Our Spring 2018 Author Events schedule begins in just a few short days and we have some amazing authors coming to the Free Library including political commentators, poets, social activists,… continue reading

By Author Events   January 12, 2018    1

The Free Library's Rare Book Department prides itself on making historical and beatiful artifacts available to the general public. An award of $500,000 from the Council on Library and… continue reading

By Julie B.   January 11, 2018    4

I recently spoke with a familair face at Parkway Central Library —Sean Early, the Digital Resource Specialist in the Workplace , a service that supports job seekers within the Business… continue reading

By Gillian R.   January 11, 2018   

The Fish It all started with the fish. Like salmon, shad are born in fresh water, spend several years growing in the ocean, then return to their birthplace to spawn. The largest breeding… continue reading

By Sally F.   January 10, 2018   

We are just one week away from the Kickoff Event to the One Book, One Philadelphia 2018 season . On Wednesday night, January 17, at 7:30 p.m. you are invited to join us in Parkway Central Library… continue reading

By Julie B.   January 10, 2018   

Updated January, 16, 2018 Watch our interview with Michael Wolff tonight LIVE starting @ 7:30 p.m. A week from today, in what is sure to be one of our more interesting Author Events to ever take… continue reading

By Author Events   January 9, 2018    1

Book clubs seem to be more popular than ever—we've even got two right here at the Free Library: our annual One Book, One Philadelphia reading selection creates citywide conversations… continue reading

By Peter SM   January 9, 2018    5

The Free Library's Center for Public Life is thrilled to announce the 2018–2019 Philadelphia Poet Laureate— Raquel Salas Rivera , a Puerto Rican poet and translator who writes… continue reading

By Julie B.   January 8, 2018    1

If you walk into the South Philadelphia Library meeting room on a Monday afternoon between 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., you’ll find a group of children, teenagers, and adults chopping, grating, and… continue reading

By Katie D.   January 8, 2018   

Happy New Year! Let’s start this new year right, by singing, talking, playing, writing—and of course reading—with our little ones! Not only did we celebrate New Year’s Day… continue reading

By Peter SM   January 3, 2018   

Saturday, January 6, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Silvestre Revueltas (1899–1940). Janitzio (1933) Revueltas . Redes , Suite from the film (1935), arr. Erich Kleiber Revueltas . La… continue reading

By Fleisher Collection   January 3, 2018   

Author Jacqueline Woodson has said that as much as Another Brooklyn is the story of August, who we see progress from childhood to adulthood, it is the story of a place—Bushwick, New York.… continue reading

By Julie B.   January 3, 2018    1

Every year I read a lot of books. Out of the 339 that I read in 2017, I've picked out the 36 that I liked the best . 2017 was a hard year, and I found myself looking for books that were happy… continue reading

By Dena   January 2, 2018   

So, the holidays are over and we got a bit more serious with the themes of our January recommended titles, picking from socially-conscious topics and current events. There’s a book for young… continue reading

By Paul A.   January 2, 2018    2

In case you didn’t hear, the 2017 Beaux Arts Bash was a smashing success! On Saturday, December 9, the Parkway Central Library was transformed for the Free Library’s biggest… continue reading

By Alexa L.   December 29, 2017   

As another year comes to a close, I'm looking back on one of my favorite hobbies: reading comic books! Whether they were new stand-alone stories, retro reissue collections, original… continue reading

By Peter SM   December 28, 2017   

When Another Brooklyn narrator August moves north with her father and brother, her mother does not go with them, but her absence in Bushwick isn't exactly real. The first sentence of… continue reading

By Brittanie S.   December 27, 2017   

It’s that time of year again! You know, that time. Your neighborhood gym is packed and everyone’s researching the latest fad diet to meet those New Year’s Resolutions as we head… continue reading

By Kate C.   December 27, 2017    1

As I've written about on this blog in the past, I'm constantly on the lookout for rare gems, overlooked oeuvres, or just new-to-me films. Whether they are award-winners , cinema classics ,… continue reading

By Peter SM   December 26, 2017    5

December and January are busy times of the year for most families. While parents are extra busy preparing for family parties and other social obligations, children are off from school for an… continue reading

By Elizabeth K.   December 22, 2017   

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