Tagged Events at the Library

The Raven Society and Field Teen Center are Throwing it Back to the '90s!

Do you long for the days of Nick at Nite , TRL , the Spice Girls , and Fresh Prince ? Do you catch yourself saying "as if" and "talk to the hand" in casual conversation? Do you still wear your hair in "The…

Women's History Month 2020: Stories We Know, Stories We'll Discover

"Even if I believed that women should be denied the right of suffrage, wild horses could not drag such an admission from my pen or my lips, for this reason: precisely the same arguments used to prove that the ballot be withheld…

One Book, Many Voices Community Dinner at Cobbs Creek Library

I learned so much at a recent One Book, One Philadelphia   panel about the relationship between food, memory, and economic justice. The conversation centered on what it means to "decolonize" our food systems— in…

What is "Public History", Anyway?

On Thursday, February 20 , David W. Young will appear at Parkway Central Library to discuss his book, Battles of Germantown: Effective Public History in America .  Many Philadelphia residents are familiar with the annual…

Explore Black History with Your Family at the Free Library!

The Free Library is proud to honor Black History Month ! We’ll be celebrating, learning, and reflecting together, with a multitude of programs for the whole family at neighborhood libraries across the city. Explore local history…

New Monthly Game Night Series to Take Place in Heim Center

Part of my job is to show Parkway Central Library ’s private spaces to those who are interested in renting them for events . At the end of those tours, I often take them to the Heim Center , one of the new public library spaces…

#OneBookWednesday | One Book 2020 Event Highlights

On Wednesday, January 22, Tommy Orange will join us in Philadelphia for the One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff , which launches eight weeks of more than 130 events exploring the themes in his novel There There . Below are some featured…

December is Holiday Heaven at the Free Library!

December is THE SEASON. For whatever holiday you observe, celebrate, or just casually note upon the calendar, the Free Library has a celebratory feast of offerings.   Is it a performance you’re seeking? We have Sundays on…

Richmond Library to Host "For the Love of Bees" Avant-Garde Piano Concert

On Friday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m., two unique features of the Richmond Library will come together in the form of "For the Love of Bees," a free piano concert by avant-guard composer Anna Rubin . Celebrated classical pianist…

Check Out Free Summer Jazz Concerts at Philadephia City Institute Library Throughout August!

August is here and Philadelphia City Institute Library will be featuring free summer jazz concerts ! We are pleased to continue this tradition for the fifth year in a row with performances by Hidden Treasure Jazz Group , the James Corum…

The Mystery of Romantic Love in the Modern Age

The mystery of romantic love has puzzled people for centuries. In 1862, Lewis Douglass wrote his future wife, Amelia Loguen, as follows: "Men and women talk of love, can anyone describe it? Can anyone give the reason why one person…

Juneteenth is in the Air on 52nd Street and in the House at Blackwell Regional Library!

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery, on June 19, 1865, when the Emancipation Proclamation was enforced by Union soldiers and the last remaining slaves were freed in Galveston Texas. To honor the significance of this historical…

Ravens on the Rooftop: A Summer Celebration Atop the Parkway Central Library!

Summer is in full swing: temperatures are high, days are long, school is out for break, and the Ravens are on the rooftop! Join the Raven Society, the Free Library’s community of young supporters, for our annual summer fundraiser,…

Conversations in Color: The Coretta Scott King Awards Celebrate 50 Years of Excellence

Parkway Central Library Senior Services will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards for excellence in African American children’s literature with a five-part discussion series called Conversations In…

Brews and Views Returns!

As severe storm warnings in our area continue, we have unfortunately been met with a weather forecast that has forced us to cancel the Brews & Views series in full. Wishing all of our loyal patrons a safe and happy summer!…

The 5th Annual Free Library Comic Con!

This year, Free Library Comic Con celebrates its 5th anniversary with our annual event at the Parkway Central Library on May 11, 2019! When you arrive, you’ll first encounter our Vendor Hall which will be chock full of an array of…

Celebrate the Free Library at This Year’s Family Fest!

Every year, the Free Library of Philadelphia hosts a Family Fest —a celebration just for children and their families in the historic Parkway Central Library . Open to the public, this very special fundraiser features activities…

Immersive Multimedia Experience Breathes New Life into the Frankenstein Mythos

Even if you’ve never read Mary Shelley ’s groundbreaking novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus , you’ve certainly heard of the stiched-together monster the teenage mother invented during a drizzly 1816 summer…

An Island Retreat Off the Shores of Philadelphia

Long ago, Philadelphians had the opportunity to escape the congestion of the city by ferrying to two islands in the middle of the Delaware River, across from what is now Penn’s Landing. These islands were known as Smith’s…

Stay Cozy with the Free Library this Winter!

It’s wintertime in Philly. Even in the absence of snow, (thus far!), this means the sun rises later and sets earlier than in bordering seasons. It’s enough to make a person feel like hibernating. Well, the Free Library can…