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Nourishing Literacy | Let's Layer: Art and Cooking!

What art projects can you think of that involve layers? What recipes have you tasted that include layers of ingredients? Leanna and Tonii share two ideas for layering, while creating art and recipes in the following video. These ideas…

A Continued Discussion on the Topics of Surrealism and Gender

Written by Lewis Shaw, who conducted extensive research in the Art Department as part of a Friends Select School Senior Internship Project. The following is a continuation of a previous blog post on the topics of Surrealism and Gender.…

African American Art Collecting and Research with Philadelphia Author Sherry Howard

Updated Tuesday, December 7, 2021 Sherry L. Howard is a Philadelphia-based art collector and researcher who primarily focuses on local African American art and artists. She writes about her experience in the world of art auctions…

Surrealism and Gender

Written by Lewis Shaw, who conducted extensive research in the Art Department as part of a Friends Select School Senior Internship Project. During the extended fever dream which we all refer to as COVID quarantine, I picked up a love of…

Create Something New During National Sewing Month

September is National Sewing Month and a great opportunity to create something new this year for everyone on your D.I.Y gift-giving list. Both the Art and Literature and Science and Wellness departments at Parkway Central Library have…

What Do You Know About Bollywood? | International Bollywood Day

September 24 is International Bollywood Day! So... what exactly is Bollywood? Depending on who you ask, each person defines it differently.  In the film My Name Is Khan , an Indian man embarks on a remarkable journey across America…

Best Summer Albums Through the Decades

Whether it is eating ice cream, swimming, or visiting your neighborhood library, there are so many great summer pastimes. One of the most exciting parts of summer is listening to all the incredible music! As we approach the end of…

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…

An Update from Our Summer of Wonder Teen Artist Deyania Sanders

Last year, the Free Library put out a contest call for artwork from high school students. Deyania Sanders’ art teacher encouraged her to submit her designs and she was selected to be our Summer of Wonder artist! You’ve seen…

Central Senior Services Joins Moore College of Art to Fight Social Isolation During Pandemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has studied the impact of loneliness and social isolation on American seniors and the results are deeply disturbing. Extensive studies of the subject reveal that social isolation of…

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…

Spotlight on Special Collections: Artist Dox Thrash and the WPA Printmaking Collection

Dox Thrash was an innovative artist and printmaker who gained recognition for his realistic and moving depictions of Black life while working for the federally-funded Philadelphia Fine Print Workshop.  Dox…

Thinking in Community

by Mariam Williams, Project Director, Chronicling Resistance One of my greatest joys in this project is witnessing how the Fellows draw connections among their respective areas of research and activism. I get to see and hear lightbulbs…

Art Book Club Online

The Art Department is now hosting a virtual book and art-making club and we're excited to kick off our next topic! Art Book Club Online: Picturing Information starts Tuesday, February 2, meeting 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays…

Story Search from Special Collections: An Interview by Hannah Cho

Hannah Cho is a University of Pennsylvania Work-Study student from Davis, CA. During the Fall semester, she studied, recorded, and edited the Story Search podcasts remotely from South Korea. I’ve always been more of a talker…

Chronicling Resistance: Meet the Fellows

by Mariam Williams, Project Director for Chronicling Resistance "I've studied what I could of the Niess and their culture. There isn’t much left, and I have to sift the truth from all the lies. But there was a … a…

An Interview with Deyania Sanders, the High School Artist Behind This Year's Summer of Wonder

2020 Summer of Wonder poster In December, the Free Library and the design team at Mighty Engine put out a contest call for artwork from high school students. Deyania Sanders’ art teacher encouraged her to submit. Now, she’s…

Call for Artwork: Nourishing Literacy Series of Printed Learning Materials

Hello to our friends of all ages! The Nourishing Literacy team is in the process of creating a series of printed learning materials and we would be thrilled to include your artwork! Call for Artwork Community Coloring Books and Activity…

Community Cultural Engagement: Youth Street Art

One of the many challenges experienced by librarians and teachers during quarantine has been connecting with the young people in our communities. How are young people feeling? What are they thinking about during this time? What…

Community Cultural Engagement and Social Change Through Art

How do we engage with our communities during a pandemic? In particular, how do we engage creatively with the goal of affecting social change? These questions have been at the forefront of our minds since mid-March.  Beth Heinly,…

Crafter Gather

Makers, crafters, artists! You are invited to join us on zoom every other Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m! Log in with your latest project and enjoy an evening of crafting and conversation. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 821 3211…

Crafter Gather

Makers, crafters, artists! You are invited to join us on zoom every other Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m! Log in with your latest project and enjoy an evening of crafting and conversation. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 821 3211…

Stop Motion Animation

Media Mondays Every Monday in January from 3:00pm-5:00pm Digital Animation: Funny Faces Children ages 7 & up are invited to join a workshop on virtual character building. Using a tablet and inspiration from cartoons…

(Quilt) Pieces of Black History

Stop by the library anytime this month to create a piece of history: a unique paper quilt square featuring your favorite Black authors, books written by Black authors, or quotes by Black historical (and current) figures—feel free…

Under the Sea

Although the world ocean covers more than seventy percent of Earth, over eighty percent of it remains unexplored. Due to its sheer size, the ocean impacts numerous aspects of our lives from the climate to our food supply. Humankind has…

Under the Sea

Although the world ocean covers more than seventy percent of Earth, over eighty percent of it remains unexplored. Due to its sheer size, the ocean impacts numerous aspects of our lives from the climate to our food supply. Humankind has…

