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Thursday Crafternoons!

Join us for a short storytime and craft for the whole family!

Dance me a Story

Listen, move, and learn at this special storytime with the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. This program is limited to children ages 3 and older.   

LEGO Club

Calling all young engineers! Join us for an afternoon of building and collaborative, creative play with LEGO bricks. Build a kit or make a creation of your own design! Children ages 6-12. 4:00-5:00 p.m. Part of the Margaret S. Halloran…

Thursday Crafternoons!

Join us for a short storytime and craft for the whole family!

Hands-on History Presents: Organized Labor in Philadelphia

The history of organized labor reflects the cultural, often radical, values of the working class at a particular place and time. Participants will interact with a selection of books and magazines focused on trade unionism. Among the…

LEGO Club

Calling all young engineers! Join us for an afternoon of building and collaborative, creative play with LEGO bricks. Build a kit or make a creation of your own design! Children ages 6-12. 4:00-5:00 p.m. Part of the Margaret S. Halloran…

Thursday Crafternoons!

Join us for a short storytime and craft for the whole family!

Preschool Storytime

Children ages 2-5 and their families are invited to join Miss Tiffany for preschool storytime. 

LEGO Club

Calling all young engineers! Join us for an afternoon of building and collaborative, creative play with LEGO bricks. Build a kit or make a creation of your own design! Children ages 6-12. 4:00-5:00 p.m. Part of the Margaret S. Halloran…

Dance me a Story

Listen, move, and learn at this special storytime with the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. This program is limited to children ages 3 and older.   

Preschool Storytime

Children ages 2-5 and their families are invited to join Miss Tiffany for preschool storytime. 

Thursday Crafternoons!

Join us for a short storytime and craft for the whole family!

Preschool Storytime

Children ages 2-5 and their families are invited to join Miss Tiffany for preschool storytime. 

Hands-on History Presents: Uncovering the Real James Bond at The Free Library of Philadelphia

In researching his new book about Philadelphian James Bond, whose identity was stolen by Ian Fleming, author Jim Wright found a goldmine the Free Library's Rare Book Department. In the James and Mary Bond archives there, Wright…

LEGO Club

Calling all young engineers! Join us for an afternoon of building and collaborative, creative play with LEGO bricks. Build a kit or make a creation of your own design! Children ages 6-12. 4:00-5:00 p.m. Part of the Margaret S. Halloran…

Preschool Storytime

Children ages 2-5 and their families are invited to join Miss Tiffany for preschool storytime. 

Thursday Crafternoons!

Join us for a short storytime and craft for the whole family!

Saturday Storytime

For families and kids of all ages. Hear great books and have a good time at the Library with your child. Every other Saturday a children's librarian will read a story and have some related fun mini activities planned out. Just drop…

LEGO Club

Calling all young engineers! Join us for an afternoon of building and collaborative, creative play with LEGO bricks. Build a kit or make a creation of your own design! Children ages 6-12. 4:00-5:00 p.m. Part of the Margaret S. Halloran…

Dance me a Story

Listen, move, and learn at this special storytime with the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. This program is limited to children ages 3 and older.   

Returning Citizens - Resources

Resources for Returning Citizens.

Returning Citizens - Prison Memoirs

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

Tim O’Brien | Dad’s Maybe Book

In conversation with Andy Kahan, director, author events “As good as any piece of literature can get” ( Chicago Sun Times ), Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics…

Nicole Dennis-Benn | Patsy with Rebecca Makkai | The Great Believers

Here Comes the Sun , Nicole Dennis-Benn ’s debut novel about a young Jamaican struggling to protect her sister and village as she experiences feelings for another woman, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the…

Lorene Cary | Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century

“A powerful storyteller, frankly sensual [and] mortally funny" ( New York Times ), Lorene Cary is the author of the novels Pride , The Price of a Child , If Sons, Then Heirs , and the memoir Black Ice . A senior lecturer in creative…

