Well, that cute little rodent and fellow Pennsylvanian—Punxsutawney Phil— saw his shadow this morning , which means we have to endure another six weeks of winter. I don't think… continue reading

By Peter SM   February 2, 2017   

Last Wednesday night, we officially closed the door on the 2016-2017 One Book, One Philadelphia reading period for  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (although, let’s be… continue reading

By Kate C.   February 1, 2017   

It’s February, cupid is dusting off his bow and arrow, and those chalky-but-delicious conversation hearts are lining supermarket shelves. With love already in the air, we thought it would be… continue reading

By Kate C.   February 1, 2017    23

With a longstanding commitment to promoting new, noteworthy, and overlooked works, the Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music has engaged in musical diplomacy as an integral part of its history.… continue reading

By Gina B.   January 31, 2017   

Every parent's worst nightmare is something bad happening to their child. For Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, that nightmare became a reality when their 17-year-old son, Trayvon Martin, was… continue reading

By Author Events   January 30, 2017    8

The Free Library, along with the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy (OACCE) ’s Percent for Art program , has announced a new site-specific public art commission to be carried… continue reading

By Kate C.   January 30, 2017   

Today is Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day! So, what does that mean? For the last 40 years, an Earned Income Tax Credit has made life better for millions of workers. You may have extra… continue reading

By Kate C.   January 27, 2017    1

On January 28th, we will celebrate the Year of the Rooster at the Free Library! We invite you to explore storytimes, cultural programs, and arts & crafts activities throughout Philadelphia .… continue reading

By Jenny C.   January 26, 2017   

I met Mary Tyler Moore on the TV in my family’s basement somewhere in the late 1980s or early ‘90s, as I poured through repeats of her eponymous sitcom just as fast as Nick at Nite… continue reading

By Alix G.   January 26, 2017   

The 2017 One Book, One Philadelphia kickoff event is set for tonight and marks the 15th year of this beloved Philadelphia tradition. Can you believe it? The very first One Book, One Philadelphia… continue reading

By Kalela W.   January 25, 2017   

Our libraries have a full lineup of programs and activities this February to celebrate the rich intellectual and cultural contributions made by the African American community. We have everything… continue reading

By Jennifer W.   January 24, 2017    2

On Saturday, February 11, 2017, Parkway Central Library welcomes back the United Way and the Campaign for Working Families for our second annual Free Tax Prep & Resource Fair . Community… continue reading

By Adam F.   January 19, 2017    4

His wasn’t an auspicious beginning and his end remains shrouded in mystery... 208 years ago today, Edgar Allan Poe was born to actors David Poe Jr. and Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe, in… continue reading

By Allison F.   January 19, 2017    1

We are just one week away from the kickoff event to the One Book, One Philadelphia 2017 season ! On Wednesday night, January 25, at 7:30 p.m., you are invited to join us in Parkway Central Library… continue reading

By Julie B.   January 18, 2017   

The peaceful transfer of power from one presidential administration to the next is a hallmark of our democracy—and something that Americans take great pride in. The occasion is particularly… continue reading

By Richard L.   January 17, 2017   

As you may still be reflecting back on last year, the Free Library is also looking back at our most borrowed books of 2016. It should come as no surprise that The Girl on the Train by Paula… continue reading

By Jen W.   January 17, 2017    1

While most media attention surrounding films in December is about which ones are vying for Oscar consideration , I always await the announcement of the latest additions to the National Film… continue reading

By Peter SM   January 13, 2017    1

In his farewell address to the nation, President Obama turned to thank First Lady Michelle, his "rock and love" over the years, saying, "You took on a role you didn’t ask for… continue reading

By Author Events   January 12, 2017    3

I have weird memories of being a teenage girl—I’m pretty sure that I thought I was right about everything when maybe I was in actuality not so swift on the uptake. It’s… continue reading

By Rachel F.   January 11, 2017   

Why do I so enjoy working with One Book, One Philadelphia each year? Let me count the ways! For me, this program combines many of the components that I consider to be critical to contemporary… continue reading

By Deborah A.   January 11, 2017   

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