Tagged Events at the Library

Take The Stage: Professional Development Day

Small businesses and career professionals are invited to a Professional Development Day with the Free Library's Business Resource and Innovation Center . Join us on June 27, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. for the event hosted by…

Book Release and Author Visit: Jennifer C. Berkshire and The Education Wars

School may be out, but the future of public education is still in session. Pennsylvania courts recently deemed the state’s underfunding of public schools unconstitutional . The State House is poised to consider an education…

Black and Queer in Philadelphia: A Conversation

On Wednesday, June 26, at 6:00 p.m. , the Newspapers and Microfilm Center is proud to present Black and Queer in Philadelphia  — a program with Gary Hines in conversation with James Charles Roberts and Sappho Reynan…

Beyond Books: Celebrating Music at the Free Library

June is African American Music Appreciation Month and a celebration of “African American musical influences that comprise an essential part of our nation’s treasured cultural heritage,” according to the Smithsonian…

Summertime Fun and STEM Enrichment at the Free Library

To build an enlightened community devoted to lifelong learning, The Free Library is an advocate and valuable resource for students in and around the City of Philadelphia. The Free Library Foundation proudly supports the Library’s…

One More Bite

Join us Wednesday, June 5, 2024 in the Print and Picture Collection for a hands-on history event inspired by We Are What We Eat , the latest exhibition from the Free Library's Special Collections . Drop in anytime between 4:30 p.m.…

Community College Classes at the Library

The Community College of Philadelphia and the Free Library partnered to provide English as a Second Language (ESL) and High School Equivalency (HSE) classes in neighborhood libraries !  The Community College of Philadelphia…

Author Event: The Warehouse: A Visual Primer on Mass Incarceration

Philadelphia has the highest incarceration rate of any city in Pennsylvania, and the most locked-up census tracts in North Philadelphia have 17 times as many people behind bars as census tracts in Center City, according to the Prison…

Celebrate Pride Month with the Free Library

Every June the Free Library celebrates LGBTQIA+ Pride Month. The Free Library aims to be a place where everyone belongs. We value the LGBTQIA+ community, including transgender people and transgender youth, as one of many valued…

Get Ready for an Exciting Summer of Wonder at the Free Library!

Summer of Wonder is the Free Library's flagship summer reading challenge for all ages. Participants can attend library programs, find new books to read, and explore activities to stay engaged throughout the summer. Summer of Wonder…

Join Us for the One Book, One Philadelphia Finale Celebration

The 2024 One Book, One Philadelphia season is coming to a close with an exciting finale event ! Join True Biz author Sara Nović and poet Ilya Kaminsky — author of 2019 National Book Award finalist …

Celebrating Printmaker Chen Lok Lee

The Print and Picture Collection is proud to present a program highlighting the work of artist and Master Printer Chen Lok Lee on Wednesday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. Born in China in 1927, Lee studied at the Canton Public Art College and…

Tech Talk: Digital Skills Classes for Adults

In partnership with Temple University College of Education and Human Development, the Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to announce a new free digital learning series: Tech Talk: Digital Skills for Adult Learners . The…

Author Events Upcoming Spring and Summer Highlights

The Free Library’s Author Events program recently added numerous events to its spring and summer lineups. Here are ten events we’re excited about — along with some accompanying media:     Karen…

19th Century True Crime at the Free Library

From classics like In Cold Blood and Helter Skelter to recent bestsellers like In Light of All Darkness and If You Tell , readers love true crime. In addition to generating chills and thrills, a good true crime account sheds light on…

Join Philly Career Launch for Our Career Exploration Workshops

Philly Career Launch Career Exploration Workshop sessions will take place this April, May, and June at various Free Library locations  and community sites throughout Philadelphia. Have you experienced job disruption over the…

Get Ready for the 2024 Solar Eclipse on Monday, April 8!

Something very special is happening on Monday, April 8 : a total solar eclipse will cross North America from Mexico to Canada! After April 8, the next solar eclipse viewable from the contiguous United States won't occur…

Explore Neurodiverse Programs and More at the Free Library

April is Autism Acceptance Month ! In 2008, the United Nations declared April 2 as  World Autism Awareness Day . Learn and explore the wide world of neurodivergent minds with great programs and relevant titles from the…

Explore the Geology of the Wissahickon Park

William Penn’s dream of having a “Green Country Towne” inspired many generations to preserve parks and green spaces throughout the city and region. One prime example of this is the great Wissahickon Valley Park ,…

Announcing the 2024 One Book, One Philadelphia Selections

One Book, One Philadelphia is a signature project of the Free Library of Philadelphia that promotes literacy, library usage, and civic dialogue by encouraging the entire greater Philadelphia area to come together through reading and…