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I wanted to write a blog post about my favorite picture books of 2020; all the books that touched me through their text and art... but that is not an easy thing to do. There are so many wonderful… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | My Favorite Books of 2020

By written by Monica C.    December 10, 2020   

The night of Thursday, December 10 begins the Jewish Festival of Lights known as Hanukkah. That much we can agree on, eh? Well, err, kind of. Yes, the holiday begins on Thursday evening, but what… continue reading The Jewish Festival of Lights

By written by Jenn D.    December 10, 2020   

The Business Resource and Innovation Center ’s (BRIC) free business resources are accessible anywhere! That means you can conduct business research at your leisure from the comfort of your… continue reading At Home with BRIC: Take a Deep Dive Into Company and Demographic Research with Reference Solutions

By written by Gillian R.    December 9, 2020   

This is the sixth in a series of posts highlighting major figures in jazz history who were in some sense from Philly. Every one of the bolded album titles below can be streamed free with your… continue reading Philly Jazz Legends: Henry Grimes

By written by Ben R.    December 8, 2020   

Each holiday season, the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation creates a festive commemorative bookplate that members of the community can gift in honor or in memory of those they care most… continue reading Take Part in a Free Library Holiday Tradition: Dedicate a Bookplate

By written by Jamie K.    December 8, 2020    1

The Free Library of Philadelphia has appointed Dr. Guy Sims as its full-time Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, effective December 14. Guy brings experience as Assistant to the President for… continue reading The Free Library Names Dr. Guy Sims Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

By written by Administrator    December 7, 2020    21

Two months into the pandemic, everyone is looking at their computer screen and seeing at least 10 or more people on it. Imagine if you had to look at more than 50 or 100 people on the screen...… continue reading Listen to the Virtual Concert Band and Discover an Online Music Community

By written by Ellen W.    December 4, 2020   

As part of our  ongoing series  of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Sunita Balija, who is a… continue reading Meet Your Library Staff: Sunita Balija, Children's Librarian and South Indian Classical Vocalist

By written by Peter SM    December 4, 2020   

Passed in March 2020, the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) includes several provisions designed to bolster the United States economy in response to the COVID-19… continue reading How the CARES Act Impacts Your Charitable Giving

By written by Jamie K.    December 3, 2020    1

Nowadays, mastering a new language is so much fun—there are so many resources available! Depending on your learning style, you can design a work plan that fits your needs and time. With only… continue reading ¿Aprendiendo Español? Check Out These Resources!

By written by Mary Marques    December 2, 2020   

The Free Library Board of Trustees will be holding its second quarterly meeting of FY21 on Wednesday, December 9, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The meeting will take place through the online meeting… continue reading Free Library Board of Trustees Upcoming Public Meeting on Wednesday, December 9 at 8:00 a.m.

By written by Administrator    December 2, 2020    1

by Mariam Williams, Project Director for Chronicling Resistance "I've studied what I could of the Niess and their culture. There isn’t much left, and I have to sift the truth from… continue reading Chronicling Resistance: Meet the Fellows

By written by Administrator    December 1, 2020   

It’s Giving Tuesday and the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation is participating! Giving Tuesday is a global giving movement that was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that… continue reading Support the Free Library of Philadelphia on #GivingTuesday!

By written by Jamie K.    December 1, 2020   

In early September, the Board of Trustees appointed Leslie M. Walker as the Interim Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Prior to this appointment, Leslie served as the Chief of Staff for… continue reading Meet Your Library Staff: Leslie M. Walker, Interim Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia

By written by Alix G.    November 30, 2020    2

It's finally here, the last month of 2020. This is a year that we're not going to miss, and you can celebrate it's passing with one of our recommendations. Light-hearted or serious, we… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in December!

By written by Paul A.    November 30, 2020   

Ah, Thanksgiving. It’s the holiday many of us look forward to in which we can gather with family and friends, eat delicious homemade food, and reflect on all of the things we are thankful… continue reading Buy Nothing Day 2020

By written by Kamilah C.    November 27, 2020   

by Andrew DePass, Intern,  Languages and Learning Center Have you started taking a GED or HiSET course before the pandemic that has been put on hold and want to continue your studies? Need an… continue reading Prepare for Your High School Diploma and More With These Free Online Courses

By written by Rachel H.    November 25, 2020    3

Updated Monday, January 4, 2021 Local author Hallee Adelman is the creator of the Way Past... books series , which helps children learn how to cope with their emotions in a literacy-focused way.… continue reading Virtual Children’s Author Visit: Hallee Adelman

By written by Becky S.    November 24, 2020    2

Written by Alex Evenson, Philabundance Nutrition Educator, with additions from Caity Rietzen, Culinary Literacy Center Supervisor   Cooking is a wonderful way to bring people together, and… continue reading Brighten Up Your Thanksgiving Table

By written by Caity R.    November 24, 2020   

In the world of entrepreneurship, one of the most challenging aspects of business ownership is finding ways to let the most people know that your business exists, i.e. visibility. There are many… continue reading Business Librarian and Business Owner: Gaining Visibility

By written by Sharontina H.    November 23, 2020    1

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