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Call me Ishmael. It’s one of the most famous sentences in U.S. literature—and the opening statement of what is often called "the great American novel": Herman Melville… continue reading The Free Library Celebrates Herman Melville’s Bicentennial

By written by Clare F.    November 4, 2019   

After finally graduating this year, I didn’t think that I would ever want to read another book again. Being assigned books to read that are of little interest to you tends to ruin the desire… continue reading Explore Your Love of Books and Find Your Next Favorite!

By written by Kamilah C.    November 1, 2019    1

If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, our November selections should be be of interest. There are sci-fi, fantasy, and amazing true stories that will capture your imagination… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in November!

By written by Paul A.    November 1, 2019   

We’re back for another edition of Picture Book Highlights – a series where we put the spotlight on a book that has been ordered for all neighborhood libraries . This time we have a… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller

By written by Monica C.    October 31, 2019   

Howllo Boils and Ghouls!, Welcome back to the Free Library of Phrightadelphia's blog, on this most haunted of holidays— Halloween ! It would seem to be that 2019 is the Year of the… continue reading Monstermania!: A Monstrous Halloween Playlist

By written by Peter SM    October 31, 2019    1

Squash is one of those wonderful, hearty foods that last throughout the colder seasons, and comes in many intriguing shapes and sizes. It serves as a point of literary intrigue, a cultural… continue reading The Pumpkin on the Plate

By written by Gennifer R.    October 30, 2019   

Blog post author Lynn Williamson is the Chief of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Neighborhood Library Services Division, the Project Manager of “Skills for Community-Centered… continue reading Reflections on Year 2 of Skills for Community-Centered Libraries

By written by Community-Centered Libraries    October 30, 2019   

On Friday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m., two unique features of the Richmond Library will come together in the form of "For the Love of Bees," a free piano concert by avant-guard composer… continue reading Richmond Library to Host "For the Love of Bees" Avant-Garde Piano Concert

By written by Amy T.    October 29, 2019   

Election Day is Tuesday, November 5 throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. During this general election, Philadelphians will elect a Mayor, 10 District Council and Seven Council at-Large… continue reading Election Day is Tuesday, November 5

By written by Jenn D.    October 29, 2019   

This year, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) declared the month of October: TeenTober ! It’s a time to celebrate and highlight Teen Services in libraries nationwide. This… continue reading What Will You Discover at the Free Library This TeenTober?

By written by Kris L.    October 28, 2019   

One of my favorite poetry presses recently printed out bookmarks that said: "Who needs poetry?" This question was a little tongue in cheek, but I think, in earnest, a valid question.… continue reading Poetry Comes to the Free Library This Fall

By written by Hannah B.    October 28, 2019   

We know that not everyone is lucky enough to live in Philadelphia. For those who aren’t able to make it to our diverse line-up of author talks in person—no worries! You can now watch… continue reading Introducing the Free Library’s Author Events YouTube Channel!

By written by Author Events    October 25, 2019    2

Somehow, November is just days away and we can't help but start to think about Thanksgiving. Here at the Free Library, we’re thankful for YOU! It’s true! No matter how you use the… continue reading Cook Up a Sweet Recipe with the Free Library This Fall!

By written by Kate C.    October 25, 2019   

"Today I plan on taking steps that go beyond being a part of the conversation, but a part of the solution," Sixers forward Tobias Harris said as he kicked off his 2019 Community Draft .… continue reading 76ers' Tobias Harris Donates Money to Read by 4th at Community Draft!

By written by Enni A.    October 24, 2019    3

There could not be a more natural community-centered initiative pairing than the Paschalville Partnership ’s Community Catalyst Initiative and Read by 4th . Last month, these initiatives… continue reading Community-Centered Groups Come Together to Promote Literacy in Southwest Philadelphia

By written by Administrator    October 24, 2019   

If Blk Girl Soldier by Jamila Woods has been your anthem for the past few years... then you might be ready for the following booklist! Feeling telepathic? Step into this selection of *Black Girl… continue reading Black Girl Magic

By written by Gennifer R.    October 23, 2019   

Archives shield us from a world saturated with fake news and misinformation. But what are archives? How are they different from libraries? Where are they? How do they work? How are they… continue reading Design in the Archives: A Free Evening of Fun and Learning for All Ages!

By written by Joe S.    October 21, 2019   

by Peter SM and Dena H. Imagine stepping into an alternate universe where not everything is as it seems, animals—known as dæmons —can talk and act like humans, and a mysterious… continue reading His Dark Materials Screenings and Scavenger Hunts!

By written by Administrator    October 21, 2019    1

At the beginning of each month, we highlight all the great new titles —books, ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and music—that have been added to our catalog and will be available to check… continue reading Digital Media Highlights October 2019 | Streaming Screams Just in Time for Halloween!

By written by Peter SM    October 18, 2019    2

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