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Rediscovered Public Art: Alexander Calder, Sheila Hicks, Gerhard Marcks

This display looks at two works of art that have been recently returned to public display in Philadelphia and the three artists behind them. Two of the eight textile banners designed by Alexander Calder and made by Sheila Hicks through…

IN-PERSON | Nikole Hannah-Jones | The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story

TICKETS   In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition, and Dr. Anthea Butler, Geraldine R. Segal Professor in American Social Thought and Chair of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania…

Art of the New Deal: Lunchtime Zoom

The Print and Picture Collection and Art Department will present and discuss library artifacts created by artists for multiple federal projects of the New Deal era. In conjunction with the library exhibition For The Greatest Number: The…

Art of the New Deal: Lunchtime Zoom

The Print and Picture Collection and Art Department will present and discuss library artifacts created by artists for multiple federal projects of the New Deal era. In conjunction with the library exhibition For The Greatest Number: The…

Auction Finds: A New Twist on Art Collecting, an author talk with Sherry L. Howard

Sherry L. Howard will present an Arts Talk and Book Signing for her new book ART WITH HEART: How I Built a Sweet Collection by Buying Cheap at Auction .  Sherry has been collecting art at auctions for years and writing about the…

IN-PERSON | George F. Will | American Happiness and Discontents: The Unruly Torrent, 2008–-2020

TICKETS Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture Renowned for his “ability to combine high thinking with a shrewd capacity to understand day-to-day American politics,” ( The Economist ) Pulitzer Prize winner George Will has written a…

Art Book Club online: Cut Paper - week 9

This informal group meets in a video-free private chat and image-sharing forum with a librarian from the Free Library's  Art Department  to discuss and gather inspiration from the different ways artists have used…

Pop-Up book display: Folk Art of Mexico

Stop by the Art Department  on Parkway Central Library's 2nd floor between 3:30 and 5:00pm on Tuesday, October 26th to peruse a selection of visual materials from our collections that will include portfolios of…

Student Resources In Context

"Thousands of curriculum-targeted primary documents, biographies, topical essays, background information, critical analyses, full-text coverage of 800 magazines, over 10,000 photographs and illustrations, and more than 8 hours of audio…

Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982

Newsbank Special Reports

NewsBank's Special Reports focus on topics of current interest. They include content from sources throughout the world to provide a global perspective, current and background information, statistics, maps, images, websites, and suggested…

NewsBank Hot Topics

Trending news and hot topics for your next assignment! Hot topics covers Current Events, Business & Economics, Civics, Government, & Politics, Social Issues, Science, Technology & Health, Sports, Arts & Literature, and People in the News.

Kid's POWER Library *

Quickly find the best resources for children and students from Power Library, Pennsylvania's state run library resource center

Infotrac Newsstand (formerly National Newspaper Index)

A perfect complement to InfoTrac business, academic and general reference databases, National Newspaper Index makes it easy for researchers to locate relevant citations from five top newspapers. No longer will they need to hunt…

Informe Academico *

Informe Académico proporciona acceso a periódicos y revistas especializadas de lengua española y portuguesa. La base de datos ofrece una amplia gama de contenidos sobre América Latina. Informe Académico supports Spanish-speaking…

GREENR - Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources *

GREENR, Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources, offers researchers an interdisciplinary resource for environment and sustainability studies. GREENR provides news, background information, video, commentaries,…

Gale OneFile | High School Edition (formerly InfoTrac Student Edition) *

High school students will have access to age-appropriate content from magazines, journals, newspapers, reference books, and engaging multi-media covering a wide range of subjects, from science, history, and literature to political…

Gale in Context | Opposing Viewpoints (formerly Opposing Viewpoints in Context)

Based on Greenhaven's "Opposing Viewpoints" series and supplemented with Infotrac materials.

