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For the last year, the shared offices of the Children's Literature Research Collection and the Map Collection have had a consistent litmus test for visitors. When a new visitor enters… continue reading Spotlight: The Letter People

By written by Chris B.    January 8, 2024   

by Laura S. and Karen K. In 1967, the Print and Picture Collection at Parkway Central Library purchased a print by a young Philadelphia artist named John Dowell. That first acquisition led to… continue reading The Art and Influence of John Dowell: An Exhibition from Special Collections

By written by Administrator    September 18, 2023    1

In 1973, author Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) wrote The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man , a comical fantasy novel about a housecat who is magically transformed by his wizard-owner into a… continue reading The Human Who Was Amazed by "The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man"

By written by Chris B.    May 31, 2023   

Hi, my name is Gillian and I’m an accidental music librarian. Specifically, I’m an accidental orchestral music librarian. I recently joined the staff of The Edwin A. Fleisher… continue reading Confession: I’m an Accidental Music Librarian

By written by Gillian R.    May 9, 2023    2

Happy National Bike Month ! Founded in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bicycle Month is full of activities and initiatives to inspire people to take to the road on bikes rather… continue reading Bicycling Resources for National Bike Month

By written by Megan M.    May 5, 2022   

Just in time for spring cleaning, N. C. Wyeth's The Old Woman Tost Up in a Basket is back on display in Up Above: Thinking About the Skies in Parkway Central Library. Creating and… continue reading Up Above: Thinking about the "Little Old Lady Tost Up in a Basket"

By written by Chris B.    April 19, 2022    2

If you've spent any time around here, you know we love talking about some of the more unique and unexpected items available for lending at the Free Library! You know, beyond the books, DVDs,… continue reading Tweet, tweet! An Update on the Birding Backpack Program

By written by JoAnne W.    March 8, 2022    7

In the Path of Islam, in collaboration with Al-Bustan Seed of Culture, are excited to announce the return of the well-received, virtual, free Arabic conversation classes this February and… continue reading Free Virtual Arabic Language Programs Return in February and March!

By written by Joe S.    January 25, 2022    3

Updated Wednesday, December 15, 2021 4:20 p.m. One of the most popular attractions of the Free Library's Rare Book Department is Grip the Raven, the late lamented pet of author Charles… continue reading Grip: A Poem, Book, and Raven

By written by Chris B.    December 3, 2021   

As part of his bold New Deal aimed at national reform and recovery in the wake of the Great Depression , President Franklin D. Roosevelt launched the Work Projects Administration (WPA) . The… continue reading The ABCs of the WPA at FLP

By written by Fleisher Collection    November 8, 2021   

Manuscripts of the Muslim World and Al-Bustan Seeds of Cultural are offering free, virtual Arabic Conversational Classes! There are many reasons to learn conversational Arabic... There are over… continue reading Let's Speak Arabic!

By written by Joe S.    October 5, 2021    7

From Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, the intrepid agent of the British Secret Intelligence Service—James Bond, designated Agent 007—has epitomized masculine cool. Everyone knows how he… continue reading Uncovering the Real James Bond in the Rare Book Department

By written by Mharlyn M.    September 20, 2021    3

The Rare Book Department has some true treasures within its collections, but perhaps one of its most special collections is the First Folio of William Shakespeare . What is the “First… continue reading Who Said It: Shakespeare, Milton, or Shake Milton?

By written by Peter SM    April 28, 2021   

What are the most popular Googled questions about Ramadan? Here's what we found: When does Ramadan begin and end in 2021? What is allowed and not allowed during Ramadan? What does Ramadan… continue reading Happy Ramadan: Manuscripts of the Muslim World and Beyond!

By written by Joe S.    April 6, 2021   

When the 19th Amendment passed in 1920, the ways many American women engage civically forever changed. Voter enfranchisement continues to be a touchpoint for movements dedicated to participatory… continue reading Women's History Month | The 19th Amendment and Making Her Mark

By written by Suzanna U.    March 26, 2021   

by Jena Harris and Suzanna Urminska "In every race, in every nation and in every clime in every period of history there is always an eager-eyed group of youthful patriots who seriously set… continue reading Reimagining a Recipe for Radical Self Care

By written by Suzanna U.    February 9, 2021   

While the days of immersing ourselves at an in-person exhibit at a favorite gallery or museum are still out of reach for so many of us, as we continue to follow health guidelines to help manage… continue reading Online Exhibition Experiences to Welcome in the New Year

By written by Suzanna U.    January 8, 2021   

Hannah Cho is a University of Pennsylvania Work-Study student from Davis, CA. During the Fall semester, she studied, recorded, and edited the Story Search podcasts remotely from South Korea.… continue reading Story Search from Special Collections: An Interview by Hannah Cho

By written by Joe S.    January 6, 2021   

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