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Pride Month is set to wrap up this week, and we’ve had so much fun celebrating with virtual events, book lists, and history lessons all throughout June (see what we’ve been up to here… continue reading Close Out Pride Month with a Dress-Up Day!

By written by Kate C.    June 29, 2020   

Original blog post by Symbol Lai, Office of Immigrant Affairs, posted on May 29, 2020   National Immigrant Heritage Month is back — and not a moment too soon. Faced with a global… continue reading Celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month!

By written by Administrator    June 8, 2020   

Dear Free Library community, We are enraged and heartbroken.  The murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police—and the senseless murders of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, among… continue reading The Free Library Stands Against Racism

By written by Siobhan Reardon    June 3, 2020    6

Blog post author Amy Honisett is the Learning and Development Specialist for Multnomah County Library. Multnomah is the public library system for Portland, Oregon and a national partner in the… continue reading Community-Centered Libraries: Another National Partner Perspective

By written by Community-Centered Libraries    May 28, 2020   

The American Library Association (ALA) defines  community engagement  as "the process of working collaboratively with community members—be they library customers, residents,… continue reading Sharing Skills for Community-Centered Libraries with the American Library Association

By written by Community-Centered Libraries    May 6, 2020   

Since the COVID-19 crisis shut down libraries, several Philadelphia City Institute staff members have been directly assisting neighbors and community members by helping with food distribution… continue reading Philadelphia City Institute Staff Help with Food Distribution

By written by Erin H.    May 5, 2020    1

Today, American novelist Harper Lee would have turned 94 years old. As a lover of novels in general, and To Kill a Mockingbird in particular, I jumped at the chance to write a celebratory blog… continue reading Harper Lee and the Novels That Help Us Remember

By written by Christine M.    April 28, 2020    1

Even though all of our minds are on the pandemic and its consequences for us, our communities, and our city, now is also a crucial time for Census 2020! From April to August, the Census… continue reading Support the 2020 Census: Philadelphia Counts!

By written by Andrew N.    April 24, 2020   

Every April 20, the United Nations recognizes the contribution of Chinese literature, poetry, and language in world culture by celebrating Chinese Language Day . Philadelphia is home to some… continue reading Happy Chinese Language Day!

By written by Lindsay S.    April 20, 2020    2

Please note: All Census Champion Trainings from now until March 30 have been cancelled.   Do you want to work toward a better future for our city? Are you a trusted member of your community,… continue reading 2020 Census: Get Involved at the Free Library!

By written by Clare F.    February 20, 2020    1

On Thursday, February 20 , David W. Young will appear at Parkway Central Library to discuss his book, Battles of Germantown: Effective Public History in America .  Many Philadelphia residents… continue reading What is "Public History", Anyway?

By written by Nina C.    February 19, 2020   

Today is the birthday of celebrated former First Lady and citizen of the world, Michelle Obama . A political figure in her own right, Michelle Obama is well known for her healthy eating campaign,… continue reading Michelle Obama Grows a Garden

By written by Gennifer R.    January 17, 2020   

In preparation for a special Free Library event taking place this Wednesday, January 15 at Lovett Library , today we'll be looking at the history and architecture of Mt. Airy. The neighborhood… continue reading Neighborhood Beginnings: 11 Things You Should Know About Mt. Airy

By written by Sally F.    January 13, 2020    2

The Free Library cares about digital inclusion, equity, and access, and has expanded beyond the walls of our 54 neighborhood libraries to partner with area nonprofits, providing free access to… continue reading Digital Inclusion, Equity, and Access | Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Hot Spot

By written by Lu F.    January 9, 2020   

Philadelphia is a wellspring of inspiring young people, with our innovative communities and the creative spirit of the city bringing out the best in many of our young leaders. Today, we would like… continue reading Y is for Youth

By written by Gennifer R.    January 7, 2020   

The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790, and in 2020 we will do so again with a Census . Why does the country undertake this challenging count? Well, it's… continue reading Census 2020, Your Community, and You: Information and Employment Opportunities

By written by Jenn D.    January 6, 2020    5

We are pleased to announce that South Philadelphia Library has been designated a Zone of Peace by the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia . This title is granted to both religious… continue reading South Philadelphia Library Designated a Zone of Peace

By written by Link R.    December 16, 2019    1

Have you heard that Tommy Orange’s breathtaking novel There There is the 2020 One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection? If you don’t have a copy yet, don’t worry: the Free… continue reading #OneBookWednesday | Book Discussion Tips

By written by Clare F.    November 20, 2019    1

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