Gale in Context | Middle School (formerly Research in Context) *

Discover reliable and trusted information on a variety of topics to support middle school student research for government, U.S and world history, geography, literature, sciences, and social issues. Research In Context offers…

Gale in Context | Elementary (formerly Kids InfoBits) *

Elementary students in kindergarten through grade five will find age-appropriate content covering a broad range of educational topics such as animals, arts, geography, health, literature, people, social studies, technology, etc. Kids…

Donald Antrim | One Friday in April: A Story of Suicide and Survival

In conversation with Jonathan Franzen, bestselling author of Crossroads , Freedom , Purity , and The Corrections among other works of fiction and non-fiction. “A fiercely intelligent writer” ( The New York Times ), Donald Antrim is the…

Adam Schiff | Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning journalist and broadcaster The United States representative for California’s 28th congressional district and the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Adam…

Keisha N. Blain | Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America

In conversation with Mitchell S. Jackson Keisha N. Blain ’s  Set the World on Fire , a history of some of the early 20th century’s leading Black nationalist women, won the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prize and was…

Temple Grandin with Debra Moore | Navigating Autism: 9 Mindsets For Helping Kids on the Spectrum

Dr. Temple Grandin  is a philosophical leader and activist for both the animal welfare and autism advocacy efforts. She is a  TIME Magazine Top 100 Hero, the author of more than 60 scientific papers, a sought-after public speaker, and…

Fiona Hill | There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century

In conversation with Trudy Rubin, Worldview columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer Known for her testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives during Donald Trump’s 2019 impeachment hearings, Fiona Hill has more than 30 years of…

Andrea Elliott | Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City

In conversation with Reginald Dwayne Betts, essayist, poet, and author of the award-winning collection,  Felon An investigative reporter at The New York Times , Andrea Elliott won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for a series…

Sheryll Cashin | White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality

In conversation with Richard Rothstein Sheryll Cashin’s NAACP Image Award–nominated books on racism and inequality include  The Failures of Integration ,  The Agitator’s Daughter , and  Place, Not Race . The Carmack Waterhouse Professor…

Dara Horn | People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present

In conversation with Adam Kirsch  Recognized for their “signature blend of tragedy and spirituality” ( The Washington Post ), Dara Horn’s novels include  In the Image ,  The World to Come , and  A Guide for the Perplexed . One of …

Richard Powers | Bewilderment

In conversation with Andrew Ervin A “genuine artist … who can render the intricate dazzle of it all and at the same time plumb its philosophical implications” ( Esquire ), Richard Powers won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for  The…

Randall Kennedy | Say It Loud!: On Race, Law, History, and Culture

Celebrated for “his courage and his convictions” in tackling sensitive issues, Randall Kennedy is “a member of that small coterie of our most lucid big thinkers about race” ( The Washington Post ). The Michael R. Klein Professor at…

Tarana Burke | Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement

In conversation with Imani Perry A longtime activist for justice and equity, Tarana Burke founded the Me Too movement in 2006 as a way for women to come together in their shared experiences of sexual violence. She is the senior director…

Scott Ellsworth | The Ground Breaking: An American City's Search for Justice

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning journalist and broadcaster Scott Ellsworth is the author of Death in a Promised Land , an in-depth book about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, one of modern history’s most horrific…

Sarah Schulman | Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987–1993

In conversation with Jason Villemez, editor of the  Philadelphia Gay News A decades-long activist for LGBTQ+ rights and women’s empowerment, Sarah Schulman is the author of more than twenty novels, nonfiction books, screenplays, and…

Laura Raicovich | Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest

In conversation with Seph Rodney, PhD, opinions editor and managing editor of the Sunday Edition for Hyperallergic , author of The Personalization of the Museum Visit , and winner of the 2020 Rabkin Arts Journalism Prize. The interim…

Elizabeth Hinton | America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s

In conversation with Jill Lepore, historian and bestselling and award-winning author of These Truths: A History of the United States , The Secret History of Wonder Woman , and If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future…

Jason L. Riley | Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell

In conversation with Anthony B. Bradley, Professor and Chair of Religious and Theological Studies at The King's College (New York) and a Research Fellow at The Acton Institute Jason L. Riley ’s books include  Let Them In: The Case for…

Ursula M. Burns | Where You Are Is Not Who You Are

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist The first Black woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company, Ursula M. Burns headed Xerox from 2009 to 2016. She was the chair and CEO of VEON from 2017 to early 2020,…

Paul Farmer | Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History

Pine Tree Foundation Endowed Lecture In conversation with Dr. Steven Larson, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Acclaimed for his “exceptional empathy and care” ( Boston Globe )…

Lawrence Wright | The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Acclaimed for bringing “a clear-eyed, investigative fearlessness” ( The Washington Post ) to a diverse range of topics, Lawrence Wright  is a longtime staff…

Carol Anderson | The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning journalist and broadcaster In appreciation of the George S. Pepper Society Carol Anderson is the author of the National Book Critics Circle Award winner White Rage , “a riveting and…