Tagged special collections

Our Five Senses | A Conversation with Author and Illustrator Aliki

In preparation for the opening of Our Five Senses , a new exhibition running now through November 2 in Parkway Central Library's Dietrich Gallery , we've had the honor of sitting down with some of the authors and illustrators…

Our Five Senses | A New Family Friendly, Fully-Interactive Exhibition

On May 13, the Free Library's Special Collections Division will present Our Five Senses , the first family friendly, fully-interactive exhibition at the Free Library. The exhibition connects the science of the senses with the mind…

Connecting Special Collections with the Cultural and Educational Needs of Philadelphia’s Islamic Populations: Starting the Dialogue

Joe Shemtov is a Special Collections Coordinator and Primary Source Specialist, and a participant in Cohort 1 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries trainings.  In October. I had the pleasure to complete Skills for…

Happy Birthday to You, Charles Dickens!

Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens! The celebrated author was born February 7, 1812 in Landport near the city of Portsmouth, England. Dickens professional writing career began in the early 1830s and continued for nearly four…

Philadelphia - The Cycling City | Part 1: Paving the Way

The current exhibition in the Rare Book Department ’s Dietrich Gallery, entitled Philadelphia - The Changing City , offers a look at centuries’ worth of local transformations illustrated with materials mostly sourced from…

Take History in the Palm of Your Hand with this New Series from the Free Library's Special Collections

The late and great Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell once sang, "Ain’t nothing like the real thing baby." These words hold true for how to best experience our material culture. People who have visited the Rare Book…

Grip, Philadelphia's Pet Raven

One of the most popular items in the Rare Book Department that resonates with visitors the world over is not what you would expect. It is not a rare manuscript or a printed book from one of our spectacular literary or historical…

Free Tours of Philadelphia: The Changing City Exhibition

Come and learn about Philadelphia's exciting, dynamic, and often forgotten history with a free guided tour of the  Philadelphia: The Changing City exhibition. The tour will be led by an exhibition curator in the Dietrich…

Don't Miss the Parkway Soiree!

On Friday Oct 26 from 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. , the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is throwing itself a wild block party to celebrate 100 years of culture and learning along Philadelphia’s patch of Elysium. The Parkway Central…

Philadelphia: The Changing City - An Exhibition from Special Collections

October 10 marks the opening of an exhibition that analyzes Philadelphia's growth across more than three centuries, presenting more than 80 rare and revelatory prints, photographs, documents, and maps from the Free…

Drinks in the Archives

by Suzanna U. and Alina J. Building off of the successes of Food from the Archives in 2016, the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Special Collections, Research Departments, and Culinary Literacy Center are joining forces with the…

Hypnosis & Your Health

Hypnosis, using its power to heal or influence others, has captured our public imagination long ago. It is a popular and often misunderstood technique that has been used for a variety of things, such as for quitting smoking , curing…

Back to School, but Not Old School: Information and Primary Source Literacy

In a world of "fake news" and "alternate truths", the importance of critical thinking is more important than ever. Educators and librarians have replaced old-school teaching methods based on rote memorization and…

Visit These Free Library Exhibitions Before It’s Too Late!

The summer is coming to a close (though someone obviously forgot to tell the weather!) and with that, several exhibitions at the Free Library will soon be winding down. Don’t worry! You’ve still got some time to come check…

Updates From the Manuscripts of the Muslim World Project

Philadelphians and people worldwide will eventually be able to view and download entire Islamic manuscripts, consisting of both images and texts, from the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Islamic collection of manuscripts. Already,…

Bringing Philadelphia's Rare Manuscripts to the World

A recent article and video at the University of Pennsylvania's  Penn Today highlights the work taking place to digitize all of the medieval manuscripts at Philadelphia area libraries. The project, Bibliotheca…

Picture Book Highlights | Mary Had a Little...

Lamb — yes, lamb! That’s the start of the popular 19th century nursery rhyme about a girl named Mary and her faithful little lamb... It’s a rhyme, it’s a song (by Paul McCartney !), and it has also been used as…

Philly Theatre Week and a Look at Philadelphia Theatre History

Philly Theatre Week , presented by Theatre Philadelphia, is a 10-day celeration of the artists, organizations, and audiences that have made Greater Philadelphia one of the most vibrant theatre regions in the nation. With over…

Do You Need Some Holiday Card Inspiration?

Do you send out greeting cards around the holiday season? Families have been writing "Christmas Letters" for hundreds of years, but the commercially produced Christmas card is a little bit younger: first manufactured in 1843…

A Dance and a Headdress: All About Gilda Gray

October 24 marks the birthday of the Roaring Twenties icon Gilda Gray. Born on October 24, 1901 as Marianna Michalska in Krakow, Poland, Gray didn’t get off to the easiest start in life. She was orphaned when her parents were…

The Art of Suggestion: American Propaganda in Times of War and Peace. Part of the Hands-on History Series at The Free Library Parkway, Central

The Art of Suggestion: American Propaganda in Times of War and Peace Published as a method to inform the public, propaganda can be used as a tool—either intentionally or unintentionally—to influence public opinion,…

