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Happy (almost) Leap Day! That’s right, tomorrow is that special bonus day that comes around once every four years. The date of February 29 is added in various solar calendars, including the… continue reading Spend Your Leap Day at the Free Library!

By written by Kate C.    February 28, 2020   

Our adult selections for March are decidedly serious and topical, dealing with opioid addiction, racial bias, and living under despotism... while our teen and children’s selections are full… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in March!

By written by Paul A.    February 28, 2020   

The Philadelphia Flower Show was the first public flower show held in the U.S. and it has become the largest and longest-running flower show in the world. The seed that became the Philadelphia… continue reading Oldest, Biggest, Best: A History of the Philadelphia Flower Show

By written by Sally F.    February 27, 2020   

Fire up your computer or smart device—it's Digital Learning Day ! Of course, every day is Digital Learning Day at the Free Library—all you need is a library card and you can gain… continue reading Every Day is Digital Learning Day at the Free Library!

By written by Peter SM    February 27, 2020   

Aren’t cover letters a thing of the past? Shouldn’t we be able to do away with them now that most job applications are online? The answer is no to both questions, and these here are… continue reading Cover Letters Uncovered!

By written by Karen H.    February 26, 2020   

I learned so much at a recent One Book, One Philadelphia   panel about the relationship between food, memory, and economic justice. The conversation centered on what it means to… continue reading One Book, Many Voices Community Dinner at Cobbs Creek Library

By written by Brittanie S.    February 26, 2020   

The Free Library is well into the third year of our Skills for Community-Centered Libraries training program, and we continue to learn from our six national partners as they test the workshop… continue reading Community Engagement with National Partners

By written by Community-Centered Libraries    February 25, 2020   

Every year, Mardi Gras brings together revelers in New Orleans and beyond to carry on the traditions of celebration that began in medieval times. Whether you take to the streets to join a parade… continue reading Drinks to Celebrate Mardi Gras!

By written by Suzanna U.    February 25, 2020   

For this month's Digital Media Spotlight , we are celebrating Black History Month and the lives and achievements of African Americans in film, music, literature, and other multimedia, all… continue reading Digital Media Spotlight: Black History Month

By written by Peter SM    February 24, 2020   

Note: all remaining AARP Tax Prep events have been cancelled. Do you shudder at the thought of April 15 and wring your hands during the annual financial ritual? You are not alone. Taxes are… continue reading Don't Panic! Get Free Tax Filing Help from AARP!

By written by Abbe K.    February 21, 2020   

I know its Black History Month, and we have a ton of programs  and resources  to share and celebrate, but February always makes me think of the title of N.K. Jemisin’s… continue reading Visions of Black Future Month During Black History Month

By written by Rachel F.    February 21, 2020   

Please note: All Census Champion Trainings from now until March 30 have been cancelled.   Do you want to work toward a better future for our city? Are you a trusted member of your community,… continue reading 2020 Census: Get Involved at the Free Library!

By written by Clare F.    February 20, 2020    1

On Thursday, February 20 , David W. Young will appear at Parkway Central Library to discuss his book, Battles of Germantown: Effective Public History in America .  Many Philadelphia residents… continue reading What is "Public History", Anyway?

By written by Nina C.    February 19, 2020   

Have you been on the lookout for children’s books with little faces like the ones you love? This booklist offers ten of our favorite children’s books, from Coretta Scot King Book Award… continue reading Black History Month | A Boys Booklist for Toddlers!

By written by Gennifer R.    February 19, 2020    1

The Languages and Learning Center offers relevant and engaging programs and resources for English language learners. Here are 7 great ways we can help you learn, improve, and speak English!  … continue reading 7 Great Ways to Improve Your English at the Free Library

By written by Lindsay S.    February 18, 2020    1

During Black History Month, the Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement (OBME) is hosting a series on Black Generational Wealth , in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Commerce… continue reading Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap and Building Up Black Generational Wealth

By written by Peter SM    February 18, 2020    2

Ah those intense feelings of first love and sexual awakening – how heady and confusing and exhilarating! In ye olde school times when I was growing up, any books (or movies or television… continue reading Consent is Romantic!

By written by Rachel F.    February 14, 2020   

It’s our valentine to the city we love: We’ve gone fine-free! That’s right: As of today, the Free Library of Philadelphia no longer charges fines for overdue materials! The new… continue reading Say Goodbye to Overdue Fines at the Free Library!

By written by Kate C.    February 14, 2020    28

***Updated 3:45 p.m. March 4, 2020: Due to the evolving nature and recommendations about the COVID-19 coronavirus, parts of this post may be out of date. For the latest information from the Health… continue reading Everything You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

By written by Administrator    February 13, 2020    2

As part of our ongoing series of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Faith Smallwood, an Administrative… continue reading Meet Your Library Staff: Faith Smallwood - Regional Operations Center

By written by Kate C.    February 13, 2020   

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