Get ready for a rare celestial happening in the universe (well, at least our known universe ), as a Solar Eclipse will be taking place throughout North American on August 21. But what exactly is a… continue reading

By Peter SM   August 14, 2017    2

Relatively few Americans have ever visited or know much about Russia, North Korea, and Turkey. Yet, each passing day seems to bring additional evidence that these nations are working to thwart… continue reading

By Richard L.   August 14, 2017    3

by Annette Mattei Did you know that close to 30 percent of adults who visit the Free Library come here to look for jobs? Moreover, That’s according to a Pew survey conducted in 2012 , 40… continue reading

By Administrator   August 11, 2017    2

I don’t remember how I first heard about Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden , but what I do remember is that I immediately set out to get a copy by any means necessary. I was a 16-year-old… continue reading

By Kristina L.   August 10, 2017   

That's right, today is Book Lovers Day, and you know the Free Library wouldn’t miss the chance to celebrate! In honor of such a momentous occasion, our staff shared what a perfect day of… continue reading

By Kate C.   August 9, 2017   

Almost 100 years before Ellis Island, Philadelphia established The Lazaretto Station. It became the point of entry for all ships and passengers arriving during the quarantine season of June… continue reading

By Sally F.   August 7, 2017    5

The Summer of Wonder is happening across the city at every Free Library of Philadelphia location . It’s also happening online through the end of August. But did you know that the Summer of… continue reading

By Becky F.   August 4, 2017   

Zinio, our digital magazine service, is now RBdigital Magazines . The great selection of currnet newsstand magazines including the New Yorker , the Economist , Bon Appetit , National… continue reading

By Jamie W.   August 4, 2017    1

Saturday, August 5, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. William Schuman (1910–1992). New England Triptych: Three Pieces for Orchestra after William Billings (1956) Schuman . Symphony No. 7… continue reading

By Fleisher Collection   August 4, 2017   

I have always been fascinated by wild animals. We are not alone in this world – we have always shared it with animals: big and small, domesticated and wild. We are surrounded by life… continue reading

By Monica C.   August 3, 2017   

You all know me well enough to understand that my love of mysteries runs deep . Real deep. And so, this Throwback Thursday I’m going back to where it all began—River Heights, a town in… continue reading

By Alix G.   August 3, 2017    1

It’s August and the first day of school is approaching fast. You’ve finally unearthed your Summer Reading lists , determined to read the book(s) and complete the assignments. There are… continue reading

By Christina P.   August 2, 2017   

August is Family Fun Month , and the Free Library has some ideas for you and your family to celebrate together, library-style! Check it out: Enjoy Oval+ programs in the newly-reopened Right… continue reading

By Kate C.   August 2, 2017    2

Have you been participating in the Free Library’s Summer of Wonder program? You still have time to sign up! The in-person program ends on August 4, but runs online through August 31. Sign up… continue reading

By Sarah S.   August 1, 2017   

It’s getting hot out there, huh? As we all try our best to deal with the rising temperatures, don’t forget that the Free Library of Philadelphia is a great place to cool off during… continue reading

By Kate C.   August 1, 2017   

The new selections coming in August to a Free Library location near you are (mostly) about battling foes—whether they be villains and enemies, a brother, or maybe dots. They make for good… continue reading

By Paul A.   July 31, 2017    2

This year, the Summer of Wonder program has teamed up with the Rosenbach Museum to offer family-friendly fun for the whole season! The Rosenbach is a quirky little place located near Rittenhouse… continue reading

By Emilie P.   July 28, 2017   

We like to celebrate Beatrix Potter every day here in the Rare Book Department , but today is her 151st birthday, so it's extra-special. You probably remember Peter Rabbit and his… continue reading

By Caitlin G.   July 28, 2017    1

Eastwick Library has a new garden thanks to Bartram’s Garden and our area children. In partnership with Leslie Gale, Bartram’s Garden's educator, children have been busy this year… continue reading

By Amy H.   July 27, 2017   

James Joyce’s Ulysses and its reputation were not unknown to me before my tenure as Facilities Manager at the Rosenbach . The running joke I had with my friends as I was going through the… continue reading

By Christina D.   July 27, 2017   

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