Tagged Holidays

Picture Books Highlights | Grandparents Day

The bond between grandchildren and grandparents is strong. This unique connection, across time and generations, can stretch across countries as well. It’s no surprise that National Grandparents Day is celebrated around the world…

We Have a New Federal Holiday — Juneteenth!

Two months ago was the first official celebration of Juneteenth as a national holiday. On Thursday, June 17, 2021, Congress passed and presented the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act to President Joe Biden, who signed the bill…

Celebrating Pakistan's Independence Day with Music, Film, and Literature!

Jashn-e-Azadi Mubarak! Happy Independence Day! This past Saturday, August 14, was Pakistan’s Independence Day. Formed in 1947, Pakistan celebrated 74 years of its independence and freedom from British colonialism and the formation…

Happy Book Lovers Day!

In honor of  Book Lovers Day , our staff shared what a perfect day of reading looks like to them, and we're inspired! Here's to a marvelous day of celebrating our favorite pastime and the books we love! "I am an…

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom and Cuisine

African American Independence Day, widely referred to as Juneteenth, originated in Galveston, Texas in 1865. Though the Emancipation Proclamation, issued in 1863, freed millions of slaves in confederate states, African Americans in…

The Commemoration of Juneteenth

The oldest known celebration of the end of enslavement in U.S. history, Juneteenth is a day that recognizes freedom and liberation. Juneteenth, a combination of the words "June" and "nineteenth, centers Black lived…

Honor Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Your Family

In the month of May, we honor Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month , celebrating the history, culture, and contributions of the diverse Americans who belong to communities with ancestry in Asia, Southeast Asia, the…

Picture Book Highlights | Mother’s Day

Mother's Day is coming up this Sunday, and what better way to celebrate either in person or virtually, from near or far, than with a great picture book? Celebrate the ones you love with these titles available at the Free Library! Me…

Recipes and Recommendations for Pi Day!

by Breshay Woods — Culinary Literacy Center Intern What better way to mark the one-year anniversary of life under a global pandemic than with a number that seems to go on forever and can just never seem to come to an end?…

Recipes and Resources for a Virtual Mardi Gras Celebration

by Breshay Woods  (Culinary Literacy Center Intern) Does all this Philadelphia snow have you ready for a virtual vacation to New Orleans? The Culinary Literacy Center  is here to help, with Mardi Gras-inspired recipes and…

Celebrate the Year of the Ox!

Celebrate Lunar New Year 2021 and the Year of the Ox ! In Chinese culture, the Ox is a valued animal. Because of its role in agriculture, positive characteristics, such as being hardworking and honest, are attributed to it. As for…

Celebrate National Handwriting Day!

January 23 happens to be a date of importance for two similar reasons: it is the birthday of John Hancock , who was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence , with his name becoming synonymous with the act of signing…

Picture Book Highlights | Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

On Monday, January 18, celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with us! These books honor Dr. King’s work and the impact of his amazing life during the Civil Rights Movement . A renowned speaker and activist, Dr. King’s words…

Celebrate the South Indian Holiday of Pongal!

The South Indian holiday of Pongal is a multi-day harvest festival full of music and food observed by the Tamil and Telugu community, celebrated this year per the Hindu religious calendar, starting on Thursday, January 14 and ending on…

New Year's Resolutions: Moving Forward by Taking a Step Back in 2021

What can I say about 2020 that hasn’t already been said? The Coronavirus pandemic completely turned the world upside-down and forced many of us to hunker down in our households, work from home, and greatly alter the way we travel…

Picture Book Highlights | Happy New Year

December is coming to an end and soon we will be wishing everyone a Happy New Year.  That is always a nice feeling: a fresh new start, a new beginning. 2020 has been a difficult year in many ways, but we now have 2021 to look…

The History of Kwanzaa

Unlike many of the other holidays and traditions that we celebrate, Kwanzaa is one of the newest, at only 54 years old. It was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 as a way for African American families to reconnect to their roots and…

Celebrate the Holidays with Gingerbread

One of my favorite treats for the holidays is making gingerbread! Did you know that gingerbread was derived from Greece in 2400 b.c and was originally meant to preserve ginger? Gingerbread was a term used for any recipe that combined…

The Jewish Festival of Lights

The night of Thursday, December 10 begins the Jewish Festival of Lights known as Hanukkah. That much we can agree on, eh? Well, err, kind of. Yes, the holiday begins on Thursday evening, but what is the correct spelling, in English, of…

Take Part in a Free Library Holiday Tradition: Dedicate a Bookplate

Each holiday season, the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation creates a festive commemorative bookplate that members of the community can gift in honor or in memory of those they care most about. With a gift of just $50 to the Free…