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What happens when you bring together five book-loving kids with the author of the book they just read? We found out on December 16, 2020, when five young readers met virtually with Philadelphia…
continue reading Philly Tweens Interview Middle Grade Author Christine Kendall
written by Jane E.
March 26, 2021
To commemorate and celebrate the scope of Black History Month, you can jump into our Author Events podcast archive , which dates back almost 25 years! There you’ll find an astonishing wealth…
continue reading Black Authors and Voices: Podcasts from the Author Events Archive
written by Author Events
February 22, 2021
Looking for YA titles that celebrate Black lives? Dig into these recommended #OwnVoices reads! Whether you’re into short stories, fantastical worlds, hard-hitting realistic fiction, or…
continue reading Recommended YA Reads for Black History Month
written by Emily S.
February 22, 2021
You have a story to tell. Now more than ever, in these uncertain times, people long to be heard, they are speaking up and speaking out. Author Jason Reynolds' award-recognized and…
continue reading Look Both Ways and Tell Your Story
written by Jeff B.
July 2, 2020
"This athlete is only nineteen years old, but he is six feet, two inches high, and weighs 210 pounds," noted the March 1918 issue of The Crisis , the NAACP’s flagship publication.…
continue reading Portraits of Heroes, Portraits of You: Black History Month at the Free Library
written by Kalela W.
January 28, 2020
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a strongly celebrated day in Philadelphia. People of all ages come together to support their communities and uplift the values of MLK’s civil rights leadership…
continue reading MLK Day of Service | When the Youth Lead
written by Gennifer R.
January 15, 2020