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Hannah Cho is a University of Pennsylvania Work-Study student from Davis, CA. During the Fall semester, she studied, recorded, and edited the Story Search podcasts remotely from South Korea.… continue reading Story Search from Special Collections: An Interview by Hannah Cho

By written by Joe S.    January 6, 2021   

The Languages and Learning Center (LLC) supports the individual literacy and learning goals of Philadelphia adults, including resources for Adult Basic Education, language learning, and digital… continue reading I Belong: Facing COVID-19 with Wellness and Resilience

By written by Lindsay S.    January 5, 2021   

Through the challenges of 2020, one of the abiding sources of relief for many of us has been poetry. More people than ever are looking to the written word for strength, wisdom, and comfort. Even… continue reading Healing Verse Philly: a Project from the Poet Laureate

By written by Autumn M.    January 5, 2021    7

It’s finally 2021! Hopefully this year will bring better things than the last... and on that note, why not try one of these recommended reads!   Young Children (Up to 2nd Grade)… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in January!

By written by Rachel F.    January 4, 2021   

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines the word resilience as "an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change." Learning how to remain positive, in the face… continue reading Resilience Builds Positive Outcomes

By written by Mary Marques    January 4, 2021   

It's that time of year again for my annual list of favorite books from the Philbrick Hall Fiction Department at Parkway Central Library . It's been a hard year for a lot of people, and… continue reading Dena's Favorite Books of 2020

By written by Dena    December 31, 2020   

What can I say about 2020 that hasn’t already been said? The Coronavirus pandemic completely turned the world upside-down and forced many of us to hunker down in our households, work from… continue reading New Year's Resolutions: Moving Forward by Taking a Step Back in 2021

By written by Kamilah C.    December 31, 2020   

December is coming to an end and soon we will be wishing everyone a Happy New Year.  That is always a nice feeling: a fresh new start, a new beginning. 2020 has been a difficult year in many… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Happy New Year

By written by Monica C.    December 30, 2020    1

The longest year ever is coming to a close. (Amen.) That means that it’s time to peruse some Best of 2020 book lists! Across the web you can find tons of these kinds of lists. Two of my… continue reading What Philadelphia Read in 2020

By written by Jamie B.    December 30, 2020   

As we wind down 2020, I have a few choice words that I can think of to describe the year... but none that would be appropriate to print here. Luckily for us, Merriam-Webster added plenty of new… continue reading 2020's Newest Word Additions and Definitions to the Dictionary

By written by Peter SM    December 29, 2020   

If ever there was a time to lose oneself in the extraordinary stories and colorful illustrations of comic books—2020 was that year! While not necessarily a "Top 10" (especially… continue reading 20 Great Graphic Novels and Comics from 2020

By written by Peter SM    December 28, 2020   

If there’s one thing we’ve learned during these pandemic times, it's the importance of learning to be mindful of our thoughts and feelings, of the present and of the world around… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Mindfulness

By written by Monica C.    December 24, 2020    1

Written by Alex Evenson, Philabundance Nutrition Educator, with additions from Caity Rietzen, Culinary Literacy Center Supervisor Frozen peas, canned beans, and potato chips. What do these three… continue reading Stocking Up Food for the Winter

By written by Caity R.    December 23, 2020   

Unlike many of the other holidays and traditions that we celebrate, Kwanzaa is one of the newest, at only 54 years old. It was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 as a way for African American… continue reading The History of Kwanzaa

By written by Kamilah C.    December 22, 2020    3

Planning and hosting the Free Library's Social Justice Symposium for young people has become an important tradition at the Philadelphia City Institute Library . We held the first Symposium in… continue reading The Social Justice Symposium Turns Five!

By written by Erin H.    December 21, 2020    1

Space western adventures! Out of this world creatures! And one cute green baby (Yoda)! We're talking about The Mandalorian , the latest installment in the ever-expanding Star Wars universe of… continue reading This Is The Way... to Mandalorian and Star Wars Reads

By written by Peter SM    December 18, 2020   

"Beginning Readers" are books aimed at those who are just learning to read. They have easy to read text accompanied by illustrations that reinforce reading comprehension. These books are… continue reading Books for Emerging Readers | Something for Everyone!

By written by Monica C.    December 17, 2020   

One of my favorite treats for the holidays is making gingerbread! Did you know that gingerbread was derived from Greece in 2400 b.c and was originally meant to preserve ginger? Gingerbread was a… continue reading Celebrate the Holidays with Gingerbread

By written by Naquawna L.    December 16, 2020   

Healthy Communities just wrapped a fall series of A Taste of African Heritage with instructor Paul O. Mims, who recently spoke with Oldways about Cooking, Culture, and Community During Covid… continue reading A Taste of African Heritage for Kwanzaa

By written by Aurora S.    December 15, 2020   

For many Philadelphians, library access to free ebooks and audiobooks has been a lifesaver during the pandemic. We may not be able to go anywhere we want, but we can travel vicariously through… continue reading How to Recommend a Digital Book

By written by Jamie B.    December 14, 2020    2

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