Posts in “one-book-one-philadelphia” (102)

Today we kicked off the annual One Book, One Philadelphia reading period with the announcement of the 2019 featured selection. You’re invited to jump into the 17 th season of this citywide… continue reading

By Brittanie S.   October 16, 2018   

What if the whole city read one book at the same time and then talked about it? What if the book became the basis for hands-on activities in every single neighborhood? What if folks started making… continue reading

By Brittanie S.   October 10, 2018   

The 2018  One Book, One Philadelphia  selection was Jacqueline Woodson’s award winning novel,  Another Brooklyn . After an exciting season of discussions and… continue reading

By Perry G.   July 3, 2018   

The end of another phenomenal  One Book, One Philadelphia  season is upon us. We have spent eight inspired weeks reading, discussing, watching, creating, playing, and enjoying. The 16th… continue reading

By Julie B.   March 14, 2018   

In Jacqueline Woodson’s books, cooking traces the roots and routes of families and memories. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) joined with the Free Library’s Culinary… continue reading

By Julie B.   March 8, 2018   

At the beginning of Jacqueline Woodson’s recent event at the Community College of Philadelphia, she told the roomful of eager students: "Put down the phone and experience me." For… continue reading

By Julie B.   February 28, 2018   

When you first think about reading a book, it seems like a solitary affair. I picture myself curled up by a window, reading by natural light and entering a new little world—alone. Sometimes… continue reading

By Lo I.   February 21, 2018   

How do we dream ourselves out of this? It’s 1968, 50 years ago. This is what August, a young girl freshly uprooted from her rural Tennessee home, now living in the Bushwick section of… continue reading

By Kalela W.   February 14, 2018   

Dear reader, Perhaps a dying art, or perhaps in fact an art that has now expanded in form, letter-writing creates a tangible connection between humans. Usually, letters are thought to be written… continue reading

By Lo I.   February 7, 2018   

Last week, One Book, One Philadelphia joined a session of The Best Day of My Life So Far , which brings together older Philadelphians to write and share their stories. Younger folks are invited to… continue reading

By Brittanie S.   January 31, 2018   

Often when we think of "urgent care" we think about the medical drop-in facilities that have opened up in recent years, bridging the gap between primary-care offices and emergency rooms.… continue reading

By Kamilah C.   January 24, 2018   

Tonight marks the official beginning of One Book season! Join us for an evening of reading, conversation, and performance at Parkway Central Library to kick off eight inspired weeks of programming… continue reading

By Julie B.   January 17, 2018   

We are just one week away from the Kickoff Event to the One Book, One Philadelphia 2018 season . On Wednesday night, January 17, at 7:30 p.m. you are invited to join us in Parkway Central Library… continue reading

By Julie B.   January 10, 2018   

Author Jacqueline Woodson has said that as much as Another Brooklyn is the story of August, who we see progress from childhood to adulthood, it is the story of a place—Bushwick, New York.… continue reading

By Julie B.   January 3, 2018    1

When Another Brooklyn narrator August moves north with her father and brother, her mother does not go with them, but her absence in Bushwick isn't exactly real. The first sentence of… continue reading

By Brittanie S.   December 27, 2017   

"I refused to cover my head in public. Refused to walk through the world as a messenger of Allah’s teachings, ate hot dogs and bacon when I was with my girls. My Muslim beliefs lived… continue reading

By Lo I.   December 20, 2017   

by One Book, One Philadelphia Chair, Marie Field Born and raised in the Bronx, then Queens, I landed in Brooklyn when I moved into my new husband’s efficiency apartment on Willow Street in… continue reading

By Administrator   December 13, 2017   

Like the enormous condo building that is being erected on your block right now, the word "gentrification" has loomed large recently. Its definition is tough to pin down and experts have… continue reading

By Kalela W.   December 6, 2017    1

The thing I like most about One Book, One Philadelphia is the chance to read outside of my experiences—to see the world through the eyes of someone living a very different lifestyle that I… continue reading

By Rachel F.   November 29, 2017   

Gladys Jamison couldn’t know this, but she was a girl coming of age in an exodus. Thirteen years old when her father moved her and her siblings to Brooklyn, she’d lost her mother five… continue reading

By Kalela W.   November 22, 2017    3