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This February as we celebrate Black History Month, we want to recommend some pictures books published in 2021 that were written and/or illustrated by Black creators. In the following list,… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Black History Month

By written by Monica C.    February 15, 2022   

It might be ridichio' lous but puns can be a way to use brain mussels . In the Culinary Literacy Center , food is our muse when we put pen' salt to pepper  (pencil to paper!) . Do you… continue reading Nourishing Literacy | Fun Pun Kitchen: Cooking Up Creativity!

By written by Shayna M.    February 14, 2022    1

Was there a saint of love? Despite myths surrounding the "real" Saint Valentine , this holiday likely owes its origins to Medieval English poet Chaucer . At a time of growing romance… continue reading Who Was the Saint of Valentine's Day?

By written by Emily S.    February 14, 2022   

by Nathalie Marquez, Language and Learning Center Intern The Languages and Learning Center has launched the Leamos! ( Let’s Read! ) literacy program, with both virtual and in-person classes… continue reading Leamos! (Let’s Read!) Literacy Program

By written by Administrator    February 11, 2022   

Are you a fan of comic book characters such as Marvel Comics' Black Panther or DC Comics' Black Lighting ? These Black superhero comics gained renewed popularity in recent years as a… continue reading Early Black Comic Book Writers, Illustrators, and Newspaper Cartoonists

By written by Sandy M.    February 10, 2022    1

Can you guess what one of the world’s favorite foods is? It’s pizza! Whether you bake it your own, eat it in a restaurant by the slice (or the whole pie!), or buy it frozen from a… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | National Pizza Day

By written by Monica C.    February 9, 2022   

by Germaine Ingram On Sunday, February 13, at 6:00 p.m., live on YouTube , I’ll be in conversation with the tap/jazz aficionado and irrepressible raconteur Hank Smith on his every-so-often… continue reading Hangin’ with Hank: Imagining Louise

By written by Administrator    February 8, 2022   

Black History Month is a time to illuminate the past, to remember past trials and tribulations, and to celebrate the contributions of Black people in this country. The theme of this… continue reading Celebrate Health and Wellness this Black History Month Throughout Philadelphia

By written by Emily S.    February 7, 2022   

It may be chilly outside, but the Free Library has some titles to warm you up this month! Young Children (up to 2nd Grade) Hey You!: An Empowering Celebration of Growing Up Black by Dapo Adeola… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in February!

By written by Rachel F.    February 4, 2022   

Araminta (Minty) Ross was born a slave in March 1821. As a free woman, she was reborn under the name of Harriet Tubman. As the conductor of the Underground Railroad, Harriet was named the Moses of… continue reading Harriet Tubman’s Legacy

By written by Mary Marques    February 3, 2022   

Today is the 36th annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) , started in 1974 by the Women’s Sports Foundation . The purpose of the foundation is to provide… continue reading National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD)

By written by Kamilah C.    February 2, 2022   

This February, the Free Library is proud to commemorate Black History Month , honoring the triumphs and achievements of Black Americans throughout U.S. history and celebrating Black history,… continue reading Celebrating Black History Month at the Free Library

By written by Inaara S.    February 1, 2022    1

Happy Lunar New Year! 2022 is the Year of the Tiger . While we wait for the big day, which this year falls on February 1, how about we read some books with this beautiful and fearsome animal as a… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Year of the Tiger

By written by Monica C.    January 31, 2022   

January 28 is National LEGO Day! LEGO books are almost as numerous as LEGO blocks. You may have even seen some on your neighborhood library shelves – the books, I mean! Guides on How-To?… continue reading Happy National LEGO Day!

By written by Jeff B.    January 28, 2022   

Librarians, educators, and children’s book lovers have long-anticipated this year’s crop of Youth Media Award winners ! Chosen by the American Library Association, the 2022… continue reading 2022 Youth Media Award Winners

By written by Emily S.    January 27, 2022   

It's that time of year again—Tax Season. But don't fret, the Free Library is here to help you make sense of it all! 2021 IRS Tax Return Updates Besides the annual inflation… continue reading Important Information to Help You File Your Taxes This Year!

By written by Marija G.    January 27, 2022    1

February 2, 2022, will mark the centennial of the publication of James Joyce’s masterpiece  Ulysses . Constructed as a modern parallel to Homer’s  Odyssey , … continue reading Ulysses at 100

By written by Rosa D.    January 26, 2022   

In the Path of Islam, in collaboration with Al-Bustan Seed of Culture, are excited to announce the return of the well-received, virtual, free Arabic conversation classes this February and… continue reading Free Virtual Arabic Language Programs Return in February and March!

By written by Joe S.    January 25, 2022    3

Did you know that January is National Hobby Month ? From baking bread in mass quantities to perfecting our puzzle skills, many of us have used these unorthodox past two years to find new… continue reading Find a New Hobby with the Free Library!

By written by Kate C.    January 21, 2022    2

Another year, another stack of superhero stories, fascinating biographies, funny books, and extraordinary illustrated tales that defy classification! While not necessarily a "Top 10"… continue reading 21 Great Graphic Novels and Comics from 2021

By written by Peter SM    January 19, 2022   

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