Tagged Government Information

Passport Office Opens at Northeast Regional Library

The Free Library has always helped people explore new worlds—through fictional tales of far-off places and its international music collections, as well as through its robust foreign-language materials and travel resources. Now it…

Government Documents at the Regional Operations Center

Since 2014, the Free Library’s new Regional Operations Center (ROC) has been open—open to staff, not the public. And while requesting most books from this offsite location is no different than placing a hold on any library…

A Woman on the New $10

Sacagawea and Susan B. Anthony grace dollar coins, but the faces on U.S. currency have largely belonged to white men. This is starting, slowly, to change. On June 18, Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew announced that Alexander…

Recovering from Identity Theft

With the recent theft of some taxpayers’ personal information, and an even more recent data breach of federal employees’ information, it’s no wonder the U.S. Government is taking an interest in identity theft. The…

The FCC, Open Internet and the Digital Divide

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently thrilled many internet enthusiasts (and enraged others) in finally ruling on the question of the “ open internet .” The verdict? Net neutrality – and “the…

2015 Tax Preparation

Tax season is upon us. After months of anticipation, the Federal and Pennsylvania tax forms are now available in the Government Publications Department at the Central Library (1901 Vine St.), as well as at the neighborhood libraries .…

Committees of the U.S. Congress

The United States Congress handles much of its work through the use of committees – panels of varying size, focus, rules, funding, and authority – made up of members of the Senate or the House of Representatives or, in the…

Thanksgiving Day

Cranberry production was down four percent this year – but American farmers still produced over eight million barrels (800 million pounds) of the fall favorite, so the country should have a decent supply this Thanksgiving. Turkey…

The Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month

There are almost 20 million veterans currently living in the United States, and almost 12 percent of Pennsylvania’s adult population has served in an American war. (Source: 2013 American Community Survey one-year esimates ) The…

Election Day 2014

This year’s general election takes place Tuesday, November 4, when Pennsylvanians will go to the polls and cast their votes for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, U.S. Congress, and State Senators and Representatives.…

Fall Back

Daylight saving time (aka daylight time, aka DST) has its origins in the United States with the Standard Time Act of 1918 (See Pub.L. 65-106, United States Statutes at Large , 65 th Congress), an effort to conserve fuel during the First…

Government Documents at the Regional Operations Center

Since May, the Free Library’s new Regional Operations Center (ROC) has been open – open to staff, not the public. And while requesting most books from this offsite location is no different than placing a hold on any library…

Labor Day 2014

In 1910, farmers and farm laborers made up, by far, the largest group of workers in the United States. A century later, they don’t even crack the top ten (the greatest numbers now work in retail and food service). [Source: U.S.…

Online Census Data during the Government Shutdown

With luck, the government shutdown will be a thing of the past very soon, but until then, remember that you can rely on the Free Library for many of your information needs.  For example,  census.gov is currently unavailable,…

The Open Data Initiative and GIS Technology

This is the first part in a multi-part series looking at tech news and issues relevant to the Free Library of Philadelphia’s customers and patrons. One of the more recent buzzwords gaining attention in the tech world and in…

News junkies, eat your heart out with CQ

If you’re a debater, a fan of politics talk shows, or otherwise a news junkie, or if you want to follow what lawmakers are up to, you’ll be pleased to learn about two databases the Library subscribes to: CQ Researcher and CQ…

State Representative Morgan Cephas Mobile Office Hours

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MORGAN CEPHAS is bringing State services to YOU! Staff will be on hand to assist with any state-related issues or programs including: Property Tax/Rent Rebate LIHEAP PACE/PACENET PennDOT Applications Mobile office…

State Representative Morgan Cephas Mobile Office Hours

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MORGAN CEPHAS is bringing State services to YOU! Staff will be on hand to assist with any state-related issues or programs including: Property Tax/Rent Rebate LIHEAP PACE/PACENET PennDOT Applications Mobile office…

State Representative Morgan Cephas Mobile Office Hours

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MORGAN CEPHAS is bringing State services to YOU! Staff will be on hand to assist with any state-related issues or programs including: Property Tax/Rent Rebate LIHEAP PACE/PACENET PennDOT Applications Mobile office…

State Representative Morgan Cephas Mobile Office Hours

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MORGAN CEPHAS is bringing State services to YOU! Staff will be on hand to assist with any state-related issues or programs including: Property Tax/Rent Rebate LIHEAP PACE/PACENET PennDOT Applications Mobile office…

State Representative Morgan Cephas Mobile Office Hours

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MORGAN CEPHAS is bringing State services to YOU! Staff will be on hand to assist with any state-related issues or programs including: Property Tax/Rent Rebate LIHEAP PACE/PACENET PennDOT Applications Mobile office…

State Representative Morgan Cephas Mobile Office Hours

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MORGAN CEPHAS is bringing State services to YOU! Staff will be on hand to assist with any state-related issues or programs including: Property Tax/Rent Rebate LIHEAP PACE/PACENET PennDOT Applications Mobile office…

Informaiton session with Councilman Henon

Join us for a presentation by Councilman Henon. He will speak about three main topics:   • The sugar tax: collection, effectiveness, and how it is spent • School funding, rebuilding, and future challenges • Health…

State Representative Morgan Cephas Mobile Office Hours

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MORGAN CEPHAS is bringing State services to YOU! Staff will be on hand to assist with any state-related issues or programs including: Property Tax/Rent Rebate LIHEAP PACE/PACENET PennDOT Applications Mobile office…

U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1980)

The bound, sequentially numbered volumes of all the Reports, Documents, and Journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives constitutes a rich source of primary source material on all aspects of American history. Upon…

HealthCare.Gov

Official guide to the health care, health insurance and the Affordable Care Act

Archive-It

Archive-It, a web archiving service, to collect and store the websites of Philadelphia government agencies and selected cultural institutions, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the American Philosophical Society. You can search…