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My Favorite Jewish (and Half Jewish) Family Children's Books!

Growing up in New Jersey, I was super aware that I was what my family calls a “halfie” – half Jewish, half Lutheran. There are tons of different ways to be a halfie, and that was ours. We celebrated Christmas AND…

The 25th Annual Philadelphia Marathon Weekend Is Here!

Completing a marathon is a huge accomplishment! Months of training and hard work culminating with one exciting day – running a mind-boggling 26.2 miles and testing the limits of the human body and spirit like almost nothing else…

Veterans Day Reads

What Is Veterans Day and why do we celebrate it? From History.com (who says it more elegantly than I can): Veterans Day originated as "Armistice Day" on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I.…

November is Picture Book Month!

November is Picture Book Month – a whole month to share and celebrate the awesomeness of the mighty picture book! The advent of ebooks changed the publishing landscape. In those early days, there was some concern about picture…

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month with Awesome YA Books!

November is Native American Heritage Month , and although "Native American" is a bit of a misnomer, Indigenous peoples have been here long before there even was an “America”. My favorite interactive map right now…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in November!

If you’re looking for fun or interesting, then this list is for you. Our new offerings for November are all over the spectrum of genres and subjects. We have funny, fantastical, dramatic, grossly scientific, and religious. Read…

YA Horror Stories to Keep You Up at Night

Ah horror stories and teens – name a more iconic duo! I’ll wait... It does seem like teens are especially vulnerable to being haunted/stalked/murdered in fiction doesn’t it? If you are looking for young people and…

Picture Book Highlights | Thank You, Omu!

Summer is over, fall is in full swing, and the weather is beginning to turn cold. Some days it almost feels like it’s winter already! That’s when we start thinking of warm comfort food, something hearty and tasty to fill our…

Haunting Horror and Chilling Comics for Halloween!

It’s October and you know what that means – it’s time for all things haunted and spooky! I’m not generally a person who is into witches and ghosts and demons , but this is the one time of year that I’ll…

What to Read While You Wait for New Episodes of Riverdale!

I don’t know about you guys but I was really into the Archie comics as a kid. It didn’t matter what order you read them in, the digests were really cheap and you could always count on Reggie to be a total jerk. I was pretty…

Lady Vengeance | The Teens Are Alright

You know what the world needs right now? Angry women, particularly angry teenage women. If you are looking for some enraging and satisfying tales of female rage and vengeance, I can think of no better place to start than with stories…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in October!

Yay October!  Celebrate the end of soggy September with new titles that fit your need for fun or thrills this fall. There’s sci-fi for kids, a teen love story, and for adults we have both thrillers and advice on putting fun…

Banned Books Week | National Comic Book Day and The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

You probably already know about Free Comic Book Day , celebrated annually on the first Saturday in May at your local comic book store and also at your local library – but do you know about National Comic Book Day ?  Each year…

It's Not All Bad News... There Are Helpers All Around Us!

The world can be a pretty rough place sometimes. Sad things can happen to you or your friends, to people close by, or to people that live far, far away, all over the world. It’s easy to be overwhelmed, to feel small and scared.…

Picture Book Highlights | Happy National Stepfamily Day!

Hail to families, all kinds of families! And on September 16 we'll honor a very special family unit—the blended family. Families that come together: mothers, fathers, and children to create a new and enriched home. To all of…

Latinx Superheroes Take Flight!

I know what you are thinking about comics and superheroes – it's all just white dudes, right? Nope! Surely we’ve all seen Black Panther , right? And  Wonder Woman , I hope? I mean, we've always had an…

Celebrate Grandparents Day with Some Grand Picture Books!

Did you know? The first Sunday after Labor Day is National Grandparents Day ! The relationship between grandparents and grandkids is a very special one. For grandparents, it brings back memories of when their kids were little, and opens…

What to Read if You Loved To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Are you as obsessed with Lara Jean as I am? Have you spent all week dreaming about Peter and finding all of those crushes and embarrassment so relatable? Join the club, friend! If you loved Jenny Han's To All the Boys I’ve…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in September!

September already!?! What happened to the summer? Are you mourning the end of long, lazy days? Or maybe you’re happily anticipating the coming of cooler temps and Fall fun? Whatever your perspective, we have some good choices to…

Comic Books Go To College!

Headed to college this fall? Wish you were still in school? Totally over school but still want to read about it? Live vicariously through some strong ladies starting college in these sometimes fun, sometimes dangerous graphic novels…