Susan Choi | Trust Exercise: A Novel with Myla Goldberg | Feast Your Eyes

Excavating the hidden corners of the human heart and acclaimed for their “nuance, psychological acuity, and pitch-perfect writing” ( Los Angeles Times ), Susan Choi ’s novels include the Asian American Literary Award-winning The Foreign…

Janny Scott | The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father

In conversation with Bruce Weber, former obituary writer for the New York Times and author of the books As They See 'Em: A Fan's Travels in the Land of Umpires and Life is A Wheel: Memoirs of a Bike-Riding Obituarist . Janny Scott, a…

Dave Barry | Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog

A 30-year writer at the Miami Herald whose column was syndicated in more than 500 newspapers, humorist Dave Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1988. His more than 30 New York Times bestselling books include I’ll Mature When…

Bridgett M. Davis | The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers

Bridgett M. Davis is the author of Into the Go-Slow , the acclaimed story of a young woman traveling from Detroit to Nigeria as she mourns the death of her sister, and Shifting Through Neutral , a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy…

Dani Shapiro | Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

In conversation with Beth Kephart , the award-winning author of twenty-four books, including Going Over , Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir , and Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River . Delivering “an…

Julián Castro | An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up From My American Dream

In conversation with award-winning broadcaster and journalist Tracey Matisak Former San Antonio mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during President Obama’s second term, Julián Castro burst onto the national political…

Alex Wagner | Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging

In conversation with award winning broadcaster and journalist Tracey Matisak. Political commentator Alex Wagner is co-host of Showtime’s The Circus  and a contributor to CBS News and The Atlantic . She previously hosted MSNBC’s…

Jesmyn Ward | Sing, Unburied, Sing

In Conversation with Kalela Williams, Director of Neighborhood Enrichment Programming A “hypnotic” novelist whose ease with vernacular puts her “in fellowship with such forebears as Zora Neale Hurston and William Faulkner” ( The New…

Gregory Pardlo | Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America with Kevin Young | Brown: Poems

“Intensely personal … funny and poignant” ( New York Times) , Gregory Pardlo’s poetry collection Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. An out-of-nowhere coup for the relatively unknown Columbia University MFA student and teacher, it was…

Junot Díaz | Islandborn

Junot Díaz won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao , the “unruly, manic, seductive” ( Esquire ) multigenerational tale of a cursed Dominican family. He is also the…

Matt de la Peña and Loren Long | Love

Watch the video here . Matt de la Peña was awarded the Newbery Medal and a Caldecott Honor for Last Stop on Market Street , a children’s book that highlighted volunteerism, income inequality, and other topics not often addressed by the…

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris | The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity

Watch the video here . Pioneering physician Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is a longtime crusader for targeting care to vulnerable and traumatized children. Her prolific work on the link between toxic stress and chronic illnesses includes more…

Jed Perl | Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years: 1898-1940

Watch the video here . “Few people write about art as beautifully” ( Wall Street Journal ) as Jed Perl, a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and the former 20-year art critic for The New Republic . A longtime…

James Breakwell | Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Watch the video here . Following a viral 2016 Buzzfeed article featuring the assorted musings of his four daughters—the oldest is 7 years old—comedy writer James Breakwell’s jokes have appeared in USA Today, US Magazine , and Huffington…

Alice McDermott | The Ninth Hour

Watch the video here . *Pulling the delicate threads of “fear and vulnerability, joy and passion, the capacity for love and pain and grief” ( The Washington Post ), Alice McDermott’s acclaimed fiction explores intersecting stories of…

Gabrielle Union | We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True

Watch the video here . *In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak Best known for leading roles in a variety of comedies, dramas, and action films such as The Brothers, Deliver Us from Eva, Bad Boys II ,…

Amy Tan | Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir

Watch the video here . In conversation with Laura Kovacs, associate director, author events “Powerful” and “full of magic” ( Los Angeles Times ), Amy Tan is the author of the beloved novels  The Joy Luck Club , a finalist for the…