The Free Library has loaned over 11,000 Wi-Fi hotspots and tablets to residents of Philadelphia as part of the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Device Lending Program. This program will remain… continue reading Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Device Lending Program
By written by Camille T. March 22, 2022 5
For an artist renowned for his use of color, my first exposure to Ashley Bryan (1923-2022) was the pen and ink drawings in The Dancing Granny . In the 1977 edition published by Atheneum, Mr.… continue reading The Vibrancy and Colors of a Great American Artist: Praising Ashley Bryan
By written by Jeff B. March 22, 2022
It’s that wonderful time of year again, when the birds begin to sing and educators, caregivers, and camp leaders start to wonder: what is this summer going to hold? If you’ll be… continue reading Summer Camp Challenge is Back!
By written by Emily S. March 17, 2022
It is impossible to escape the news of war since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Children hear about it too, and may need help understanding such large scale conflicts and its effect on people:… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Talking about War
By written by Monica C. March 15, 2022 1
Do you enjoy creating things with your hands, be it simple origami shapes, drawing, painting, baking, or even learning and creating code? There are few better ways to explore your creativity… continue reading National Children's Craft Day
By written by Jeff B. March 14, 2022
The Free Library Board of Trustees will be holding a meeting on Friday, March 18, 2022 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. View the upcoming meeting agenda To access the meeting: Join via Zoom with the… continue reading Free Library Board of Trustees Public Meeting on Friday, March 18 at 8:00 a.m.
By written by Administrator March 12, 2022 1
Are you getting ready to celebrate Purim? We have books for you! Purim is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the bravery of Esther and the salvation of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Purim
By written by Monica C. March 11, 2022
If you've spent any time around here, you know we love talking about some of the more unique and unexpected items available for lending at the Free Library! You know, beyond the books, DVDs,… continue reading Tweet, tweet! An Update on the Birding Backpack Program
By written by JoAnne W. March 8, 2022 5
This March, we're celebrating Women's History Month by exploring titles created by and featuring women! Our children's and teen titles feature adventure and inspiration, while our… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in March!
By written by Rachel F. March 7, 2022
March 4th is National Employee Appreciation Day. I wanted to publicly commend our extraordinary staff who continue to keep one of our newest resources alive and well…our Call Center! The… continue reading National Employee Appreciation Day
By written by Jennifer B. March 4, 2022
The bitter cold, short days, and gloomy forecasts of wintertime have got me thinking... how does a person take heart, find courage, and call up the energy to keep going forward? Here are three… continue reading Book Recommendations for Social and Emotional Learning
By written by Jeff B. March 4, 2022 1
"Our goal is to always promote literacy, encourage civic dialog, and amplify community storytelling." – Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia. This year’s One Book, One… continue reading 2022 One Book, One Philadelphia: Sharing Generational Stories
By written by Mary Marques March 3, 2022
Fresh, frozen, sun-dried, freeze-dried, jelly, jam, milk, ice cream, fruit leather, syrup... strawberries are sweet, a treat, and fun to eat! A great source of vitamin C, strawberries… continue reading Nourishing Literacy | Strawberries Are Our Jam!
By written by Shayna M. March 2, 2022 2
This March, celebrate Women’s History Month with the Free Library! Women’s History Month originally began as a celebration of Women’s History Week. Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28… continue reading March Is Women's History Month
By written by Inaara S. March 1, 2022
The John Newbery Award is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2022! Commonly referred to as "The Newbery", the literary award is given each year by the American Library Association… continue reading Award-Winning Black Authors and The Newbery’s 100th Anniversary
By written by Jeff B. February 28, 2022
Philadelphia’s Food Service History is Black History From the Historical Marker Database , photographed by Carolyn Martienssen, June 2015 You might have noticed on South 8th Street a… continue reading Robert Bogle and Philadelphia’s Dynastic Black Caterers
By written by Lane February 25, 2022 1
The Nourishing Literacy team has been creating a short series of audio shares with a focus on children and youth, highlighting skills and qualities that we practice and encourage in the… continue reading Nourishing Literacy | Kitchen Life Skills
By written by Shayna M. February 25, 2022
Many of us may get our news from online sources these days—social media feeds provide a constant source of information about everything from policy proposals, the weather, celebrity news,… continue reading Newspapers: A Guide Into the Past
By written by Inaara S. February 24, 2022
Our podcast archive dates back more than 25 years and features scores of author talks to help you commemorate, celebrate, and reflect on Black History Month. But even in just this past year,… continue reading Black Authors and Voices: Podcasts from the Author Events Archive
By written by Author Events February 23, 2022
Read, Baby, Read is a Free Library initiative focused on encouraging early literacy development among infants and young toddlers under two years old. We work with 12 participating libraries across… continue reading Read, Baby, Read Presents Early Literacy Ideas: Music!
By written by Sarah J. February 22, 2022