Tagged Holidays

Celebrating Juneteenth!

The Free Library is celebrating Juneteenth! Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of enslavement in the United States and a time when we come together to celebrate this monumental occasion across the country, within our…

New Children's Books for Celebrating Juneteenth!

In 2020, the city of Philadelphia declared June 19th a city holiday in recognition of Juneteenth, an important day in the history of African Americans and our country. New children's books have been released in the last couple of…

What's New in Women's History

March is Women’s History Month, and it’s a wonderful time to delve into some of the previously untold history of the women of our world. Did you know that recent archaeological discoveries in the Americas have turned the…

Picture Book Highlights | Purim

Are you getting ready to celebrate Purim? We have books for you! Purim is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the bravery of Esther and the salvation of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian empire against Haman. A traditional Purim…

National Employee Appreciation Day

March 4th is National Employee Appreciation Day. I wanted to publicly commend our extraordinary staff who continue to keep one of our newest resources alive and well…our Call Center! The Free Library’s Call Center went live…

Who Was the Saint of Valentine's Day?

Was there a saint of love? Despite myths surrounding the "real" Saint Valentine , this holiday likely owes its origins to Medieval English poet Chaucer . At a time of growing romance around ideas of forbidden courtly love, he…

In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On January 17, our nation commemorates the 27th Annual National Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work and legacy. Dr. King’s part in the Civil Rights Movement is well-documented. Alongside his wife…

Giving Back for the Holidays

It can be difficult to get into the holiday spirit in the midst of so much confusion, fear, and grief. Children and adults alike may find ourselves feeling sad at the loss of a loved one, of normalcy and routines, or of beloved…

Celebrate the Holidays with the Free Library!

No matter what holiday(s) you celebrate, the month of December is jam-packed with holiday offerings at the Free Library–both in-person and virtually!  Check out these events and make your plans to join us for festive fun!…

Picture Book Highlights | The Nutcracker

It’s a well-established tradition at the end of the year that ballet companies everywhere offer performances of The Nutcracker . The Philadelphia Ballet presentation of this seasonal performance is for all ages and a perfect…

Jólabókaflóðið: Iceland’s Holiday Book Tradition

Jólabókaflóðið , or the Christmas Book Flood in English, is an Icelandic holiday tradition started in 1944 and enjoyed every year since then. Around 2015, this book-lovers event gained worldwide attention…

Celebrating in December | Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa

December is chockful of celebrations, with windows filled with lights and decorations, and a communal feeling of anticipation and joy.   Find picture books for the holidays you celebrate and learn about other annual…

Christmas Village Storytimes are Back this Holiday Season!

The holiday season is upon us and what better way to celebrate than by bringing your little ones to a storytime at Christmas Village , Philadelphia’s authentic German Christmas market! The Free Library will be returning to the…

Reframing Thanksgiving for Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, as well as a time when many people in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving. If this holiday is a part of your family’s tradition, it may be time to give this annual harvest feast a…

Celebrate Young Readers Day!

Young Readers Day was first created by a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the reading-incentives program with pizza rewards, Book It! We will happily take any excuse to celebrate reading with kids! Why is reading…

Give Thanks with the Free Library this November!

November is almost upon us, and it already has us thinking about Thanksgiving and the spirit of giving as the holiday season approaches! Here at the Free Library, we're thankful for  you . No matter how you use and support…

Trick or Treat! A COVID-Safe Halloween

Jack-o'-lanterns are grinning from the stoops, and a chill wind rustles through the leaves. An orange October moon slips from behind swift-moving clouds, and children are possessed by an unquenchable thirst for pocket-sized portions…

National Dessert Day

Since October 14 is National Dessert Day , I thought I'd take a trip down memory lane, all the way back to the spring of 2020 when I started stress-baking... Coronavirus was still a new term and staying in the house was a…

Picture Book Highlights | Indigenous Peoples' Day

This year, for the first time, Philadelphia will celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day on the 2nd Monday of October. It is a welcome and important step in recognizing and rethinking Native American history. It is also a celebration and…

Move into Autumn with the Harvest Moon

Today, September 22, we welcome the equinox once again! On this day twice each year, the sun rests directly over the equator, so day and night are nearly equal in length all over the globe. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Autumn Equinox…