Did you know that nearly a third of library users visit the Free Library of Philadelphia to look for a new job or learn new skills? This revealing finding was reported in the Free Library’s… continue reading

By Annette M.   October 3, 2018   

Today, it seems that more Americans than ever before are writing poetry, participating in poetry slams, and entering poetry contests. But as we dive (back?) into poetry and draw inspiration from… continue reading

By Richard L.   October 2, 2018   

John Kerry Author Event Livestream Video by Michael Smerconish When Andy Kahan, the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams, Jr., Director of Author Events at the Free Library of Philadelphia invited me to… continue reading

By Author Events   October 2, 2018   

We’ve been busy making friends and creating fun ways to learn together this Fall! Share stories, enjoy family time, and build memories with these 4 reading, writing, and technology events:… continue reading

By Elizabeth K.   October 1, 2018   

Yay October!  Celebrate the end of soggy September with new titles that fit your need for fun or thrills this fall. There’s sci-fi for kids, a teen love story, and for adults we have… continue reading

By Paul A.   October 1, 2018   

The Free Library’s popular rooftop beer garden series, Brews & Views , held in conjunction with Brûlée Catering , is headed back to the Parkway Central Library for a… continue reading

By Kate C.   September 28, 2018   

As we close out our Banned Books Week 2018 coverage , here's a "Fun" fact: According to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom , at least 46 of the… continue reading

By Jenn D.   September 28, 2018   

What better way to celebrate Classical Music Month this September than to perform some of your own music? The Free Library’s Chamber Music Collection can provide you with the materials to… continue reading

By Leanne F.   September 27, 2018   

Many subjects can cause the challenge or ban of a book, especially a book intended for children. Most challenged and banned book instances occur in school libraries and are brought forth from… continue reading

By Mary W.   September 27, 2018   

Not only does Banned Books Week celebrate and advocate for the fREADom to express and share all types of knowledge of the written word, but also raises awareness of another type of censorship that… continue reading

By Peter SM   September 26, 2018   

September is Self-Improvement Month , and if you’ve been thinking about taking steps to become your best self, now is the time. Let the Free Library – and your library card , of course… continue reading

By Kate C.   September 26, 2018   

You probably already know about Free Comic Book Day , celebrated annually on the first Saturday in May at your local comic book store and also at your local library – but do you know about… continue reading

By Rachel F.   September 25, 2018    1

When you think of spelling bees, you probably think back to those elementary school glory days (or, in my case, to an embarrassing misspelling of ‘macaroni’ that nearly ruined fourth… continue reading

By Kate C.   September 25, 2018   

This year, Banned Books Week runs from September 23 to September 29 and in true book-and-idea lovin’ fashion, the Free Library is ready to celebrate the freedom to express and share all… continue reading

By Lo I.   September 24, 2018    2

We’ll soon be bidding farewell to Library Card Sign-Up Month (although, let’s be honest, EVERY month is a good month to get your library card !), but before we do, we wanted to check… continue reading

By Kate C.   September 24, 2018    2

Hypnosis, using its power to heal or influence others, has captured our public imagination long ago. It is a popular and often misunderstood technique that has been used for a variety of things,… continue reading

By Joe S.   September 21, 2018   

From Tuesday, September 25 through Tuesday, October 30, the Public Library Association (PLA) – a division of the American Library Association (ALA) – will be accepting submissions of… continue reading

By Kate C.   September 21, 2018   

The world can be a pretty rough place sometimes. Sad things can happen to you or your friends, to people close by, or to people that live far, far away, all over the world. It’s easy to be… continue reading

By Monica C.   September 20, 2018   

Voting is an exercise in democracy. And no matter where you fall on the political spectrum, if you’re not registered to vote, your voice won’t be heard. Midterms matter! And for these… continue reading

By Kalela W.   September 20, 2018    2

Have you ever read a graphic novel or a comic strip and thought, "I would love to make my own comic... but I don’t know how!" Well, good news! The Free Library has tremendous… continue reading

By Violet L.   September 19, 2018    1

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