Tagged special collections

Let's Speak Arabic!

Manuscripts of the Muslim World and Al-Bustan Seeds of Cultural are offering free, virtual Arabic Conversational Classes! There are many reasons to learn conversational Arabic... There are over ten words for "love". It’s…

Uncovering the Real James Bond in the Rare Book Department

From Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, the intrepid agent of the British Secret Intelligence Service—James Bond, designated Agent 007—has epitomized masculine cool. Everyone knows how he likes his vodka martinis. Everyone knows…

For the Greatest Number: The New Deal Revisited

by Laura S. and Caitlin G. It’s been ninety years since the crisis of the Great Depression inspired the New Deal’s government investment and aid. But it’s not just history. The country is again facing a choice: What do…

Who Said It: Shakespeare, Milton, or Shake Milton?

The Rare Book Department has some true treasures within its collections, but perhaps one of its most special collections is the First Folio of William Shakespeare . What is the “First Folio”? It contains the collected works…

Spotlight on Special Collections: Artist Dox Thrash and the WPA Printmaking Collection

Dox Thrash was an innovative artist and printmaker who gained recognition for his realistic and moving depictions of Black life while working for the federally-funded Philadelphia Fine Print Workshop.  Dox…

Happy Ramadan: Manuscripts of the Muslim World and Beyond!

What are the most popular Googled questions about Ramadan? Here's what we found: When does Ramadan begin and end in 2021? What is allowed and not allowed during Ramadan? What does Ramadan celebrate? What can’t you do…

Women's History Month | The 19th Amendment and Making Her Mark

When the 19th Amendment passed in 1920, the ways many American women engage civically forever changed. Voter enfranchisement continues to be a touchpoint for movements dedicated to participatory democracy. Count Every Vote, Stroll to…

Reimagining a Recipe for Radical Self Care

by Jena Harris and Suzanna Urminska "In every race, in every nation and in every clime in every period of history there is always an eager-eyed group of youthful patriots who seriously set themselves to right the wrongs done to…

Online Exhibition Experiences to Welcome in the New Year

While the days of immersing ourselves at an in-person exhibit at a favorite gallery or museum are still out of reach for so many of us, as we continue to follow health guidelines to help manage the spread of COVID-19, online versions…

Story Search from Special Collections: An Interview by Hannah Cho

Hannah Cho is a University of Pennsylvania Work-Study student from Davis, CA. During the Fall semester, she studied, recorded, and edited the Story Search podcasts remotely from South Korea. I’ve always been more of a talker…

Making Her Mark: Philadelphia Women Fight for the Vote Digital Exhibition Launches

I still remember as a child, coming along as my mother cast her ballot. Standing side by side with my mother, the first person in my family to vote in the U.S., left me with wide-eyed curiosity. The wait in line culminating in a thick…

Making Her Mark: Philadelphia Women Fight for the Vote Exhibition Opens Fall 2020

As we find ourselves weeks away from Election Day, consider this question:  Who was the first person in your family to vote?  The stories of Philadelphia women who built and sustained movements dedicated to voting rights is…

"Medieval Life" Comes to Parkway Central

What do books and objects from 800 years ago have to do with our present-day concerns? An exhibition taking shape online and in the  Rare Book Department 's William B. Dietrich Gallery uses objects from the distant past to…

Philadelphia History from Home: Digital Access to Primary Sources

You may have heard the recent news that Free Library cardholders now have access to ProQuest’s Historical Black Newspapers , featuring coverage of The Philadelphia Tribune (the oldest continuously-published Black daily!) from…

Celebrate Wawa Welcome America Virtually with the Free Library!

For nearly three decades, America’s birthplace (Philly, of course!) has celebrated Independence Day with Wawa Welcome America – a free, multi-day festival encompassing multicultural and multigenerational…

Finding "Nonno"

In addition to offering patrons ever-growing Digital Collections , dozens of research databases , and a rich variety of genealogic resources , the Free Library and the Special Collections Division deliver an exceptional customer…

"I Voted" Stickers from Our Special Collections

It's Primary Election Day in Philadelphia! If you've signed up in Pennsylvania to vote by mail , you should have already received your ballot with its easy-to-follow instructions, enclosure envelope, and mailing envelope. The…

Diving into Digital Collections

For more than 25 years, libraries have been digitizing their collections, and the Free Library has digital collections in abundance—providing the opportunity to browse through roughly 50,000 images or to take a deep dive into the…

Ramadan Mubarak and QURAN TEEN Virtual Event!

As Salaamu Alikum and Ramadan Mubarak! Yes,  Ramadan is finally here! The Free Library of Philadelphia wishes our Muslim friends in Philadelphia and all over a blessed holiday! For those of you who are unfamiliar with Ramadan,…

#SpecialCollectionsAtHome

The Free Library of Philadelphia is home to a myriad of Special Collections . Since mid-March, we have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that those of us who work with the Special Collections, are unable to work…

For the Greatest Number: The New Deal Revisited

It’s been ninety years since the crisis of the Great Depression inspired a New Deal of arts programs, infrastructure investment, and worker protections. The art and objects funded by New Deal programs show us how workers shaped…

For the Greatest Number: The New Deal Revisited

It’s been ninety years since the crisis of the Great Depression inspired a New Deal of arts programs, infrastructure investment, and worker protections. The art and objects funded by New Deal programs show us how workers shaped…

Five Christmases with Charles Dickens

The Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia invites you to celebrate Five Christmases with Dickens. While Charles Dickens  did not invent Christmas his works influenced how Victorians were to celebrate the…

Making Her Mark: Philadelphia Women Fight for the Vote: Self-Guided Tour

The Making Her Mark exhibition is open in the West Gallery of the Parkway Central Library and offers a look at the stories of Philadelphia women who built and sustained movements dedicated to voting rights. Making Her Mark was curated…

Join the Henna Party: Free Hand Decoration!

Get your hand beautifully, naturally, and professionally decorated by Henna Honey. Henna Honey will decorate the first 25 hands on a first-come, first-serve basis. This program is part of the Manuscripts of the Muslim World Project.…

Get Your Name Drawn in Beautiful Arabic Calligraphy By a Professional Artist!

Are you curious to see how to draw your name in Arabic calligraphy? Drop by the library and ask Mr. Abdulkarim Awad to draw it for you, then take it home!   Abdulkarim Awad is an Iraqi-American artist and calligrapher based in…

What Should a *New* New Deal Be?

The "New Deal" is now shorthand for the wide-ranging federal investment in the 1930s in work relief programs, infrastructure spending, regulatory reforms, and economic and community recovery efforts. It was this country's…

Foods of the Muslim World: Syrian Molokheya

Celebrate the Muslim world through food! The Culinary Literacy Center and Manuscripts of the Muslim World Project are hosting a free culinary class! Please join us in the teaching kitchen while chef Osama Herkal prepares…

Scary and Not So Scary Literary Treats In the Rare Book Department, Free Library of Philadelphia

Treat yourself to rarely seen artifacts in the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Items to be shown include: a signed confession by Abigail Hobbes during the Salem Witch Trials, A rare copy of Malleus…

Free Converstational Arabic Classes! Sunday Mornings,Only 5 Classes, Starting October 24

Manuscripts of the Muslim World and Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture bring you free beginner Arabic conversational classes. Students will learn Modern Standard Arabic in a small virtual group taught by Professor Fadi Skeiker. …