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Tax Season 2023: Here’s All You Need to Know Before Filing

2022 IRS Tax Return Updates and Paper Form Availability at the Library The IRS tax season has begun. If you are used to picking up paper tax forms at your local library, you will notice a few changes. The Internal Revenue Service is not…

Let's Talk: Philly D.A.

Philadelphians, we need to talk! Join your neighbors at eight Free Library of Philadelphia libraries between May 23 and June 30th, to watch and discuss individual episodes of the award winning PBS documentary series Philly D.A. . We…

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…

A History Minute: The Many Firsts of Sadie T. M. Alexander

Women today often talk about the difficulty of "having it all", but Sadie T.M. Alexander was more concerned with "doing it all." She not only raised two children and worked to advance her husband’s political…

Modern Courts, Modern Lives

The workshop in the Free Library’s new Robert and Eileen Kennedy Heim Center for Cultural and Civic Engagement began with a quick quiz. And while I knew I wouldn’t ace it, I thought I would get by. Sliding on my reading…

The Mystery of Missing Persons

Many things go missing – overdue books, keys, socks in the dryer – but none of those can compare with the gravity of when a person simply disappears. Approximately 90,000 people are missing at this very moment in the United…

Expanding Legal Literacy in Neighborhood Libraries

Storm Rhodes is a Library Assistant at the David Cohen Ogontz Library , and a member of Cohort 1 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries training. In this post, she shares what she has learned. The most influential things I have…

In Commemoration of Law Day, the Free Library Offers Legal Advice Live!

On February 3, 1958, Dwight D. Eisenhower issued a proclamation to designate May 1 as  Law Day . This year marks its 60th anniversary. Eisenhower declared it to be a day for us to remember and reflect upon the significant role…

Lawyers in Libraries - Legal Aid Resource Table

At the resource table, from 3-5pm, you can speak with a Philadelphia Legal Assistance expert and learn how to get legal aid for Unemployment Compensation, Tax Support, Child Custody, Housing and more! . PLA provides free legal services…

Lawyers in Libraries - Legal Aid Resource Table

At the resource table, from 3-5pm, you can speak with a Philadelphia Legal Assistance expert and learn how to get legal aid for Unemployment Compensation, Tax Support, Child Custody, Housing and more! . PLA provides free legal services…

Philadelphia Legal Assistance - Name Change Information Table

Have questions about the legal process of changing your name or the name of a minor? Staff from Philadelphia Legal Assistance will provide information resources that will guide you through the name change petition process. PLA provides…

Lawyers in Libraries - Legal Aid Resource Table

At the resource table, from 3-5pm, you can speak with a Philadelphia Legal Assistance expert and learn how to get legal aid for Unemployment Compensation, Tax Support, Child Custody, Housing and more! . PLA provides free legal services…

Lawyers in Libraries - Bankruptcy, Debt and Small Claims Resource Table

At the resource table, from 3-5pm, you can talk with a Philadelphia Legal Assistance expert, learn how to access legal aid and, if possible, learn the next steps you can take with a legal issue. . PLA provides free legal services to…

Virtual Event - PMC Shares: Your Rights in Civil Court Matters

Register In this presentation we will discuss the reasons why a contract is a legally enforceable promise and how to enforce or defend it if it is broken. We will also discuss the law with respect to tree issues – who is…

Lawyers in Libraries - Bankruptcy, Debt and Small Claims Resource Table

At the resource table, from 3-5pm, you can talk with a Philadelphia Legal Assistance expert, learn how to access legal aid and, if possible, learn the next steps you can take with a legal issue. . PLA provides free legal services to…

Lawyers in Libraries - Bankruptcy, Debt and Small Claims Resource Table

At the resource table, from 3-5pm, you can talk with a Philadelphia Legal Assistance expert, learn how to access legal aid and, if possible, learn the next steps you can take with a legal issue. . PLA provides free legal services to…

Hybrid Event: Philadelphia Legal Assistance Workshop - Small Claims, Debt and Bankruptcy

REGISTER Have questions about small claims, debt and bankruptcy? In this workshop, an attorney from Philadelphia Legal Assistance will present on these topics. PLA provides free legal services to low-income Philadelphians because the…

Lawyers in Libraries - Child Custody and Protection from Abuse Resource Table

At the resource table, from 3-5pm, you can talk with a Philadelphia Legal Assistance expert, learn how to access legal aid and, if possible, learn the next steps you can take with a legal issue. . PLA provides free legal services to…

Virtual Event - PMC Shares: How to Administer an Estate

Register In this presentation, we will navigate the process of dealing with a relative’s estate and will after death, the process and many documents required for completion, and where to go to file documents. It includes topics…

Lawyers in Libraries - Child Custody and Protection from Abuse Resource Table

At the resource table, from 3-5pm, you can talk with a Philadelphia Legal Assistance expert, learn how to access legal aid and, if possible, learn the next steps you can take with a legal issue. . PLA provides free legal services to…

