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This is the seventh in a series of posts  highlighting major figures in Philadelphia jazz history. Every one of the bolded album titles below can be streamed free with your library card via… continue reading Philly Jazz Legends: The Heath Brothers

By written by Ben R.    February 23, 2021    1

To commemorate and celebrate the scope of Black History Month, you can jump into our Author Events podcast archive , which dates back almost 25 years! There you’ll find an astonishing wealth… continue reading Black Authors and Voices: Podcasts from the Author Events Archive

By written by Author Events    February 22, 2021    1

Looking for YA titles that celebrate Black lives? Dig into these recommended #OwnVoices reads! Whether you’re into short stories, fantastical worlds, hard-hitting realistic fiction, or… continue reading Recommended YA Reads for Black History Month

By written by Emily S.    February 22, 2021   

2021 marks 45 years since The Muppet Show debuted on television and today Disney+ is bringing back all 120 episodes streaming on-demand! As Kermit the Frog would say—arms flailing—… continue reading Digital Media Spotlight | The Muppets

By written by Peter SM    February 19, 2021   

Today is National Caregivers’ Day, and we’d like to take a moment to honor the essential role that caregivers play in our communities. Whether it is for loved ones or how you earn your… continue reading Self-Care for Caregivers | National Caregivers' Day

By written by Emily S.    February 19, 2021    1

by Evan Guerra, LEAP Maker Mentor  Earthdate August 2020...  I crash landed on this planet. I’m in bad need of repairs. My name is Cheerio B. McBoxface. I am a robot, and I am here… continue reading Meet Cheerio B. McBoxface, the Free Library's First Interactive Robot!

By written by Administrator    February 18, 2021    3

Throughout February, in celebration of Black History Month , Picture Book Highlights will focus on books written and / or illustrated by African American authors and illustrators. Let’s talk… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Black History Month: Hair

By written by Monica C.    February 18, 2021   

Protect Your Ideas As a business owner, you probably already have or most definitely will come up with great ideas. Afterall, great ideas are what businesses are born from and what sustains them.… continue reading Business Librarian and Business Owner: Protect Your Ideas

By written by Sharontina H.    February 17, 2021   

Updated Tuesday, April 27, 2021 3:15 p.m. The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year will be… continue reading It’s Tax Season: Here’s What You Need to Know

By written by Marija G.    February 17, 2021   

What do Guion Bluford , Angela Davis , Hank Aaron , Maya Angelou , Katherine G. Johnson , Eartha Kitt , Sonny Rollins , Gordon Parks , Ntozake Shange , and E. Lynn Harris all have in common? They… continue reading Introducing the HistoryMakers Digital Archive!

By written by Jamie B.    February 16, 2021   

by Breshay Woods  (Culinary Literacy Center Intern) Does all this Philadelphia snow have you ready for a virtual vacation to New Orleans? The Culinary Literacy Center  is here to… continue reading Recipes and Resources for a Virtual Mardi Gras Celebration

By written by Lindsay S.    February 16, 2021   

In mid-December, the Free Library welcomed Dr. Guy Sims as the institution’s first full-time Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer . Prior to this appointment, Guy was the Assistant to the… continue reading Meet Your Library Staff: Guy Sims, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

By written by Alix G.    February 12, 2021    5

Celebrate Lunar New Year 2021 and the Year of the Ox ! In Chinese culture, the Ox is a valued animal. Because of its role in agriculture, positive characteristics, such as being hardworking and… continue reading Celebrate the Year of the Ox!

By written by Peter SM    February 12, 2021   

by Mariam Williams, Project Director, Chronicling Resistance One of my greatest joys in this project is witnessing how the Fellows draw connections among their respective areas of research and… continue reading Thinking in Community

By written by Administrator    February 11, 2021   

Throughout February, in celebration of Black History Month, Picture Book Highlights will focus on books written and / or illustrated by African American authors and illustrators. Today we will… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Black History Month: Grandparents

By written by Monica C.    February 11, 2021   

Ask a teen if they have a favorite poem and the answer may surprise you. Young people are experts in self-expression, and what higher form of self-expression is there than the poem? It probably… continue reading Repetition, Rhythm, and Sometimes Rhyme

By written by Catherine M.    February 10, 2021    1

I’ve written about some of my favorite graphic novels featuring Black History before in a previous post , and those titles like March by Congressman John Lewis are still… continue reading Black History Month | Spotlight on Graphic Novels

By written by Rachel F.    February 10, 2021   

by Jena Harris and Suzanna Urminska "In every race, in every nation and in every clime in every period of history there is always an eager-eyed group of youthful patriots who seriously set… continue reading Reimagining a Recipe for Radical Self Care

By written by Suzanna U.    February 9, 2021   

Quaint boxes equipped with separate compartments, used to store your favorite meals, bento boxes are gaining major popularity in the United States. While they are great for storing… continue reading Bento Boxes: A Sustainable Method for Food On the Go

By written by Naquawna L.    February 8, 2021   

During Black History Month, the Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement (OBME) is hosting a series on Black Generational Wealth , in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Commerce… continue reading Black History Month | Black Generational Wealth Series

By written by Peter SM    February 8, 2021   

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