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By Tuesday C., Kate G., and Sara P. Hola, bonjour, dzien dobry, ni hao! Welcome to the Kensington / Fairhill / Riverwards Community Cookbook : a treasure showcasing the cultural… continue reading The Kensington / Fairhill / Riverwards Cookbook: A North Philly Community's Labor of Love

By written by Administrator    January 24, 2024    5

As we dash into 2024, the Free Library is looking forward to another season of its venerable Author Events  series. Brave the cold and warm up with a red-hot slate of talks by some of… continue reading Upcoming Author Events for Winter/Spring 2024

By written by Jason F.    January 24, 2024   

Is your 2024 New Year’s resolution finding a new or better job, or improving skills needed in your current job? Then you can count on the Free Library to help you keep this… continue reading Upcoming Programs to Jumpstart Your Job Search and Boost Workplace Skills

By written by Annette M.    January 16, 2024   

The Free Library is pleased to announce the addition of three full-time social workers to its Social Services roster. The newly formed Social Services team will provide open office… continue reading Social Services Offered by the Free Library

By written by Administrator    January 8, 2024   

“Dance with me, baby, baby dance with me!” If you’ve ever found yourself enraptured and swaying to the rhythm with your little one, you’re onto something way more… continue reading Dance, Baby, Dance! The World of Movement for Babies and Toddlers

By written by Kimberly G.    January 8, 2024   

For the last year, the shared offices of the Children's Literature Research Collection and the Map Collection have had a consistent litmus test for visitors. When a new visitor enters… continue reading Spotlight: The Letter People

By written by Chris B.    January 8, 2024   

Join the Art Department on Saturday, February 3 at 2 p.m. , for a free screening of the documentary film Broken Dreams . The feature documentary  Broken Dreams highlights artist James E.… continue reading James E. Dupree: Stolen Dreams Exhibit and Film Screening

By written by Natasha S.    January 4, 2024    2

The Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music team is thrilled about Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra’s latest album,  Louis Wayne Ballard : a stunning compilation of recorded… continue reading Rediscovering Louis Ballard at the Fleisher

By written by Danielle T.    January 3, 2024   

Free college and test prep programs continue at Parkway Central Library through the spring semester! Field Teen Center in partnership with The Alexander Advantage is offering… continue reading Free SAT Workshops and Other College Prep Resources

By written by Yona Y.    January 2, 2024    2

The new year is traditionally a time to start fresh, make resolutions, and name your hopes and dreams for the year ahead. Some share this tradition with friends and family and even introduce it to… continue reading New Year, New Habits

By written by Emily S.    January 2, 2024   

It may be chilly outside, but the Free Library has some titles to warm you up this month! Young Children (up to 2nd Grade) I’m Going to Build a Snowman by Jashar Awan When a little boy wakes… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in January!

By written by Rachel F.    December 29, 2023   

December is Learn a Foreign Language Month and we’re celebrating at the Free Library. Many languages are in danger of dying out and estimates show about 3,000 languages becoming lost before… continue reading Endangered Language Spotlight: The Okinawan Languages

By written by Kim M.    December 28, 2023   

It's the 12th annual list of my favorite books — the 2023 edition! This year was a good reading year; I read over 300 books for the first time since 2019 (although my TV watching… continue reading Dena's Favorite Books of 2023

By written by Dena    December 27, 2023    1

The Parkway Central Children’s Department has a fun tradition of giving our favorite books very specific awards crafted just for them, and here they are! These are our best reads of 2023.… continue reading The Central Children's Department Best Books for 2023

By written by Administrator    December 27, 2023    1

December includes International Volunteer Day — which takes place on December 5th — but here at the Free Library, we celebrate our volunteers all year round! Many of the programs… continue reading My Experience Volunteering with the Free Library

By written by Marjorie S.    December 20, 2023   

Can you believe the holidays are here already? We can't! Although it can be the most wonderful time of the year in many ways, this time of year can also bring stress as you ponder your… continue reading Last-Minute Gift Ideas from the Free Library Foundation

By written by Kate C.    December 20, 2023   

2024 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Since its inception in 1949, Rare Books has prided itself on providing a warm and welcoming… continue reading The Rare Book Department's 75th Anniversary Event Series

By written by Joe S.    December 20, 2023   

On the second-floor gallery of Parkway Central Library as part of the exhibition The Art and Influence of John Dowell , there is a tribute to the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles. It… continue reading The Revolutionary June Wayne and Tamarind Lithography Workshop

By written by Karen K.    December 19, 2023   

December is National Learn a Foreign Language Month, but Languages and Learning at the Free Library celebrates language learning all year! Here in Philadelphia, over 180 different languages are… continue reading December is Learn a Foreign Language Month

By written by Meredith M.    December 19, 2023   

In our Manga 101 series , we’ve covered a lot of manga-related topics. We looked at some commonly asked questions , explored demographic categories , reviewed several popular manga genres,… continue reading Manga 101: Manga and Beyond at the Free Library

By written by Meg B.    December 18, 2023    1

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