The Free Library has expanded available services at some locations, including in-building services, and programs are proceeding virtually. Please read our website for the latest service updates and available resources.
The new school year starts this week throughout Philadelphia and whether students will be attending school in-person and / or virtually, the Free Library is ready to help with resources and…
continue reading Back to School Resources and Programs for Students
written by Valerie S.
September 1, 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"
written by Fleisher Collection
June 17, 2020
We are big fans of teachers here at the Free Library! From class visits , helping plan lessons, and reading suggestions to participating in professional development opportunities for…
continue reading Raise Your Hand for Teacher Appreciation Week!
written by Jennifer E.
May 8, 2020
Philadelphia teachers have been tasked with teaching digitally during the COVID-19 pandemic and the Philadelphia School District has embraced Google Classroom for this switch. Online platforms now…
continue reading Supporting Teachers Using Google Classrooms
written by Lu F.
May 7, 2020
Across Philadelphia, businesses are experiencing unexpected challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic . If you’re currently thinking about entrepreneurship for the first time or…
continue reading At Home with BRIC: Access Business Resources Anywhere!
written by Gillian R.
April 30, 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
written by Joe S.
April 24, 2020
Nourishing Literacy is the Culinary Literacy Center ’s set of programs that connect youth, teachers, and caregivers to the library through educational cooking opportunities. We offer school…
continue reading Nourishing Literacy 2019/2020 Registration Now Open to School Classrooms!
written by Shayna M.
October 4, 2019
Throughout 2019, the Free Library’s School Partnerships team is continuing to think big about strenghtening and sustaining partnerships between schools and libraries across the…
continue reading Are you planning for Black History Month in Your Classroom? Join the Free Library for a Teacher Café!
written by Molly B.
January 15, 2019
On a recent Monday morning, Paul L. Dunbar School’s kindergarten storytime got a special guest—librarian Kayla H. from the Cecil B. Moore neighborhood library . Dunbar…
continue reading Spotlight on School Storytimes: A Visit to Dunbar Elementary
written by Jess P.
December 13, 2018
“Tell me and I forget.Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” - Xun Kuang, philosopher Imagine trying to learn to knit. Would you learn best by reading a book about…
continue reading Skills for Community-Centered Libraries: Learning through Experience
written by Community-Centered Libraries
December 6, 2018
On Tuesday, October 30, Parkway Central Library ’s Skyline Room was abuzz with the cheers of sixth graders, the sound of buzzers and music, and the roar of applause. The cause? A "Book…
continue reading This Sixth Grade "Battle" Was One for the Books!
written by Jess P.
November 28, 2018