Tagged 21st century libraries

The Buzz at Richmond Library

Can you BEE-lieve it? The Richmond Library is now the proud owner of an observatory honey bee hive ! It’s true that the Free Library is home to many unique and wonderful programs and initiatives – many of which you’d…

Concert in The Common: "the shape of the world we create"

By Ray Banas, Department Head, Music Department  In the fall 2017, in the midst of the dramatic renovation to replace six levels of stack-shelving units with soaring new public spaces at the Parkway Central Library , I saw a…

Hitting the Streets (and Buses and Subways): There’s MORE TO EXPLORE at the Free Library

You know we’ve got books. Lots. More than 2 million, in fact. (And that doesn’t even include our streaming and downloadable ebooks and audiobooks!) We’ve got it all. From A to Z. From small books for tiny page turners…

"Vines": A Poem About Libraries by Philadelphia Poet Laureate, Yolanda Wisher

In celebration of the reopenings of our four new 21st Century Libraries , Yolanda Wisher — Philadelphia’s 2016–2017 Poet Laureate —penned an original poem. She read this work in advance of the ribbon cutting at…

Lovett Memorial Library Grand Reopening Celebration!

Our reopening season comes to a close with one final community celebration that is not to be missed. After a year and a half of undergoing extensive renovation and expansion,  Lovett Memorial Library  will reopen its doors on…

Tacony Library Grand Reopening Celebration!

It’s a fest! Tacony’s annual Winterfest, of course, and this year also a library-fest! After a year and a half of undergoing extensive renovation and expansion,  Tacony Library  will reopen its doors on Saturday,…

Lillian Marrero Library Grand Reopening Celebration!

Come one, come all: After a year and a half of undergoing extensive renovation and expansion,  Lillian Marrero Library  will reopen its doors on Saturday, November 18! This neighborhood hub, located at 601 W. Lehigh Avenue,…

Logan Library Grand Reopening Celebration!

Come one, come all: After a year and a half of undergoing extensive renovation and expansion, Logan Library will reopen its doors on Saturday, November 4! This neighborhood hub, located at 1333 Wagner Avenue, has been reimagined as part…

Four Reimagined 21st Century Libraries Reopening in November and December

We are thrilled to announced that in the coming months, we will be reopening FOUR neighborhood libraries, following their extensive modernization and expansion! Logan , Lillian Marrero , Tacony , and Lovett Memorial libraries have been…

Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden Visits the Free Library of Philadelphia!

Earlier this week, Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden made a whirlwind visit to the Rosenbach and the Parkway Central Library , and we couldn't have been more thrilled to have her! On her tour, she was able to view a selection…

"Public Libraries for the People": A Gift of Four Original Prints by Amos P. Kennedy, Jr.

The walls of the newly-remodeled 21st Century Libraries just got even prettier! We can't wait to invite you inside later this autumn to see the libraries for yourselves. A big THANK YOU is due to INTECH for their hard work on the…

Hats Off to the Knight Foundation for Its Support of the Free Library

Much of the Free Library's ability to create and incubate cutting-edge programs and services is thanks to the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations. One of the most long-standing and giving supporters has…

Filming at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Did you know you can film your next feature film at the Free Library of Philadelphia? The Free Library is happy to work with students, novice, and professional filmmakers, as well as being a proud partner with the Greater Philadelphia…

Philadelphia-Based Artist Selected for Public Art Commission at Parkway Central Library

The Free Library, along with the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy (OACCE) ’s Percent for Art program , has announced a new site-specific public art commission to be carried out by Philadelphia-based public artist…

Construction Is Underway at Our 21st Century Libraries!

Following months of site preparation, shovels are ready and work is underway! Construction on Lillian Marrero and Lovett Memorial libraries, two of five neighborhood libraries in the Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries…

The New South Philadelphia Library Is Now Open!

Update: Thank you for your comments and excitement over the new South Philadelphia Library. We regret the error of leaving out the address and location of the library. This blog post has now been updated with the South Philadelphia…

You're Invited! South Philadelphia Library Open House and Block Party

You’re invited! Please join us for a South Philadelphia Library Open House and Block Party! The Free Library of Philadelphia welcomes the brand-new Community Health and Literacy Center , alongside our partners in the Center: The…

The Free Library Cuts the Ribbon on the New South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center

The new South Philadelphia Library is almost ready to open its doors to the public! We were thrilled to join the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia , the Philadelphia Department of Public Health , and the Philadelphia Parks and…

Sendak Mural Installed as South Philadelphia Library Opening Nears

Last Thursday, the new South Philadelphia Library took a big step toward its opening, as an exciting piece of the puzzle was completed with the installation of the Maurice Sendak Chertoff Mural . Moving from its previous home at…

Public Art Commissions at Four Neighborhood Libraries

The Free Library of Philadelphia is delighted to announce four new site-specific public art commissions at neighborhood libraries across the city. The art will be placed at four of the libraries undergoing renovation and expansion…