Tagged social justice

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…

Graphic Novel Memoirs

I love a graphic novel—and even better I love a graphic novel memoir . There is something so much more intimate about reading the words AND pictures when someone shares her story. Or maybe I’m just a slower reader when it…

Social Justice Symposium for Teens – Register Now!

Parkway Central is hosting a Social Justice Symposium for Teens on Monday, August 29th and if you are a high school student who is passionate about your Philadelphia community and care about issues such as racism, inequality, or…

Tackling Tough Topics in Classroom Conversation

How can literacy be used for social change? At the recent International Literacy Association conference in Boston, this question was addressed at an impromptu session for literacy specialists and coaches. Recent tragedies, such as the…

Stories Alive Connects Incarcerated Parents and Their Families Through Reading

In December, the Free Library announced an impactful pilot program and partnership with the Philadelphia Prison System (PPS). We are pleased to report that our focused effort to reach out to inmates, returning citizens, and their…

Muhammad Ali's Philly Ties

The world is mourning the death of another larger-than-life pop culture icon, hero, and force of sheer nature: Muhammad Ali . The self-described, but no less true, "Greatest of All Time" may have been a worldwide phenomenon,…

Philly Slam League

The Free Library auditorium hosts the Philly Slam League, a weekly poetry slam competition for teen poets. All are welcome to attend the performances. If your school doesn’t have a team, join ours! The Free Library House Team…

Philly Slam League

The Free Library auditorium hosts the Philly Slam League, a weekly poetry slam competition for teen poets. All are welcome to attend the performances. If your school doesn’t have a team, join ours! The Free Library House Team…

Merit Selection of Judges

Join Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts for a discussion on the merit selection of judges.  This discussion will encapsulate the ongoing debate surrounding how our judges should be selected and the need for reform in the state…

Become a Volunteer 2020 Census Champion

After this 90 minute workshop, you will proudly call yourself a Census Champion: a trusted grassroots expert able to answer questions about the coming 2020 Census. Counting every single Philadelphian will make our communities stronger.…

Philly Slam League

The Free Library auditorium hosts the Philly Slam League, a weekly poetry slam competition for teen poets. All are welcome to attend the performances. If your school doesn’t have a team, join ours! The Free Library House Team…

Philly Slam League

The Free Library auditorium hosts the Philly Slam League, a weekly poetry slam competition for teen poets. All are welcome to attend the performances. If your school doesn’t have a team, join ours! The Free Library House Team…

Philly Slam League

The Free Library auditorium hosts the Philly Slam League, a weekly poetry slam competition for teen poets. All are welcome to attend the performances. If your school doesn’t have a team, join ours! The Free Library House Team…

Philly Slam League

The Free Library auditorium hosts the Philly Slam League, a weekly poetry slam competition for teen poets. All are welcome to attend the performances. If your school doesn’t have a team, join ours! The Free Library House Team…

Philly Slam League

The Free Library auditorium hosts the Philly Slam League, a weekly poetry slam competition for teen poets. All are welcome to attend the performances. If your school doesn’t have a team, join ours! The Free Library House Team…

Become a Volunteer 2020 Census Champion

After this 90 minute workshop, you will proudly call yourself a Census Champion: a trusted grassroots expert able to answer questions about the coming 2020 Census. Counting every single Philadelphian will make our communities stronger.…

Philly Slam League

The Free Library auditorium hosts the Philly Slam League, a weekly poetry slam competition for teen poets. All are welcome to attend the performances. If your school doesn’t have a team, join ours! The Free Library House Team…

Become a Volunteer 2020 Census Champion

After this 90 minute workshop, you will proudly call yourself a Census Champion: a trusted grassroots expert able to answer questions about the coming 2020 Census. Counting every single Philadelphian will make our communities stronger.…

Philly Slam League

The Free Library auditorium hosts the Philly Slam League, a weekly poetry slam competition for teen poets. All are welcome to attend the performances. If your school doesn’t have a team, join ours! The Free Library House Team…

Become a Volunteer 2020 Census Champion

After this 90 minute workshop, you will proudly call yourself a Census Champion: a trusted grassroots expert able to answer questions about the coming 2020 Census. Counting every single Philadelphian will make our communities stronger.…

Philly Slam League

The Free Library auditorium hosts the Philly Slam League, a weekly poetry slam competition for teen poets. All are welcome to attend the performances. If your school doesn’t have a team, join ours! The Free Library House Team…

Landlord-Tenant Court

Going to Housing Court can be an overwhelming experience both for landlords and tenants. This presentation will help build knowledge and confidence by guiding you through the process. It will cover how a case gets to court, courtroom…

Become a Volunteer 2020 Census Champion

After this 90 minute workshop, you will proudly call yourself a Census Champion: a trusted grassroots expert able to answer questions about the coming 2020 Census. Counting every single Philadelphian will make our communities stronger.…

Become a Volunteer 2020 Census Champion

After this 90 minute workshop, you will proudly call yourself a Census Champion: a trusted grassroots expert able to answer questions about the coming 2020 Census. Counting every single Philadelphian will make our communities stronger.…

Philly Slam League

The Free Library auditorium hosts the Philly Slam League, a weekly poetry slam competition for teen poets. All are welcome to attend the performances. If your school doesn’t have a team, join ours! The Free Library House Team…

Become a Volunteer 2020 Census Champion

After this 90 minute workshop, you will proudly call yourself a Census Champion: a trusted grassroots expert able to answer questions about the coming 2020 Census. Counting every single Philadelphian will make our communities stronger.…