Tagged 21st century libraries

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…

BUILDING INSPIRATION: 21st Century Libraries Initiative

The Free Library of Philadelphia is BUILDING INSPIRATION at four neighborhood libraries: Lillian Marrero Library (601 W. Lehigh Avenue) Logan Library (1333 Wagner Avenue) Lovett Memorial Library (6945 Germantown Avenue) Tacony Library…

Taking The Pulse of Libraries, on Location at Parkway Central

Today’s episode of The Pulse on WHYY  takes a look at the future of libraries—and features not only an interview with our president and director Siobhan Reardon  but the sights and sounds of Parkway Central…

Knight News Challenge Opens in Late February

The role of the library in the 21 st century is a question we think about a lot—and we aren't the only ones asking. The Knight Foundation is continuing the success of the Knight News Challenge this year, asking:…

The Carnegie Libraries of the Free Library: Past, Present and Future

Andrew Carnegie was born in 1835 and grew up poor in Scotland. When he was 12 years old his father moved the family to Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, where young Andy got a job as a bobbin boy in a textile mill.…

Building Inspiration: Lovett Memorial Library

Transforming neighborhood libraries like Lovett Memorial is the essence of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s 21st Century Libraries Initiative. The 21st Century Libraries Initiative will remake the neighborhood libraries…