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by Jena Harris and Suzanna Urminska "In every race, in every nation and in every clime in every period of history there is always an eager-eyed group of youthful patriots who seriously set… continue reading Reimagining a Recipe for Radical Self Care

By written by Suzanna U.    February 9, 2021   

Quaint boxes equipped with separate compartments, used to store your favorite meals, bento boxes are gaining major popularity in the United States. While they are great for storing… continue reading Bento Boxes: A Sustainable Method for Food On the Go

By written by Naquawna L.    February 8, 2021   

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 Black History Month | Black Generational Wealth Series

By written by Peter SM    February 8, 2021   

The first Saturday of February is Take Your Child to the Library Day! This holiday , invented by two librarians, encourages families to make a trip to their neighborhood library with their young… continue reading There’s Always Something New to Discover at the Free Library!

By written by Emily S.    February 5, 2021   

This February, commemorate Black History Month with books that celebrate the history, culture, and beauty of Black Americans. Written and illustrated by #OwnVoices creators, these books are the… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Black History Month

By written by Monica C.    February 4, 2021    1

Have you seen the movie A League of Their Own ? This famous movie highlights the early years of the Women’s Baseball League in 1943. However, if you were a Negro woman during the 1940s,… continue reading Toni Stone: The First Female Player in the Negro League

By written by Sandy M.    February 4, 2021    1

Librarianship is my second career. I have been a librarian for the past fifteen years and a coordinator for the last five. In this position, I coordinate and manage programs, connect with… continue reading Improving Time Management Skills: How to be Efficient and Productive?

By written by Mary Marques    February 3, 2021   

The Art Department is now hosting a virtual book and art-making club and we're excited to kick off our next topic! Art Book Club Online: Picturing Information starts Tuesday, February 2,… continue reading Art Book Club Online

By written by Alina J.    February 2, 2021    1

Welcome to February and Black History Month 2021! This month we have titles about love & imagination, as well as titles about history and confronting uncomfortable truths about the past.… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in February!

By written by Rachel F.    February 2, 2021   

When I was in grade school, I remember that we would often cover the same people for Black History Month, every year. You know the list: Martin Luther King, Jr. , Rosa Parks , Harriet… continue reading Follow the Free Library on Social Media this February for #BlackHistoryEveryday

By written by Kamilah C.    February 1, 2021    2

"For while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us." Millions watched last month as Amanda Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate and the youngest poet to read… continue reading Black History Month at the Free Library

By written by Andrew N.    February 1, 2021   

Welcome to our second blog post on how to use the Free Library’s website to find books for your family. In the first part of this series, we learned how about how to “narrow… continue reading Tips on Discovering Books and Resources for the Whole Family Through Our Explore Topics

By written by Rachel R.    January 29, 2021   

It’s that time of year again! The 2021 Youth Media Award winners have been announced, honoring this year’s best and brightest titles for children and young adults. Watch Julius C.… continue reading Read a Youth Media Award Winner!

By written by Emily S.    January 28, 2021   

When the Free Library of Philadelphia first started working together to draft a curriculum for the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries project, we never guessed how essential the skills we… continue reading Community-Centered Libraries Are More Important Than Ever

By written by Community-Centered Libraries    January 27, 2021   

Read, Baby, Read is a grant-funded Free Library initiative focused on encouraging early literacy development among infants and young toddlers under two years old. We work with 12 participating… continue reading Read, Baby, Read Presents Early Literacy Ideas: Things That Go!

By written by Sarah J.    January 26, 2021   

The new year brings about an urgency to create new goals, make resolutions, change some of our habits, and look toward the future. This applies not only to our personal lives, but to business as… continue reading Business Librarian and Business Owner: Goal Setting and Planning

By written by Sharontina H.    January 25, 2021   

January 23 happens to be a date of importance for two similar reasons: it is the birthday of John Hancock , who was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence , with his name… continue reading Celebrate National Handwriting Day!

By written by Linda Y.    January 22, 2021   

Sanborn fire insurance maps are available once again through ProQuest’s updated and newly-released database, Sanborn Maps 1867-1970 (formerly known as Sanborn Maps Geo Edition 1867-1970).… continue reading New Release of the ProQuest Sanborn Maps Database

By written by Megan M.    January 21, 2021    4

Thank you to Nourishing Literacy (NL) team member Carolyn for writing this blog post! In addition to sharing her experience and findings, Carolyn has included some of the activities and approaches… continue reading Squash Across Tables

By written by Shayna M.    January 20, 2021    2

Updated Wednesday, January 27, 2021 12:20 p.m. The Wednesday, January 27 Hear Me Out event is now SOLD OUT. Navigating social distancing and splintering ideological differences across Pennsylvania… continue reading Announcing the Upcoming 'Hear Me Out' Civic Dialogue Line-Up!

By written by Irma Q.    January 19, 2021   

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