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Hispanic Heritage Month Begins!

Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of Hispanic heritage and culture through festivals, cuisine, cultural events, and art, encompassing people of various races, ethnicities, nationalities, and traditions across Spanish-speaking…

Celebrating Pakistan's Independence Day with Music, Film, and Literature!

Jashn-e-Azadi Mubarak! Happy Independence Day! This past Saturday, August 14, was Pakistan’s Independence Day. Formed in 1947, Pakistan celebrated 74 years of its independence and freedom from British colonialism and the formation…

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…

Own More: 19 Voices and Five Books for Middle Grade Readers

We're sharing with you another batch of #ownvoices titles by diverse authors writing from their own experience! Like our previous post , all of these titles can be found in multiple formats through our catalog.   Ancestor…

Poetry: The Art of Expression!

A Voice for Peace, Concord, and Harmony: The XV International Poetry Festival in Philadelphia will virtually congregate poets from Latin America and the United States in an evening of verse and music. The Free Library, Acción…

Own Up: Four Books, Four Voices, for Middle Grade Readers

We all enjoy picking up a book and discovering one of the characters is like us; it's a thrill discovering, "Hey, that could be me!" In books for young readers, making that discovery and finding that thrill is essential.…

Reference Desk: Candid Conversations with Leslie and Dave!

The New Year is a time to reaffirm commitments and resolve to meet new goals. Leslie Walker , Interim Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia, and Dave Edwards , Interim CEO of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, are…

Announcing the Upcoming 'Hear Me Out' Civic Dialogue Line-Up!

Updated Wednesday, January 27, 2021 12:20 p.m. The Wednesday, January 27 Hear Me Out event is now SOLD OUT. Navigating social distancing and splintering ideological differences across Pennsylvania has not been an easy feat. Debuting in…

Resilience Builds Positive Outcomes

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines the word resilience as "an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change." Learning how to remain positive, in the face of adversity, is a challenging skill to…

Celebrate Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights!

Happy Diwali Season! At Donatucci Library , we will be celebrating the Indian Festival of Lights on Friday, November 13, at 3:00 p.m. with stories, songs, crafts, and a stroll through our decorated garden! Diwali, or Deepavali, falls on…

Language Through My Kitchen: Latin Cuisine

The Latin American Book Fair , in partnership with the Culinary Literacy Center , will be presenting Language Through My Kitchen: Latin Cuisine , during a virtual event broadcast on Facebook on Friday, October 16, 10:00 a.m. to…

The Free Library Welcomes 'Hear Me Out' Dialogue Series Program!

Do you know your fellow library patrons? Are you interested in joining an authentic learning space with fellow patrons across Pennsylvania? The Free Library is excited to introduce Hear Me Out : a digital, facilitated dialogue series…

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…

Women of the World, Unite!

"Women of the world, unite. You have nothing to lose but your chains!" You’ve probably heard a slightly different version of this quote (or, to be fair, misquote ) from Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto , the…

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…

Celebrate the Year of the Rat with the Free Library!

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia as we celebrate Chinese New Year 2020 and the Year of the Rat ! Chinese New Year is a fifteen-day celebration that starts on the new moon (also known as Lunar New Year, or "Little Year").…

#OneBookWednesday | Book Discussion Tips

Have you heard that Tommy Orange’s breathtaking novel There There is the 2020 One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection? If you don’t have a copy yet, don’t worry: the Free Library has over 400 copies available to…

Indigenous Reads for Children and Teens

This month, in celebration of Indigenous, Native, Aboriginal, and First Nation peoples, we will follow some notable hashtags, making waves for people seeking relatable content in the pages of a good book. Though not an exhaustive list,…

Bringing Families Together: A Booklist About Adopted Children and Their Families

November is National Adoption Awareness Month, a celebrated tradition that began in 1976 . This year, the monthly focus is on the adoption of children who are currently in foster care. The stories below portray multidimensional and…

Multicultural Fair: Empowering Communities, Quilting Stories

Sharing cross-cultural stories is so important to developing civic engagement and participation in our communities. Creating safe environments is essential to discovering, exploring, and learning about our neighbors. We all share a set…