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Summer Food Service Program and Neighborhood Libraries Help Keep Children Fed While School's Out

During the academic year, many of Philadelphia’s public school students receive subsidized meals from their school. When summer break rolls around though, where can Philly’s kids get a nutritious daily meal? The answer, as…

Meet Our Summer of Wonder Outreach Team!

The Summer of Wonder is happening across the city at every Free Library of Philadelphia location . It’s also happening online through the end of August. But did you know that the Summer of Wonder is also happening at daycare…

Celebrate Family Fun Month with the Free Library!

August is Family Fun Month , and the Free Library has some ideas for you and your family to celebrate together, library-style! Check it out: Enjoy Oval+ programs in the newly-reopened Right outside of the Parkway Central Library on Vine…

Visit Eastwick Library's New Garden!

Eastwick Library has a new garden thanks to Bartram’s Garden and our area children. In partnership with Leslie Gale, Bartram’s Garden's educator, children have been busy this year planning, planting, and investigating…

A History Minute: Neighborhood Beginnings - Olney

Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods and Olney is a neighborhood of cultures. Today Olney is the most diverse  of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and its 5th Street business corridor serves recent immigrants from Korea,…

Halfway through the Summer? Already?!

Can you believe the Summer of Wonder is already halfway over? We can’t either. So far, we’ve danced with the Phillie Phanatic, built space ships, and learned how to knit. We’ve done yoga, played new instruments, and,…

Register Now for Science in the Summer

Even though school is out, we at the Free Library are committed to keeping children and teens learning all summer long. That’s why we plan the Summer of Wonder , which includes everything from LEGO building to mystery solving. But…

Ready, Set, Pokémon GO !

This summer the Free Library will team up with the Knight Foundation and Niantic , maker of Pokémon , to bring Pokémon GO to five select Philadelphia libraries! PHL17 recently visited Parkway Central Library and talked…

Passport Office Opens at Northeast Regional Library

The Free Library has always helped people explore new worlds—through fictional tales of far-off places and its international music collections, as well as through its robust foreign-language materials and travel resources. Now it…

Knitting and Biking and Magic, Oh My!

When you think about a library and the sorts of events you might find scheduled between its walls, you may think of storytimes, lectures, maybe even job fairs and computer classes. While the Free Library of Philadelphia’s 54…

The Heat Is On: Stay Cool During Free Library's Summer Hours

It's official—summer has arrived and the Free Library is here to keep you cool, connected, and book-bound! Our summer hours went into effect on June 19, so take note that most of our library locations will not be open on…

Take The Free Library Anywhere This Summer!

Summer is upon us, and you know what that means: road trips, vacations, relaxing afternoons on the beach, and maybe even a much-needed staycation on your couch. If you’ll be out of town and away from your nearest Free Library…

Jumpstart Camp: Free Back to School Prep

It may feel like summer has only just began, but at the Free Library we are already prepping for back-to-school and the arrival of our Jumpstart Camp program. Jumpstart is a three-week camp that meets Monday through…

Meet Greg Pizzoli, Our Summer of Wonder Artist

You may know him as the recipient of multiple Theodor Seuss Geisel Awards . You may know him as the author of such great books as The Watermelon Seed , Good Night Owl , and Number One Sam . Now you can add "Free Library of…

Summer of Wonder Kickoff at Parkway Central!

This week, the Free Library of Philadelphia celebrated the start of Summer of Wonder , our summer reading program, with an annual kickoff event featuring special guest visits and a whole bunch of fun activities at Parkway Central .…

Celebrate Pride Month with Free Library!

We're free, we're proud, and we're fabulous here at the the Free Library! We're proud to celebrate Pride Month throughout June with a series of programming throughout our neighborhood libraries including health seminars,…

Welcome to the Summer of Wonder!

It’s starting to feel like summer here at the Free Library of Philadelphia. And with the start to the best season of the year, we’re excited for three months of activities, games, dancing, crafting, and, of course, reading!…

Explore New Audio-Enabled Books at the Free Library!

Nine Free Library of Philadelphia locations are testing out a fun new take on an old classic! These new audio-enabled books from Vox Books are picture books combined with an audio recording of someone reading the story. But, wait!…

Focus On: Unique Lending

A baker browses through dozens of cake pans to plan confectionary creations of her wildest imagination. Meanwhile, a man chooses the perfect tie from more than 60 to wear to his graduation. Elsewhere, a musician slated to play a wedding…

The Paschalville Partnership: Transforming Services for Job Seekers in Southwest Philadelphia

A year ago we kicked off the Paschalville Partnership , a Free Library-led collaboration of 11 organizations working to transform services for job seekers in Southwest Philadelphia. This community experiences significant barriers to…