Tagged Special Collections

The Fleisher Collection in LGBTQ+ Cinema

The  Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music  at the Free Library of Philadelphia houses over 22,000 pieces. Works are available for loan to amateur and professional performance groups worldwide, and many motion picture…

One More Bite

Join us Wednesday, June 5, 2024 in the Print and Picture Collection for a hands-on history event inspired by We Are What We Eat , the latest exhibition from the Free Library's Special Collections . Drop in anytime between 4:30 p.m.…

Will This Make Me Eat My Vegetables?

If you're a history- and vegetable-lover who DOES NOT suffer from coulrophobia, then we have a program for you! If you do suffer from a fear of clowns, then we *might* have a program for you. The choice is yours;…

Celebrating Printmaker Chen Lok Lee

The Print and Picture Collection is proud to present a program highlighting the work of artist and Master Printer Chen Lok Lee on Wednesday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. Born in China in 1927, Lee studied at the Canton Public Art College and…

Snow-Drop: A Märchen, a Mouse, and a Mystery

The exhibition Into the Night features two paintings by N. C. Wyeth, The Admiral's Ghost and Snow-Drop . The first's title is somewhat explanatory ( It's a ghost! ), but the second is more confusing. Who or what is…

We Are What We Eat: An Exhibition from Special Collections

We Are What We Eat  is on view from  Monday, April 1–Friday, August 30, 2024  on the Third Floor of Parkway Central Library  in the Dietrich Gallery. "Food is more than just fuel to sustain our bodies;…

We Are What We Eat: Recipes and Resources

The Free Library's newest exhibition from the Special Collections Division,  We Are What We Eat , explores the intersection of food, community, and identity. On view in the Dietrich Gallery on the Third Floor of…

Japanese Ukiyo-E Prints in the Print and Picture Collection

I’ve been working in the Print and Picture Collection at Parkway Central Library for about a year now and I’ve still barely scratched the surface of learning about all of the art housed here. One of the first projects I was…

Spotlight: The Letter People

For the last year, the shared offices of the Children's Literature Research Collection and the Map Collection have had a consistent litmus test for visitors. When a new visitor enters (either a researcher or a staff member),…

The Art and Influence of John Dowell: An Exhibition from Special Collections

by Laura S. and Karen K. In 1967, the Print and Picture Collection at Parkway Central Library purchased a print by a young Philadelphia artist named John Dowell. That first acquisition led to a relationship that has spanned 50…

The Human Who Was Amazed by "The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man"

In 1973, author Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) wrote The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man , a comical fantasy novel about a housecat who is magically transformed by his wizard-owner into a human. The story is everything you'd…

Confession: I’m an Accidental Music Librarian

Hi, my name is Gillian and I’m an accidental music librarian. Specifically, I’m an accidental orchestral music librarian. I recently joined the staff of The Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music (Fleisher…

Bicycling Resources for National Bike Month

Happy National Bike Month ! Founded in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bicycle Month is full of activities and initiatives to inspire people to take to the road on bikes rather than cars. If you’re heading back…

Up Above: Thinking about the "Little Old Lady Tost Up in a Basket"

Just in time for spring cleaning, N. C. Wyeth's The Old Woman Tost Up in a Basket is back on display in Up Above: Thinking About the Skies in Parkway Central Library. Creating and researching an exhibition is always an…

Tweet, tweet! An Update on the Birding Backpack Program

If you've spent any time around here, you know we love talking about some of the more unique and unexpected items available for lending at the Free Library! You know, beyond the books, DVDs, and other more conventional materials you…

Free Virtual Arabic Language Programs Return in February and March!

In the Path of Islam, in collaboration with Al-Bustan Seed of Culture, are excited to announce the return of the well-received, virtual, free Arabic conversation classes this February and March. Students will practice the sounds…

Grip: A Poem, Book, and Raven

Updated Wednesday, December 15, 2021 4:20 p.m. One of the most popular attractions of the Free Library's Rare Book Department is Grip the Raven, the late lamented pet of author Charles Dickens. A few years ago, we shared Grip's…

The ABCs of the WPA at FLP

As part of his bold New Deal aimed at national reform and recovery in the wake of the Great Depression , President Franklin D. Roosevelt launched the Work Projects Administration (WPA) . The federally funded program focused on putting…

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…

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Rare Book Department: The Judaica Collection.

Come and explore the Rare Book Department's small but signifcant Judaica Collection. Highlights of the collection will include a manusucript written in the beginning of the Spanish Inquisition, as well as…

Beyond the Textbook: Equity, Engagement, and Primary Sources in the Classroom

The Free Library of Philadelphia's Special Collections Division , in partnership with the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries , is hosting Beyond the Textbook: Equity, Engagement, and Primary Sources in the…

Beyond the Textbook: Equity, Engagement, and Primary Sources in the Classroom

The Free Library of Philadelphia's Special Collections Division , in partnership with the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries , is hosting Beyond the Textbook: Equity, Engagement, and Primary Sources in the…

Creative Persuasion: The Art of Advertising and Promotion

No matter the sector—commercial, government, or nonprofit—the art of marketing is integral to engaging audiences and encouraging public support. Businesses, organizations, and institutions strive to generate interest in…

Creative Persuasion: The Art of Advertising and Promotion

No matter the sector—commercial, government, or nonprofit—the art of marketing is integral to engaging audiences and encouraging public support. Businesses, organizations, and institutions strive to generate interest in…

Creative Persuasion: The Art of Advertising and Promotion

No matter the sector—commercial, government, or nonprofit—the art of marketing is integral to engaging audiences and encouraging public support. Businesses, organizations, and institutions strive to generate interest in…

We Are What We Eat: An Exhibition from Special Collections

The Free Library’s exhibition, We Are What We Eat , explores the intersection of food, community, and identity. With recipes and cooking techniques passed down through generations, culinary heritage helps preserve flavors and…

We Are What We Eat: Curator-Led Exhibition Tour

The Free Library’s newest exhibition, We Are What We Eat, explores the intersection of food, community, and identity. With recipes and cooking techniques passed down through generations, culinary heritage helps preserve flavors…

The Library of the Wizard Earl - Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Rare Book Department

A storied English aristocratic family, living in a palatial home that was once an abbey, struggles to maintain their household in the face of 20th century financial realities. On April 23rd and 24th 1928, this PBS plotline unfolded in…

"The Automat" Film Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

Join us for a screening of  The Automat  followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Lisa Hurwitz.  Featuring photographs from the Free Library of Philadelphia's Print and Picture Collection and filmed locally, The…

Sugar Don't Go On Grits: An Archival Look at The Great Migration's Effect on How We Eat

How Black is sweet cornbread? Do WE put marshmallows on sweet potato casserole? Sugar Don't Go On Grits: An Archival Look at The Great Migration's Effect on How We Eat  will be a conversational space dedicated to retracing…