Life at Sea: A Rare Book Voyage

Life at Sea: A Rare Book Voyage Join us for an afternoon voyage into the Free Library of Philadelphia’s rare book collections. We’ll page through books about pirates printed in the 1600s and 1700s, look at children’s…

Famous Toys and Their Creative Protections: Hands-on History at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Famous Toys and Their Creative Protections Ever wonder how your favorite toys came to be? Come and play with your best loved toys- Legos®, Play-Doh, Slinky®, Magic 8 Ball® and more! Learn how they were invented and then…

Our 5 Senses Community Day

On Sunday, September 8, join us with your family in the Rare Book Department for a special Storytime in celebration of the Our 5 Senses exhibition. Taste candy made by a Historic Drop Roller Candy Machine demonstration with…

Reading with your fingertips: Hands-on History at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Read with your fingertips, and learn about the history of braille, raised type, and moon type. This program is for all ages. This program is part of the Hands-on History series and the Our 5 Senses exhibition on…

A Free Tour of Our Five Senses: A Family Friendly, Interactive Exhibition.

Sign up for your free curator-led tour of Our Five Senses, the first family friendly, fully-interactive exhibition at the Free Library. Tours begin at 3:00 p.m and are 45 minutes. While the exhibition is geared for all ages, the…

A Free Tour of Our Five Senses: A Family Friendly, Interactive Exhibition.

Sign up for your free curator-led tour of Our Five Senses, the first family friendly, fully-interactive exhibition at the Free Library. Tours begin at 3:00 p.m and are 45 minutes. While the exhibition is geared for all ages, the…

A Free Tour of Our Five Senses: A Family Friendly, Interactive Exhibition.

Sign up for your free curator-led tour of Our Five Senses, the first family friendly, fully-interactive exhibition at the Free Library. Tours begin at 3:00 p.m and are 45 minutes. While the exhibition is geared for all ages, the…

Making Pictures: Hands-on History at The Free Library, Parkway Central

Making Pictures Art-makers have told stories through their pictures for at least 20,000 years. We won't have anything as old as the Lascaux cave paintings, but come explore 500 years of narrative art from the Rare Book…

A Free Tour of Our Five Senses: A Family Friendly, Interactive Exhibition.

Sign up for your free curator-led tour of Our Five Senses, the first family friendly, fully-interactive exhibition at the Free Library. Tours begin at 3:00 p.m and are 45 minutes. While the exhibition is geared for all ages, the…

A Free Tour of Our Five Senses: A Family Friendly, Interactive Exhibition.

Sign up for your free curator-led tour of Our Five Senses, the first family friendly, fully-interactive exhibition at the Free Library. Tours begin at 3:00 p.m and are 45 minutes. While the exhibition is geared for all ages, the…

Libraries for Illustrators

Do you make picture books? Are you interested in illustrating books for children? With nearly100,000 picture books in the collection, the Free Library of Philadelphia is an incredible resource for authors and illustrators. But…

A Free Tour of Our Five Senses: A Family Friendly, Interactive Exhibition.

Sign up for your free curator-led tour of Our Five Senses, the first family friendly, fully-interactive exhibition at the Free Library. Tours begin at 3:00 p.m and are 45 minutes. While the exhibition is geared for all ages, the…

A Free Tour of Our Five Senses: A Family Friendly, Interactive Exhibition.

Sign up for your free curator-led tour of Our Five Senses, the first family friendly, fully-interactive exhibition at the Free Library. Tours begin at 3:00 p.m and are 45 minutes. While the exhibition is geared for all ages, the…

A Free Tour of Our Five Senses: A Family Friendly, Interactive Exhibition.

Sign up for your free curator-led tour of Our Five Senses, the first family friendly, fully-interactive exhibition at the Free Library. Tours begin at 3:00 p.m and are 45 minutes. While the exhibition is geared for all ages, the…

Famous Queer Authors: Hands-on History at The Free Library, Parkway Central

Famous Queer Authors On Saturday, June 8th,  the Rare Book Department proudly honors Philly Pride Month with a Hands-on History program, which will focus on works of famous gay authors from its collections. Participants will…

Zines for Teens

In this two-hour, hands-on workshop in DIY media, teens explore the history/herstory/theirstory of zines, by making mini zines from start to finish. Also, if you haven't seen the new Field Teen Center, here's your chance to…

Slam Your Senses

Attention all teens! Join your friends for a special teen reception (this means free food!) followed by a Poetry Slam performance on Friday May 31 from 4:00–5:30 p.m. in the Rare Book Department.   This free program in…

A Free Tour of Our Five Senses: A Family Friendly, Interactive Exhibition.

Sign up for your free curator-led tour of Our Five Senses, the first family friendly, fully-interactive exhibition at the Free Library. Tours begin at 3:00 p.m and are 45 minutes. While the exhibition is geared for all ages, the…

A Free Tour of Our Five Senses: A Family Friendly, Interactive Exhibition.

Sign up for your free curator-led tour of Our Five Senses, the first family friendly, fully-interactive exhibition at the Free Library. Tours begin at 3:00 p.m and are 45 minutes. While the exhibition is geared for all ages, the…