Tagged Holidays

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…

Love Hallmark Christmas Movies? Give These Teen Holiday Reads a Look!

2018, it’s been quite a year, am I right? I know that by this point every year we’re all like, “WOW, what a year!”, but this year especially feels like we are on track for record length. So in this, possibly the…

Gift Ideas from the Free Library!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? Right! The holidays certainly are fun, from office parties to time away from work, visits with family and friends and childhood nostalgia. And don’t forget the egg nog and…

Give a Gift from the Heart: Dedicate a Bookplate at the Free Library!

Having a hard time finding a special gift for that impossible-to-shop-for book fanatic in your life? We have a unique gift idea for you—one that celebrates your loved one’s love of reading and nurtures that love in others!…

Celebrate the Holiday Season with the Free Library at These Fun and Free Events!

The Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year, is fast approaching. However, our libraries are not short on immersive, interactive programming. Experience a flurry of fun and free winter and holiday themed events…

Curl Up with a Winter Read

The days have gotten shorter. We’ve dug up our coziest sweaters. We’re making hot chocolate and plenty of other steaming drinks. We’re spying twinkly lights all around, from city streets to shopping malls.…

Not a Black Friday Shopper? We’ve Got You Covered!

If the idea of heading out into the world at some ungodly hour to fight crowds and spend money makes you queasy, and you’re choosing to celebrate today as Buy Nothing Day rather than Black Friday, fear not! The Free Library has…

It's National Leftovers Day!

Ever wonder what to do with that slightly wrinkled bell pepper sitting in your produce drawer, or that Tupperware of cooked rice? Have you ever felt an overpowering sense of humdrum eating, heated up leftovers? One’s first…

What We’re Thankful For This Year

In this fast-paced world of ours, it’s easy to forget to take a minute or two to slow down. Hopefully, this Thanksgiving will allow us all a chance to sit back and reflect on what’s important in our lives – from the…

Handy Thanksgiving Inventions!

We're thankful for these inventions that help us make the Thansgiving feast and all the festivties more enjoyable and fun!   Automatic mashed potato system (2007) U.S. Patent No. 7172335 Mashed potatoes are a favorite …

Thanksgiving & Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving reminds us to be grateful for all the little and big things that happen in our lives. And that’s a very good thing: feeling thankful helps us to stay positive! When we focus on little acts of kindness and moments of…

This Is Halloween 2018!

Howllo Boils and Ghouls!, Welcome back to the Free Library of Phrightadelphia's blog, on this most haunted of holidays— Halloween ! Besides the usual seasonal scares that arise from the grave this time of year, 2018 marks two…

Pizza and Beer Day!

Throughout history there are duos that are stronger together than they are separate: Peanut Butter and Jelly       Hall and Oates            Movies and Popcorn…

Happy Book Lovers Day!

Ah, Book Lovers Day —a day to celebrate the love of the written word. While many of us are book lovers every day , the Free Library wouldn’t miss the chance to officially celebrate. The easiest way to participate in Book…

Celebrate These Bada$$ Moms on Mother's Day

It’s almost Mother’s Day and for those of us lucky to still have our moms in our lives, or to have had cool moms at all, you'll probably celebrate with maybe some brunch? A mani pedi? Maybe some skydiving? Who knows, but…

Pi Day: Stephen Hawking Travels to Infinity

If you are reading this on March 14 at 1:59 p.m., then it must be Pi Day (Pi at 5 decimal places = 3.14159, natch!) This annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (Pi), or in its easiest understood numeric equivalent, 3.14,…

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with some Irish YA Lit!

March brings us many things—weather that is all over the place, early spring flowers and feelings, and inevitably, St. Patrick’s Day. It's my understanding that St. Patrick's Day in Ireland is actually a pretty…

Friday Five: Daylight Saving Time Springs Ahead This Sunday

Daylight Saving Time , abbreviated DST, begins again this Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, when we will set our clocks forward one hour and gain more sunlight in the evenings. With most of our electrical gadgets and…

Celebrate the Year of the Dog with the Free Library!

Today, February 16, we celebrate the Year of the Dog ! In the video below, Jenifer Chang, Chief of Central Public Services Division at Parkway Central Library , discusses the history and traditions behind Chinese New Year and how the…