Not a Black Friday Shopper? We’ve Got You Covered!

By Kate C. RSS Fri, November 23, 2018

If the idea of heading out into the world at some ungodly hour to fight crowds and spend money makes you queasy, and you’re choosing to celebrate today as Buy Nothing Day rather than Black Friday, fear not! The Free Library has plenty of fun, stress-free ways you can spend your day – and guess what? None of them involve going to the mall or fighting over the last TV or washing machine.

Here are just a few ideas that are way more fun:

Pick up that book you’ve been ignoring—whether hard copy, ebook, or audiobook—and decide what you’ll be digging into next!



Binge watch some movies using Kanopy or Hoopla – we’ve got thousands to choose from, including award-winning documentaries and rare and hard-to-find titles.



Learn a new skill you’ve been putting off with – you’ll find courses and training videos on everything from web design to guitar to entrepreneurship!


If the holiday season has you in the mood to tidy up, these resources can help you get organized, cut clutter, manage your time, and find good homes for unwanted possessions.



Parlez-vous français? Whether you’re aiming to learn a new language altogether or brush up on one you already know, you can master a foreign language with the help of the Free Library using Mango!


If you do happen to change your mind and want to do some shopping, albeit from a more socially conscious standpoint, we've got two great recommendations for you:

Browse our online shop for literary gift ideas for yourself or a loved one. If you happen to venture over to Amazon, don’t forget to select the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation as your Amazon Smile charity of choice!



You can also put your money back into your community by being a part of Small Business Saturday! Get out and support the local businesses that make our communities strong and vibrant!



No matter how you're choosing to spend your weekend, we hope it's safe and happy and surrounded by loved ones!

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