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It’s a brand-new year and a new celebration is getting near: Chinese New Year. It is also called Lunar New Year because the festivities fall from the first new moon to the next full… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Happy Lunar New Year!

By written by Monica C.    January 18, 2023   

The winter season is upon us, and we're excited to spend it with you! Read on for some great ideas for family-friendly fun when the temperature starts to drop. Winter Reading Challenge… continue reading Wintertime Fun at the Free Library

By written by Emily S.    December 16, 2022   

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, and that means Santa will soon be returning to LOVE Park for Christmas Village for festive seasonal storytimes for the whole family to enjoy!… continue reading Storytime at Christmas Village Returns!

By written by Emily S.    November 28, 2022   

In many cultures including those indigenous to the land we live on, the harvest season is a traditional time of gratitude. Here in the United States, the Thanksgiving holiday has a more troubled… continue reading A Multicultural Thanksgiving Celebration

By written by Emily S.    November 22, 2022   

It’s National First Responders Day! Every day is a great opportunity to honor the people in our community who have dedicated their lives to helping others in times of distress. These people… continue reading National First Responders Day

By written by Kamilah C.    October 28, 2022   

Philadelphia proudly joins the many cities and states around the nation who have chosen to officially recognize and celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in lieu of Columbus Day . This cultural… continue reading Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day in Philadelphia!

By written by Emily S.    October 7, 2022   

The Free Library is celebrating Juneteenth! Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of enslavement in the United States and a time when we come together to celebrate this monumental… continue reading Celebrating Juneteenth!

By written by Inaara S.    June 14, 2022   

In 2020, the city of Philadelphia declared June 19th a city holiday in recognition of Juneteenth, an important day in the history of African Americans and our country. New children's books… continue reading New Children's Books for Celebrating Juneteenth!

By written by Monica C.    June 9, 2022   

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!  So whether it's Christmas,… 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    1

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    1

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   

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