Under the Sea

Although the world ocean covers more than seventy percent of Earth, over eighty percent of it remains unexplored. Due to its sheer size, the ocean impacts numerous aspects of our lives from the climate to our food supply. Humankind has…

(Quilt) Pieces of Black History

Stop by the library anytime this month to create a piece of history: a unique paper quilt square featuring your favorite Black authors, books written by Black authors, or quotes by Black historical (and current) figures—feel free…

(Quilt) Pieces of Black History

Stop by the library anytime this month to create a piece of history: a unique paper quilt square featuring your favorite Black authors, books written by Black authors, or quotes by Black historical (and current) figures—feel free…

Crafter Gather

Makers, crafters, artists! You are invited to join us on zoom every other Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m! Log in with your latest project and enjoy an evening of crafting and conversation. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 821 3211…

Take and Make Wednesdays

Stop by the library to pick up your "Take and Make" activity pack. We will provide a new activity every week. Wednesday, 2/2/22- Chinese Lanterns Wednesday, 2/9/22- Cardboard Tube Fire Crackers Wednesday,…

(Quilt) Pieces of Black History

Stop by the library anytime this month to create a piece of history: a unique paper quilt square featuring your favorite Black authors, books written by Black authors, or quotes by Black historical (and current) figures—feel free…

Black History Poetry and Art with Jihan Thomas

Join our special guest and artist, Jihan Thomas, to learn more about Black History through art and literature. If you would like to participate, stop by Haddington Library to pick up a suppy kit that includes materials you can…

Stop Motion Animation

Media Mondays Every Monday in January from 3:00pm-5:00pm Digital Animation: Lively Places Get comfortable with virtual storytelling tools in this hands-on workshop for kids aged 7 & up. Craft a lively scene using your imagination…

(Quilt) Pieces of Black History

Stop by the library anytime this month to create a piece of history: a unique paper quilt square featuring your favorite Black authors, books written by Black authors, or quotes by Black historical (and current) figures—feel free…

(Quilt) Pieces of Black History

Stop by the library anytime this month to create a piece of history: a unique paper quilt square featuring your favorite Black authors, books written by Black authors, or quotes by Black historical (and current) figures—feel free…

(Quilt) Pieces of Black History

Stop by the library anytime this month to create a piece of history: a unique paper quilt square featuring your favorite Black authors, books written by Black authors, or quotes by Black historical (and current) figures—feel free…

Take and Make Wednesdays

Stop by the library to pick up your "Take and Make" activity pack. We will provide a new activity every week. Wednesday, 2/2/22- Chinese Lanterns Wednesday, 2/9/22- Cardboard Tube Fire Crackers Wednesday,…

(Quilt) Pieces of Black History

Stop by the library anytime this month to create a piece of history: a unique paper quilt square featuring your favorite Black authors, books written by Black authors, or quotes by Black historical (and current) figures—feel free…

Black History Poetry and Art with Jihan Thomas

Join our special guest and artist, Jihan Thomas, to learn more about Black History through art and literature. If you would like to participate, stop by Haddington Library to pick up a supply kit that includes materials you…

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Art Full Text

Art Full Text™ is a comprehensive resource for art information featuring full-text articles from more than 300 periodicals dating back to 1995, high-quality indexing and abstracting of over 600 periodicals dating as far back as 1984,…

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More than 18,000 peer-reviewed journals and more than 9,200 in full text Full text of The Economist ranging from 1988 to the present, with no embargo Full text of The New York Times from 1985 to present, updated daily Full text of The…

Edward Sorel | Profusely Illustrated

Watch the video on our youtube channel. In conversation with Signe Wilkinson “One of America’s foremost political satirists” ( The New York Times ), illustrator, caricaturist, and cartoonist Edward Sorel has illustrated 41 covers for …

Laura Raicovich | Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest

In conversation with Seph Rodney, PhD, opinions editor and managing editor of the Sunday Edition for Hyperallergic , author of The Personalization of the Museum Visit , and winner of the 2020 Rabkin Arts Journalism Prize. The interim…

Paul Hendrickson | Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright

Paul Hendrickson’s books include Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934–1961 , a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; Sons of Mississippi , winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; and The Living…

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…

Walter Isaacson | Leonardo da Vinci

Watch the video here . Released just weeks after the tech guru’s death, Walter Isaacson’s “staggering” ( The New York Times ) portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs instantly became an international bestseller. Isaacson has also penned…

Christina Baker Kline | A Piece of the World

Watch the video here . Christina Baker Kline is the author of The Orphan Train , the no. 1 New York Times bestseller and 2015 One Book, One Philadelphia selection. Her other novels include Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be , and…

Ross King | Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

“With a fiction writer’s feel for character” (Philadelphia Inquirer ), Ross King is the author of several nonfiction works that situate art within the context of the history in which it was born, including the New York Times bestsellers…

Edward Sorel | Mary Astor's Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 with Jules Feiffer | Cousin Joseph

“One of America’s foremost political satirists” ( New York Times ), illustrator, caricaturist, and cartoonist Edward Sorel has illustrated 41 covers for The New Yorker and has published pictorial essays and features in The Nation ,…

David Salle | How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art

One of the principal definers of postmodern art, painter David Salle is one of the last four decades’ most celebrated artists. Known for paintings and prints of what seem to be indiscriminately overlaid found images from a variety of…