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Blog post author Dan Ryan is a Library Supervisor in the Inter-Library Loan department at Parkway Central Library and a participant in Cohort 3 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries… continue reading Inter-Library Loan Department Surveys Patrons

By written by Community-Centered Libraries    September 30, 2019   

All throughout September, we’ve been celebrating National Library Card Sign-Up Month by highlighting some of the amazing, often life-changing things you can do, for free, with your shiny red… continue reading Library Card Sign-Up Month | Library Stories We Love

By written by Kate C.    September 30, 2019   

As we reach the end of our celebration of Banned Books Week 2019 , I’ve been thinking about what kinds of books are typically banned in the United States these days, as well as what kinds… continue reading Banned Books Week | What Gets Censored?

By written by Clare F.    September 27, 2019   

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month , and while we all know that a library card grants you instant access to a treasure trove of books, DVDs, and audiobooks from our catalog , we wanted to… continue reading Library Card Sign-Up Month | You Can Get WHAT at the Library?!

By written by Kate C.    September 27, 2019   

The Free Library’s Instrument Lending Collection turns 3 today and, like any sociable Libra, it stands out in its ability to attract and entertain. What’s changed? There’s been… continue reading The Free Library Toasts Three Years of Instrument Lending with Free Drum Workshops!

By written by Perry G.    September 26, 2019    2

Our Five Senses , an ongoing exhibition in Parkway Central Library 's Dietrich Gallery opened earlier this year, and over the past few months, we've had the honor of sitting down with some… continue reading Our Five Senses | Sampling History: The Whiskeys of Pennsylvania

By written by Chris B.    September 26, 2019    2

Another year, another Banned Books Week ! Each year the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Most Challenged Books  in order to… continue reading Banned Books Week | LGBTQ+ Tween and Children's Edition

By written by Rachel F.    September 26, 2019   

"We wanna be free! We wanna be free to do what we wanna do. We wanna be free to surf the net. We wanna be free to visit websites and access information freely without being hassled by The… continue reading Banned Books Week | A Year Without Net Neutrality

By written by Peter SM    September 25, 2019   

In the United States, many banned books are favored by teachers and students for the same reasons others want to hide them from view. What an educator sees as a difficult and important… continue reading Beyond Banned Books | Exploring Threatened Themes Further

By written by Clare F.    September 24, 2019   

F. Scott Fitzgerald would be 123 years old today, if human beings commonly lived to this age and had he not been a self-destructive parvenu , much like his most famous character. In fact, F. Scott… continue reading Happy Birthday, F. Scott Fitzgerald

By written by Kaitlyn F.    September 24, 2019   

If you've been in Center City recently, you can't walk 10 feet without finding Cannabidiol or CBD advertised on merchandise ranging from lotions and potions to patches and… continue reading The ABCs of CBD

By written by Abbe K.    September 24, 2019    1

As someone who not-so-patiently awaits the arrival of fall every year, I’m elated that today is the autumnal equinox. This wonderful first day of fall is one of my favorite holidays. It… continue reading An Autumnal State of Mind

By written by Christine M.    September 23, 2019   

The first guitar Bruce Springsteen used was rented from Diehl’s Music in Freehold, NJ, until the 7-year-old future rock star felt he had no skill for the instrument and that he could no… continue reading Happy 70th Birthday, Bruce Springsteen!

By written by Kaitlyn F.    September 23, 2019   

Hey, library lovers! Another Banned Books Week is upon us, this year extending from September 22-28, as libraries around the country join forces with the American Library Association (ALA)’s… continue reading Banned Books Week | Celebrate Your Freedom to Read!

By written by Kate C.    September 23, 2019   

Established in 1981 by the United Nations and celebrated each year on September 21, International Day of Peace (unofficially known as World Peace Day) is devoted to encouraging the world to… continue reading Celebrate International Day of Peace with These Inspiring Films

By written by Susanna W.    September 20, 2019   

This week marks the launch of the  Languages and Learning Center at Parkway Central Library , a center dedicated to supporting the individual learning goals of Philadelphia’s adults.… continue reading Languages and Learning Center | Hearing from Our Adult Learners

By written by Lindsay S.    September 20, 2019   

Part of the excitement of creating the exhibition  Our Five Senses was having the opportunity to curate a show featuring living authors and illustrators. These artists can be found… continue reading Our Five Senses | A Conversation with Author and Illustrator Angela Dominguez

By written by Chris B.    September 19, 2019   

A figure in red slowly lifts her arms. She sweeps them out to either side of her body, continuing to lift them until they form a straight line with her shoulders. For a moment, the figure is… continue reading Dancing on the Rooftops: Trisha Brown Dance Company Comes to the Parkway Central Library

By written by Clare F.    September 19, 2019   

by Guest Author: Naomie Nyanungo  - Senior Director, Office of Adult Education       If you are an adult education practitioner or adult learner in Philadelphia, you are… continue reading Congratulations on the Launch of the Languages and Learning Center!

By written by Naomie N.    September 18, 2019   

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