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The unofficial start of the summer season begins again this Memorial Day weekend and there will certainly be plenty of activities available for your attention, including all the new blockbusters… continue reading Summer Movies 2019: Cool Celluloid for a Sweltering Summer

By written by Peter SM    May 24, 2019   

When I noticed that May 23 is the birthdate of one of our great children’s authors – Margaret Wise Brown , of The Runaway Bunny and Goodnight Moon fame – I immediately thought of… continue reading Happy Birthday to Children's Author Margaret Wise Brown!

By written by Kate C.    May 23, 2019   

I celebrate myself — When lilacs last — I contain multitudes — O Captain! my Captain! What other U.S. poet’s work can be recognized by so few words—and by so many… continue reading We Celebrate Him: Walt Whitman at 200

By written by Clare F.    May 22, 2019   

The Free Library of Philadelphia's Summer of Wonder program is almost here! Read and explore all summer long with our free activities and programs that support reading, learning, exploration,… continue reading Read and Explore with the Free Library this Summer!

By written by Elizabeth K.    May 21, 2019    1

A zine (pronounced zeen) is a small-circulation, self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images. Usually hand-made using found materials and simple supplies, zines can be about… continue reading Get Creative Through the DIY Method of Zine Making!

By written by Michelle Z.    May 20, 2019    2

Happy Bike to Work Day , Philadelphia! One of the simplest joys of my adult life has been rediscovering the exhilarating bliss of riding a bike. When I was 10 years old, I was in an accident that… continue reading Today Is Bike to Work Day!

By written by Clare F.    May 17, 2019   

As severe storm warnings in our area continue, we have unfortunately been met with a weather forecast that has forced us to cancel the Brews & Views series in full. Wishing all of our loyal… continue reading Brews and Views Returns!

By written by Victoria G.    May 16, 2019   

Philadelphians: it’s time to make your voting plans for the 2019 Pennsylvania primary election, which will be held this coming Tuesday, May 21! The Free Library is here to help you vote, in… continue reading How to Vote in the Primary Election on Tuesday, May 21

By written by Clare F.    May 16, 2019   

May, among other things, is Mental Health Awareness Month —so this is a great time to discuss and reduce the stigma around mental illness. Millions of people in the United States and around… continue reading May is Mental Health Awareness Month

By written by Rachel F.    May 15, 2019   

In preparation for the opening of Our Five Senses , a new exhibition running now through November 2 in Parkway Central Library's Dietrich Gallery , we've had the honor of sitting down with… continue reading Our Five Senses | A Conversation with Author and Illustrator Aliki

By written by Chris B.    May 14, 2019   

If you follow us here on the blog or on social media , you may be familiar with our new #MyFreeLibrary campaign. With 54 neighborhood library locations across the city and over 30,000 events and… continue reading Springing Into Your Free Library

By written by Kate C.    May 13, 2019    1

With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, we wanted to share a classic no-bake, no-heat recipe that can be made by children in honor of this auspicious holiday. Who remembers bringing crispy… continue reading A Mother's Day Recipe for Kids (of All Ages)!

By written by Suzanna U.    May 10, 2019   

War runs on credit and the money it produces. Without money, weapons can’t be bought, ships can’t be built, soldiers can’t be fed, and the war is lost. In the first 100 years of… continue reading A History Minute | The Fortunes of War - The Philadelphia Bankers Who Saved Our Nation

By written by Sally F.    May 9, 2019   

Summer is right around the corner and the Culinary Literacy Center is looking forward to another season of Summer Thyme Cooks! This year we are offering a week-long library and cooking program for… continue reading Summer Thyme Cooks!

By written by Shayna M.    May 8, 2019    1

Ah mothers and motherhood – such a beautiful and serene time, where everything is so easy and uncomplicated, right? Ha! All of the moms I know, including my friends, coworkers, and even my… continue reading Graphic Novels about Motherhood

By written by Rachel F.    May 8, 2019   

This past week, the Culinary Literacy Center piloted our very first Spanish-language cooking class: Edible Alphabet en Español! In this class, we used the model of Edible Alphabet: Learn… continue reading Learn and Practice Spanish at the Free Library!

By written by Lindsay S.    May 7, 2019   

Free Library cardholders know that the library is a passport to literacy, learning, and curiosity. But did you know that the Free Library can also assist your actual travels around our city, our… continue reading Happy National Tourism Day!

By written by Clare F.    May 7, 2019   

Sa-de Brown is a Library Assistant at Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library and a participant in Cohort 2 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries trainings. "Life is a… continue reading The Journey to Understanding Libraries: A Library Assistant’s Story

By written by Community-Centered Libraries    May 6, 2019    2

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