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Six-Day Service Beginning at More Neighborhood Free Library Branches

The Free Library of Philadelphia is actively restoring six-day service to more of our neighborhood library locations throughout the city. Saturday hours are being rolled out in waves; more libraries will be added soon. Beginning …

Little Free(dom) Library: Elevating the Voices of Black Authors

To commemorate Black History Month , Visit Philadelphia  in partnership with national nonprofit Little Free Library and the Free Library of Philadelphia launched Little Free(dom) Library , an initiative encouraging visitors and…

The Kensington / Fairhill / Riverwards Cookbook: A North Philly Community's Labor of Love

By Tuesday C., Kate G., and Sara P. Hola, bonjour, dzien dobry, ni hao! Welcome to the Kensington / Fairhill / Riverwards Community Cookbook : a treasure showcasing the cultural diversity of our neighborhoods. Food is a great…

Social Services Offered by the Free Library

The Free Library is pleased to announce the addition of three full-time social workers to its Social Services roster. The newly formed Social Services team will provide open office hours in neighborhood libraries, lead…

Shop Small in Philly for the Holidays

The holidays are a great time to support local businesses! No matter who you're shopping for this holiday season, Philly's commercial corridors are the perfect place to check off your list. What is a commercial corridor? Whether…

Local Thanksgiving Food Drives and Shared Meals for Those in Need

Thanksgiving is only a week away! In the spirit of the holiday, here are some local Thanksgiving-related community events that include turkey drives, giveaways, and free Thanksgiving meals for seniors, families in need, and people…

Six-Day Service Beginning at 10 Neighborhood Free Library Branches

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to announce the return of six-day service at 10 of our neighborhood library locations throughout the city. Saturday hours are being rolled out in waves, so more libraries will be added soon.…

Women-Authored Books on Business and Entrepreneurship

October is National Women’s Small Business Month! Women business owners and entrepreneurs are invaluable to our economy and necessary for it to flourish and thrive. This month, and all months, we celebrate the women who strengthen…

Don't Forget to Register to Vote by Monday, October 23

Did you know that Pennsylvania makes it easy for you to register to vote? You can find voter registration forms at public libraries, state park offices, state-run Veterans Homes, and many other places. This is part of a big effort to…

15 Philly Small Businesses To Support For National Women-Owned Small Business Month

October is National Women’s Small Business Month. This month we’re highlighting 15 women-owned small businesses in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. From board games, to books, to baked goods, to graphic design, these…

Join Something New: The Intergenerational Teen Book Club at PCI Library

Reading and discussing books is powerful! The connections we make with stories, with ourselves, and with others can bring us closer together and help us understand more about those who experience the world differently…

Warning: Library Scam Phone Call

If you receive a random phone call from an individual who says they are with the library and that you owe money: this is a scam . Hang up the call immediately and block the number if possible. Remember, the Free Library of…

Celebrating National Black Business Month: 20 Black-Owned Philly Gems

August is National Black Business Month! This August, we are highlighting a handful of Philly-based, Black-owned small businesses that are definitely worth checking out. From books, to coffee, to art, and even professional…

Cooling Centers Open at Select Libraries from July 27–29, 2023

Residents can get out of the heat and into an air-conditioned space at a neighborhood library with access to books, computers, wireless internet, and other library amenities. The following neighborhood library locations will…

10 Neighborhood Free Library Branches Will Be Open on Saturdays

The Free Library of Philadelphia is thrilled to announce Saturday hours at 10 of our neighborhood library branches for the summer. Beginning Saturday, July 8 to August 26, 2023 , the following branches will be open from…

The Community Impact Awards Are Canceled Due to Unsafe Air Quality Levels

Due to unsafe air quality levels we have canceled tonight's event. Following the recommendation of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to limit outdoor activities, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this…

Teaching Interior Chinatown — With Appropriate Supports

Early in our Interior Chinatown unit, my co-teacher and I talked to our students about the idea of interior and exterior — an important contrast that structures Charles Yu ’s novel. What did we mean by interior and exterior?…

National First Responders Day

It’s National First Responders Day! Every day is a great opportunity to honor the people in our community who have dedicated their lives to helping others in times of distress. These people are invaluable to society, and they…

National Civics Day

A few years ago, I had a bit of a crazy thought. In 2020, I considered running for office in my town. I didn’t know how far I should aim. Mayor? Councilwoman? I felt I needed to get involved. I felt some of the decisions that were…

The Big Deal about Small Art: No Small Artists, Only Small Artworks

Little Free Libraries have been around since the early 2000’s and many are familiar with their communal “leave a book, take a book” nature. In 2016, Portland artists Erinn Kathryn and Jen LaMastra created the Little…