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New Achievement Unlocked: Video Game Circulation!

The Free Library is excited to announce the addition of video games to its vast catalog of borrowable materials! Why video games at the library, you ask? Well, stories aren't confined to books alone! Video games present immersive…

New World Language Learning Books in the Free Library's Catalog

Languages and Learning is the Free Library of Philadelphia's department for adult education support, connecting patrons seeking Adult Basic Education , English Language Learner , and World Language support to the appropriate…

New English Language Learning Titles in the Free Library's Catalog

Languages and Learning is the Free Library of Philadelphia's department for adult education support, connecting patrons seeking Adult Basic Education , English Language Learner, and World Language support to the appropriate…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in May

There's a lot to celebrate this month — spring has sprung, Mother's Day is around the corner, and it's Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month! Young Children (up to 2nd Grade) Roar-choo! by…

New Adult Learning Titles in the Free Library's Catalog

Languages and Learning is the Free Library of Philadelphia's department for adult education support, connecting patrons seeking Adult Basic Education, English Language Learner , and World Language support to the appropriate…

Neurodiverse Reads for Autism Acceptance Month

Every April, people all over the world celebrate Autism Acceptance Month ! You might’ve heard of this annual event called Autistic Awareness Month before. Thanks to the work of Autistic advocates, the focus has shifted from…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in April

There are lots of new titles for all ages to explore this spring at the Free Library of Philadelphia! Young Children (up to 2nd Grade) Sami's Special Gift: An Eid al-Adha Story Sami worries that the Eid al-Adha carnival won’t…

You're in Luck! The Free Library has Popular Titles Ready to Loan!

Want to read popular new titles without paying for expensive copies? You’re in luck! The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Lucky Loans program makes award-winning books like Paul Lynch’s Prophet Song and Bonnie…

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…

Manga 101: Manga and Beyond at the Free Library

In our Manga 101 series , we’ve covered a lot of manga-related topics. We looked at some commonly asked questions , explored demographic categories , reviewed several popular manga genres, and discussed related types of media . In…

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…

Comix Club Spotlight Review, Plus a Special Event This Month!

This month’s Review Round-up features two cartoonists who frequently work on their comics in the Art Department , plus a peek inside Reptile House Comix ’s latest summer issue. Smell ya later, summer!   Gecko by Nate…

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…

Honoring Juneteenth at the Free Library

Honor Juneteenth with the Free Library of Philadelphia! This year, we celebrate Juneteenth for the third time as a federal holiday, but it has been an important celebration for nearly 200 years! Juneteenth is the oldest known…

April is Stress Awareness Month

It’s never too late to take personal inventory and check in with yourself. How is your mental health? When was the last time you drank some water or ate a fully balanced meal? Can you remember the last time you inhaled and exhaled…

The Vibrancy and Colors of a Great American Artist: Praising Ashley Bryan

For an artist renowned for his use of color, my first exposure to Ashley Bryan (1923-2022) was the pen and ink drawings in The Dancing Granny . In the 1977 edition published by Atheneum, Mr. Bryan's drawn line captures the movement…

The Rainbow Connection Fall Booklist

The Rainbow Connection is an LGBTQ+ group of library staff across all job classes that serve to support each other and the Queer communities in Philadelphia. Below are the books that we loved reading so far this fall and would love to…

What Do You Know About Bollywood? | International Bollywood Day

September 24 is International Bollywood Day! So... what exactly is Bollywood? Depending on who you ask, each person defines it differently.  In the film My Name Is Khan , an Indian man embarks on a remarkable journey across America…

September is National Classical Music Month

September is National Classical Music Month and I wanted to highlight a classical music icon who has some major local ties to Philadelphia— George Walker . George Walker (who passed away in 2018) was born in Washington, D.C. in…

Catalog Browsing Hacks to Find Books for the Whole Family!

Welcome back to our third and final blog post on how to use the Free Library’s website and catalog to find books for your family. In part one of this series, we learned how to search the catalog. In part two , we discovered where…