May, among other things, is Mental Health Awareness Month —so this is a great time to discuss and reduce the stigma around mental illness. Millions of people in the United States and around… continue reading

By Rachel F.   May 15, 2019   

In preparation for the opening of Our Five Senses , a new exhibition running now through November 2 in Parkway Central Library's Dietrich Gallery , we've had the honor of sitting down with… continue reading

By Chris B.   May 14, 2019   

If you follow us here on the blog or on social media , you may be familiar with our new #MyFreeLibrary campaign. With 54 neighborhood library locations across the city and over 30,000 events and… continue reading

By Kate C.   May 13, 2019    1

With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, we wanted to share a classic no-bake, no-heat recipe that can be made by children in honor of this auspicious holiday. Who remembers bringing crispy… continue reading

By Suzanna U.   May 10, 2019   

War runs on credit and the money it produces. Without money, weapons can’t be bought, ships can’t be built, soldiers can’t be fed, and the war is lost. In the first 100 years of… continue reading

By Sally F.   May 9, 2019   

Summer is right around the corner and the Culinary Literacy Center is looking forward to another season of Summer Thyme Cooks! This year we are offering a week-long library and cooking program for… continue reading

By Shayna M.   May 8, 2019   

Ah mothers and motherhood – such a beautiful and serene time, where everything is so easy and uncomplicated, right? Ha! All of the moms I know, including my friends, coworkers, and even my… continue reading

By Rachel F.   May 8, 2019   

This past week, the Culinary Literacy Center piloted our very first Spanish-language cooking class: Edible Alphabet en Español! In this class, we used the model of Edible Alphabet: Learn… continue reading

By Lindsay S.   May 7, 2019   

Free Library cardholders know that the library is a passport to literacy, learning, and curiosity. But did you know that the Free Library can also assist your actual travels around our city, our… continue reading

By Clare F.   May 7, 2019   

Sa-de Brown is a Library Assistant at Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library and a participant in Cohort 2 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries trainings. "Life is a… continue reading

By Community-Centered Libraries   May 6, 2019    2

This spring and summer are shaping up to be a great time for readers and fans of all things related to comic books! As I'm sure you know and have been bombarded with ads, reviews, and… continue reading

By Peter SM   May 3, 2019   

This Saturday marks that most intergalactic of wordplay holidays... May the 4th Be With You ! Did you know that " Star Wars Fiction " is a subject heading in our online catalog ?… continue reading

By Rachel F.   May 3, 2019   

This year, Free Library Comic Con celebrates its 5th anniversary with our annual event at the Parkway Central Library on May 11, 2019! When you arrive, you’ll first encounter our Vendor Hall… continue reading

By Kris L.   May 2, 2019    2

Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month, begins on May 5. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar and all over the world Muslim families celebrate with daily fasting and prayer. For… continue reading

By Monica C.   May 2, 2019   

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) and Culinary Literacy Center (CLC) will receive a Community Partner Award from Associated Services… continue reading

By Kate C.   May 1, 2019   

What do you think of when you hear the words "May Day"? (And no, I don’t mean the distress call "mayday," which comes from m’aidir , French for "help… continue reading

By Clare F.   May 1, 2019   

Our new title offerings for May are an eclectic bunch, touching on wolves, teenage chefs, Harper Lee, and the strange art and science of decision-making. Read on for our suggestions, available in… continue reading

By Paul A.   April 30, 2019   

Here's some exciting news to close out National Poetry Month : Philadelphia Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera has been selected by the Academy of American Poets as one of 13 recipients of a… continue reading

By Kate C.   April 30, 2019   

Here at the Culinary Literacy Center, we use food as a lens to see and experience the world around us. Unfortunately, the food system we take part in can also mirror larger societal inequities.… continue reading

By Suzanna U.   April 29, 2019    1

On May 13, the Free Library's Special Collections Division will present Our Five Senses , the first family friendly, fully-interactive exhibition at the Free Library. The exhibition connects… continue reading

By Chris B.   April 29, 2019    5

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