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Do you long for the days of Nick at Nite , TRL , the Spice Girls , and Fresh Prince ? Do you catch yourself saying "as if" and "talk to the hand" in casual conversation? Do you…
continue reading The Raven Society and Field Teen Center are Throwing it Back to the '90s!
written by Jamie K.
March 11, 2020
"Even if I believed that women should be denied the right of suffrage, wild horses could not drag such an admission from my pen or my lips, for this reason: precisely the same arguments used…
continue reading Women's History Month 2020: Stories We Know, Stories We'll Discover
written by Kalela W.
March 3, 2020
I learned so much at a recent One Book, One Philadelphia panel about the relationship between food, memory, and economic justice. The conversation centered on what it means to…
continue reading One Book, Many Voices Community Dinner at Cobbs Creek Library
written by Brittanie S.
February 26, 2020
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?
written by Nina C.
February 19, 2020
The Free Library is proud to honor Black History Month ! We’ll be celebrating, learning, and reflecting together, with a multitude of programs for the whole family at neighborhood libraries…
continue reading Explore Black History with Your Family at the Free Library!
written by Emily S.
February 4, 2020
Part of my job is to show Parkway Central Library ’s private spaces to those who are interested in renting them for events . At the end of those tours, I often take them to the Heim Center ,…
continue reading New Monthly Game Night Series to Take Place in Heim Center
written by Kamilah C.
January 23, 2020
On Wednesday, January 22, Tommy Orange will join us in Philadelphia for the One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff , which launches eight weeks of more than 130 events exploring the themes in his…
continue reading #OneBookWednesday | One Book 2020 Event Highlights
written by Brittanie S.
January 8, 2020
December is THE SEASON. For whatever holiday you observe, celebrate, or just casually note upon the calendar, the Free Library has a celebratory feast of offerings. Is it a performance…
continue reading December is Holiday Heaven at the Free Library!
written by Jenn D.
November 26, 2019
On Friday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m., two unique features of the Richmond Library will come together in the form of "For the Love of Bees," a free piano concert by avant-guard composer…
continue reading Richmond Library to Host "For the Love of Bees" Avant-Garde Piano Concert
written by Amy T.
October 29, 2019
August is here and Philadelphia City Institute Library will be featuring free summer jazz concerts ! We are pleased to continue this tradition for the fifth year in a row with performances by…
continue reading Check Out Free Summer Jazz Concerts at Philadephia City Institute Library Throughout August!
written by Margaret T.
August 5, 2019
The mystery of romantic love has puzzled people for centuries. In 1862, Lewis Douglass wrote his future wife, Amelia Loguen, as follows: "Men and women talk of love, can anyone describe it?…
continue reading The Mystery of Romantic Love in the Modern Age
written by Richard L.
July 1, 2019
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 Juneteenth is in the Air on 52nd Street and in the House at Blackwell Regional Library!
written by Barbara B.
June 6, 2019
Summer is in full swing: temperatures are high, days are long, school is out for break, and the Ravens are on the rooftop! Join the Raven Society, the Free Library’s community of young…
continue reading Ravens on the Rooftop: A Summer Celebration Atop the Parkway Central Library!
written by Alexa L.
June 5, 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 Conversations in Color: The Coretta Scott King Awards Celebrate 50 Years of Excellence
written by Lisa-Jane E.
May 29, 2019
As severe storm warnings in our area continue, we have unfortunately been met with a weather forecast that has forced us to cancel the Brews & Views series in full. Wishing all of our loyal…
continue reading Brews and Views Returns!
written by Victoria G.
May 16, 2019
This year, Free Library Comic Con celebrates its 5th anniversary with our annual event at the Parkway Central Library on May 11, 2019! When you arrive, you’ll first encounter our Vendor Hall…
continue reading The 5th Annual Free Library Comic Con!
written by Kris L.
May 2, 2019
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 Celebrate the Free Library at This Year’s Family Fest!
written by Alexa L.
March 25, 2019
Even if you’ve never read Mary Shelley ’s groundbreaking novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus , you’ve certainly heard of the stiched-together monster the teenage mother…
continue reading Immersive Multimedia Experience Breathes New Life into the Frankenstein Mythos
written by Violet L.
February 21, 2019
Long ago, Philadelphians had the opportunity to escape the congestion of the city by ferrying to two islands in the middle of the Delaware River, across from what is now Penn’s Landing.…
continue reading An Island Retreat Off the Shores of Philadelphia
written by Megan M.
January 22, 2019
It’s wintertime in Philly. Even in the absence of snow, (thus far!), this means the sun rises later and sets earlier than in bordering seasons. It’s enough to make a person feel like…
continue reading Stay Cozy with the Free Library this Winter!
written by Jenn D.
January 11, 2019