Part of my job is to show Parkway Central Library ’s private spaces to those who are interested in renting them for events . At the end of those tours, I often take them to the Heim Center ,…
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written by Kamilah C.
January 23, 2020
On Wednesday, January 22, Tommy Orange will join us in Philadelphia for the One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff , which launches eight weeks of more than 130 events exploring the themes in his…
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written by Brittanie S.
January 8, 2020
December is THE SEASON. For whatever holiday you observe, celebrate, or just casually note upon the calendar, the Free Library has a celebratory feast of offerings. Is it a performance…
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written by Jenn D.
November 26, 2019
On Friday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m., two unique features of the Richmond Library will come together in the form of "For the Love of Bees," a free piano concert by avant-guard composer…
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written by Amy T.
October 29, 2019
August is here and Philadelphia City Institute Library will be featuring free summer jazz concerts ! We are pleased to continue this tradition for the fifth year in a row with performances by…
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written by Margaret T.
August 5, 2019
The mystery of romantic love has puzzled people for centuries. In 1862, Lewis Douglass wrote his future wife, Amelia Loguen, as follows: "Men and women talk of love, can anyone describe it?…
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written by Richard L.
July 1, 2019
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery, on June 19, 1865, when the Emancipation Proclamation was enforced by Union soldiers and the last remaining slaves were freed in Galveston Texas. To…
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written by Barbara B.
June 6, 2019
Summer is in full swing: temperatures are high, days are long, school is out for break, and the Ravens are on the rooftop! Join the Raven Society, the Free Library’s community of young…
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written by Alexa L.
June 5, 2019
Parkway Central Library Senior Services will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards for excellence in African American children’s literature with a five-part…
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written by Lisa-Jane E.
May 29, 2019
As severe storm warnings in our area continue, we have unfortunately been met with a weather forecast that has forced us to cancel the Brews & Views series in full. Wishing all of our loyal…
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written by Victoria G.
May 16, 2019
This year, Free Library Comic Con celebrates its 5th anniversary with our annual event at the Parkway Central Library on May 11, 2019! When you arrive, you’ll first encounter our Vendor Hall…
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written by Kris L.
May 2, 2019
Every year, the Free Library of Philadelphia hosts a Family Fest —a celebration just for children and their families in the historic Parkway Central Library . Open to the public, this very…
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written by Alexa L.
March 25, 2019
Even if you’ve never read Mary Shelley ’s groundbreaking novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus , you’ve certainly heard of the stiched-together monster the teenage mother…
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written by Violet L.
February 21, 2019
Long ago, Philadelphians had the opportunity to escape the congestion of the city by ferrying to two islands in the middle of the Delaware River, across from what is now Penn’s Landing.…
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written by Megan M.
January 22, 2019
It’s wintertime in Philly. Even in the absence of snow, (thus far!), this means the sun rises later and sets earlier than in bordering seasons. It’s enough to make a person feel like…
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written by Jenn D.
January 11, 2019
The late and great Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell once sang, "Ain’t nothing like the real thing baby." These words hold true for how to best experience our material culture. People…
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written by Joe S.
January 7, 2019
‘Tis the season for setting goals and thinking about the person you want to become in the new year! Good news: the Free Library of Philadelphia can help when it comes to making that New…
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written by Kate C.
December 31, 2018
On Tuesday, October 30, Parkway Central Library ’s Skyline Room was abuzz with the cheers of sixth graders, the sound of buzzers and music, and the roar of applause. The cause? A "Book…
continue reading This Sixth Grade "Battle" Was One for the Books!
written by Jess P.
November 28, 2018
The Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year, is fast approaching. However, our libraries are not short on immersive, interactive programming. Experience a flurry of fun and…
continue reading Celebrate the Holiday Season with the Free Library at These Fun and Free Events!
written by Christina P.
November 27, 2018
Who was Herbert Crowley? And why did he almost fade into obscurity after exhibiting critically acclaimed work at the start of the 20th century? Crowley was part of the very influential…
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written by Alina J.
October 29, 2018