Tagged Social Justice

Join Us for the Premiere Screening of “The Command Center to Bring Women Home”

Join your neighbors at the Parkway Central Library on Wednesday, November 30 at 6 p.m.  for the FREE Philadelphia premiere screening of the new short hybrid documentary film, “ The Command Center to Bring Women Home…

Empathy Versus Misinformation Wrap-Up

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Empathy Versus Misinformation: Transgender Youth series of panels. There has been a lot of interest in transgender youth in the media, and yet so few easy ways to access reliable answers to…

Free Library Seeking Teen Social Justice Fellows!

Are you between the ages of 14 and 19? Do you have a passion and commitment for social justice? Are you looking for an opportunity where you can learn, serve your community, and develop/demonstrate your leadership skills? Would you like…

Lovett Library's Book Walk Continues the Conversation on Race

If you have been to the Lovett Memorial Library recently, you have likely seen the Black Lives Matter book walk prominently displayed in its park. The idea came from Lisa Browne of Colorful Stories . Following the racial justice…

The Social Justice Symposium Turns Five!

Planning and hosting the Free Library's Social Justice Symposium for young people has become an important tradition at the Philadelphia City Institute Library . We held the first Symposium in 2016 and have scheduled one annually…

Indigenous Peoples' Day Philly

Though I’ve lived in so-called Philadelphia for several years, it was only last year that I learned that Lenapehoking is the name of this place so many of us call home. In learning how to acknowledge the ancestral homeland of the…

Race in the United States: Social Justice Virtual Workshops for Teens

Updated Friday, July 10, 2020 4:59 p.m. "The Social Justice Symposium Teen Planning Committee supports the Concerned Black Workers of the Free Library of Philadelphia ! CBWFLP Response to DEI/Board of Trustees' letter We are…

What is "Public History", Anyway?

On Thursday, February 20 , David W. Young will appear at Parkway Central Library to discuss his book, Battles of Germantown: Effective Public History in America .  Many Philadelphia residents are familiar with the annual…

Food Insecurity, English Language Learning, and Community Conversations in North Philadelphia

Edible Alphabet is a free English language learning program offered to adults by the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center . The mission of the program is to teach English language and literacy skills through hands-on cooking and…

Happy Birthday, Frida!

Independence Day isn’t the only famous birthday this week: on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacan, which is now part of Mexico City, the revolutionary spirit Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon was born in a blue house.  If you…

Teens Explore Social Justice at the Free Library

by Timmy Lawrence and Geneva Williams, members of the Youth Planning Committee for the 2018 Social Justice Symposium for Teens. Today, more than ever, social issues have reached a pivotal point in our society. Although injustice may…

Remember an Gorta Mór: the Great Famine

Now that the fog has lifted from St. Patrick’s Day, it occurs to us at the Free Library that the holiday is the moment where the fact of an Irish diaspora is felt most strongly in Philadelphia. However, as St. Patrick’s Day…

Second Annual Social Justice Symposium Wrap Up

A little over a week ago, on the same day that a hate-fueled gathering was taking place in Charlottesville, Virginia, a group of teenagers was gathering at a small library in Philadelphia to talk about combating hate. The Philadelphia…

Resources for Responding to Hate

As adults, it’s our job to help the children in our lives make sense of the world around them. After the events in Charlottesville this past weekend, and events around the country in recent months, there seems to be more need than…

Good Food for All: What Does Hunger Look Like To You?

As we gear up for the 3rd Annual Good Food for All Conference with the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger on May 11 at the Parkway Central Library , the Culinary Literacy Center wants to know – what does hunger look…

Love is Love

Looking for something heartfelt and inspiring to read while supporting a worthy cause this Valentine's Day? Check out Love is Love , a 162-page graphic novel from IDW Publishing and DC Comics , honoring the victims, supporting the…

Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin

Every parent's worst nightmare is something bad happening to their child. For Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, that nightmare became a reality when their 17-year-old son, Trayvon Martin, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman on…

One Year of Stories Alive: Looking Back and Planning Ahead

Incarcerated mothers and fathers face many challenges to maintain bonds with their children in the face of difficult circumstances. Limited time in prison visiting rooms is not always enough. Using videoconferencing technology, the Free…

Focus On: Free Library Prison Services

by Ned Scharff A little boy gazes into a Free Library video screen when suddenly a familiar face appears—that of the boy's father, an inmate in a Philadelphia prison. "Dad," the boy exclaims, "Where are you? I…

