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Introducing BRIC's New Business Librarian: Claire

We are so excited to introduce you to Claire Lutz, the BRIC's newest librarian! Claire started in July. Be sure to say hello when you see her in the Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC) at Parkway Central Library .…

Celebrating Five Years of the Musical Instrument Collection at the Free Library

The Free Library’s Musical Instrument Collection is now as old as the number of lines on a musical staff—on September 25, 2021, the MIC turned 5! It was an ominous trek leading up to this milestone. That goes for other…

Take a Video Tour Through Parkway Central Library!

by Autumn M. and Alexis A. You might think of the Parkway Central Library as a great place to check out your favorite books and movies, but there’s so much more we have to offer and a lot of beautiful sights in the actual building…

The ABCs of the WPA at FLP

As part of his bold New Deal aimed at national reform and recovery in the wake of the Great Depression , President Franklin D. Roosevelt launched the Work Projects Administration (WPA) . The federally funded program focused on putting…

For the Greatest Number: The New Deal Revisited

by Laura S. and Caitlin G. It’s been ninety years since the crisis of the Great Depression inspired the New Deal’s government investment and aid. But it’s not just history. The country is again facing a choice: What do…

Meet Your Library Staff: Mary Westbrook - Children's Librarian

As part of our ongoing series  of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Mary Westbrook, a children's librarian at the Parkway Central…

"Medieval Life" Comes to Parkway Central

What do books and objects from 800 years ago have to do with our present-day concerns? An exhibition taking shape online and in the  Rare Book Department 's William B. Dietrich Gallery uses objects from the distant past to…

Free Library Installs Colorful Abstract Banners Designed by Alexander Calder

An exciting art installation is underway at Parkway Central Library ! Two soaring, colorful banners, created by celebrated American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976), are now on display in the Robert and Eileen Kennedy Heim Center for…

The Raven Society and Field Teen Center are Throwing it Back to the '90s!

Do you long for the days of Nick at Nite , TRL , the Spice Girls , and Fresh Prince ? Do you catch yourself saying "as if" and "talk to the hand" in casual conversation? Do you still wear your hair in "The…

New Monthly Game Night Series to Take Place in Heim Center

Part of my job is to show Parkway Central Library ’s private spaces to those who are interested in renting them for events . At the end of those tours, I often take them to the Heim Center , one of the new public library spaces…

My Top Five Free Library Moments of 2019

Can you believe 2019 is almost in the books? It has been a big year for us here at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and with December winding down I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on and celebrate some of my favorite…

Join us for Music in the Air: A Free Library Fête!

It’s right around the corner! Join us at Parkway Central Library on Saturday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. for Music in the Air: A Free Library Fête . The Free Library’s annual gala will feature and showcase Parkway…

Honor the Past, Embrace the Future: Exploring Services for Veterans and Their Families

Blog post author Nina Coffin is a Librarian in the Social Science & History Department at Parkway Central Library and a participant in Cohort 6 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries trainings. Prior to joining the staff of…

Design in the Archives: A Free Evening of Fun and Learning for All Ages!

Archives shield us from a world saturated with fake news and misinformation. But what are archives? How are they different from libraries? Where are they? How do they work? How are they used? Are they free to use? Can anyone…

Happy 70th Birthday, Bruce Springsteen!

The first guitar Bruce Springsteen used was rented from Diehl’s Music in Freehold, NJ, until the 7-year-old future rock star felt he had no skill for the instrument and that he could no longer spend his "mother’s…

Languages and Learning Center | Hearing from Our Adult Learners

This week marks the launch of the  Languages and Learning Center at Parkway Central Library , a center dedicated to supporting the individual learning goals of Philadelphia’s adults. For the past several months, we have…

Dancing on the Rooftops: Trisha Brown Dance Company Comes to the Parkway Central Library

A figure in red slowly lifts her arms. She sweeps them out to either side of her body, continuing to lift them until they form a straight line with her shoulders. For a moment, the figure is still. Then her knees bend, pulling her torso…

The Poetry to the People Tour Is Coming to Philadelphia!

At the Free Library of Philadelphia, we know firsthand that access to books and other media can change lives. The Poetry to the People tour is dedicated to increasing such access—so we’re obviously thrilled to be one of the…

Ravens on the Rooftop: A Summer Celebration Atop the Parkway Central Library!

Summer is in full swing: temperatures are high, days are long, school is out for break, and the Ravens are on the rooftop! Join the Raven Society, the Free Library’s community of young supporters, for our annual summer fundraiser,…

Take a Free Family Tour of Our Five Senses, a Fully-Interactive Exhibition

Take a free tour of Our 5 Senses , a fully-interactive exhibition that connects the science of the senses with the mind and the literary experience. Tours begin at 3:00 p.m.and finish at 3:45 p.m. Visitors may view…