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Have you read the 1619 Project yet? It’s the award-winning special issue of the New York Times Magazine all about American Slavery that was published last month. The project’s creator,… continue reading Find Out How Slavery Made Our World with These Free Library Resources

By written by Jamie B.    September 17, 2019    1

We are deeply grateful to Mayor Kenney for increasing the Free Library’s budget this fiscal year. The increase allowed the Free Library to hire additional staff and will ensure that all… continue reading Welcome Back: Six Day Service Returns to All Free Library Locations for the First Time Since 2014!

By written by Jenn D.    September 17, 2019    5

The work of two scholars has led to the astounding discovery that a Shakespeare First Folio housed in the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Rare Book Department likely belonged to English poet… continue reading Free Library to Display Rare Shakespeare First Folio Now Believed to Have Belonged to John Milton

By written by Kaitlyn F.    September 16, 2019    4

This past school year, Ms. Pinkston’s second grade class from Bayard Taylor Elementary surprised the Free Library with a new way to look at our Online Reading Challenge . During the Winter… continue reading Fall for Reading with Our Newest Online Reading Challenge!

By written by Shari K.    September 16, 2019    1

September is Adult Education Month and the Free Library is excited to announce the launch of the Languages and Learning Center at Parkway Central Library , a center dedicated to supporting the… continue reading Announcing the Languages and Learning Center!

By written by Liz A.    September 16, 2019    1

As you may have read in the news, recent changes in the publishing industry will soon impact library customers’ access to some newly released ebook titles. Macmillan Publishers—one of… continue reading Changes to ebook Lending Coming to a Library Near You

By written by Administrator    September 13, 2019    3

In the course of a casual conversation with a new acquaintance this summer, chatter turned—as it inevitably does, when one of you works in a library—first to books, then to mystery… continue reading Happy Birthday, Agatha Christie!

By written by Alix G.    September 13, 2019   

Whether you've voted or not in the past few years for national or local elections, you may or may not know that voting security has become an ever-increasing concern. A bipartisan report by… continue reading New Voting Machine Demonstrations at a Neighborhood Library Near You!

By written by Peter SM    September 12, 2019   

The Culinary Literacy Center has been cooking up summer fun for youth over the last five years through the Summer Thyme Cooks program. This past summer, the Nourishing Literacy team piloted… continue reading Summer Thyme Camp In Review

By written by Shayna M.    September 10, 2019   

In addition to Library Card Sign-Up Month (woo-hoo!), September is National Literacy Month! As you would expect, literacy is very near and dear to our hearts here at the Free Library, and a core… continue reading We're Here For You During National Literacy Month!

By written by Kate C.    September 10, 2019   

Thanks to the Free Library’s huge selection of digital media , most of our patrons know that their library cards gain them access to books, music, movies, and more that travel with… continue reading A Library Card Keeps You Movin’ and Groovin’

By written by Clare F.    September 9, 2019   

During this fall season of Free Library Author Events , we’re seeing a lot of cultural connections between our authors and speakers. Let’s talk about the events taking place two days… continue reading Fall 2019 Author Events: Cultural Connections

By written by Author Events    September 9, 2019    1

Today is National Read a Book Day , and as a book lover and Free Library staff member it’s my sworn duty to encourage everyone I meet today to pick up a book, so expect some recommendations… continue reading Celebrate National Read a Book Day!

By written by Christine M.    September 6, 2019   

I waited until the last possible minute to write this blog. I’m not joking. When I took on the assignment, I made a joke about how ironic it would be to turn in a blog about procrastination,… continue reading Fight Procrastination Day!

By written by Kamilah C.    September 6, 2019   

It's September—time to celebrate National Grandparents Day ! And what better way to celebrate than to share a picture book with your very special grandpa/grandma? Below are three… continue reading Spend Some Quality Time This Grandparents Day with These New Picture Books!

By written by Monica C.    September 5, 2019   

All throughout Library Card Sign-Up Month , we're sharing library card fun facts and information about the ways you can use a Free Library card. From books, movies, and DVDs to musical… continue reading Library Card Sign-Up Month | "Unlock a World of Possibilities Today"

By written by Kate C.    September 5, 2019    3

School is back in session! If you’re a caregiver, your mind is probably buzzing with questions like: Is my child a strong reader ? What subject will my child fall in love with this year?… continue reading Back to School 2019: Becoming an Attendance Hero with Read by 4th!

By written by Enni A.    September 4, 2019    1

I’ll let constellations form and fall off this tongue Mold planets out of clay with clay with these hands, Create a whole universe behind these eyes I’ll spread myself across the sky… continue reading Meet the 2019-2020 Youth Poet Laureate!

By written by Andrew N.    September 4, 2019    3

Looking for a chance to learn or practice a world language like Spanish, Italian, or Mandarin Chinese? Interested in meeting new people, learning to cook a new recipe, and having a great time?… continue reading Language Learning at the Free Library During Adult Education Month!

By written by Lindsay S.    September 4, 2019    1

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