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Pam's Picks: Favorite Books of Legendary Actress Pam Grier

It’s the 50 Anniversary of the blaxploitation film Foxy Brown starring Pam Grier . The film is credited for revolutionizing the way women were portrayed in cinema. To celebrate this milestone, the legendary actress did a special…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in February!

Check out these new titles coming to the Free Library's catalog in February! Young Children (up to 2nd Grade) Go Forth and Tell: The Life of Augusta Baker, Librarian and Master Storytelller by Breanna J. McDaniel, illustrated by…

The 2024 Youth Media Award-Winners

Bright and early on January 22, while many of us were still sleeping, breakfasting, or commuting, librarians and other youth literature enthusiasts gathered excitedly in person at the Baltimore Convention Center, or virtually…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in January!

It may be chilly outside, but the Free Library has some titles to warm you up this month! Young Children (up to 2nd Grade) I’m Going to Build a Snowman by Jashar Awan When a little boy wakes up to see a blanket of snow covering…

Dena's Favorite Books of 2023

It's the 12th annual list of my favorite books — the 2023 edition! This year was a good reading year; I read over 300 books for the first time since 2019 (although my TV watching decreased dramatically). There's…

The Central Children's Department Best Books for 2023

The Parkway Central Children’s Department has a fun tradition of giving our favorite books very specific awards crafted just for them, and here they are! These are our best reads of 2023. What did you enjoy reading this year?…

The Top Titles Checked Out from the Free Library in 2023

As the holiday season bears down upon us with what feels like (almost) no warning, we will soon ring in 2024 as if this past calendar year were just a blink of an eye. While it may feel like it snuck past us, 2023 was an incredibly…

Shop Small in Philly for the Holidays

The holidays are a great time to support local businesses! No matter who you're shopping for this holiday season, Philly's commercial corridors are the perfect place to check off your list. What is a commercial corridor? Whether…

Handpicked Holiday Entertainment for All Ages From Our Catalog

At the Free Library, we believe that the holidays should be a time filled with warmth, wonder, and shared experiences for everyone, regardless of age or interests. With this in mind, we've scoured our catalog and digital collections…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in November!

We are grateful for these new titles arriving on our shelves this fall!   Young Children (up to 2nd Grade) A Letter for Bob by Kim Rogers Ever since the day Mom and Dad brought Bob home from the car dealership, Bob has been a part…

Women-Authored Books on Business and Entrepreneurship

October is National Women’s Small Business Month! Women business owners and entrepreneurs are invaluable to our economy and necessary for it to flourish and thrive. This month, and all months, we celebrate the women who strengthen…

15 Philly Small Businesses To Support For National Women-Owned Small Business Month

October is National Women’s Small Business Month. This month we’re highlighting 15 women-owned small businesses in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. From board games, to books, to baked goods, to graphic design, these…

Let Freedom Read: It's Banned Books Week!

October 1–7 is Banned Books Week , and this year's theme is " Let Freedom Read! " This important observance began in 1982 in response to a surge in book challenges in libraries, schools, and bookstores with the…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in October!

Decorative gourd season is in full swing and the Free Library of Philadelphia has some treats to share with you, like these new titles coming to our shelves this fall! Young Children (up to 2nd Grade) Empanadas for Everyone by…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in September!

As summer begins to wind down and another autumn is on the horizon, your friends at the Free Library have some new titles to share with you! Young Children (up to 2nd Grade) Vamos! Let's Go Read by Raul the Third Little Lobo and his…

Places Imagined and Realized: The Art Department's August Book Display

Each month in the Art Department library staff Radiyah and Eileen pick a theme for the book display and curate books related to that topic. This month’s theme is Road Trippin: A Tour of Places Imagined and…

Picture Book Highlights | Get Ready for Kindergarten!

August is Get Ready for Kindergarten Month. It's a big step for little ones and an important milestone for both kids and parents. Some kids are very excited to go, while others need a little time adjusting to a new routine…

Celebrating National Black Business Month: 20 Black-Owned Philly Gems

August is National Black Business Month! This August, we are highlighting a handful of Philly-based, Black-owned small businesses that are definitely worth checking out. From books, to coffee, to art, and even professional…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in August!

Ready for some new reads to escape this long, hot summer? Read on for fun and inspiring books to help get you through the dog days of August. Young Children (up to 2nd Grade) Rocket Says Speak Up! () by Nathan Bryon; illustrated by Dapo…

Picture Book Highlights | Disability Pride Month

July is Disability Pride Month, celebrating the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in July 1990. It was a landmark legislation that changed the way people with disabilities were viewed and treated. Thanks to…