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The Birds and 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 ‘different’ that still haunts me to this day...), but what if we told you that…

Book Fiesta Strives to Connect Libraries and Communities in South Philadelphia!

"A community is healthy when relationships are felt deeply, when there are histories of trust, a shared sense of mutual belonging, norms of mutual commitments, habits of mutual assistance, and real affection from one heart and soul…

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Free Library! ¡Celebre el Mes de la Herencia Hispana con la Biblioteca Pública!

For over 40 years, our nation has celebrated the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx peoples living in the United States. Durante más de 40 años, nuestra nación ha celebrado la historia, la…

An Autumnal State of Mind

As someone who not-so-patiently awaits the arrival of fall every year, I’m elated that today is the autumnal equinox. This wonderful first day of fall is one of my favorite holidays. It ushers in all things cozy: apple cider,…

The Paschalville Partnership’s Community Catalyst Initiative Transforms Library Services for Southwest Philadelphia Residents and Job Seekers

Everyone has gifts, everyone has something to contribute, and everyone cares about something that motivates them to act. These are the foundational principles underlying asset-based community development (ABCD), a positive-minded…

Modern Courts, Modern Lives

The workshop in the Free Library’s new Robert and Eileen Kennedy Heim Center for Cultural and Civic Engagement began with a quick quiz. And while I knew I wouldn’t ace it, I thought I would get by. Sliding on my reading…

Overdose Awareness and Prevention

International Overdose Awareness Day is Saturday, August 31. The aim is to raise awareness and acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or suffered injury as a result of a drug overdose. As…

Join the Free Library at Philly Free Streets!

Ever wanted to enjoy the streets of Philadelphia without the hustle and bustle of traffic? This Saturday, August 3, you’ve got that chance as Philly Free Streets returns to North Broad Street from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Philly…

Join Us for Unity Day on June 29!

On Saturday, June 29, join us in Germantown's Vernon Park from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the inaugural Unity Day ! On Unity Day, the North Central Philadelphia community will to come together to recognize unsung heroes and…

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…

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…

Celebrate All Things Science at Your Neighborhood Library During the Philadelphia Science Festival!

Philadelphia’s Science Festival is back for a week of all things science. The week-long festival is hosted by the Franklin Institute and offers hundreds of free and low-cost programs across the city for all ages. The Free Library…

Join the Free Library for a Storytime in Reading Terminal Market!

What’s better than a fun Free Library storytime with your little one? How about a fun Free Library storytime complete with some of Philly’s most iconic eats just steps away? That’s right! On the first Wednesday morning…

Poetry Reading Circle: Celebremos Global Peace!

A Voice for Peace, Concord, and Harmony: XIII International Poetry Festival in Philadelphia will congregate poets from Latin America, Spain, and the United States in an evening of verse and music on May 1. Each poet will read one piece,…

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…

McPherson Square Library Photography Exhibit Spotlights Neighborhood Strengths

Tuesday Chalmers is an Adult/Teen Librarian at McPherson Square Library , and a member of Cohort 1 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries training. In this post, she explains the project she worked on after attending the…

The Book Bike Gears Up for Its 4th Season!

The Free Library Book Bike program is now entering its 4th season! The Book Bikes are bicycle-powered mobile libraries that go to local events, bringing a piece of the Free Library outside of our brick and mortar locations. When…

Free Library Participating in 27th Annual African American Children's Book Fair

We are excited to share the news that the Free Library will be at the African American Children's Book Fair again this year! Founded and organized by Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati, the African American Children’s Book Fair is…

It's Time for Slime!

Type "slime" into any search engine and you’re bound to find a variety of slime-making kits sold through major retailers, links to several YouTube accounts dedicated to slime, and even news articles about people of all…

Free Library Storytimes Are Back This Holiday Season at the Christmas Village in Philadelphia!

The Free Library will be returning for another festive season of Storytimes at the Christmas Village ! Storytimes will be held every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., starting today, November 28 and continuing through December 19 . You can find…