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Most of us are familiar with the artwork created by the Works Progress Administration: the striking photography, the murals in state buildings and post offices, the posters, and the public… continue reading The Federal Writers' Project American Guides

By written by Nina C.    January 18, 2022   

Written by Lewis Shaw, who conducted extensive research in the Art Department as part of a Friends Select School Senior Internship Project. The following is a continuation of a previous blog post… continue reading A Continued Discussion on the Topics of Surrealism and Gender

By written by Administrator    November 10, 2021   

The 1960 presidential campaign was close, hard-fought, and left both sides feeling embittered. Kennedy’s final margin of victory was less than 115,000 votes out of nearly 70 million… continue reading Frenemies: The Strange Friendship of JFK and Richard Nixon

By written by Richard L.    November 3, 2021   

All October we'll be talking about LGBTQ History on the Free Library's blog! So far we've discussed LGBTQ Historical Young Adult Fiction and  LGBTQ History Told Through Comics and… continue reading More Than Stonewall: LGBTQ Historical Nonfiction

By written by Shelley R.    October 28, 2021   

40 years ago on this day, October 15, 1981, a film debuted that not only scared audiences but would send shivers through Hollywood for years to come, serving as not only an artistic influence on… continue reading Reopening the Book of the Dead: The Evil Dead 40th Anniversary

By written by Peter SM    October 15, 2021   

A panel from Hazel Newlevant's exposé of queer uprisings found within Be Gay, Do Comics!. All October we'll be talking about LGBTQ History on the Free Library's blog! Last week… continue reading LGBTQ History Told Through Comics and Graphic Novels

By written by Shelley R.    October 13, 2021   

The New Deal, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s political experiment to pull the United States out of the Great Depression, created programs for relief for the unemployed and economic… continue reading Explore the New Deal’s Legacy Across Philadelphia

By written by Laura S.    October 5, 2021   

October is LGBTQ History Month ! A lot of straight and/or cisgender people like to treat gay people like we didn't exist until  Ellen Degeneres came out as a lesbian in 1997 ; and as if… continue reading We Were Always Here: LGBTQ Historical Young Adult Fiction

By written by Shelley R.    October 1, 2021    1

September 24 is International Bollywood Day! So... what exactly is Bollywood? Depending on who you ask, each person defines it differently.  In the film My Name Is Khan , an Indian man… continue reading What Do You Know About Bollywood? | International Bollywood Day

By written by Inaara S.    September 28, 2021    1

Today, September 22, we welcome the equinox once again! On this day twice each year, the sun rests directly over the equator, so day and night are nearly equal in length all over the globe. In the… continue reading Move into Autumn with the Harvest Moon

By written by Emily S.    September 22, 2021    1

Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of Hispanic heritage and culture through festivals, cuisine, cultural events, and art, encompassing people of various races, ethnicities, nationalities,… continue reading Hispanic Heritage Month Begins!

By written by Inaara S.    September 16, 2021   

Whether it is eating ice cream, swimming, or visiting your neighborhood library, there are so many great summer pastimes. One of the most exciting parts of summer is listening to all the… continue reading Best Summer Albums Through the Decades

By written by Inaara S.    September 2, 2021    1

Two months ago was the first official celebration of Juneteenth as a national holiday. On Thursday, June 17, 2021, Congress passed and presented the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act to… continue reading We Have a New Federal Holiday — Juneteenth!

By written by Inaara S.    August 27, 2021   

Jashn-e-Azadi Mubarak! Happy Independence Day! This past Saturday, August 14, was Pakistan’s Independence Day. Formed in 1947, Pakistan celebrated 74 years of its independence and freedom… continue reading Celebrating Pakistan's Independence Day with Music, Film, and Literature!

By written by Inaara S.    August 18, 2021    3

The summer is heating up! As we all try our best to deal with the rising temperatures in our area, don't forget that the Free Library is a great place to cool off! From access to books and… continue reading Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer with the Free Library!

By written by Kate C.    July 19, 2021    1

The oldest known celebration of the end of enslavement in U.S. history, Juneteenth is a day that recognizes freedom and liberation. Juneteenth, a combination of the words "June" and… continue reading The Commemoration of Juneteenth

By written by Inaara S.    June 14, 2021   

May 31 of this year marks an awful anniversary in our country and one we are still coming to terms with— The Tulsa Race Riots , which have been called "the single worst incident of… continue reading Unspeakable: Taking Time for Tulsa

By written by Jeff B.    May 27, 2021   

When Frank Stephens, Jr., passed away in March at the age of 89, many mourned the loss of a friend and colleague. Others were hearing about Frank for the first time. And it was an opportunity for… continue reading Frank Stephens, Jr.: A Free Library Legacy

By written by Administrator    May 11, 2021    3

We often emphasize distinctions between the main Abrahamic religions, but they have something culinary in common: each year Muslims, Christians, and Jews restrict their diets to mimic the fasts of… continue reading Why Did Abraham Care What We Eat? Food Restrictions in Major Religions

By written by Lane    April 16, 2021   

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