Tagged Holidays

Welcome Spring! How to Celebrate the Equinox with Kids

What is the Equinox? The word "equinox" comes from a Latin root meaning "equal night", and describes the days of the year when daytime is roughly equal to night. The equinox happens twice a year, once in autumn and…

Spotlight on Digital Media | The Return of 13 Scary Movies to Watch on Friday the 13th

Today, March 13, is the first of two Friday the 13ths occurring in 2020. I've penned posts in the past of full of screamingly scary streaming selections and now I've returned to shock and surprise you with 13 more from our…

How Do You Hamantaschen? From Cookbooks to Rare Books, Celebrating Purim at the Free Library!

Like many holidays, Purim offers all those who celebrate Jewish traditions a chance to make and enjoy handmade goodies. The hallmark sweet treat for this occasion is the hamantaschen , a cookie-like triangular pastry with a sweet…

Spend Your Leap Day at the Free Library!

Happy (almost) Leap Day! That’s right, tomorrow is that special bonus day that comes around once every four years. The date of February 29 is added in various solar calendars, including the Gregorian calendar, to the years…

Celebrate the Year of the Rat with the Free Library!

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia as we celebrate Chinese New Year 2020 and the Year of the Rat ! Chinese New Year is a fifteen-day celebration that starts on the new moon (also known as Lunar New Year, or "Little Year").…

MLK Day of Service | When the Youth Lead

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a strongly celebrated day in Philadelphia. People of all ages come together to support their communities and uplift the values of MLK’s civil rights leadership during this nationally recognized Day of…

Reflecting on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Visit to Philadelphia: A Personal Account

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  stands with one arm stretched high above his head, waving to the crowd, with a broad smile on his face, as the legendary Philadelphia civil rights attorney and firebrand Cecil B. Moore stands to one…

Give a Gift to the Free Library Fund this Holiday Season

So many people revel in the spirit of giving this time of year—from giving gifts to loved ones to giving back to their communities. The Free Library and all of our supporters get in the spirit of giving too. We raised $15,000…

Learn to Make Delicious Meshabek on National Bake Cookies Day

Here at the Culinary Literacy Center , cookies are a constant – over the years, we’ve offered science-based approaches to the sweet treat; a hands-on opportunity to make and taste a favorite family cookie recipe now in our…

Digital Media Spotlight | Season's Streamings with These Unique Holiday Television Specials and Movies

The holidays are in full swing, and that means your television, web browser, and anywhere else you can watch video on is currently inundated with holiday programming. And as comforting as A Charlie Brown Christmas or a Rankin/Bass…

You Scream, I Scream . . . for Vegan Ice Cream!

Yes, you heard that right: ice cream in December—and vegan ice cream, at that! Though you may be familiar with National Ice Cream Day, which is celebrated annually on the third Sunday in July (thanks to Ronald Reagan, who…

Holiday Gift Ideas from the Free Library!

Can you believe the holidays are already upon us? Although it's the *most* wonderful time of the year in many ways, from office parties to time away from work to celebrating with loved ones and making memories, this time of year can…

Give a Special Free Library Gift to Someone this Season: Dedicate a Bookplate!

Deciding what holiday gifts to get friends and family is always tricky, especially since this time of year can be so hectic. And once you finally figure that out, you have to worry about actually getting those gifts! Whether that means…

Donatucci Library's Lights Around the World and Holiday Book Recommendations

Here at Donatucci Library, we are thrilled to welcome back Alycia Larson also known as "the Geography Lady" to present an inclusive holiday program called Lights Around the World today, Thursday, December 5 at 4:30 p.m. Alycia…

Spotlight on Special Collections: WPA Posters in the Print and Picture Collection

From the mid-1930s to the early 1940s, artists working for the Federal Art Project’s Poster Division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA, later renamed Work Projects Administration) created thousands of designs for posters…

Welcome in the Winter Season with Free Library Storytimes at the Christmas Village!

Philadelphia is soon to be lit up with the awe-inspiring glee of the opening of the annual Christmas Village, presented by Bank of America and located in LOVE Park. The open-air German Christmas market is decorated for the holiday…

December Is Read a New Book Month

As another year draws to a close, another frenzied holiday season arrives—and what better way to say no to the madness than by saying yes to a compelling book? December is not just the month of Giving Tuesday, the Winter Solstice,…

Did You Know?: Black Friday was Born in Philly

What is ‘Black Friday,' and why do we do it? I did some digging... "In 1621, colonists invited Massasoit, the chief of the Wampanoags, to a feast after a recent land deal. Massasoit came with ninety of his men. That…

Picture Book Highlights | Thanksgiving Edition

It’s all there in the name: Thanksgiving is about gratitude, it’s about paying attention, noticing all the good things in our lives and in the world, and choosing to be thankful. Thanksgiving is also about sharing and…

December is Holiday Heaven at the Free Library!

December is THE SEASON. For whatever holiday you observe, celebrate, or just casually note upon the calendar, the Free Library has a celebratory feast of offerings.   Is it a performance you’re seeking? We have Sundays on…