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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   

The work of two scholars has led to the astounding discovery that a Shakespeare First Folio housed in the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Rare Book Department likely belonged to English poet… continue reading Free Library to Display Rare Shakespeare First Folio Now Believed to Have Belonged to John Milton

By written by Kaitlyn F.    September 16, 2019    4

Our Five Senses , a new exhibition in Parkway Central Library's Dietrich Gallery opened last month, and we have the honor of sitting down with some of the authors and illustrators… continue reading Our Five Senses - A Conversation with Book Artist Eriko Takahashi

By written by Chris B.    June 14, 2019    1

In preparation for the opening of Our Five Senses , a new exhibition running now through November 2 in Parkway Central Library's Dietrich Gallery , we've had the honor of sitting down with… continue reading Our Five Senses | A Conversation with Author and Illustrator Aliki

By written by Chris B.    May 14, 2019   

What do you think of when you hear the words "May Day"? (And no, I don’t mean the distress call "mayday," which comes from m’aidir , French for "help… continue reading May Day! Mayday? May Day!

By written by Clare F.    May 1, 2019   

On May 13, the Free Library's Special Collections Division will present Our Five Senses , the first family friendly, fully-interactive exhibition at the Free Library. The exhibition connects… continue reading Our Five Senses | A New Family Friendly, Fully-Interactive Exhibition

By written by Chris B.    April 29, 2019    5

Can you name five women artists off the top of your head? (Not counting Frida Kahlo or Georgia O’Keeffe.) Try. Surprised if you can’t? Don’t be. It happens. But let us help… continue reading #5WomenArtists from Our Special Collections

By written by Karen K.    March 8, 2019   

Tomorrow is National Bird Day and it's making me reflect on my connection with birds and nature in general. I’ve never been able to have a relationship with birds growing up in the city.… continue reading Happy National Bird Day!

By written by Kamilah C.    January 4, 2019   

One of the most popular items in the Rare Book Department that resonates with visitors the world over is not what you would expect. It is not a rare manuscript or a printed book from one of our… continue reading Grip, Philadelphia's Pet Raven

By written by Joe S.    December 3, 2018    6

Now more than ever , students and teachers at our schools need the information and skills that librarians and libraries can provide. This year, the Free Library is working to spread the word about… continue reading Better Together: The Free Library Partners with Schools

By written by Jess P.    October 26, 2018   

What do food and books have in common? I can certainly name three things: They are organic, can grow mold, and can be preserved. Those three things were key elements to a lesson taught to third… continue reading What Do Food and Books Have In Common?

By written by Paul M.    October 17, 2018   

October 10 marks the opening of an exhibition that analyzes Philadelphia's growth across more than three centuries, presenting more than 80 rare and revelatory prints, photographs,… continue reading Philadelphia: The Changing City - An Exhibition from Special Collections

By written by Janine P.    October 9, 2018   

For many, the month of October can conjure up a glorification of gore. Here at the Free Library’s Culinary Literacy Center , we are taking a bit of a different approach and beginning a… continue reading Anatomy Eats

By written by Suzanna U.    October 5, 2018   

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