Business Month: 20 Black-Owned Philly Gems

By written by Birch M.    August 2, 2023    2

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) Rocket Says Speak Up!… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in August!

By written by Rachel F.    July 31, 2023    1

The Science and Wellness Department invites you to explore and learn about health topics in a new program series. Introducing Penn Med's Health Talk Tuesdays !  Skip the waiting room and… continue reading Penn Med's Health Talk Tuesdays

By written by Shane M.    July 31, 2023    1

Would you like to work for one of the largest urban library systems in America? The Free Library of Philadelphia circulates more than eight million items to almost 500,000 patrons and conducts… continue reading We're Hiring Library Facility Guards!

By written by Jenn D.    July 28, 2023    12

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. The… continue reading Cooling Centers Open at Select Libraries from July 27–29, 2023

By written by Bridget G.    July 26, 2023    1

Did you know that Parkway Central Library 's rooftop terrace offers panoramic views overlooking Shakespeare Park, Logan Circle, and the city skyline? On Thursday, July 27 from… continue reading Join the Ravens on the Rooftop on Thursday, July 27!

By written by Kate C.    July 25, 2023   

Philly Career Launch has wrapped up our Spring 2023 career exploration workshops, but we’ll be back in the fall with more programming, so stay tuned! In the meantime, here are three… continue reading Three Things You Can Do This Summer To Boost Your Career

By written by Annette M.    July 24, 2023   

July is Disability Pride Month, celebrating the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in July 1990. It was a landmark legislation that changed the way people with disabilities… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Disability Pride Month

By written by Monica C.    July 20, 2023   

This summer, the Free Library is observing the 50th anniversary of hip hop with a limited-edition library card design commissioned by local artist Akinseye Brown . In honor of this… continue reading 50 Years of Hip Hop: Essential Reading in Genre History

By written by Bridget G.    July 18, 2023   

We here at Youth Services are so proud of our new teen hires! Thanks to PYN, they’ll be with us all summer long. What is PYN? The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) works with strategic… continue reading Teens Working at the Free Library

By written by Emily S.    July 17, 2023    2

In the previous Manga 101 installment, we took a look at the manga genre known as isekai . Now, we’ll continue with an exploration of another popular manga genre: sports! Sports manga as a… continue reading Manga 101: Sports

By written by Meg B.    July 17, 2023    2

It’s summer, and whether you’re lying in a hammock, soaking up the sun at the beach, taking a road trip, or — and we hope this isn’t the case — taking SEPTA to work,… continue reading Enjoy These Free Library Author Events Podcast "Beach Reads"

By written by Jason F.    July 13, 2023   

Neighborhood libraries have been busy this summer happily welcoming our patrons! As we get back to full staffing levels and resume Saturdays at select branches , it has been so wonderful to… continue reading Summer of Wonder: We're Halfway Through!

By written by Emily S.    July 11, 2023   

It's July, it is hot outside, and what could be better than a trip to the beach? Imagine yourself spending a day in the sun, dipping into the ocean, playing in the sand, and having an… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | It's Beach Time!

By written by Monica C.    July 11, 2023   

Artist/Illustrator Akinseye Brown (pronounced Ah-KEEN-shay-yay) was selected to design the 50 Years of Hip-Hop commemorative library card for the Free Library of Philadelphia. Akinseye has over 20… continue reading Funky Five Plus One Questions with Akinseye Brown

By written by Dr. Guy Sims    July 5, 2023    1

This July we are cooling off, enjoying treats, and embarking on adventures! There's a little something for everyone in the following recommendations of new titles! Young Children (up to… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in July!

By written by Rachel F.    June 30, 2023   

July is Disability Pride Month! After years of fighting, on July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law, and Disability rights activists declared the day to be… continue reading Celebrate Disability Pride Month!

By written by Shelley R.    June 30, 2023    2

The Free Library of Philadelphia is thrilled to announce Saturday hours at 10 of our neighborhood library branches for the summer. Beginning Saturday, July 8 to August 26, 2023 , the following… continue reading 10 Neighborhood Free Library Branches Will Be Open on Saturdays

By written by Administrator    June 29, 2023    37

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