Stories Alive: Family Story Hour for Incarcerated Parents and Their Children

As the Free Library’s Prison Services program enters the second half of its first year running the Stories Alive program, we are very happy to report the program’s continued success! In partnership with the Philadelphia…

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?” …

Juneteenth 365 Flag-Making

Learn about Juneteenth, Independence Day, and how it affected African Americans in Philadelphia. Learn about the symbolism of the Juneteenth Flag and other flags of liberation. Create your own real fabric flag with your own symbols.…

One Book, One Philadelphia: Anarcho-Curious with Wooden Shoe Books

Slash and his friends in True Biz present an image of anarchism rarely seen in the news. For those who want to learn more, Anarcho-Curious at the Free Library expands the Anarcho-Curious program periodically hosted by Wooden Shoe Books…

Una Voz por la Paz, la Concordia y la Armonía: X Festival Internacional de Poesía en Filadelfia (En persona en el restaurante Alma del Mar)

Una Voz por la Paz, la Concordia y la Armonía, el X Festival Internacional de Poesía en Filadelfia , celebrado en el marco del XVIII Festival Internacional de Poesía (FIP) Palabra en el Mundo , congregará…

Today We Are Possible Exhibit

"Today We Are Possible" is an exploration of the connections between gender and wealth. Photographer Gregory Wright skillfully captures vibrant and intimate portraits depicting the captivating stories of six remarkable…

The In-Between Spaces: Exhibition

Our newest community collaborative, The In-Between Spaces, opens on November 13 in West Gallery One at The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central location (1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103). This…

Encontrar Nuestra Voz: Taller de Poesía (Salón virtual) | Finding Our Voice: Poetry Workshop (Virtual room)

Nos complace presentar, Encontrar Nuestra Voz: Taller de Poesía , un evento que se llevará a cabo por cuarta vez en el marco del XVIII Festival Internacional de Poesía (FIP) Palabra en el Mundo , celebrando este…

Ants on a Log Concert

Let's celebrate Earth Month! Ants on a Log's award-winning music centers positivity, social justice, and silliness; today's concert will feature songs about climate justice & environmental education. Full of humor &…

After School Meals

Stop by after school and eat a light supper! This program is for students enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade and meals will be available Monday - Friday, starting at 3:30 p.m.  Meals must be eaten at the library. This After…

After School Meals

Stop by after school and eat a light supper! This program is for students enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade and meals will be available Monday - Friday, starting at 3:30 p.m.  Meals must be eaten at the library. This After…

After School Meals

Stop by after school and eat a light supper! This program is for students enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade and meals will be available Monday - Friday, starting at 3:30 p.m.  Meals must be eaten at the library. This After…

Astra Taylor and Leah Hunt-Hendrix | Solidarity: The Past, Present, and Future of a World-Changing Idea

REGISTER In conversation with author and Pennsylvania State Senator, Nikil Saval In  Solidarity ,  Astra Taylor and Leah Hunt-Hendrix  offer a comprehensive look at not just the popular and ethereal idea of solidarity,…

After School Meals

Stop by after school and eat a light supper! This program is for students enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade and meals will be available Monday - Friday, starting at 3:30 p.m.  Meals must be eaten at the library. This After…

After School Meals

Stop by after school and eat a light supper! This program is for students enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade and meals will be available Monday - Friday, starting at 3:30 p.m.  Meals must be eaten at the library. This After…

After School Meals

Stop by after school and eat a light supper! This program is for students enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade and meals will be available Monday - Friday, starting at 3:30 p.m.  Meals must be eaten at the library. This After…

After School Meals

Stop by after school and eat a light supper! This program is for students enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade and meals will be available Monday - Friday, starting at 3:30 p.m.  Meals must be eaten at the library. This After…

After School Meals

Stop by after school and eat a light supper! This program is for students enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade and meals will be available Monday - Friday, starting at 3:30 p.m.  Meals must be eaten at the library. This After…

After School Meals

Stop by after school and eat a light supper! This program is for students enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade and meals will be available Monday - Friday, starting at 3:30 p.m.  Meals must be eaten at the library. This After…

After School Meals

Stop by after school and eat a light supper! This program is for students enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade and meals will be available Monday - Friday, starting at 3:30 p.m.  Meals must be eaten at the library. This After…

After School Meals

Stop by after school and eat a light supper! This program is for students enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade and meals will be available Monday - Friday, starting at 3:30 p.m.  Meals must be eaten at the library. This After…