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In the summer of 2019, my fiancée and I spent one weekend volunteering for the Special Olympics in New Jersey. He volunteered for the organization back when he is college and a couple… continue reading It's Volunteer Recognition Day!

By written by Kamilah C.    April 20, 2022   

Just in time for spring cleaning, N. C. Wyeth's The Old Woman Tost Up in a Basket is back on display in Up Above: Thinking About the Skies in Parkway Central Library. Creating and… continue reading Up Above: Thinking about the "Little Old Lady Tost Up in a Basket"

By written by Chris B.    April 19, 2022    2

It’s never too late to take personal inventory and check in with yourself. How is your mental health? When was the last time you drank some water or ate a fully balanced meal? Can you… continue reading April is Stress Awareness Month

By written by Kamilah C.    April 11, 2022    2

In 2026, the country will commemorate the 250th anniversary of American independence. All eyes will be on Philadelphia as we recognize the historic events that occurred here in 1776. The Free… continue reading Get Ready: 2026 Starts Now!

By written by Janine P.    April 8, 2022   

Spring symbolizes resurrection. The awakening from Winter into new birth, new spirit, new possibilities. During April 2022 - Jazz Appreciation Month , Philadelphia Jazz Project in collaboration… continue reading Enjoy Philly Celebrates Jazz Month at the Free Library!

By written by Perry G.    April 8, 2022   

“La poesía es un espacio de libertad/ Poetry is a space of freedom”. Carlos José Pérez Sámano, Mexican poet and writer Poetry explores the language and its… continue reading The lyrical speaker: Finding your own voice through poetry!

By written by Mary Marques    April 7, 2022   

by Spencer Duncan, Digital Equity Vista at the Office of Innovation and Technology Helping Philadelphians get access to devices is a key goal in Philadelphia’s Digital Equity Plan . Experts… continue reading Find free or low-cost laptops and computers

By written by Administrator    April 7, 2022    2

April showers, as they say, bring May flowers, and we’ll be very glad to see them this year! But what else does April bring? It’s National Poetry Month , and there are so many ways to… continue reading In April, Every Day Is a Poem!

By written by Emily S.    April 6, 2022    1

It should come as no surprise that libraries are one of my favorite places in the whole wide world! Wherever I go, I always have to check out the local public library! I always feel… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | National Bookmobile Day

By written by Monica C.    April 6, 2022    1

Ah, Spring, that magical season when a young person's mind turns to thoughts of friendship, feelings, and free verse. No wonder April is Poetry Month! Here in Philadelphia, the days are… continue reading Novels-In-Verse Recommendations for Poetry Month

By written by Jeff B.    April 5, 2022   

"We are books. We are these vessels of information, stories, inspiration, love." — Mieka Moody, librarian and One Book selection committee member Reflecting on 20 years of the One… continue reading Watch 20 Years of One Book, One Philadelphia

By written by Brittanie S.    April 5, 2022   

It’s one of our favorite weeks of the year— National Library Week ! This year's theme is "Connect with your Library," celebrating libraries as places to connect to… continue reading Happy National Library Week!

By written by Kate C.    April 4, 2022   

Note: the use of "deaf" versus "Deaf" in this blog post is intentional. Deaf refers to the community and culture, while the lowercase deaf refers to the physical act of… continue reading Deaf History Month 2022

By written by Shelley R.    April 4, 2022   

Happy spring, Philadelphia! It’s time to go out and work on our gardens – in our yards, balconies, or community gardens! Let’s all get our hands dirty with soil and… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Gardening

By written by Monica C.    March 29, 2022   

This April, our children and teen titles explore curiosity and adventure while our adult selections are taking us into complicated realms, a little something for everyone as we move farther into… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in April!

By written by Rachel F.    March 29, 2022   

Planting a garden, spring cleaning, rediscovering the outdoors. Spring is the season of growth and renewal. What better time to think about launching a career! Everyone has the potential for a… continue reading Ahh spring, the perfect time to…launch a career!

By written by Margaret T.    March 28, 2022    1

March is Women’s History Month, and it’s a wonderful time to delve into some of the previously untold history of the women of our world. Did you know that recent archaeological… continue reading What's New in Women's History

By written by Emily S.    March 25, 2022   

Would you like to teach adults to read? There are many people who need this help and very few places where they can get it. The Free Library is dedicated to advancing literacy for all. To this… continue reading Adults CAN Learn to READ

By written by Rachel H.    March 25, 2022   

The Free Library has loaned over 11,000 Wi-Fi hotspots and tablets to residents of Philadelphia as part of the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Device Lending Program. This program will remain… continue reading Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Device Lending Program

By written by Camille T.    March 22, 2022    4

For an artist renowned for his use of color, my first exposure to Ashley Bryan (1923-2022) was the pen and ink drawings in The Dancing Granny . In the 1977 edition published by Atheneum, Mr.… continue reading The Vibrancy and Colors of a Great American Artist: Praising Ashley Bryan

By written by Jeff B.    March 22, 2022   

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