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For literature enthusiasts and first-time readers alike,  Ulysses  can be every bit as daunting as it is thrilling. If you’ve always wanted to read James Joyce ’s… continue reading The Ulysses Every Day Reading Challenge

By written by Rosa D.    April 15, 2020    1

Have you seen a rainbow lately? Maybe you have noticed one after a recent April shower, or maybe you have spotted rainbow artwork displayed in windows of buildings and homes. For many people,… continue reading The Rainbow Pantry... with an Equally Colorful Playlist!

By written by Shayna M.    April 14, 2020   

The Free Library has a number of electronic resources to support your learning remotely. If your GED or HiSET classes have been postponed or if you have not gotten around to registering for… continue reading Four Digital Learning Resources to Help You Prepare for the GED or HiSET Test

By written by Rachel H.    April 14, 2020   

The Free Library of Philadelphia is committed to advancing literacy and supporting lifelong learning for all Philadelphians. While our buildings are closed until further notice , our website gives… continue reading Language Learning from Home with Mango Languages

By written by Lindsay S.    April 13, 2020   

It can be hard being a big brother or a big sister. It can also be hard being a little brother or a little sister. When you’re older, the arrival of a little sibling brings both joy and huge… continue reading Celebrate Siblings Day with These ebooks!

By written by Monica C.    April 9, 2020   

The gleam in her eyes reveals her spunk as she stares up at me. She always had more courage than I did – completely unafraid to speak her mind to grown-ups, to ask questions, and to actually… continue reading Happy 104th Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

By written by Karen O.    April 9, 2020    10

From Whitman to Bustleton, Mantua to Nicetown, people in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas are hunkering down and looking for diversions. During these challenging times, many of us have… continue reading How to Get the Most from the Free Library's Digital Audiobook Collections

By written by Jamie W.    April 8, 2020    1

April is chock full of religious celebrations: Passover starts on April 8, Easter Sunday falls on April 12, and Ramadan begins on April 24. As always, you can find books to share with your little… continue reading Celebrating in April | Passover, Easter, and Ramadan

By written by Monica C.    April 7, 2020   

April is National Poetry Month , and every year I immediately think of my favorite poet, Langston Hughes. Many of his poems have been made into picture books with beautiful illustrations, but what… continue reading Celebrating National Poetry Month!

By written by Mary W.    April 6, 2020    1

While we missed out on the last week of One Book, One Philadelphia  programming, we are looking forward to a rescheduled Finale event later this year. Stay tuned for details! In the meantime,… continue reading One Book, One Philadelphia at Home: Reading and Teaching Guides

By written by Brittanie S.    April 3, 2020   

Hello, Author Events friends, While our event season has so far been a bit truncated, we’re willing to bet you haven’t heard or seen the vast majority of the writers we’ve hosted… continue reading Listen to Over 1,800 Podcasts and Watch Almost 500 Videos from Our Author Events Series!

By written by Author Events    April 2, 2020    2

We read books for a lot of different reasons; to escape to another world, to learn something new, to be entertained, to invoke emotion. Children read books for the same reasons. I had a middle… continue reading Happy Children's Book Day: Middle Grade Feels!

By written by Mary W.    April 2, 2020   

With the practice of social distancing and stay-at-home orders in place, people have been racing to stores to stock up on essentials, and one essential item in particular has become an infamous… continue reading Unrolling the History of Toilet Paper

By written by Karen O.    April 1, 2020    2

Women today often talk about the difficulty of "having it all", but Sadie T.M. Alexander was more concerned with "doing it all." She not only raised two children and worked to… continue reading A History Minute: The Many Firsts of Sadie T. M. Alexander

By written by Sally F.    March 31, 2020   

Tomie dePaola (1934 - 2020) knew how to tell a story. In person, he could keep you spellbound with his stories. His eyes would twinkle and he knew just the right moment to pause and let… continue reading Remembering Tomie DePaola (1934 - 2020)

By written by Chris B.    March 31, 2020    1

Updated with additional information on Friday, May 1, 1:00 p.m. Across Philadelphia, families are experiencing unexpected challenges as a result of the COVID-19 emergency . In these uncertain… continue reading Local Hunger Relief Options - Find Free, Nutritious Food Near You!

By written by Caity R.    March 30, 2020    2

With the current quarantine for Covid-19 affecting Pennsylvania, many parents are looking for fun, educational activities for their children. One activity worth exploring is window birding . Due… continue reading Window Birding

By written by Chris B.    March 30, 2020   

As March draws to a close, we near the end of Women’s History Month. Here at the Free Library, we’ve celebrated this important observance in many ways: with the story of Mary Church… continue reading Stream a Film by a Woman to Celebrate Women's History Month

By written by Clare F.    March 27, 2020   

While many will be embracing their Netflix accounts for the foreseeable future, this is a great time to check out its intellectual counterpart for kids from Scholastic called BookFlix ! Bookflix… continue reading Step Aside Netflix, BookFlix Rules!

By written by Sara M.    March 27, 2020   

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