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For The Love of Hip Hop Exhibit

In collaboration with artist rod jones ii, this exhibition celebrates 50 years of hip hop and brings together Free Library staff and community members to answer the question, “When did you fall in love with Hip Hop?” …

"The Automat" Film Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

Join us for a screening of  The Automat  followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Lisa Hurwitz.  Featuring photographs from the Free Library of Philadelphia's Print and Picture Collection and filmed locally, The…

Black and Queer in Philadelphia 2 : A Conversation (a continuation of our February program)

Please join us as the Free Library of Philadelphia continues the conversation around being Black and Queer in Philadelphia.  Host Gary Hines will hold a conversation with James Charles Roberts and Sappho Reynan…

Courageous Kids: Wilma Exhibit

In partnership with Philadelphia Doll Museum Forward , we now have on display Wilma alongside related library materials and activities. Wilma was made to honor four brave Black girls named Ruby Bridges, Leona Tate, Gail Etienne…

Performance & Parade with Philly Goat Project!

Please join us and our friends from Philly Goat Project on Thursday, June 20th for a live, interactive performance - starring goats! - outside in Shakespeare Park at 10:00am, followed by a goat parade and storywalk!…

Virtual Event - LCD Presents: Eviction and Ejectments

An attorney from the Legal Clinic for the Disabled will discuss eviction and ejectments in this workshop. This workshop is being offered virtually by the Legal Clinic for the Disabled. Thursday, June 13, 2024  |  Zoom -…

Philadelphia Jazz Tap Ensemble: Library Pop-Up

Jazz up your lunch hour with the Philadelphia Jazz Tap Ensemble!  Are you jazz-curious? Tap dance inquisitive? Throughout American history, tap dancers and jazz musicians created alongside each other and still influence each other…

BE/LONGING Exhibition Opening

Gather in Parkway Central Library's main lobby for BE/LONGING. The opening includes light refreshments. BE/LONGING is a polyphonic exhibition on the longing, belonging, and connection that library spaces in Philadelphia can inspire.…

Philly Queer History Walking Tour

Join us for a FREE walking tour from Beyond the Bell Tours exploring Philadelphia queer history! On a 1-mile journey through the Gayborhood, you'll learn about Philly's role in the evolution of Pride, activists like Kiyoshi…

Indego Riding Basics

Want to learn how to bike safely and navigate city streets? Please join the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia to learn about the rules of the road, the Indego system, proper helmet usage, and more! Please register here . …

Comix Club: Unfolding Comics with Kit Fraser

This special meeting of Comix Club will feature a special hands-on accordion comics workshop taught by Kit Fraser.  In this workshop we'll learn to tell our stories through the form of an accordion book. An accordion…

CHECK IT OUT! Celebration with the Bearded Ladies

C H E C K I T O U T ! Celebration begins at 3:00pm; show starts at 4:00pm! The  Bearded Ladies Beardmobile  gets into her finest book-lover drag for a family-friendly show about libraries and the people who make them so…

LCD Office Hours - Landlord-Tenant Issues

Are you a tenant and have questions about your rights? Want to know how you or someone you know can be protected? A representative from the Legal Clinic for the Disabled will be on hand to answer your questions individually. Wednesday,…

CHECK IT OUT! A Beardmobile Library Tour

The Bearded Ladies Beardmobile gets into her finest book-lover drag for a family-friendly show about libraries and the people who make them so wonderful. CHECK IT OUT! celebrates Philly's libraries as places of freedom for all…

Community Resource Corps

Do you need help accessing city agencies? Would you like to be able to navigate through the bureaucracy of city services and resources better? Join us anytime between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to ask questions and get assistance from…

MK Asante | Nephew: A Memoir in 4-Part Harmony

REGISTER In conversation with Molefi Kete Asante MK Asante  is a writer, filmmaker, and hip-hop artist, and recipient of the Langston Hughes Award. His books include  It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop , the poetry…

INTER/VIEW for Black-led and Black-serving Nonprofits

Join Civic Capital , Candid , The Regional Foundation Center , and The Patricia Kind Family Foundation , for INTER/VIEW a day-long event that matches mission-oriented people seeking to make a positive impact in and out of their…

Notable African Americans From Philadelphia

Notable African Americans from the City of Brotherly Love.

Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)

Full access to the oldest continuously published daily Black newspaper in the United States.

Philadelphia Inquirer Digital Archive 1860-2001

This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.

Philadelphia Inquirer

May 2023: TEMPORARY SERVICE INTERRUPTION. The Philadelphia Inquirer can be accessed on our "PressReader including the Economist" database during this time.

Philadelphia Daily News

The Philadelphia Daily News can also be accessed on our "PressReader including the Economist" database.

