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December is Learn a Foreign Language Month and we’re celebrating at the Free Library. Many languages are in danger of dying out and estimates show about 3,000 languages becoming lost before… continue reading Endangered Language Spotlight: The Okinawan Languages

By written by Kim M.    December 28, 2023   

It's the 12th annual list of my favorite books — the 2023 edition! This year was a good reading year; I read over 300 books for the first time since 2019 (although my TV watching… continue reading Dena's Favorite Books of 2023

By written by Dena    December 27, 2023    1

The Parkway Central Children’s Department has a fun tradition of giving our favorite books very specific awards crafted just for them, and here they are! These are our best reads of 2023.… continue reading The Central Children's Department Best Books for 2023

By written by Administrator    December 27, 2023    1

December includes International Volunteer Day — which takes place on December 5th — but here at the Free Library, we celebrate our volunteers all year round! Many of the programs… continue reading My Experience Volunteering with the Free Library

By written by Marjorie S.    December 20, 2023   

Can you believe the holidays are here already? We can't! Although it can be the most wonderful time of the year in many ways, this time of year can also bring stress as you ponder your… continue reading Last-Minute Gift Ideas from the Free Library Foundation

By written by Kate C.    December 20, 2023   

2024 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Since its inception in 1949, Rare Books has prided itself on providing a warm and welcoming… continue reading The Rare Book Department's 75th Anniversary Event Series

By written by Joe S.    December 20, 2023   

On the second-floor gallery of Parkway Central Library as part of the exhibition The Art and Influence of John Dowell , there is a tribute to the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles. It… continue reading The Revolutionary June Wayne and Tamarind Lithography Workshop

By written by Karen K.    December 19, 2023   

December is National Learn a Foreign Language Month, but Languages and Learning at the Free Library celebrates language learning all year! Here in Philadelphia, over 180 different languages are… continue reading December is Learn a Foreign Language Month

By written by Meredith M.    December 19, 2023   

In our Manga 101 series , we’ve covered a lot of manga-related topics. We looked at some commonly asked questions , explored demographic categories , reviewed several popular manga genres,… continue reading Manga 101: Manga and Beyond at the Free Library

By written by Meg B.    December 18, 2023    1

We were pleased to offer our community so many new Electronic Resources/Databases this year! Here are all of the new resources introduced since January 1, 2023:   Films to Stream : Kanopy… continue reading Celebrating Our New Electronic Resources of 2023

By written by Sharyl O.    December 18, 2023   

As the holiday season bears down upon us with what feels like (almost) no warning, we will soon ring in 2024 as if this past calendar year were just a blink of an eye. While it may feel like it… continue reading The Top Titles Checked Out from the Free Library in 2023

By written by Bridget G.    December 13, 2023    1

The holidays are a great time to support local businesses! No matter who you're shopping for this holiday season, Philly's commercial corridors are the perfect place to check off your… continue reading Shop Small in Philly for the Holidays

By written by Birch M.    December 12, 2023   

A Kwanzaa Keepsake by Dr. Jessica B. Harris, author of High on the Hog , is an invitation to honor, connect, create, and cook. Besides the cooking, it may move you to gather family recipes to… continue reading A Kwanzaa Keepsake: Celebrating with New Traditions and Feasts

By written by Aurora S.    December 11, 2023   

Did you know December is National Write a Business Plan Month? The Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC) is a great place to start your business planning journey. What is the BRIC? The… continue reading December is Write A Business Plan Month!

By written by Birch M.    December 5, 2023   

The  Free Library Board of Trustees  will be holding its second meeting of FY24 on Friday, December 8, 2023, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. View the upcoming meeting agenda.   To… continue reading Free Library Board of Trustees Public Meeting on Friday, December 8 at 8 a.m.

By written by Administrator    December 1, 2023   

At the Free Library, we believe that the holidays should be a time filled with warmth, wonder, and shared experiences for everyone, regardless of age or interests. With this in mind, we've… continue reading Handpicked Holiday Entertainment for All Ages From Our Catalog

By written by Bridget G.    November 29, 2023   

Happy Giving Tuesday ! This worldwide movement is an opportunity for people everywhere to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and support their communities. Here at the… continue reading Support the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation on Giving Tuesday

By written by Kate C.    November 28, 2023   

Join the Free Library this holiday season at Philadelphia’s authentic German Christmas market, presented by Bank of America! Christmas Village will light up LOVE Park and City Hall from… continue reading Storytimes at Christmas Village and More Holiday Fun

By written by Emily S.    November 27, 2023   

The Free Library of Philadelphia is the proud custodian of an astounding literary artifact in our Rare Book Department : a copy of Shakespeare's First Folio that belonged to English… continue reading “Making Shakespeare: The First Folio” - Featuring a Cherished Free Library Artifact

By written by Bridget G.    November 21, 2023    1

With the spirit of giving on our minds, we want to remind you that November 28 is Giving Tuesday ! Founded in 2012, Giving Tuesday has grown into a worldwide movement. It is a powerful way for you… continue reading Giving Tuesday is Coming!

By written by Kate C.    November 21, 2023   

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