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I still remember as a child, coming along as my mother cast her ballot. Standing side by side with my mother, the first person in my family to vote in the U.S., left me with wide-eyed curiosity.… continue reading Making Her Mark: Philadelphia Women Fight for the Vote Digital Exhibition Launches

By written by Suzanna U.    November 10, 2020   

As we find ourselves weeks away from Election Day, consider this question:  Who was the first person in your family to vote?  The stories of Philadelphia women who built and sustained… continue reading Making Her Mark: Philadelphia Women Fight for the Vote Exhibition Opens Fall 2020

By written by Suzanna U.    September 30, 2020   

What do books and objects from 800 years ago have to do with our present-day concerns? An exhibition taking shape online and in the  Rare Book Department 's William B. Dietrich Gallery… continue reading "Medieval Life" Comes to Parkway Central

By written by Janine P.    September 2, 2020   

For nearly three decades, America’s birthplace (Philly, of course!) has celebrated Independence Day with Wawa Welcome America – a free, multi-day festival encompassing… continue reading Celebrate Wawa Welcome America Virtually with the Free Library!

By written by Kate C.    June 29, 2020   

In addition to offering patrons ever-growing Digital Collections , dozens of research databases , and a rich variety of genealogic resources , the Free Library and the Special Collections Division… continue reading Finding "Nonno"

By written by Fleisher Collection    June 17, 2020   

It's Primary Election Day in Philadelphia! If you've signed up in Pennsylvania to vote by mail , you should have already received your ballot with its easy-to-follow instructions,… continue reading "I Voted" Stickers from Our Special Collections

By written by Chris B.    June 2, 2020   

For more than 25 years, libraries have been digitizing their collections, and the Free Library has digital collections in abundance—providing the opportunity to browse through roughly 50,000… continue reading Diving into Digital Collections

By written by Janine P.    May 1, 2020   

As Salaamu Alikum and Ramadan Mubarak! Yes,  Ramadan is finally here! The Free Library of Philadelphia wishes our Muslim friends in Philadelphia and all over a blessed holiday! For those… continue reading Ramadan Mubarak and QURAN TEEN Virtual Event!

By written by Shahadah A.    April 27, 2020    2

The Free Library of Philadelphia is home to a myriad of Special Collections . Since mid-March, we have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that those of us who work with the… continue reading #SpecialCollectionsAtHome

By written by Megan M.    April 27, 2020   

Preservation Week is an annual celebration that began in 2012 with the American Library Association and is celebrated in libraries, museums, and households around the country. The theme for this… continue reading Celebrate Preservation Week at the Free Library!

By written by Chris B.    April 27, 2020   

On Thursday, April 8, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the unprecedented closure of  K-12 schools for the remainder of the year due to the outbreak of COVID-19 . In lieu of… continue reading Going the Distance: Remote Learning and Online Resources for Educators

By written by Joe S.    April 24, 2020   

by Karin S. and Chris B. Social Distancing can be a challenge! It seems like the rules of what you should and shouldn't do are always changing.  To help you learn* about the right and… continue reading The Rights and Wrongs of Social Distancing

By written by Administrator    April 24, 2020    2

This blog post is in honor of  Charles Dickens' birthday. The prolific Victorian author of "epic stories" like  Oliver Twist and David Copperfield , was born on Portsea… continue reading Spotlight on Special Collections: When Dickens Met Poe

By written by Mharlyn M.    February 7, 2020   

We are happy to announce the new Autism 365 Collection at the Wynnefield Library! Autism 365 was an idea that Ethel Funches, LA1 and Mary Kachline, LA3, came up with to make Autism Awareness… continue reading New Autism 365 Collection at Wynnefield Library!

By written by Mary K.    January 29, 2020   

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  stands with one arm stretched high above his head, waving to the crowd, with a broad smile on his face, as the legendary Philadelphia civil rights attorney and… continue reading Reflecting on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Visit to Philadelphia: A Personal Account

By written by Mharlyn M.    January 14, 2020    2

Prints were popular in American colonial homes. Among the decorative luxuries available, they were the most affordable. They would be hung in hallways, entrance halls, stairwells, and kitchens.… continue reading Spotlight on Special Collections: Five Unstudied Prints from the American Revolutionary War

By written by Joe S.    November 7, 2019   

Archives shield us from a world saturated with fake news and misinformation. But what are archives? How are they different from libraries? Where are they? How do they work? How are they… continue reading Design in the Archives: A Free Evening of Fun and Learning for All Ages!

By written by Joe S.    October 21, 2019   

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