As long as there has been war, there’s been writing about war, whether in poetry or prose, exploring not only its glory and valor but its brutality and cost. "The Great War"… continue reading

By Alex B.   January 10, 2019   

As we begin 2019 and await the One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff , I’ve been re-reading Sing, Unburied, Sing and thinking about its outward effects. Many people have called Jesmyn Ward… continue reading

By Brittanie S.   January 9, 2019   

Concept books are a type of picture book that introduces basic ideas, or concepts, to young children. They are sometimes described as informational picture books for preschoolers. These books play… continue reading

By Monica C.   January 8, 2019   

2018 was a super busy year for YA books being adaptated into movies: The Hate U Give , To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before , Dumplin ’ , and so many others . (p.s. I have some… continue reading

By Rachel F.   January 7, 2019   

The late and great Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell once sang, "Ain’t nothing like the real thing baby." These words hold true for how to best experience our material culture. People… continue reading

By Joe S.   January 7, 2019    1

Tomorrow is National Bird Day and it's making me reflect on my connection with birds and nature in general. I’ve never been able to have a relationship with birds growing up in the city.… continue reading

By Kamilah C.   January 4, 2019   

I have a confession to make—I am that friend who always wants to get a trivia team together on a Tuesday night. I’m also that kid who read Trivial Pursuit cards for fun to see if I… continue reading

By Christine M.   January 4, 2019    2

As we go to air it’s the beginning of January, which means we’re still in the Christmas season, which also means I have no compunction about playing some Christmas music for… continue reading

By Fleisher Collection   January 4, 2019   

What is a concept book?  Concept books are a type of picture book that introduces basic ideas, or concepts, to young children. They are sometimes described as informational picture books for… continue reading

By Monica C.   January 3, 2019   

Starting January 6, Literacy Lab will return to Northeast Regional Library for the 2018-2019 school year! Previously piloted as the Sunday Literacy Program during the 2016-2017 school… continue reading

By Molly B.   January 3, 2019   

As the sun has set on 2018, let’s cast our gaze ever forward to a new year and a new author events schedule. Over here in Author Events, people have been asking, "Hey! What’s on… continue reading

By Author Events   January 2, 2019   

January is an especially good month to cozy up in a comfy chair with a warm cup and read a good book or watch a good movie and forget about what’s going on outside. Whether you’re… continue reading

By Paul A.   January 2, 2019   

‘Tis the season for setting goals and thinking about the person you want to become in the new year! Good news: the Free Library of Philadelphia can help when it comes to making that New… continue reading

By Kate C.   December 31, 2018    5

As another year comes to a close, I'm looking back on one of my favorite hobbies: reading comic books! Whether they were new stand-alone stories, retro reissue collections, original… continue reading

By Peter SM   December 28, 2018   

As we wind down the year that was 2018 and look forward to what 2019 may have in store, wordsmiths, Scrabble players, and those who are just looking to add some new flavor to their vocabulary can… continue reading

By Peter SM   December 28, 2018   

It's that time of year again where everything seems to slow down between the holidaze and my mind and free time turns to my never-ending "to-watch" list. There's few greater joys… continue reading

By Peter SM   December 27, 2018   

A historian whose "discipline is worthy of a first-class detective" ( New York Review of Books ), Jill Lepore is the author of the National Book Award finalist Book of Ages , the… continue reading

By Administrator   December 26, 2018   

Are you looking for activities to keep your children engaged over Winter Break? Check out these diverse programs taking place in Free Library locations around the city. We have events for… continue reading

By Molly B.   December 26, 2018   

This time of year, so many people are caught up in the spirit of giving—from giving gifts to loved ones, to giving back to their communities. I can’t think of a better way to get into… continue reading

By Alexa L.   December 21, 2018   

I’m staring with dread at the slog of ever-colder, ever-shorter days upon us. I do not "just love sweater weather." I "just love" some palm trees and ocean breezes. Alas.… continue reading

By Alix G.   December 21, 2018   

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