Tagged special collections

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…

Celebrate Preservation Week at the Free Library!

Preservation Week is an annual celebration that began in 2012 with the American Library Association and is celebrated in libraries, museums, and households around the country. The theme for this year is Preserving Oral Histories , and…

Going the Distance: Remote Learning and Online Resources for Educators

On Thursday, April 8, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the unprecedented closure of  K-12 schools for the remainder of the year due to the outbreak of COVID-19 . In lieu of brick and mortar classes, the…

The Rights and Wrongs of Social Distancing

by Karin S. and Chris B. Social Distancing can be a challenge! It seems like the rules of what you should and shouldn't do are always changing.  To help you learn* about the right and wrong ways to do it, a team of Special…

#ColorOurCollections: Creating Art with the Free Library's Digital Archive

Do you remember that scene at the beginning of Tangled where Rapunzel completes a day's worth of tasks before breakfast?  Yeah, that's a lot less funny now.  But if the school assignments are done and your Netflix…

Spotlight on Special Collections: When Dickens Met Poe

This blog post is in honor of  Charles Dickens' birthday. The prolific Victorian author of "epic stories" like  Oliver Twist and David Copperfield , was born on Portsea Island off England's south-central…

New Autism 365 Collection at Wynnefield Library!

We are happy to announce the new Autism 365 Collection at the Wynnefield Library! Autism 365 was an idea that Ethel Funches, LA1 and Mary Kachline, LA3, came up with to make Autism Awareness 365 days a year and not just during…

Reflecting on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Visit to Philadelphia: A Personal Account

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  stands with one arm stretched high above his head, waving to the crowd, with a broad smile on his face, as the legendary Philadelphia civil rights attorney and firebrand Cecil B. Moore stands to one…

Hands-On History Wraps Up 2019 With Charles Dickens... and Introduces a New Line-Up For 2020

What do Charles Dickens, cuneiform tablets, and James Bond have in common? The answer is Hands-on History at the Free Library, which wraps up its inaugural year with a holiday program on Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m.,…

Making Her Mark Spotlight: Generation to Generation | Digital Discussion

Join curators from regional institutions whose exhibitions look at the multi-generational women-led movement building around voter rights and enfranchisement leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment and beyond. This discussion…

Making Her Mark Spotlight: Poetry and Movement Building | Digital Readings

Live readings of historical and contemporary poetry that center movement building. Movements to expand voting rights have always used spoken word and poetry as modes of expression and connection. Join staff from the Free Library's…

Making Her Mark Spotlight: Black Sisterhood and Suffrage | Digital Discussion

Conversation about the significance of voting rights initiatives led by Black sororities, with featured speaker Dr. Thelma Thomas Daley. From the recent 'Stroll to the Polls' that mobilized voters for the 2020 presidential…

Toys, Toys, Toys: Famous Toys and Their Creative Protections

Ever wonder how your favorite toys came to be? Come and learn about our best loved toys - Legos®, Play-Doh, Slinky®, Magic 8 Ball® and more! Learn how they were invented and then protected afterwards by patents and…

Collectors' Showcase: Philadelphians Collect Black Writers

The Rare Book Department is thrilled to host five local collectors who have spent years preserving and celebrating the work of Black writers and artists. Join Gloria Akers, Supreme Dow, Oliver St. Clair Franklin OBE, Bea Joyner, and…