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When I first read The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison , at 15 years old, I knew it would haunt me. The story fed my soul—I was shocked at its lovely, yet stinging taste, but realized I had… continue reading Remembering Toni Morrison, 1931–2019

By written by Lo I.    August 7, 2019    11

PA CareerLink® has been partnering with our neighborhood libraries over the past several months in bringing their services closer to our patrons. One of our primary goals is connecting… continue reading PA CareerLink at the Free Library

By written by Michelle Z.    August 6, 2019    3

August is here and Philadelphia City Institute Library will be featuring free summer jazz concerts ! We are pleased to continue this tradition for the fifth year in a row with performances by… continue reading Check Out Free Summer Jazz Concerts at Philadephia City Institute Library Throughout August!

By written by Margaret T.    August 5, 2019   

Did you know that the first week of August is Simplify Your Life Week ? It’s true! In the spirit of clearing your mind and making your life simpler and more organized, we put together a few… continue reading Simplify Your Life with the Free Library!

By written by Kate C.    August 2, 2019    1

August 1, 2019 marked the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville ’s birth. In honor of his bicentennial, we are proud to present American Voyager: Herman Melville at 200 , a new exhibition on… continue reading Happy 200th Birthday, Herman Melville!

By written by Rosa D.    August 2, 2019   

Ever wanted to enjoy the streets of Philadelphia without the hustle and bustle of traffic? This Saturday, August 3, you’ve got that chance as Philly Free Streets returns to North Broad… continue reading Join the Free Library at Philly Free Streets!

By written by Kate C.    August 1, 2019   

In part 2 of interviews conducted around the Trans Writers, Kids, and Books event (you can find our interview with Kyle Lukoff from before the event in an earlier blog post), this time we speak… continue reading Conversations About Queer and Trans Literature with Author Kacen Callender

By written by Naomi S.    July 31, 2019   

Our suggestions for August are notably of the inspirational type – new books about poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou and famous physician Oliver Sacks , as well as a… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in August!

By written by Paul A.    July 31, 2019   

Did you know that August is Family Fun Month ? It’s true! And the Free Library is the perfect place to celebrate! Our events calendar is jam-packed with ideas for spending a fun day with… continue reading Celebrate Family Fun Month with the Free Library!

By written by Kate C.    July 30, 2019   

When you hear the dance music playing at the library, you know summer has begun in Olney! For the past four summers, the North 5th Street Revitalization Project and Greater Olney Library have… continue reading Do the Bop and Cha-Cha at Olney Library!

By written by Joy K.    July 29, 2019    3

It's that time of the year again where it may not be safe to go back in the water... For the past 31 years, Shark Week has been an annual celebration of the sharp-toothed and fast-finned… continue reading Shark Week 2019 Swims Into View

By written by Peter SM    July 26, 2019    1

In the midst of a heat wave, Science in the Summer continues to spark young minds! For over thirty years, the program has demystified the sciences with free, hands-on learning for students… continue reading Delving into the Science of Me

By written by Emily S.    July 24, 2019    1

History is endlessly fascinating to me; twentieth-century history in particular is full of triumphs and dark chapters. Sometimes it takes some distance to get perspective on events of… continue reading It's All Just a Little Bit of History Repeating Itself Again

By written by Rachel F.    July 23, 2019   

Claire L. Hand is an Adult/Teen Librarian at Wynnefield Library and a participant in Cohort 2 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries trainings. During library staff’s initial… continue reading Engaging Community Partners in Program Planning

By written by Community-Centered Libraries    July 22, 2019    2

(note: play these songs in the background while reading this blog post : ) In honor of this week’s very special Lunar Landing anniversary , I’ve been thinking a lot about how our… continue reading Imagining the Moon

By written by Joel N.    July 19, 2019    1

I’ve always loved this expression – probably because it includes two of my favorite things: the summer season and dogs! As an idiom, the dog days are the hottest, most humid days of… continue reading More Dog Days of Summer!

By written by Monica C.    July 18, 2019   

Updated July, 18, 2019 1:14 PM The City of Philadelphia has declared a Heat Health Emergency through Sunday evening, July 21 . Free Library locations will serve as cooling centers where residents… continue reading Cooling Centers Open at Select Neighborhood Libraries Thursday, July 18 and Friday, July 19 During the Heat Wave

By written by Administrator    July 17, 2019    7

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