Tagged Family

Bethlehem & Sad Patrick Concert

Bethlehem & Sad Patrick, a Philadelphia duo who blend the focused minimalism and poetic lyrics of folk tradition with simmering, freewheeling jazz and blues —slick guitars, soaring vocals, nuanced melodies—will perform…

Preschool Storytime with Miss Leigh!

Stories, songs and movement activities for children ages 2 - 5 and their caregivers.  Younger siblings are always welcome.  Free; no reservations required.  Children's Department Story Hour Room *Programs are subject to…

Summer Concert Series

Join us for our third annual series of jazz performances at the library this August. All concerts will be held from 6:30-7:30 pm in the meeting room on the library's lower level (we regret there is no elevator). Ethan Fisher | Monday,…

Baby & Toddler Story Time

Books, songs, rhymes and bounces for children (birth to 23 months) and their caregivers!. Monday at 11 a.m.  Parkway Central Library Children's Department Ground Floor, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 215.686.5369…

My Art, My Voice with Mr. O

Join artist Arthur Ostroff for stories and art.  Free.  Fridays at 4 p,m, Children's Department, Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 *Programs are subject to change.* For more information, call…

Words at Play - Play Party

Join us each Friday for Play Parties hosted by the Philadelphia Zoo, Franklin Institute, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Words at Play! FREE fun for children ages birth-5 years and their families. Siblings welcome. For…

Thursday Crafternoons!

Join us for a short storytime and craft for the whole family! Children's Department, Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 *Programs are subject to change.* For more information, call 215.686.5369

Wooden Block Play

Join us to play with wooden blocks in the library. Children ages 3 to 6 and their caregivers are encouraged to imagine, build, and create! Preschools, daycares, and other groups must call the Children's Librarian to schedule a…

Preschool Storytime with Miss Leigh!

Stories, songs and movement activities for children ages 2 - 5 and their caregivers.  Younger siblings are always welcome.  Free; no reservations required.  Children's Department Story Hour Room *Programs are subject to…

Summer Concert Series

Join us for our third annual series of jazz performances at the library this August. All concerts will be held from 6:30-7:30 pm in the meeting room on the library's lower level (we regret there is no elevator). Ethan Fisher | Monday,…

Baby & Toddler Story Time

Books, songs, rhymes and bounces for children (birth to 23 months) and their caregivers!. Monday at 11 a.m.  Parkway Central Library Children's Department Ground Floor, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 215.686.5369…

Family Movie Night

Join us for a family movie in the Community Meeting Room.  Refreshments will be served. June 19:       Moana July 17:       Kubo and the Two Strings August 21:   Selma, Lord, Selma

Sundays on Stage: Horn's Punch & Judy Show

Professor Horn captures the wonder and pure imagination of childhood with his clever comedy magic, novelty routines, and his laugh-out-loud funny Punch & Judy puppet show. Montgomery Auditorium Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine…

My Art, My Voice with Mr. O

Join artist Arthur Ostroff for stories and art.  Free.  Fridays at 4 p,m, Children's Department, Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 *Programs are subject to change.* For more information, call…

Wooden Block Party

Young children and their parents are invited to attend this creative play session featuring wooden blocks.

Words at Play - Play Party

Join us each Friday for Play Parties hosted by the Philadelphia Zoo, Franklin Institute, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Words at Play! FREE fun for children ages birth-5 years and their families. Siblings welcome. For…

The Birth of the Steel Drums

Rockcreek Steel Drum Band will take us on a journey through the history of steel drums, which have their roots in African talking drums.  Join in the fun as you learn the Calypso rhythms!  Parkway Central Library, Montgomery…

Preschool Storytime with Miss Leigh!

Stories, songs and movement activities for children ages 2 - 5 and their caregivers.  Younger siblings are always welcome.  Free; no reservations required.  Children's Department Story Hour Room *Programs are subject to…

Summer Concert Series

Join us for our third annual series of jazz performances at the library this August. All concerts will be held from 6:30-7:30 pm in the meeting room on the library's lower level (we regret there is no elevator). Ethan Fisher | Monday,…

Movie Mondays!

