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Picture Book Highlights | 16 Great Latinx Picture Books

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place over two months, from September 15 to October 15, and as in previous years we wanted to share with you recent works by the many talented Latinx authors and illustrators of picture books. We are sure…

¡Celebremos la Fiesta del Libro en Español!

The love for the Spanish language and culture can transcend frontiers! The stories, poems and illustrations of the books can reflect personal narratives that touch our collective unconsciousness. A team of talented community…

Hispanic Heritage Month Begins!

Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of Hispanic heritage and culture through festivals, cuisine, cultural events, and art, encompassing people of various races, ethnicities, nationalities, and traditions across Spanish-speaking…

Picture Books Highlights | Grandparents Day

The bond between grandchildren and grandparents is strong. This unique connection, across time and generations, can stretch across countries as well. It’s no surprise that National Grandparents Day is celebrated around the world…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in September!

As summer comes to an end and another autumn is on the horizon, your friends at the Free Library have some fun new titles to share with you! Young Children (up to 2nd Grade) Isabel and Her Colores Go to School written by Alexandra…

Picture Book Highlights | Back to School

A new school year is upon us and so many new experiences on the horizon! Starting something new can include a mix of excitement and butterflies-in-your-tummy. What better way to get ready than by reading a book that reflects those…

Picture Book Highlights | National Dog Day

I’m a dog person (but hey, I love cats too!). I love all animals, really, but I do have a soft spot for dogs: big or small, young or old, even the cranky ones. Dogs never fail to make me feel better. Whenever I’m on a walk,…

The Return of Free Comic Book Day!

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Free Comic Book Day ! The all-ages event was founded in 2001 to encourage both curious, first-time comic book readers and seasoned comic book fans alike, offering a huge selection of free titles…

Happy Book Lovers Day!

In honor of  Book Lovers Day , our staff shared what a perfect day of reading looks like to them, and we're inspired! Here's to a marvelous day of celebrating our favorite pastime and the books we love! "I am an…

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) Bodies Are Cool by Tyler Feder This cheerful, love-your-body…

Pie High Summer!

What does summer time make you think of? There are as many responses to that question as there are fireflies on a drowsy summer evening, but one of the first things I think of when it comes to summer is… PIE! Sweet pies made with…

Summer Reading with Dena!

Yes, it’s that time of the year again, to head to the beach (or a heavily air conditioned reading nook) and dive into some fun reading! Here are some new and newish books that are perfect for giving yourself a mental vacation:…

Picture Book Highlights | Family Reunions

Summer is for get-togethers—the perfect time for vacations, celebrations, and family reunions. This is especially true this year, as the pandemic postponed many events, so getting together now is even sweeter. Is your family…

Philly Versus the World: A Battle Over Ice Cream

Recognize and represent our city for its contributions to the popularization of ice cream in the US! And be sure to join us at the Haddington Library on Friday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m. for a demonstration, tasting, and celebration . Water…

Picture Book Highlights | Let's Go to the Beach!

It’s beach time! Grab your bathing suits, towels, sunscreen, and go to the beach. Here are some books to get you in the mood for some sand, sun, and fun!   Board Books Beach Baby written by Laurie Elmquist ; illustrated by…

10 Great Reads from the Holmesburg Library Book Club

Since 2019, the Holmesburg Library's Book Club has met biweekly to discuss great modern literature, nineteenth-century classics, and historical nonfiction, to name just a few genres. Not even the pandemic could stop the book club…

Picture Book Highlights | Fun in the Water!

Back in 2014, I wrote a blog post suggesting books that can help kids feel comfortable playing in the water. Some of us have no problem getting in the water from the get-go, while others need a little time and encouragement, and that is…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in July!

This July we are celebrating America, we’re making wishes, we’re gaming, we’re walking the red carpet, we’re learning about the relationship between plants and brains, and we’re exploring race and…

Picture Book Highlights | Trees

What is it like to be a tree? Trees grow tall and strong, they create shade and provide protection, they connect to the world and to each other, offering us food and comfort. Can we be like trees? Can a tree be a special and unique…

What’s Cooking, Grilladelphia?!

Be sure to join us for our upcoming program, Fresh Ideas for the Grill , at Malcolm X Park on Wednesday, July 7, from 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.! Sample two healthy, grilled dishes, and pose whatever questions you might have to the…