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Written by Lewis Shaw, who conducted extensive research in the Art Department as part of a Friends Select School Senior Internship Project. The following is a continuation of a previous blog post… continue reading A Continued Discussion on the Topics of Surrealism and Gender

By written by Administrator    November 10, 2021   

Young Readers Day was first created by a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the reading-incentives program with pizza rewards, Book It! We will happily take any excuse to celebrate… continue reading Celebrate Young Readers Day!

By written by Emily S.    November 9, 2021   

As part of his bold New Deal aimed at national reform and recovery in the wake of the Great Depression , President Franklin D. Roosevelt launched the Work Projects Administration (WPA) . The… continue reading The ABCs of the WPA at FLP

By written by Fleisher Collection    November 8, 2021   

November is Native American Heritage Month, so let’s celebrate with audio podcasts and videos from the Free Library’s Author Events series! Natalie Diaz | Postcolonial Love Poem… continue reading Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with These Author Events Podcasts and Videos

By written by Author Events    November 5, 2021   

Join us for an afternoon of delicious and nutritious food, reading, movement, cooking, and activities on Saturday, November 13 at the Free Library Kids' Wellness Day! This free, … continue reading Kids’ Wellness Day in Shakespeare Park, Featuring Author Stacey Woodson, MS, RD, LDN

By written by Becky S.    November 4, 2021   

The 1960 presidential campaign was close, hard-fought, and left both sides feeling embittered. Kennedy’s final margin of victory was less than 115,000 votes out of nearly 70 million… continue reading Frenemies: The Strange Friendship of JFK and Richard Nixon

By written by Richard L.    November 3, 2021   

Updated Tuesday, December 7, 2021 Sherry L. Howard is a Philadelphia-based art collector and researcher who primarily focuses on local African American art and artists. She writes about her… continue reading African American Art Collecting and Research with Philadelphia Author Sherry Howard

By written by Alina J.    November 3, 2021   

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Jacqueline Woodson grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York, graduating from college with a B.A. in English. She is the author of dozens of… continue reading Celebrating Jacqueline Woodson

By written by Jeff B.    November 2, 2021   

We are grateful for these new titles arriving on our shelves and catalog this fall! Young Children (up to 2nd Grade) Nibi's Water Song  written by Sunshine Tenasco; illustrated by… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in November!

By written by Rachel F.    November 1, 2021   

Annnnnnnd we’re back! On Monday, November 1, the Free Library’s Author Events series will host its first in-person event in more than 19 months. For now, there are only a handful of… continue reading Author Events Return Live and In-Person to Montgomery Auditorium This November!

By written by Author Events    October 29, 2021    1

Howllo Boils and Ghouls... welcome back to the Free Library of Phrightadelphia's boo-log, as we draw near to the most haunted of holidays— Halloween ! This year is a monstrously… continue reading Famous Monsters of the Silver Scream: Dracula and Frankenstein

By written by Peter SM    October 29, 2021    1

All October we'll be talking about LGBTQ History on the Free Library's blog! So far we've discussed LGBTQ Historical Young Adult Fiction and  LGBTQ History Told Through Comics and… continue reading More Than Stonewall: LGBTQ Historical Nonfiction

By written by Shelley R.    October 28, 2021   

November is almost upon us, and it already has us thinking about Thanksgiving and the spirit of giving as the holiday season approaches! Here at the Free Library, we're thankful for … continue reading Give Thanks with the Free Library this November!

By written by Administrator    October 27, 2021   

Teens recently joined the Field Teen Center and Nourishing Literacy teams for a SWEET Make and Take project! Candy buttons are small dots of colorful sugar candy attached to a strip of paper.… continue reading Nourishing Literacy | Create Your Own Candy Buttons!

By written by Shayna M.    October 26, 2021   

Greeting fiends! The brisk winds of autumn are finally here, bringing colder nights for spooky reading... So much great horror fiction has been hitting our stacks, here are some of my current… continue reading Scary Reads for Autumn Chills | Horror Fiction Recommendations

By written by Ned W.    October 25, 2021   

General Election Day is Tuesday, November 2, 2021 and many of our  neighborhood libraries  will again serve as designated voting locations. These locations will be closed for… continue reading 35 Free Library Locations Will Serve as Polling Places for November 2, 2021 General Election

By written by Jenn D.    October 25, 2021    1

Jack-o'-lanterns are grinning from the stoops, and a chill wind rustles through the leaves. An orange October moon slips from behind swift-moving clouds, and children are possessed by an… continue reading Trick or Treat! A COVID-Safe Halloween

By written by Emily S.    October 22, 2021   

We were very saddened to hear about Jerry Pinkney’s sudden passing yesterday at the age of 81. He was a Philadelphian by birth and spoke at the Free Library numerous times to share his… continue reading Remembering Jerry Pinkney

By written by Monica C.    October 21, 2021    3

Read, Baby, Read is a Free Library initiative focused on encouraging early literacy development among infants and young toddlers under two years old. We work with 12 participating libraries across… continue reading Read, Baby, Read Presents Early Literacy Ideas: Nature!

By written by Sarah J.    October 20, 2021   

PA CareerLink® has partnered with the Free Library since 2019 to provide in-person job seeker services at neighborhood libraries around Philadelphia. Although the pandemic disrupted those… continue reading PA CareerLink® is Back at the Free Library!

By written by Margaret T.    October 19, 2021    2

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