Archive-It

Archive-It, a web archiving service, to collect and store the websites of Philadelphia government agencies and selected cultural institutions, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the American Philosophical Society. You can search…

Bakari Sellers | The Moment: Thoughts on the Race Reckoning That Wasn't and How We All Can Move Forward Now

In 2006,  Bakari Sellers  defeated a twenty-six-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. The state’s 2014…

M. Nzadi Keita | Migration Letters: Poems

In conversation with Herman Beavers M. Nzadi Keita  is the author of the poetry collection  Brief Evidence of Heaven , a finalist for the Phillis Wheatley Poetry Prize that explored the life of Anna Murray Douglass, Frederick Douglass’…

Nikhil Goyal | Live to See the Day: Coming of Age in American Poverty

In conversation with author and Pennsylvania State Senator, Nikil Saval In Live to See the Day , Nikhil Goyal offers a searing portrait of three Puerto Rican children struggling to survive in Philadelphia’s impoverished Kensington…

Ayana Mathis | The Unsettled: A Novel

In conversation with Asali Solomon Ayana Mathis is the author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie , “a remarkable page-turner of a novel” ( Chicago Tribune ) that follows the harrowing fortunes of a 15-year-old from Georgia to Philadelphia…

Malcolm Jenkins | What Winners Won't Tell You: Lessons from a Legendary Defender

In conversation with Michael Eric Dyson One of pro football’s all-time defensive greats, Malcolm Jenkins won Super Bowls with the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints, and appeared in three Pro Bowls. He won the prestigious Jim…

Sheryl Lee Ralph | Diva 2.0: 12 Life Lessons From Me For You

In conversation with award-winning journalist and broadcaster Tracey Matisak A celebrated veteran of film, television, and the Broadway stage, Sheryl Lee Ralph won an Emmy Award, a Critic’s Choice Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award…

R. Eric Thomas | Congratulations, the Best Is Over!: Essays

R. Eric Thomas  is the author of the Lambda Literary Award finalist  Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul America , a bestselling essay collection that tackles just what it means to be an “other” in the maelstrom of modern America.…

Linda Villarosa | Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation

A contributing writer at  The New York Times Magazine  and The 1619 Project, Linda Villarosa has won numerous awards for articles concerning issues of Black mother and infant health, medical myths, America’s hidden HIV epidemic,…

Brett H. Mandel | Philadelphia, Corrupt and Consenting: A City’s Struggle against an Epithet

In conversation with Ernest Owens A consultant and writer in the fields of civic activism and government reform,  Brett H. Mandel  served as director of Philadelphia’s Financial & Policy Analysis Unit in the city controller’s office,…

Neil King Jr. | American Ramble: A Walk of Memory and Renewal

In conversation with Signe Wilkinson A Wall Street Journal correspondent for two decades, Neil King Jr. reported from more than 50 countries, served as the newspaper’s chief diplomatic correspondent, national political reporter, and…

Leth Oun and Joe Samuel Starnes | A Refugee’s American Dream: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to the U.S. Secret Service

Veteran United States Secret Service Officer  Leth Oun  has protected presidents and vice presidents in four administrations in almost every state and more than a dozen countries. A political refugee who survived the genocidal Killing…

Joseph Earl Thomas | Sink: A Memoir

In conversation with Elias Rodriques Referred to by Carmen Maria Machado as “all blood and nerve and near-unbearable beauty,” Joseph Earl Thomas ’  Sink  is a coming-of-age memoir that chronicles the author’s escape from an upbringing…

Sadeqa Johnson | The House of Eve

In conversation with Jennifer Weiner Acclaimed for their explorations of marital fidelity, friendship, and the difficulties of connecting in modern life,  Sadeqa Johnson ’s novels include  And Then There Was Me ,  Second House from the…

Steve Lopez | Independence Day: What I Learned about Retirement from Some Who’ve Done it and Some Who Never Will

In conversation with Mark Bowden A  Los Angeles Times  columnist for the past 22 years and former columnist for  The Philadelphia Inquirer , Steve Lopez is a four-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, and is the winner of…

John Hendrickson | Life on Delay: Making Peace with a Stutter

In conversation with Robert Kolker John Hendrickson  is the author of a 2019  Atlantic  article titled “What Joe Biden Can’t Bring Himself to Say.” An account of the President’s—and his own—lifelong experience with stuttering, it was…

Stephen A. Smith | Straight Shooter: A Memoir of Second Chances and First Takes

In conversation with Mike Sielski The star of ESPN’s No. 1 morning talk show  First Take , Stephen A. Smith is one of the U.S. sporting press’s most popular and outspoken personalities. He is also the host of NBA in Stephen A’s World…

Kerri K. Greenidge | The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Historian Kerri K. Greenidge is the author of  Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter , a portrait of the post-Reconstruction civil…

Andrew K. Diemer | Vigilance: The Life of William Still, Father of the Underground Railroad

Andrew K. Diemer is the author of  The Politics of Black Citizenship: Free African Americans in the Mid-Atlantic Borderland, 1817–1863 , an examination of the ways in which free Black Philadelphians and Baltimoreans fought to defend…

Ross Gay | Inciting Joy: Essays with Major Jackson | A Beat Beyond: Selected Prose of Major Jackson

Ross Gay is the author of The Book of Delights , a life-affirming collection of short lyric essays that reminds readers to appreciate so-called ordinary wonders, even during turbulent times. His several volumes of poetry include Catalog…

Camika Royal | Not Paved For Us: Black Educators and Public School Reform in Philadelphia

In conversation with Edwin Mayorga and Sharif El-Mekki  For 20 years  Camika Royal  was a middle and high school teacher and a teaching coach for her fellow educators in Baltimore, Washington, DC, and her hometown of Philadelphia.…