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March is Women’s History Month, and it’s a wonderful time to delve into some of the previously untold history of the women of our world. Did you know that recent archaeological… continue reading What's New in Women's History

By written by Emily S.    March 25, 2022   

Are you getting ready to celebrate Purim? We have books for you! Purim is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the bravery of Esther and the salvation of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Purim

By written by Monica C.    March 11, 2022   

March 4th is National Employee Appreciation Day. I wanted to publicly commend our extraordinary staff who continue to keep one of our newest resources alive and well…our Call Center! The… continue reading National Employee Appreciation Day

By written by Jennifer B.    March 4, 2022   

Was there a saint of love? Despite myths surrounding the "real" Saint Valentine , this holiday likely owes its origins to Medieval English poet Chaucer . At a time of growing romance… continue reading Who Was the Saint of Valentine's Day?

By written by Emily S.    February 14, 2022   

On January 17, our nation commemorates the 27th Annual National Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work and legacy. Dr. King’s part in the Civil Rights Movement… continue reading In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By written by Emily S.    January 13, 2022   

It can be difficult to get into the holiday spirit in the midst of so much confusion, fear, and grief. Children and adults alike may find ourselves feeling sad at the loss of a loved one, of… continue reading Giving Back for the Holidays

By written by Emily S.    December 23, 2021   

No matter what holiday(s) you celebrate, the month of December is jam-packed with holiday offerings at the Free Library–both in-person and virtually!  Check out these events and make… continue reading Celebrate the Holidays with the Free Library!

By written by Kate C.    December 13, 2021    1

It’s a well-established tradition at the end of the year that ballet companies everywhere offer performances of The Nutcracker . The Philadelphia Ballet presentation of this seasonal… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | The Nutcracker

By written by Monica C.    December 9, 2021   

Jólabókaflóðið , or the Christmas Book Flood in English, is an Icelandic holiday tradition started in 1944 and enjoyed every year since then. Around 2015, this… continue reading Jólabókaflóðið: Iceland’s Holiday Book Tradition

By written by Jeff B.    December 7, 2021   

December is chockful of celebrations, with windows filled with lights and decorations, and a communal feeling of anticipation and joy.   Find picture books for the holidays you celebrate… continue reading Celebrating in December | Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa

By written by Monica C.    December 2, 2021   

The holiday season is upon us and what better way to celebrate than by bringing your little ones to a storytime at Christmas Village , Philadelphia’s authentic German Christmas market! The… continue reading Christmas Village Storytimes are Back this Holiday Season!

By written by Sheila O.    November 29, 2021   

November is Native American Heritage Month, as well as a time when many people in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving. If this holiday is a part of your family’s tradition, it may be… continue reading Reframing Thanksgiving for Native American Heritage Month

By written by Emily S.    November 22, 2021   

Young Readers Day was first created by a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the reading-incentives program with pizza rewards, Book It! We will happily take any excuse to celebrate… continue reading Celebrate Young Readers Day!

By written by Emily S.    November 9, 2021   

November is almost upon us, and it already has us thinking about Thanksgiving and the spirit of giving as the holiday season approaches! Here at the Free Library, we're thankful for … continue reading Give Thanks with the Free Library this November!

By written by Administrator    October 27, 2021   

Jack-o'-lanterns are grinning from the stoops, and a chill wind rustles through the leaves. An orange October moon slips from behind swift-moving clouds, and children are possessed by an… continue reading Trick or Treat! A COVID-Safe Halloween

By written by Emily S.    October 22, 2021   

Since October 14 is National Dessert Day , I thought I'd take a trip down memory lane, all the way back to the spring of 2020 when I started stress-baking... Coronavirus was still a new… continue reading National Dessert Day

By written by Kamilah C.    October 14, 2021   

This year, for the first time, Philadelphia will celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day on the 2nd Monday of October. It is a welcome and important step in recognizing and rethinking Native… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Indigenous Peoples' Day

By written by Monica C.    October 8, 2021   

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

The bond between grandchildren and grandparents is strong. This unique connection, across time and generations, can stretch across countries as well. It’s no surprise that National… continue reading Picture Books Highlights | Grandparents Day

By written by Monica C.    September 10, 2021   

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   

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