Tagged Holidays

A Unique Gift That Gives Back, Dedicate a Bookplate at the Free Library!

What if this holiday season you could skip the lines, dodge the crowds, avoid internet-search fatigue … and get the perfect gift for all the bookworms on your list? Some might call that a holiday miracle; we’d call it a…

Do You Need Some Holiday Card Inspiration?

Do you send out greeting cards around the holiday season? Families have been writing "Christmas Letters" for hundreds of years, but the commercially produced Christmas card is a little bit younger: first manufactured in 1843…

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Free Library Family Programs!

The Free Library will celebrate the holiday season this December with a variety of events throughout the city!   On December 3, 10, and 17, Sundays on Stage will take over the auditorium at Parkway Central Library to bring you…

Q&A with Children's Author and Illustrator Greg Pizzoli

A frequent visitor to the Free Library of Philadelphia is Geisel-winning illustrator Greg Pizzoli . Greg recently sat down with us in the Children's Literature Research Collection to discuss his career, his love of elephants, and…

Happy Holidays! Check Out These New Gifts in the Free Library Shop!

The Free Library Shop offers charming literary gifts for any occasion, including signed books, tote bags, stationery, and more—many featuring designs inspired by the Library’s own special collections. This year, we are…

Friday the 13th

There are many things associated with Friday the 13th, including horror films, bad luck, phobias ( paraskevidekatriaphobia ). Historians believe that Friday the 13th comes from the number 13 being viewed as unlucky. But how did we get…

Rosh Hashanah Is a SWEET Time to Visit the Free Library

Rosh Hashanah —the celebration of the Jewish new year—begins at sundown on Wednesday night, September 20. Even those not celebrating the holiday may be preparing, as Philadelphia schools are closed Thursday and Friday .…

Happy Independence Day!

The Fourth of July is America's biggest holiday – there are parades, music, picnics, parties, AND fireworks! We are a nation of immigrants and on this day we all come together to honor the diverseness of our land and to…

5 Notable Literary Fathers

Father's Day is a chance to wish dear old dad or those special men in our lives that helped raise and guide us, a big thank you for your service. While you honor the father figure in your life, let's take a moment to remember…

The Passover Story, as told by William Shakespeare

Ringing in Passover with The Bard, because... why not? The Hebrews had been prosperous in Egypt, growing and multiplying. But the new Pharaoh became scared and decided, "I'll manacle thy neck and feet together" ( The…

Pi(e) Day

I admit it: I’ve developed a slight obsession with baking pies. It all started last spring, when I took a hands-on pie class at the Free Library’s Culinary Literacy Center with Holly Riccardi, a baker who runs Magpie , South…

A Neat Sweet for a Holiday Treat—Getting Ready for Purim!

by Jamie Bowers , Culinary Literacy Center and Julie Berger , Free Library Foundation Purim Is Coming! The Jewish holiday of Purim , celebrating the triumph of the Jewish people over an evil ruler, begins Saturday night. It is…

Literary Scenes from New Orleans

New Orleans is always on my mind at this time of year. Mardi Gras is more than just Fat Tuesday in the Big Easy, and the celebrations extend far beyond Bourbon Street: parades take place all over the city for several weeks,…

It's Groundhog Day Again...

Well, that cute little rodent and fellow Pennsylvanian—Punxsutawney Phil— saw his shadow this morning , which means we have to endure another six weeks of winter. I don't think it's any coincidence that the movie…

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster at the Free Library!

On January 28th, we will celebrate the Year of the Rooster at the Free Library! We invite you to explore storytimes, cultural programs, and arts & crafts activities throughout Philadelphia . Chinese New Year is a fifteen-day…

Winter Holiday-Themed Short Story Collections

It's winter! It's the holiday season! You know what would be a great idea right now? Escaping into a collection of Young Adult wintery/holiday themed novels while your mom tries to get you to wash the dishes and your weird…

Happy Hoopla Holidaze!

It's a few days before Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa , and all through my house, not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse. Why? Because it's freezing outside! So, what better time to veg out on the couch and settle in for…

Beyond The Shelves: Give the Gift of Literacy

Did you know there’s more than one kind of literacy? In the 21st century, a number of critical literacy skills are required to get through an ordinary day: nutritional literacy at breakfast, digital literacy to apply for a job…

Looking for Teen Gift Book Ideas? Check Out These Popular Teen Author Titles!

The Field Family Teen Author Series and the Free Library of Philadelphia connects students, teachers, libraries, and authors through a successful series of author visits with teens throughout the city of Philadelphia. Free Library staff…

Family Holiday Traditions: The Nutcracker!

Many of us have great, nostalgic memories of enjoying The Nutcracker as a child. Why not revisit the timeless classic this year? This holiday classic ballet based on   E.T.A. Hoffman's story The Nutcracker and the Mouse…