As we wind down the year that was 2018 and look forward to what 2019 may have in store, wordsmiths, Scrabble players, and those who are just looking to add some new flavor to their vocabulary can… continue reading

By Peter SM   December 28, 2018   

It's that time of year again where everything seems to slow down between the holidaze and my mind and free time turns to my never-ending "to-watch" list. There's few greater joys… continue reading

By Peter SM   December 27, 2018   

A historian whose "discipline is worthy of a first-class detective" ( New York Review of Books ), Jill Lepore is the author of the National Book Award finalist Book of Ages , the… continue reading

By Administrator   December 26, 2018   

Are you looking for activities to keep your children engaged over Winter Break? Check out these diverse programs taking place in Free Library locations around the city. We have events for… continue reading

By Molly B.   December 26, 2018   

This time of year, so many people are caught up in the spirit of giving—from giving gifts to loved ones, to giving back to their communities. I can’t think of a better way to get into… continue reading

By Alexa L.   December 21, 2018   

I’m staring with dread at the slog of ever-colder, ever-shorter days upon us. I do not "just love sweater weather." I "just love" some palm trees and ocean breezes. Alas.… continue reading

By Alix G.   December 21, 2018   

Born in 1868, just shortly after the Union’s triumph in the Civil War and the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, William Edward Burghardt (W. E. B.) Du Bois died in 1963, just one… continue reading

By Administrator   December 20, 2018    2

It’s back: the 1950s fast-bantered, visually stunning pop culture fever dream that is Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel . Well, we should all be so lucky to have fever dreams this… continue reading

By Kaitlyn F.   December 20, 2018    2

Washington Avenue Immigration Station: 1873-1915 I n 1870, Philadelphia was no longer the nation’s largest city, but rather the "Workshop of the World" with an endless need for… continue reading

By Sally F.   December 19, 2018    4

We’re about a month away from kicking off the One Book, One Philadelphia 2019 season. After the official Kickoff Event , eight weeks of discussions, films, performances, and more take place… continue reading

By Lo I.   December 19, 2018   

2018, it’s been quite a year, am I right? I know that by this point every year we’re all like, “WOW, what a year!”, but this year especially feels like we are on track for… continue reading

By Rachel F.   December 18, 2018   

Winter is almost here... and I’m NOT happy about it! There, I said it. The truth is, winter is my least favorite season. I don’t like the short days, I don’t like the cold, I… continue reading

By Monica C.   December 17, 2018   

December 16 will be Jane Austen’s 243rd birthday. I’ve always been an avid reader. My love of literature filtered its way into my studies. English was usually my favorite class in… continue reading

By Lo I.   December 14, 2018    1

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? Right! The holidays certainly are fun, from office parties to time away from work, visits with family and friends and childhood nostalgia.… continue reading

By Kate C.   December 14, 2018   

Do you need help finding healthcare or signing up for federal benefits? Do you have questions about resources for free or low-cost food? Are you worried about the mental health of a family member?… continue reading

By Autumn M.   December 13, 2018   

On a recent Monday morning,  Paul L. Dunbar School’s kindergarten storytime got a special guest—librarian Kayla H. from the Cecil B. Moore neighborhood library . Dunbar… continue reading

By Jess P.   December 13, 2018   

December is Read a New Book Month , and we at the Free Library are all about reading new books (and old books, and re-reading new and old books, and listening to books, and talking about books… continue reading

By Alix G.   December 12, 2018   

Ah December – the days are shorter, the nights are longer, and the temperature is dropping. It's the time of year when cooking and baking seem the coziest of activities. However, if… continue reading

By Rachel F.   December 11, 2018   

Having a hard time finding a special gift for that impossible-to-shop-for book fanatic in your life? We have a unique gift idea for you—one that celebrates your loved one’s love of… continue reading

By Alexa L.   December 10, 2018   

Type "slime" into any search engine and you’re bound to find a variety of slime-making kits sold through major retailers, links to several YouTube accounts dedicated to slime, and… continue reading

By Khyra L.   December 7, 2018   

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