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Today is a big day, Philly! It marks the first day of school for the School District of Philadelphia , as the 2019-2020 school year is now officially underway! To celebrate, a few of our trusty… continue reading Ah, the First Day of School...

By written by Kate C.    September 3, 2019   

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and we just wanted to remind you that securing your very own Free Library of Philadelphia library card is both easy and valuable! You can sign up online or… continue reading September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

By written by Kate C.    September 3, 2019   

Summer is almost over but you can extend the season of fun a bit longer with a gripping adventure or fantasy story. Or try one of the new nonfiction titles about women in ISIS or from best-selling… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in September!

By written by Paul A.    August 30, 2019   

The calendar still says August, and the weather forecast still says summer, but the new school year is just around the corner— School District of Philadelphia will ring the bell to begin… continue reading Go Back to School with the Free Library!

By written by Jess P.    August 30, 2019    1

Yeah, it’s a bit of a bummer that summer is drawing to a close, but there are a few upsides: in addition to it not being a million degrees every day, we’re getting closer to the fall… continue reading Fall 2019 Author Events Preview: Musical Memoirs

By written by Author Events    August 29, 2019   

The workshop in the Free Library’s new Robert and Eileen Kennedy Heim Center for Cultural and Civic Engagement began with a quick quiz. And while I knew I wouldn’t ace it, I thought I… continue reading Modern Courts, Modern Lives

By written by Kalela W.    August 28, 2019   

International Overdose Awareness Day is Saturday, August 31. The aim is to raise awareness and acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or suffered injury… continue reading Overdose Awareness and Prevention

By written by Jenn D.    August 28, 2019   

¿Conoces a un adulto hispanohablante que necesita ayuda para aprender a leer y escribir? Estamos aceptando estudiantes adultos en la biblioteca de Kensington para un curso gratuito de… continue reading Leamos en la Biblioteca: ¡Clases de Alfabetización! Leamos @ The Library: Spanish Literacy Class!

By written by Lindsay S.    August 27, 2019   

Naquawna Letman is a Library Assistant at Parkway Central Library and a participant in Cohort 3 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries trainings. Exploring Music and Food through the… continue reading Music Department and Culinary Literacy Center Collaborate on Programming

By written by Community-Centered Libraries    August 26, 2019   

Since 1971, Women’s Equality Day has been celebrated in the United States on August 26. This date was chosen to commemorate both the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment granting women… continue reading Women’s Equality Day

By written by Susanna W.    August 26, 2019   

by Marcela F. and Hua C. The meeting room at the Lawncrest Library was a hub of STEM activities in July and early August. Hua, our Summer Learning Program Specialist, along with Teen Literacy… continue reading A STEM-focused Summer Tech Extravanganza at Lawncrest Library!

By written by Administrator    August 22, 2019   

How do you get email on your new smart device? Who is Vladimir Putin and how did he climb to power as the Soviet Union collapsed around him? What does a smart consumer need to know before signing… continue reading Happy National Senior Citizens Day!

By written by Richard L.    August 21, 2019   

If you’re getting your news mostly from social media, your information diet is probably a little lacking. You might even be consuming fake news , which the New York Times defines as "a… continue reading Are You Reading Fake News?

By written by Jamie B.    August 20, 2019    2

Our Five Senses , a new exhibition in Parkway Central Library 's Dietrich Gallery opened earlier this year, and we had the honor of sitting down with some of the authors and illustrators… continue reading Our Five Senses - A Conversation with Author Jen Bryant

By written by Chris B.    August 19, 2019   

by Suzanna U. and Amy T. The third Saturday in August marks National Honey Bee Day , and the Free Library knows a thing or two about honey bees! Did you know we have quite a few of our own bees… continue reading National Honey Bee Day at the Free Library!

By written by Suzanna U.    August 16, 2019   

Ever been searching for a title on Amazon (or on Google, and then the first search result back gives you a link to Amazon) and wish you could also find out whether that same title is available at… continue reading Library Browser Extension Helps Show Book, ebook, Audiobook, and Movie Catalog Availability on Non-Library Websites

By written by Peter SM    August 13, 2019    5

Meredith McGovern is a Librarian at Falls of Schuylkill Library and a participant in Cohort 3 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries trainings. As a children’s librarian, I work with… continue reading Gardening for Kids Programs Grow Community Connections

By written by Community-Centered Libraries    August 12, 2019   

"Stronger, lighter, safer" was the goal Edward Budd pursued his entire life. Along the way he built the largest manufacturing company in Philadelphia and forever changed the way the… continue reading A History Minute | Fortunes of Philadelphia: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles – The Story of Budd Manufacturing

By written by Sally F.    August 9, 2019    3

The Free Library is committed to connecting with all the residents of Philadelphia. With our Prison & Reentry Services program, we are reaching out to men and women experiencing incarceration… continue reading Incarcerated & Returning Citizens: Sharing Stories and Building Supports

By written by Micaela G.    August 8, 2019    2

Summer at Widener Library has included a whirlwind of educational and entertaining programs, ranging from subjects like science to art and nearly everything in between! Thanks to our friend Miss… continue reading Wonder at Widener Library

By written by Sunita B.    August 8, 2019   

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