Tagged Holidays

Celebrate International Day of Peace with These Inspiring Films

Established in 1981 by the United Nations and celebrated each year on September 21, International Day of Peace (unofficially known as World Peace Day) is devoted to encouraging the world to work together toward a unified goal of…

We're Here For You During 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…

Celebrate National Read a Book Day!

Today is National Read a Book Day , and as a book lover and Free Library staff member it’s my sworn duty to encourage everyone I meet today to pick up a book, so expect some recommendations here. Reading can be so much more than…

Fight Procrastination Day!

I waited until the last possible minute to write this blog. I’m not joking. When I took on the assignment, I made a joke about how ironic it would be to turn in a blog about procrastination, late. Well, it’s not late, but…

National Honey Bee Day at the Free Library!

by Suzanna U. and Amy T. The third Saturday in August marks National Honey Bee Day , and the Free Library knows a thing or two about honey bees! Did you know we have quite a few of our own bees buzzing around town? You better BEE-lieve…

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité: Happy Bastille Day!

Coming down from your Fourth of July celebrations, but not quite ready to put away your red, white, and blue clothes (or fireworks)? You’re in luck! July 14 is Bastille Day —the tri-colored national fête of France. On…

Celebrate Independence Day | The Statue of Liberty

In celebration of Independence Day, let’s take a look at one of America’s greatest national monuments: The Statue of Liberty . Recognized internationally as a symbol of freedom, it is a powerful representation of our country…

Happy National Selfie Day!

You heard right! Today is National Selfie Day, an excuse to snap a photo of yourself in the name of this glorious (fake) holiday! Looking for the perfect place to take it? How about heading to your nearest Free Library location ?…

Father's Day Films

"A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow." (unknown author) Father's Day is celebrated internationally on a variety of different dates. In the United States, Father's Day has traditionally…

Eid al-Fitr | Falafel (Chickpea Patties) Recipe

If you’ve ever lived in a city like Philadelphia, you’re familiar with falafel. The vendors on practically every corner have mastered the art of turning chickpeas into a delicious savory meal. In June, celebrate this dish…

A Mother's Day Recipe for Kids (of All Ages)!

With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, we wanted to share a classic no-bake, no-heat recipe that can be made by children in honor of this auspicious holiday. Who remembers bringing crispy toast, over-sweetened cereal, and…

Graphic Novels about Motherhood

Ah mothers and motherhood – such a beautiful and serene time, where everything is so easy and uncomplicated, right? Ha! All of the moms I know, including my friends, coworkers, and even my own mother have assured me that it…

Children's Books for Ramadan Mubarak (Happy Ramadan!)

Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month, begins on May 5. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar and all over the world Muslim families celebrate with daily fasting and prayer. For families that observe the holiday and for…

May Day! Mayday? May Day!

What do you think of when you hear the words "May Day"? (And no, I don’t mean the distress call "mayday," which comes from m’aidir , French for "help me"—and is, interestingly, entirely…

Celebrating Math and Formulas in Teen Books for Pi Day!

Ah March, that most unusual of months – is it spring or winter? Will it snow one last time? Are the crocuses blooming yet to give me a glimmer of hope? One fun way to get through these last few weeks of almost spring/fourth winter…

National Inventors' Day!

Happy National Inventors’ Day! This special day was proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983 “in recognition of the enormous contribution inventors make to the nation and the world.” It is celebrated each year on…

Take a Deep Dive Into These Recommendations for Read in the Bathtub Day!

Get your scented candles and bath bombs ready, because February 9 is Read in The Bathtub Day! We know you’ve probably already got an attractive paperback you’ve been dying to find time to dip into, but if you need some…

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with the Free Library!

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia as we celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Pig! Chinese New Year is a fifteen-day celebration which starts on the new moon (also known as Lunar new Year). On Chinese New Year, people…

Show Your Library Love This Holiday Season!

This time of year, so many people are caught up in the spirit of giving—from giving gifts to loved ones, to giving back to their communities. I can’t think of a better way to get into this spirit than by giving to the Free…

Beat the Winter Blues with the Free Library (and some Nordic Spirit!)

I’m staring with dread at the slog of ever-colder, ever-shorter days upon us. I do not "just love sweater weather." I "just love" some palm trees and ocean breezes. Alas. For solace, perhaps my fellow…