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First Friday Genealogy

Fri, November 3, 2017 12:00 P.M.
Independence Library

Monthly brown bag discussion group with occasional speakers meets every first Friday  from 12:00 to 2 p.m.  Open to the public and anyone with an interest in genealogy or family history. Brought to you by The National Archives of Philadelphia, The Free Library, and the Genealogical…

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Chris Matthews | Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit

Fri, November 3, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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The host of MSNBC’s popular news and commentary program Hardball , Chris Matthews is one of America’s most familiar media faces. A former longtime syndicated print media columnist, staffer for several Democratic members of Congress, and speechwriter during the Carter administration,…

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Kitchen Science: Crickets with Adam Brody

Sat, November 4, 2017 1:00 P.M.
Culinary Literacy Center at Parkway Central Library

Insects have been an important part of the human diet for millennia. Join Adam Brody, founder of Brooklyn's CricketFarm, for a hands-on experience in cooking with crickets. Currently, crickets and other insects are eaten around the world and prized for being tasty, healthy and incredibly…

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Cookbook Club: Mozza at Home

Sat, November 4, 2017 2:00 P.M.
Philadelphia City Institute

Do you enjoy cooking and sharing meals with friends? Join us one Saturday a month as we explore a new cookbook. We'll each choose a recipe from the featured cookbook to make and bring for sharing with the group. Registration is limited; please stop by the Reference Desk, call 215-685-6621,…

Adult Family Programs Cooking & Nutrition

Do You Qualify for Food Stamps?

Sat, November 4, 2017 2:00 P.M.
Northeast Regional Library

Stop by any time between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. to meet with representatives from The Coalition Against Hunger and learn more about Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens. Free. No registration required. No food will be given away.

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Sundays on Stage: Thunderbird American Indian Dancers

Sun, November 5, 2017 2:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Yah-Oh-Way, meaning “it is good” in Hopi, features dances of various Native American nations. Accompanied by song and drumming, the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers don beautiful costumes and explain the meaning behind each movement. This series is made possible by funding from…

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From Proposal to Project: Philadelphia’s Parkway, 1884–1937

Now through Sun, November 5, 2017 5:00 P.M.
Map Collection at Parkway Central Library

Highlighting materials from the Library’s Map Collection, this exhibition delves into the complicated history of the Parkway’s initial proposal, its iterations of building plans, and its triumphant renaming. Learn about the inspiration and reasons for its development, the groups and…

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Pepper Hall: The Founder’s Legacy

Now through Sun, November 5, 2017 5:11 P.M.
Art Department at Parkway Central Library

Named after the Free Library’s founder, Dr. William Pepper, Pepper Hall is a large, bright room on the north side of the Parkway Central Library that originally housed the Free Library’s art and architecture collections. In celebration of Parkway Central’s 90th anniversary,…

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Edible Alphabet: Learning English Through Cooking

Mon, November 6, 2017 11:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Adults are invited to this  FREE English as a Second Languag (ESL) class where students learn English through cooking.  This class is a part of a six-week series in the Culinary Literacy Center. To register, call 215-686-5323 or email  

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Mindfulness Meditation | Chair Yoga

Mon, November 6, 2017 1:30 P.M.
Fumo Family Library

Ground your mind and body with Mindfulness Meditation and Chair Yoga. Spend a peaceful half-hour with a guided meditation. Chair yoga is a twist on traditional yoga, making it accessible for any age. This program is for adults.

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Laptop Lounge

Mon, November 6, 2017 5:30 P.M.
Frankford Library

Brush up on your computer skills using our in-house laptops with our Digital Resource Specialist.  Space may be limited.

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Kitchen Science: Mozzarella Making with Alex Jones

Mon, November 6, 2017 6:00 P.M.
Culinary Literacy Center at Parkway Central Library

Learn the simple and delicious joy of making mozzarella cheese at home with this class taught by cheesemonger and food writer Alex Jones. In just a few quick steps, you can make your own mozzarella cheeses at home. You will learn about the benefits of grassfed milk and the culture and science…

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MONDAY POETS| Fiona Sze-Lorrain & Beth Feldman Brandt

Mon, November 6, 2017 6:30 P.M.
Literature Department at Parkway Central Library

Room 108, 1st Floor, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fiona Sze-Lorrain  is a poet, literary translator, and zheng harpist who writes and translates in English, French, and Chinese.  Her third poetry collection,  The Ruined Elegance, out from Princeton, is a finalist for the 2016  Los…

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Spinning Yarns

Mon, November 6, 2017 6:30 P.M.
Fumo Family Library

Bring your latest project and enjoy a relaxing, low-key evening of crafting at the library.  All fiber arts are welcome.  This program is intended for adults. Mondays at 6:30 p.m.     

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Nikki Giovanni | A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter

Mon, November 6, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

“One of the finest poets of our time” ( Ebony ), Nikki Giovanni is the author of nearly 30 books, including the collections Acolytes; Black Feeling, Black Talk, Black Judgment; Those Who Ride the Night Winds ; and  Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea . A renowned activist and educator…

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Internet and Computer Basics I

Tue, November 7, 2017 10:30 A.M.
Bustleton Library

Learn how to effectively and safely search the Internet.  Some basic computer skills are helpful.  Space is limited; pre-registration is required.

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3-D Printing Workshop

Wed, November 8, 2017 4:30 P.M.
Fumo Family Library

What is 3D printing? Have you ever seen a 3D printer in action? What can you do with a 3D printer? This workshop is for anyone curious about 3D printing and its applications, from making simple figurines, to even building artificial limbs!

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Craft & Chat

Wed, November 8, 2017 5:30 P.M.
Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Library

Do you crochet, knit, cross-stitch, or do other kinds of handwork? Are you learning a new kind of craft? Please join our weekly Craft & Chat at the Rodriguez Library! Bring ongoing projects or start a new one. Limited supplies of certain materials are available.   For more information,…

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Kitchen Science: Brewing Beer with Tired Hands and USciences

Wed, November 8, 2017 6:00 P.M.
Culinary Literacy Center at Parkway Central Library

What differentiates various types of beers? How does the fermentation process affect flavor? This class delves into the craft and the science behind beer, from the manipulation of microbes to the use of unique ingredients to create distinctive flavors. Join professors Matthew Farber and Fred…

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English Conversation Circle

Wed, November 8, 2017 6:30 P.M.
South Philadelphia Library

Join us for a free weekly conversation hour. Build your confidence in speaking English while meeting other international adults in a casual learning environment.

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