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Do you need one-on-one help to sharpen your reading and writing skills? Then consider requesting a tutor with the Free Library of Philadelphia! The Free Library Tutoring Program pairs adult… continue reading Request a Tutor With the Free Library

By written by Betsy M.    October 10, 2023   

We are happy to introduce five new databases from POWER Library , Pennsylvania's Electronic Library, that are now available on our databases page under POWER Library Britannica School Edition… continue reading Five New Databases from POWER Library

By written by Sharyl O.    October 6, 2023   

Reading Promise Week is October 7–15, 2023! Philly’s fourth annual family reading festival is back and bigger than ever. Over 70 free family events are giving away 16,000… continue reading Philly Families, Get Ready for Reading Promise Week!

By written by Administrator    October 4, 2023   

The Free Library is proud to honor Indigenous Peoples' Day, celebrated on Monday, October 9, 2023 . Philadelphia is now one of the over 100 cities that have chosen to celebrate the holiday in… continue reading Honoring Indigenous Peoples' Day

By written by Emily S.    October 2, 2023   

Philadelphia will make history with the nation’s first parade and festival in honor of National Coming Out Day, and the Free Library is honored to take part! Named OURfest , the weekend-long… continue reading OURfest, National Coming Out Day's First Parade and Festival!

By written by Emily S.    October 2, 2023   

The vibrant spirit of the Latino community comes alive at the fifth annual  Latin American Book Fair in Philadelphia (LABF). This annual celebration, organized by a dedicated team of… continue reading Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Fifth Latin American Book Fair!

By written by Mary Marques    October 2, 2023   

October 1–7 is Banned Books Week , and this year's theme is " Let Freedom Read! " This important observance began in 1982 in response to a surge in book challenges in… continue reading Let Freedom Read: It's Banned Books Week!

By written by Bridget G.    October 2, 2023    3

Decorative gourd season is in full swing and the Free Library of Philadelphia has some treats to share with you, like these new titles coming to our shelves this fall! Young Children (up to… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in October!

By written by Rachel F.    September 29, 2023   

As patrons may know, the Free Library has been expanding staffing efforts throughout the library system in recent months. With all the hiring excitement, there’s a mix of both new and… continue reading Faces of the Free Library: Meet Mark!

By written by Bridget G.    September 29, 2023    1

The Languages and Learning Center offers relevant and engaging programs and resources for English language learners. Here are seven great ways we can help you learn, improve, and speak… continue reading 7 Great Ways To Improve Your English With the Free Library

By written by Lindsay S.    September 27, 2023    6

The Free Library is excited to announce an update to our hours of operation in many neighborhood libraries, as well as Parkway Central and its departments! These changes are in effect as… continue reading New Hours at Free Library Locations Now in Effect

By written by Administrator    September 26, 2023    39

The JSTOR database, which provides more than 12 million scholarly journal articles, books, images, and primary sources in 75 disciplines, has changed its access policies.… continue reading JSTOR Database Access Has Changed

By written by Sharyl O.    September 25, 2023   

This school year, college and test prep workshops return to the Free Library, hosted by Field Teen Center in partnership with The Alexander Advantage. This  free series is for youth ages… continue reading College and SAT Prep Workshops for the 2023–2024 School Year

By written by Yona Y.    September 25, 2023   

This month’s Review Round-up features two cartoonists who frequently work on their comics in the Art Department , plus a peek inside Reptile House Comix ’s latest summer issue. Smell… continue reading Comix Club Spotlight Review, Plus a Special Event This Month!

By written by Eileen E.    September 25, 2023   

Reading and discussing books is powerful! The connections we make with stories, with ourselves, and with others can bring us closer together and help us understand more about those who… continue reading Join Something New: The Intergenerational Teen Book Club at PCI Library

By written by Erin H.    September 19, 2023    1

The Free Library of Philadelphia is pleased to announce the 2023–24 Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate: Oyewumi Oyeniyi, a senior at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School! She was selected from… continue reading Introducing the 2023–24 Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate

By written by Kris L.    September 18, 2023    4

by Laura S. and Karen K. In 1967, the Print and Picture Collection at Parkway Central Library purchased a print by a young Philadelphia artist named John Dowell. That first acquisition led to… continue reading The Art and Influence of John Dowell: An Exhibition from Special Collections

By written by Administrator    September 18, 2023    1

The  Free Library Board of Trustees  will be holding its first meeting of FY24 on Friday, September 22, 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, September 22 at 8 a.m.

By written by Bridget G.    September 15, 2023   

Is your family excited to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with the Free Library? We are too! The mid-month heritage celebration is set from September 15–October 15  in order… continue reading Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With Your Family

By written by Emily S.    September 15, 2023   

In our previous Manga 101 installment, we covered romance manga. This time, we’ll take a look at two subgenres of romance manga (BL and GL), as well as some non-romantic LGBTQ+ manga. … continue reading Manga 101: BL, GL, and Beyond

By written by Meg B.    September 15, 2023    2

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