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Welcome to February and Black History Month 2021! This month we have titles about love & imagination, as well as titles about history and confronting uncomfortable truths about the past.…
continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in February!
written by Rachel F.
February 2, 2021
When I was in grade school, I remember that we would often cover the same people for Black History Month, every year. You know the list: Martin Luther King, Jr. , Rosa Parks , Harriet…
continue reading Follow the Free Library on Social Media this February for #BlackHistoryEveryday
written by Kamilah C.
February 1, 2021
"For while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us." Millions watched last month as Amanda Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate and the youngest poet to read…
continue reading Black History Month at the Free Library
written by Andrew N.
February 1, 2021
Welcome to our second blog post on how to use the Free Library’s website to find books for your family. In the first part of this series, we learned how about how to “narrow…
continue reading Tips on Discovering Books and Resources for the Whole Family Through Our Explore Topics
written by Rachel R.
January 29, 2021
It’s that time of year again! The 2021 Youth Media Award winners have been announced, honoring this year’s best and brightest titles for children and young adults. Watch Julius C.…
continue reading Read a Youth Media Award Winner!
written by Emily S.
January 28, 2021
When the Free Library of Philadelphia first started working together to draft a curriculum for the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries project, we never guessed how essential the skills we…
continue reading Community-Centered Libraries Are More Important Than Ever
written by Community-Centered Libraries
January 27, 2021
Read, Baby, Read is a grant-funded Free Library initiative focused on encouraging early literacy development among infants and young toddlers under two years old. We work with 12 participating…
continue reading Read, Baby, Read Presents Early Literacy Ideas: Things That Go!
written by Sarah J.
January 26, 2021
The new year brings about an urgency to create new goals, make resolutions, change some of our habits, and look toward the future. This applies not only to our personal lives, but to business as…
continue reading Business Librarian and Business Owner: Goal Setting and Planning
written by Sharontina H.
January 25, 2021
January 23 happens to be a date of importance for two similar reasons: it is the birthday of John Hancock , who was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence , with his name…
continue reading Celebrate National Handwriting Day!
written by Linda Y.
January 22, 2021
Sanborn fire insurance maps are available once again through ProQuest’s updated and newly-released database, Sanborn Maps 1867-1970 (formerly known as Sanborn Maps Geo Edition 1867-1970).…
continue reading New Release of the ProQuest Sanborn Maps Database
written by Megan M.
January 21, 2021
Thank you to Nourishing Literacy (NL) team member Carolyn for writing this blog post! In addition to sharing her experience and findings, Carolyn has included some of the activities and approaches…
continue reading Squash Across Tables
written by Shayna M.
January 20, 2021
Updated Wednesday, January 27, 2021 12:20 p.m. The Wednesday, January 27 Hear Me Out event is now SOLD OUT. Navigating social distancing and splintering ideological differences across Pennsylvania…
continue reading Announcing the Upcoming 'Hear Me Out' Civic Dialogue Line-Up!
written by Irma Q.
January 19, 2021
On Monday, January 18, celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with us! These books honor Dr. King’s work and the impact of his amazing life during the Civil Rights Movement . A renowned…
continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
written by Monica C.
January 15, 2021
The Free Library’s Winter / Spring 2021 Author Events series is set to begin! As in the fall, all of these events will be virtual and held on Zoom. All events begin at 7:30 p.m. Most are…
continue reading Author Events Winter / Spring 2021 Schedule
written by Author Events
January 15, 2021
The Free Library is thrilled to announce the 19th annual One Book, One Philadelphia selection... The Tradition by Jericho Brown Each year, a single book is chosen by library staff,…
continue reading Announcing the 2021 One Book, One Philadelphia Selection...
written by Brittanie S.
January 14, 2021
I know a lot of parents and caregivers out there miss taking a trip to the library. Believe me, we miss having you! One part of using the library that is harder when you can’t actually come…
continue reading Tips on Searching for Books for the Whole Family in Our Catalog!
written by Rachel R.
January 13, 2021
The South Indian holiday of Pongal is a multi-day harvest festival full of music and food observed by the Tamil and Telugu community, celebrated this year per the Hindu religious calendar,…
continue reading Celebrate the South Indian Holiday of Pongal!
written by Sunita B.
January 12, 2021
Seen any good movies lately? If you've exhausted watching everything on your streaming media platforms of choice, take a look at the National Film Registry 's yearly recommendations and…
continue reading Newest Additions to the National Film Registry
written by Peter SM
January 11, 2021
While the days of immersing ourselves at an in-person exhibit at a favorite gallery or museum are still out of reach for so many of us, as we continue to follow health guidelines to help manage…
continue reading Online Exhibition Experiences to Welcome in the New Year
written by Suzanna U.
January 8, 2021
Have you ever thought about why we use the same vocabulary to describe consuming food and consuming knowledge? How we’re hungry for the truth, devour a good book, and digest…
continue reading Let Culinary Explorations of Literature Nourish You with Book Feast!
written by Katherine L.
January 7, 2021