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Since 1971, Women’s Equality Day has been celebrated in the United States on August 26. This date was chosen to commemorate both the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment granting women… continue reading Women’s Equality Day

By written by Susanna W.    August 26, 2019   

by Marcela F. and Hua C. The meeting room at the Lawncrest Library was a hub of STEM activities in July and early August. Hua, our Summer Learning Program Specialist, along with Teen Literacy… continue reading A STEM-focused Summer Tech Extravanganza at Lawncrest Library!

By written by Administrator    August 22, 2019   

How do you get email on your new smart device? Who is Vladimir Putin and how did he climb to power as the Soviet Union collapsed around him? What does a smart consumer need to know before signing… continue reading Happy National Senior Citizens Day!

By written by Richard L.    August 21, 2019   

If you’re getting your news mostly from social media, your information diet is probably a little lacking. You might even be consuming fake news , which the New York Times defines as "a… continue reading Are You Reading Fake News?

By written by Jamie B.    August 20, 2019    2

Our Five Senses , a new exhibition in Parkway Central Library 's Dietrich Gallery opened earlier this year, and we had the honor of sitting down with some of the authors and illustrators… continue reading Our Five Senses - A Conversation with Author Jen Bryant

By written by Chris B.    August 19, 2019   

by Suzanna U. and Amy T. The third Saturday in August marks National Honey Bee Day , and the Free Library knows a thing or two about honey bees! Did you know we have quite a few of our own bees… continue reading National Honey Bee Day at the Free Library!

By written by Suzanna U.    August 16, 2019   

Ever been searching for a title on Amazon (or on Google, and then the first search result back gives you a link to Amazon) and wish you could also find out whether that same title is available at… continue reading Library Browser Extension Helps Show Book, ebook, Audiobook, and Movie Catalog Availability on Non-Library Websites

By written by Peter SM    August 13, 2019    5

Meredith McGovern is a Librarian at Falls of Schuylkill Library and a participant in Cohort 3 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries trainings. As a children’s librarian, I work with… continue reading Gardening for Kids Programs Grow Community Connections

By written by Community-Centered Libraries    August 12, 2019   

"Stronger, lighter, safer" was the goal Edward Budd pursued his entire life. Along the way he built the largest manufacturing company in Philadelphia and forever changed the way the… continue reading A History Minute | Fortunes of Philadelphia: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles – The Story of Budd Manufacturing

By written by Sally F.    August 9, 2019    3

The Free Library is committed to connecting with all the residents of Philadelphia. With our Prison & Reentry Services program, we are reaching out to men and women experiencing incarceration… continue reading Incarcerated & Returning Citizens: Sharing Stories and Building Supports

By written by Micaela G.    August 8, 2019    2

Summer at Widener Library has included a whirlwind of educational and entertaining programs, ranging from subjects like science to art and nearly everything in between! Thanks to our friend Miss… continue reading Wonder at Widener Library

By written by Sunita B.    August 8, 2019   

When I first read The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison , at 15 years old, I knew it would haunt me. The story fed my soul—I was shocked at its lovely, yet stinging taste, but realized I had… continue reading Remembering Toni Morrison, 1931–2019

By written by Lo I.    August 7, 2019    11

PA CareerLink® has been partnering with our neighborhood libraries over the past several months in bringing their services closer to our patrons. One of our primary goals is connecting… continue reading PA CareerLink at the Free Library

By written by Michelle Z.    August 6, 2019    3

August is here and Philadelphia City Institute Library will be featuring free summer jazz concerts ! We are pleased to continue this tradition for the fifth year in a row with performances by… continue reading Check Out Free Summer Jazz Concerts at Philadephia City Institute Library Throughout August!

By written by Margaret T.    August 5, 2019   

Did you know that the first week of August is Simplify Your Life Week ? It’s true! In the spirit of clearing your mind and making your life simpler and more organized, we put together a few… continue reading Simplify Your Life with the Free Library!

By written by Kate C.    August 2, 2019    1

August 1, 2019 marked the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville ’s birth. In honor of his bicentennial, we are proud to present American Voyager: Herman Melville at 200 , a new exhibition on… continue reading Happy 200th Birthday, Herman Melville!

By written by Rosa D.    August 2, 2019   

Ever wanted to enjoy the streets of Philadelphia without the hustle and bustle of traffic? This Saturday, August 3, you’ve got that chance as Philly Free Streets returns to North Broad… continue reading Join the Free Library at Philly Free Streets!

By written by Kate C.    August 1, 2019   

In part 2 of interviews conducted around the Trans Writers, Kids, and Books event (you can find our interview with Kyle Lukoff from before the event in an earlier blog post), this time we speak… continue reading Conversations About Queer and Trans Literature with Author Kacen Callender

By written by Naomi S.    July 31, 2019   

Our suggestions for August are notably of the inspirational type – new books about poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou and famous physician Oliver Sacks , as well as a… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in August!

By written by Paul A.    July 31, 2019   

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