Summer at the Free Library!

By Kate C. RSS Thu, June 13, 2019

Now that summer is upon us, we hope you’ve got the Free Library on your mind! Whether you’re looking for something fun to do outside, plan to cool off at your neighborhood library location, or take us along on your vacation or stay-cation, we’re excited to summer with you!

One *cool* idea? Head on over to your nearest pool or sprayground! Philadelphia Parks and Recreation’s 74 outdoor pools are opening on a rolling basis, and this year they’re also offering swimming lessons! The spraygrounds are located throughout the city, most in or around neighborhood playgrounds, so find yours today and head over to cool off! And don’t forget to dry off and pop into the library when you’re done!

Are you signed up for the Free Library’s 2019 Summer of Wonder learning program yet? With programs and events happening all throughout the city, as well as opportunities for online participation, there’s something fun for everyone!



If you’re interested in staying close to home on these hot summer days, we’ve got a perfect list of summer movies for you to dig into with your library card and our digital resources, like Hoopla and Kanopy. And these beach reads are the perfect summer companion, whether or not you actually make it to the beach. Grab one from the library today, or download it to your e-reader!

One more thing: Many Philadelphians do not have air conditioning at home, and we know that puts them in danger as soon as the weather gets too hot. That’s why when the City of Philadelphia declares a heat health emergency, several Free Library locations will function as designated cooling centers. That information will be posted right here on our blog just as soon as it’s made official during the heat wave.

How will YOU use the Free Library this summer? Let us know in the comments! Need some more inspiration? Browse our events calendar for summer fun near you.

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