Join us for a family movie each Monday this summer.  What will we watch this week? Groups must call in advance to assure that we have space for you.

Returning Citizens - Resources

Resources for Returning Citizens.

Returning Citizens - Prison Memoirs

Books written by and about former prisoners, both famous and infamous.

Patricia Lockwood | Priestdaddy: A Memoir

Patricia Lockwood, “The Poet Laureate of Twitter” (unofficial), is the author of 2014’s groundbreaking Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals , a book of obscene, angry, funny verse that “is unforgettable, literally: once read, it cannot…

Janet Benton | Lilli de Jong

In conversation with Sam Katz, civic entrepreneur and executive producer of History Making Productions. Janet Benton’s writing has appeared in some of America’s most prestigious periodicals and literary journals, including The New York…

Gabourey Sidibe | This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare

In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak Gabourey Sidibe received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her debut role in the 2009 film Precious , based on the novel Push by Sapphire. Sidibe won…

Richard Ford | Between Them: Remembering My Parents

In conversation with Andy Kahan, Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams director of author events. “A talent as strong and varied as American fiction has to offer" ( The New York Review of Books ), Richard Ford won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize and…

Caitlyn Jenner | The Secrets of My Life

In conversation with Buzz Bissinger , Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of four books, including The New York Times bestsellers 3 Nights in August and Friday Night Lights . Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, is…

Lauren Grodstein | Our Short History with Tom McAllister | The Young Widower's Handbook

Employing “agile prose and clever observations” ( New York Times Book Review ), Lauren Grodstein  is the author of four novels, including the New York Times bestseller A Friend of the Family and the Washington Post Book of the Year The…

Elizabeth LaBan and Melissa DePino | Pretty Little World

In conversation with John Timpane Elizabeth LaBan  is the author of The Restaurant Critic’s Wife , The Tragedy Paper , and  The Grandparents Handbook . She teaches fiction writing at the University of Pennsylvania and her work has…

Leading Voices: Amanda Steinberg | Worth It: Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms*

In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak One of Forbes ’ 21 new American money masters, Amanda Steinberg is the founder and CEO of DailyWorth, a website devoted to helping women manage their financial…

Lesley Stahl | Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting

One of America’s most experienced and respected broadcast journalists, Lesley Stahl recently celebrated her 25th year as a correspondent for the venerable 60 Minutes . Prior to this she was CBS’s White House correspondent during the…

Louise Erdrich | LaRose

A “brilliant chronicler of the American Indian experience” ( Reader’s Digest ), Louise Erdrich revisits the beloved and familiar Ojibwe reservation of her North Dakota childhood—illuminating the mythical and magical in the detail of the…

Angela Duckworth | Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Psychologist Angela Duckworth posits that the secret to success lies less in I.Q. and talent than it does in self-control and acutely focused persistence—in a word, grit. A 2013 MacArthur Fellow and University of Pennsylvania psychology…

LEADING VOICES: Daniel Shapiro | Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How to Resolve Your Most Emotionally Charged Conflicts

Daniel Shapiro is one of the world’s leading experts on negotiation and conflict resolution. The founder and director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, he is also a psychology professor at Harvard Medical and Law…

Darryl Pinckney | Black Deutschland with Margo Jefferson | Negroland

“Powerful” ( The Independent ) novelist, playwright, and essayist  Darryl Pinckney  explores issues of racial, sexual, and cultural identity in contemporary America. His semi-autobiographical novel  High Cotton  tells an irreverent and…

Jacqueline Woodson | Brown Girl Dreaming

The author of more than two dozen books for young adults, Jacqueline Woodson has won three Newbery Honors, a Coretta Scott King Award and three Coretta Scott King Honors, as well as the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s…