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"A community is healthy when relationships are felt deeply, when there are histories of trust, a shared sense of mutual belonging, norms of mutual commitments, habits of mutual assistance,… continue reading Book Fiesta Strives to Connect Libraries and Communities in South Philadelphia!

By written by Mary Marques    October 8, 2019    1

It seems like just yesterday that thousands of Philadelphians were reading and discussing Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing , the 2019 One Book, One Philadelphia selection. There is still… continue reading This Year’s One Book, One Philadelphia Selection is…

By written by Brittanie S.    October 7, 2019    2

Nourishing Literacy is the Culinary Literacy Center ’s set of programs that connect youth, teachers, and caregivers to the library through educational cooking opportunities. We offer school… continue reading Nourishing Literacy 2019/2020 Registration Now Open to School Classrooms!

By written by Shayna M.    October 4, 2019   

Now that the new school year is up and running, LEAP would like to welcome students back to school! LEAP provides a safe and supportive afterschool environment for school-age patrons grades K… continue reading What's New with LEAP?

By written by Emily S.    October 3, 2019   

Looking for the Nonprofit Job Listings? We’re changing things up a little bit! Moving forward, instead of a weekly list of jobs, we will be sharing useful resources and upcoming events for… continue reading Do Something Great: Find Your Next Nonprofit Job!

By written by Caitlin S.    October 2, 2019    7

Greetings friends, October is here once again! Time for jack-o'-lantern carving, horror movie marathons, and over-the-top Halloween decorations. Looking to add a healthy dose of horror to your… continue reading Creepy Comics for October Nights

By written by Ned W.    October 2, 2019   

Earlier this summer, we kicked off an exciting new series in collaboration with Mural Arts Philadelphia . Each Artists in Conversation event brought two artists to the library,… continue reading Artist Talks Hosted by the Free Library's Art Department

By written by Alina J.    October 1, 2019   

Our October suggestions are a mix of fantasy, history, romance, health, and adventure—truly, something for everyone—and they’re all coming to a neighborhood library near you this… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in October!

By written by Paul A.    October 1, 2019    1

Blog post author Dan Ryan is a Library Supervisor in the Inter-Library Loan department at Parkway Central Library and a participant in Cohort 3 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries… continue reading Inter-Library Loan Department Surveys Patrons

By written by Community-Centered Libraries    September 30, 2019   

All throughout September, we’ve been celebrating National Library Card Sign-Up Month by highlighting some of the amazing, often life-changing things you can do, for free, with your shiny red… continue reading Library Card Sign-Up Month | Library Stories We Love

By written by Kate C.    September 30, 2019   

As we reach the end of our celebration of Banned Books Week 2019 , I’ve been thinking about what kinds of books are typically banned in the United States these days, as well as what kinds… continue reading Banned Books Week | What Gets Censored?

By written by Clare F.    September 27, 2019   

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month , and while we all know that a library card grants you instant access to a treasure trove of books, DVDs, and audiobooks from our catalog , we wanted to… continue reading Library Card Sign-Up Month | You Can Get WHAT at the Library?!

By written by Kate C.    September 27, 2019   

The Free Library’s Instrument Lending Collection turns 3 today and, like any sociable Libra, it stands out in its ability to attract and entertain. What’s changed? There’s been… continue reading The Free Library Toasts Three Years of Instrument Lending with Free Drum Workshops!

By written by Perry G.    September 26, 2019    2

Our Five Senses , an ongoing exhibition in Parkway Central Library 's Dietrich Gallery opened earlier this year, and over the past few months, we've had the honor of sitting down with some… continue reading Our Five Senses | Sampling History: The Whiskeys of Pennsylvania

By written by Chris B.    September 26, 2019    2

Another year, another Banned Books Week ! Each year the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Most Challenged Books  in order to… continue reading Banned Books Week | LGBTQ+ Tween and Children's Edition

By written by Rachel F.    September 26, 2019   

"We wanna be free! We wanna be free to do what we wanna do. We wanna be free to surf the net. We wanna be free to visit websites and access information freely without being hassled by The… continue reading Banned Books Week | A Year Without Net Neutrality

By written by Peter SM    September 25, 2019   

In the United States, many banned books are favored by teachers and students for the same reasons others want to hide them from view. What an educator sees as a difficult and important… continue reading Beyond Banned Books | Exploring Threatened Themes Further

By written by Clare F.    September 24, 2019   

F. Scott Fitzgerald would be 123 years old today, if human beings commonly lived to this age and had he not been a self-destructive parvenu , much like his most famous character. In fact, F. Scott… continue reading Happy Birthday, F. Scott Fitzgerald

By written by Kaitlyn F.    September 24, 2019   

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