Tagged Events at the Library

This Sixth Grade "Battle" Was One for the Books!

On Tuesday, October 30, Parkway Central Library ’s Skyline Room was abuzz with the cheers of sixth graders, the sound of buzzers and music, and the roar of applause. The cause? A "Book Battle," a Jeopardy-style…

Celebrate the Holiday Season with the Free Library at These Fun and Free Events!

The Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year, is fast approaching. However, our libraries are not short on immersive, interactive programming. Experience a flurry of fun and free winter and holiday themed events…

Herbert Crowley: A Visionary Artist Rediscovered

Who was Herbert Crowley? And why did he almost fade into obscurity after exhibiting critically acclaimed work at the start of the 20th century? Crowley was part of the very influential 1913 New York Armory Show and he went on…

Don't Miss the Parkway Soiree!

On Friday Oct 26 from 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. , the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is throwing itself a wild block party to celebrate 100 years of culture and learning along Philadelphia’s patch of Elysium. The Parkway Central…

Celebrate Computer Learning Month at Your Neighborhood Library!

Did you know that October is Computer Learning Month ? The Free Library wants to help you celebrate! Below you'll find a helpful a reminder of all the ways we can help you gain confidence in your computer skills and equip you with…

Who's Your Granddaddy?

It’s been said that "everybody has a past." Would you like to delve into yours? If so, we can help you find links to the unknowns in your life and the life of your family with our newest program "Who’s your…

Poetry Is Hot – Again!

Today, it seems that more Americans than ever before are writing poetry, participating in poetry slams, and entering poetry contests. But as we dive (back?) into poetry and draw inspiration from the great poets of yesteryear, it seems…

John Kerry | Every Day Is Extra

John Kerry Author Event Livestream Video by Michael Smerconish When Andy Kahan, the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams, Jr., Director of Author Events at the Free Library of Philadelphia invited me to interview Secretary John Kerry about…

Let the Free Library Help You Grow During Self-Improvement Month!

September is Self-Improvement Month , and if you’ve been thinking about taking steps to become your best self, now is the time. Let the Free Library – and your library card , of course – help you meet your goals! Learn…

The Birds & The Bee: A Raven Society Spelling Bee!

When you think of spelling bees, you probably think back to those elementary school glory days (or, in my case, to an embarrassing misspelling of ‘macaroni’ that nearly ruined fourth grade for me), but what if we told you…

Hypnosis & Your Health

Hypnosis, using its power to heal or influence others, has captured our public imagination long ago. It is a popular and often misunderstood technique that has been used for a variety of things, such as for quitting smoking , curing…

Happy National Literacy Month!

In addition to Library Card Sign-Up Month (woo-hoo!), September is National Literacy Month . As you would expect, literacy is very near and dear to our hearts here at the Free Library, and a core tenet of our mission to serve…

Conversations Between Libraries and Communities Spark Program Ideas

In a previous post, we shared some stories about how meetings between libraries and other community organizations can lead to what the American Library Association calls the “domino effect of positive results.” One potential…

Happy Senior Citizens Day!

Today is Senior Citizens Day , the perfect time to reflect on the Free Library’s myriad offerings for our city’s older residents! As noted when we celebrated Older Americans Month back in May, we believe that more than ever,…

How to Prepare for a Job Fair

When you start seeing advertisements for back to school, you know at least a few things are imminent: crisp cool weather, pumpkin spice lattes, and job fairs are coming to the Free Library! Back for the eleventh year, we are excited to…

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with the Ravens on Our Rooftop!

Temperatures are getting warmer, days are getting longer, schools are out for break, and that can only mean one thing: summer!  The season will officially begin in the northern hemisphere on June 21 with the summer solstice, the…

The Free Library Celebrates Passport Services Milestone!

The Free Library of Philadelphia opened its first Passport Acceptance Facility at the Northeast Regional Library in June 2017. Now, almost one year later, we are excited to have accepted over 2,000 passport applications and processed…

Learn of the Luminous Mysteries of Kabbalah

Do you know what Kabbalah is?  Join us on May 23 at 7:00 p.m. to learn about this ancient mystical Jewish tradition.  Professor Joel Hecker will talk about the history of Kabbalah, focusing on its central and canonical text,…

Embrace the Sacred and Interstellar Through the Art and Poetry of Stellar Masses

Yolanda Wisher is back! She left us in 2017 as the first Poet Laureate since the Free Library assumed responsibility for nurturing our city's chief word smith. On May 9, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., she's returning as curator with…

The Return of the Free Library of Comic Con!

The 4th annual Free Library of Comic Con will descend upon the Parkway Central Library on May 12, 2018! There’s so much going on at this year’s event that we don’t even know if we can fit all of our excitement into one…