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Monday Poets| Vernita Hall

Mon, February 11, 2019 6:30 P.M.
Literature Department at Parkway Central Library

VERNITA HALL is the author of Where William Walked (Willow Books), winner of the Willow Books Grand Prize for Poetry, and of the Robert Creeley Prize from Marsh Hawk Press. Her book   The Hitchhiking Robot Learns About Philadelphians was published by Moonstone Press as the winner of the…

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Introduction to Corporate Giving

Tue, February 12, 2019 10:00 A.M.
Regional Foundation Center at Parkway Central Library

Is your organization ready to seek corporate support? Corporate grantmakers are different from traditional foundations in many ways. This class provides a basic overview of: The different types of corporate giving What motivates corporations to give How to find potential corporate partners Prior…

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The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

Tue, February 12, 2019 2:00 P.M.
Fox Chase Library

It seems more questions than answers have arisen in the fifty-five years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas in November, 1963. This program will examine events surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy and murder of Officer J.D. Tibbits, the murder of accused…

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Victor LaValle with Justina Ireland, Sam J. Miller, and Alice Sola Kim | A People's Future of the United States: Twenty-five Visionary Stories

Tue, February 12, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Amidst a climate of division, tumult, and fear, what will the United States look like tomorrow? In A People’s Future of the United States , 25 diverse writers synthesize hopeful, cynical, prescient visions of a country shaped by struggle and strife. Coeditor Victor LaValle ’s …

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From Bois Sauvage to Philadelphia: The Impacts of Addiction on Families

Wed, February 13, 2019 3:30 P.M.
Drexel University’s James E. Marks Intercultural Center, 3225 Arch St.

In the 2019 One Book selection, Sing, Unburied, Sing , the ravages of drug addiction on the fictional town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi are in many ways similar to those in Philadelphia. At this panel discussion, students and faculty experts from Drexel’s Departments of Community Health…

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Philadelphia Stories Issue Launch and Art Opening: Journeys

Now through Wed, February 13, 2019 5:30 P.M.
Philadelphia City Institute

The winter 2019 issue of Philadelphia Stories explores “journeys,” complementing this theme in in the One Book featured selection Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. Writers will read their work, including poetry, essays, and fiction, in an event featuring original artwork from…

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The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

Wed, February 13, 2019 6:00 P.M.
Fox Chase Library

It seems more questions than answers have arisen in the fifty-five years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas in November, 1963. This program will examine events surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy and murder of Officer J.D. Tibbits, the murder of accused…

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Howard Schultz | From the Ground Up: My Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America

Wed, February 13, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $48/$33 Schultz—couple + book/single + book
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Couples Ticket The former chairman and CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz led the java giant from eleven cafes in the Seattle area to more than 28,000 locations worldwide and ranked fifth on Fortune’s 2018 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies.” He is the author of…

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Bus Trip: Gala Black Poetry Reading at Princeton University

Thu, February 14, 2019 4:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia on a trip to Princeton University for a gala reading by some of the best known voices in African American poetry. Meet at Parkway Central Library and ride with us on a chartered bus. Aong the way, learn about contemporary black poets and the writers featured…

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Valentine’s Day Open Mic Poetry Readings

Thu, February 14, 2019 6:30 P.M.
Literature Department at Parkway Central Library

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”   From Shakespeare, Lord Byron, Pablo Neruda, Langston Hughes, and more, we’re celebrating the greatest love poets from around the world on the most romantic day of the year! The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, in…

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Bernard-Henri Lévy | The Empire and the Five Kings: America’s Abdication and the Fate of the World

Thu, February 14, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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In conversation with Carlin Romano , Critic-at-Large, The Chronicle of Higher Education , former literary critic The Philadelphia Inquirer and author of America the Philosophical . “Perhaps the most prominent intellectual in France today” ( The Boston Globe ), Bernard-Henri…

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Philadelphia: The Changing City Events Day

Sat, February 16, 2019 1:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

From 1:00-5:00, join your neighbors for an afternoon of programs for adults, as well as children, themed around the Rare Book Department’s fascinating special exhibition,  Philadelphia: The Changing City. Images of the city drawn from 300 years of prints, photographs, documents, and…

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Hands-on History at The Free Library, Parkway Central

Sat, February 16, 2019 2:00 P.M.
Rare Book Department at Parkway Central Library

A son of formerly enslaved people, Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906) was one of the first African American authors to become world-famous for his writings. During his short life, Dunbar authored books including poetry and novels. Some of Dunbar’s books were illustrated with…

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Introduction to Prospect Research

Tue, February 19, 2019 10:00 A.M.
Regional Foundation Center at Parkway Central Library

Prospect research plays a strategic role in fundraising. This workshop will outline the basics of prospect research that can help your organization uncover funding opportunities within your donor base. During this interactive workshop you will learn: how to identify individual prospects and…

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Pete Buttigieg | Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future

Tue, February 19, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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In conversation with Tamala Edwards , anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition The multifaceted, 36-year-old progressive mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg is a Rhodes Scholar and Harvard graduate. Nearly a decade ago he left a successful career in business to return to his…

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The Secret Cinema presents: Philadelphia - The Changing City

Wed, February 20, 2019 6:00 P.M.
Art Department at Parkway Central Library

The Free Library of Philadelphia is thrilled to partner with Philadelphia's beloved film screening series, The Secret Cinema , now in its 27th year.  As usual, The Secret Cinema will present selections from their collection shown on 16mm film onto a big screen. This…

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Deborah Lipstadt | Event Cancelled

Wed, February 20, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Irvine Auditorium | University of Pennsylvania | 3401 Spruce St. | Philadelphia, PA 19104

Cost: $40 Orchestra, $35 Mezzanine, $30 Balcony

This event has been cancelled. A refund will be issued for the ticket purchase and handling fees.

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Steve Luxenberg | Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation

Thu, February 21, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

A 30-year writer and senior editor at The Washington Post , Steve Luxenberg has overseen reportage that has won a host of awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes for explanatory journalism. He is the author of Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey in a Family Secret , the tale of his eponymous aunt who…

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Prison Labor Tour and Book Discussion

Sat, February 23, 2019 11:00 A.M.
Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue

In the early 20th-century Jim Crow South, Parchman Farm—the Mississippi State Penitentiary—was created as a model for inmate labor, which impacted the economy of the state of Mississippi. Here in Philadelphia,  Eastern State Penitentiary  also served as a model prison,…

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Prison Labor Tour and Book Discussion

Sun, February 24, 2019 11:00 A.M.
Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue

In the early 20th-century Jim Crow South, Parchman Farm—the Mississippi State Penitentiary—was created as a model for inmate labor, which impacted the economy of the state of Mississippi. Here in Philadelphia,  Eastern State Penitentiary  also served as a model prison,…

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