Tagged Exhibitions

Collection Spotlight: A Visual History of Reconstruction

In celebration of Black History Month, the Free Library's Social Science and History Department is displaying books from the collection that tell a visual history of Reconstruction — the period from 1865 to 1877 that saw some…

Spotlight: The Letter People

For the last year, the shared offices of the Children's Literature Research Collection and the Map Collection have had a consistent litmus test for visitors. When a new visitor enters (either a researcher or a staff member),…

The Revolutionary June Wayne and Tamarind Lithography Workshop

On the second-floor gallery of Parkway Central Library as part of the exhibition The Art and Influence of John Dowell , there is a tribute to the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles. It was there that Philadelphia artist John…

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Fifth Latin American Book Fair!

The vibrant spirit of the Latino community comes alive at the fifth annual  Latin American Book Fair in Philadelphia (LABF). This annual celebration, organized by a dedicated team of community leaders, has become a staple event…

The Art and Influence of John Dowell: An Exhibition from Special Collections

by Laura S. and Karen K. In 1967, the Print and Picture Collection at Parkway Central Library purchased a print by a young Philadelphia artist named John Dowell. That first acquisition led to a relationship that has spanned 50…

Places Imagined and Realized: The Art Department's August Book Display

Each month in the Art Department library staff Radiyah and Eileen pick a theme for the book display and curate books related to that topic. This month’s theme is Road Trippin: A Tour of Places Imagined and…

The Human Who Was Amazed by "The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man"

In 1973, author Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) wrote The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man , a comical fantasy novel about a housecat who is magically transformed by his wizard-owner into a human. The story is everything you'd…

Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party

Over the years, the Philadelphia Commission for Women has partnered with the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization for Women on vital programs to elevate the voices and aspirations of…

Mapping Imagination: The Art of World-Building

Mapping Imagination: The Art of World-Building opens Monday, March 6 on the Third Floor of Parkway Central Library and has been extended to run through August 31, 2023. Whether real or imaginary, maps guide travelers, define…

What's New with Chronicling Resistance?

Have you had a chance to check out Chronicling Resistance: The Exhibition yet? Open now at the Parkway Central Library and in its satellite location at the South Philadelphia Library (1700 S. Broad Street), this groundbreaking…

Up Above: Thinking about the "Little Old Lady Tost Up in a Basket"

Just in time for spring cleaning, N. C. Wyeth's The Old Woman Tost Up in a Basket is back on display in Up Above: Thinking About the Skies in Parkway Central Library. Creating and researching an exhibition is always an…

In the Path of Islam: An Exhibition and Experience

In the Path of Islam is a community-driven project amplifying the diverse voices of Philadelphia’s indigenous Muslim community, born and raised in the city, while engaging all Philadelphians who feel a connection with Islam. The…

Free Virtual Arabic Language Programs Return in February and March!

In the Path of Islam, in collaboration with Al-Bustan Seed of Culture, are excited to announce the return of the well-received, virtual, free Arabic conversation classes this February and March. Students will practice the sounds…

The ABCs of the WPA at FLP

As part of his bold New Deal aimed at national reform and recovery in the wake of the Great Depression , President Franklin D. Roosevelt launched the Work Projects Administration (WPA) . The federally funded program focused on putting…

For the Greatest Number: The New Deal Revisited

by Laura S. and Caitlin G. It’s been ninety years since the crisis of the Great Depression inspired the New Deal’s government investment and aid. But it’s not just history. The country is again facing a choice: What do…

Frank Stephens, Jr.: A Free Library Legacy

When Frank Stephens, Jr., passed away in March at the age of 89, many mourned the loss of a friend and colleague. Others were hearing about Frank for the first time. And it was an opportunity for all of us at the Free Library to learn…

Information and Resources to Vote in the May 2021 Primary

Whether you’re a first-time voter or someone who’s experienced some transitions since you last voted, now is the time to check your voter status at votesPA.com/status . Do you live in a new neighborhood? Has your name…

Women's History Month | The 19th Amendment and Making Her Mark

When the 19th Amendment passed in 1920, the ways many American women engage civically forever changed. Voter enfranchisement continues to be a touchpoint for movements dedicated to participatory democracy. Count Every Vote, Stroll to…

Reimagining a Recipe for Radical Self Care

by Jena Harris and Suzanna Urminska "In every race, in every nation and in every clime in every period of history there is always an eager-eyed group of youthful patriots who seriously set themselves to right the wrongs done to…

Online Exhibition Experiences to Welcome in the New Year

While the days of immersing ourselves at an in-person exhibit at a favorite gallery or museum are still out of reach for so many of us, as we continue to follow health guidelines to help manage the spread of COVID-19, online versions…