Posts in “community-events” (37)

On Saturday, June 29, join us in Germantown's Vernon Park from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the inaugural Unity Day ! On Unity Day, the North Central Philadelphia community will to come… continue reading

By Andrea S.   June 20, 2019    2

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… continue reading

By Barbara B.   June 6, 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… continue reading

By Lisa-Jane E.   May 29, 2019    2

Philadelphia’s Science Festival is back for a week of all things science. The week-long festival is hosted by the Franklin Institute and offers hundreds of free and low-cost programs across… continue reading

By Elizabeth K.   April 23, 2019   

What’s better than a fun Free Library storytime with your little one? How about a fun Free Library storytime complete with some of Philly’s most iconic eats just steps away?… continue reading

By Kate C.   April 18, 2019    2

A Voice for Peace, Concord, and Harmony: XIII International Poetry Festival in Philadelphia will congregate poets from Latin America, Spain, and the United States in an evening of verse and music… continue reading

By Mary Marques   April 12, 2019    2

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… continue reading

By Alexa L.   March 25, 2019   

Tuesday Chalmers is an Adult/Teen Librarian at McPherson Square Library , and a member of Cohort 1 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries training. In this post, she explains the project… continue reading

By Community-Centered Libraries   March 7, 2019   

The Free Library Book Bike program is now entering its 4th season! The Book Bikes are bicycle-powered mobile libraries that go to local events, bringing a piece of the Free Library outside of our… continue reading

By Link R.   February 8, 2019   

We are excited to share the news that the Free Library will be at the African American Children's Book Fair again this year! Founded and organized by Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati, the African… continue reading

By Molly B.   January 25, 2019   

Type "slime" into any search engine and you’re bound to find a variety of slime-making kits sold through major retailers, links to several YouTube accounts dedicated to slime, and… continue reading

By Khyra L.   December 7, 2018   

The Free Library will be returning for another festive season of Storytimes at the Christmas Village ! Storytimes will be held every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., starting today, November 28 and… continue reading

By Elizabeth K.   November 28, 2018   

On Friday Oct 26 from 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. , the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is throwing itself a wild block party to celebrate 100 years of culture and learning along Philadelphia’s… continue reading

By Adam F.   October 22, 2018   

The Free Library was founded with the goal of helping Philadelphians achieve personal enlightenment, and has continuously evolved to reach this goal in an ever-changing city and world. To further… continue reading

By Kate C.   October 22, 2018    1

In the summer of 2017, Kristen Albee, a local mom who regularly attends Pre-K Storytime with her daughter at the Queen Memorial Library in Point Breeze, fostered a connection between the library… continue reading

By Liz G.   October 15, 2018   

When you think of spelling bees, you probably think back to those elementary school glory days (or, in my case, to an embarrassing misspelling of ‘macaroni’ that nearly ruined fourth… continue reading

By Kate C.   September 25, 2018   

In a previous post, we shared some stories about how meetings between libraries and other community organizations can lead to what the American Library Association calls the “domino effect… continue reading

By Community-Centered Libraries   September 7, 2018   

We’ve been having some fun around here celebrating the Dog Days of Summer—library-style , but did you know there’s a way you can make a big impact this month? August 18 is this… continue reading

By Kate C.   August 13, 2018    2

The Free Library of Philadelphia is continuing our efforts to make the Summer of Wonder program as available and accessible as possible. In addition to offering Summer of Wonder in all 54 library… continue reading

By Elizabeth K.   July 19, 2018    1

Ah, summer... The sun is out, the fountains are on, school is out, energy is high, and let's face it—for parents, this can be a challenging time. Here’s a list of things that are… continue reading

By Sarah S.   June 21, 2018    1