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Judaism 101: History, Religion, and Culture

Are you curious about Judaism? Are Judaism and Jews a people, a nation, a religion, a culture, a way of life, or something else? What does it mean to be a Jew or Jewish? On October 11 , Rabbi Joel Kessler will attempt to demystify one…

Conversations Between Libraries and Communities Spark Program Ideas

In a previous post, we shared some stories about how meetings between libraries and other community organizations can lead to what the American Library Association calls the “domino effect of positive results.” One potential…

Join the Free Library for Wawa Welcome America Festivities!

For the past 25 years, America’s birthplace (Philly, of course!) has celebrated America’s birthday (July 4, of course!) with Wawa Welcome America – a multi-day festival of FREE multicultural and multigenerational…

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with the Ravens on Our Rooftop!

Temperatures are getting warmer, days are getting longer, schools are out for break, and that can only mean one thing: summer!  The season will officially begin in the northern hemisphere on June 21 with the summer solstice, the…

Concert in The Common: "the shape of the world we create"

By Ray Banas, Department Head, Music Department  In the fall 2017, in the midst of the dramatic renovation to replace six levels of stack-shelving units with soaring new public spaces at the Parkway Central Library , I saw a…

Get Ready for ... Cartoonapalooza!

Now that the Free Library has wrapped up its annual Comic Con , we're proud to offer fans of serial art an additional chance to meet some of their favorite artists. The cartoonists of the National Cartoonists Society are gathering…

Napoleon's Return (to the Children's Department at Parkway Central Library)

As you walk through the Children’s Department at Parkway Central Library , we hope you’ll stop and admire our newly-returned statue, The Young Bonaparte . We’re happy to have Napoleon back, inspiring our visitors to…

Learn of the Luminous Mysteries of Kabbalah

Do you know what Kabbalah is?  Join us on May 23 at 7:00 p.m. to learn about this ancient mystical Jewish tradition.  Professor Joel Hecker will talk about the history of Kabbalah, focusing on its central and canonical text,…

The Return of the Free Library of Comic Con!

The 4th annual Free Library of Comic Con will descend upon the Parkway Central Library on May 12, 2018! There’s so much going on at this year’s event that we don’t even know if we can fit all of our excitement into one…

Raise a Glass to the Free Library: The Spring Rooftop Beer Garden Series Is Back!

Want to have your book and eat it … er, drink it … too? You may know that the Free Library of Philadelphia is a public institution, funded by the City of Philadelphia, which provides for its staff and infrastructure. What…

Celebrate the History of our City and the Free Library at the 2018 Family Event!

This year has been full of meaningful milestones not only for the Free Library, but for the entire city of Philadelphia. Notably, our boulevard magnifique, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is celebrating its 100th birthday! The …

Buzzing about Cookbooks!

The Free Library's  Culinary Literacy Center is coming up on four years of having our kitchen doors open! One of the most frequent questions we get is,  What's your favorite cookbook? As if we could respond to that…

Free Library of Comic Con Returns to Parkway Central Library on May 12, 2018!

For the fourth year in a row, the Free Library of Philadelphia will be hosting our very own Comic Con ! If you’re not sure what a “comic con” is, just imagine all of the amazing nerdy things you love balled up into one…

A History Minute: 11 Things You Didn't Know About Julian Abele, Architect of the Parkway

As Head Designer of Horace Trumbauer’s architecture firm, Julian Abele designed the Free Library and the Philadelphia Art Museum and set the tone for the entire parkway. He designed buildings and palatial estates throughout the…

Cool Job! Chatting with Workplace's Digital Resource Specialist

I recently spoke with a familair face at Parkway Central Library —Sean Early, the Digital Resource Specialist in the Workplace , a service that supports job seekers within the Business Resource & Innovation Center (BRIC)…

A Historic Night at Parkway Central, Beaux Arts Bash 2017!

In case you didn’t hear, the 2017 Beaux Arts Bash was a smashing success! On Saturday, December 9, the Parkway Central Library was transformed for the Free Library’s biggest fundraiser of the year. This year’s…

Celebrate the City’s Beaux Arts Bonafides

The beloved Parkway Central Library, celebrating its 90th birthday this year, is a defining building in our city. It seems natural that the Free Library of Philadelphia’s flagship location would sit along the city’s…

Support the Free Library with Style—at the Beaux Arts Bash!

As a dedicated Library user, you have likely interacted with the Free Library of Philadelphia on countless occasions—whether you’ve borrowed books in one of our 54 neighborhood libraries, enjoyed a story time with your…

Celebrating a Centennial: A Look Back on the History of the Parkway and the Parkway Central Library

Contributing Writers: Julie Berger, Gina Bixler, Christopher Brown, Karen Lightner, Donald Root, Laura Stroffolino  "Once constructed, it will remain a thing of beauty and a joy for all generations to come," declared the…

Big and Small, Books for All: An Exhibition Open Now in the Rare Book Department at Parkway Central Library

Come join us in the Rare Book Department for our newest exhibition, where you will discover a world of books big, small, round, long, clay, flat, wearable, and more! As you make your way through Big and Small, Books for All , you will…