Lawyers in Libraries - Child Custody and Protection from Abuse Resource Table

At the resource table, from 3-5pm, you can talk with a Philadelphia Legal Assistance expert, learn how to access legal aid and, if possible, learn the next steps you can take with a legal issue. . PLA provides free legal services to…

Hybrid Event: Philadelphia Legal Assistance Workshop - PFAs and Child Custody

REGISTER In this workshop, an attorney from Philadelphia Legal Assistance will present on child custody and Protection from Abuse orders in Pennsylvania. PLA provides free legal services to low-income Philadelphians because the…

Lawyers in Libraries - Property Tax and Mortgage Issues

At the resource table from 3-5pm, you can talk with a Philadelphia Legal Assistance expert about the following topics: IRS, Audits, Returns, Tax Debt, Filing for Free, and Rights as a Tax Payer. Learn how to access legal aid and, if…

Legal Assistance Information Table

 Stop by and see what resources Philadelphia Legal Assistance may be able to provide to you and your family including Public benefits, Tax Support, Child Custody, Housing, and more.  They will be available from 3:00 to 5:00…

Virtual Event - PMC Shares: Expungement of Records & Clean Slate

Register In this presentation, we will navigate the process of expungement and clearing your record after a criminal incident, including a review of the documents required for completion and where to go to file documents.  This…

Lawyers in Libraries - Property Tax and Mortgage Issues

At the resource table from 3-5pm, you can talk with a Philadelphia Legal Assistance expert about the following topics: IRS, Audits, Returns, Tax Debt, Filing for Free, and Rights as a Tax Payer. Learn how to access legal aid and, if…

Heather McGhee | The Sum of Us (Adapted for Young Readers): How Racism Hurts Everyone

REGISTER Sandra Shaber Memorial Lecture The Sum of Us , Heather McGhee’s 2021 odyssey across the American landscape of inequality, won wide acclaim for its empathetic and incisive imagining of a future that could offer more than…

Lawyers in Libraries - Property Tax and Mortgage Issues

At the resource table from 3-5pm, you can talk with a Philadelphia Legal Assistance expert about the following topics: IRS, Audits, Returns, Tax Debt, Filing for Free, and Rights as a Tax Payer. Learn how to access legal aid and, if…

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture, and Law

This HeinOnline collection brings together a multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the U.S. and the English-speaking world. It includes nearly 2,000 titles, with every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery,…

Gun Regulation and Legislation in America

This new HeinOnline collection brings together more than 550 titles dealing with this difficult and important topic. Included are periodicals, key compiled federal legislative histories, relevant congressional hearings, CRS Reports,…

Saidiya Hartman and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor| Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America

One of academia’s leading authorities on African American literature, enslavement, gender studies, and the ways in which marginalized people are excluded in historical narratives, Saidiya Hartman is a University Professor at Columbia…

Margaret A. Burnham | By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow’s Legal Executioners

In conversation with Tracey Matisak Margaret A. Burnham is the founding director of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, an initiative to document every racially motivated killing in the South between 1930 and 1970. Also a…

Michael Pollan | This is Your Mind on Plants

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition One of the world’s foremost chroniclers of the intersection of the human and natural worlds, Michael Pollan is a No. 1  New York Times  bestselling author of…

Hugh Ryan | The Women's House of Detention: A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison

In conversation with Sayeeda Rashid, Director of the Center for Gender Resources and Sexual Education at Haverford College Hugh Ryan is the author of When Brooklyn Was Queer , a “boisterous, motley … entertaining and insightful” ( The…

Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa | His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice

In conversation with Benjamin Todd Jealous A political enterprise and investigations reporter for The Washington Post since 2011, Robert Samuels has chronicled the impact of national policies and controversies from across the United…

Eric Holder | Our Unfinished March: The Violent Past and Imperiled Future of the Vote—A History, a Crisis, a Plan

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award winning broadcaster and journalist The United States attorney general from 2009 to 2015, Eric Holder is the first African American to hold that position. In his 30-year career in government he…

Dorothy Roberts | Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families—and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World

In conversation with Marc Lamont Hill Addressing social justice issues of policing, state surveillance of families, and science, Dorothy Roberts ’s books include Killing the Black Body , Shattered Bonds , and Fatal Invention . She has…

M. Chris Fabricant | Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System

Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture In conversation with John Holloway One of the United States’s foremost experts on forensic sciences and the criminal justice system, M. Chris Fabricant is the director of strategic litigation at the…

Elie Mystal | Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy’s Guide to the Constitution

In conversation with Danielle M. Conway The Nation ’s legal analyst and justice correspondent, Elie Mystal is an Alfred Knobler fellow at the Type Media Center and is the legal editor of  More Perfect , Radiolab’s podcast about the U.S.…

Ro Khanna | Dignity in a Digital Age: Making Tech Work for All of Us

In conversation with Jonathan Tamari Born in Philadelphia to an immigrant family, Democrat  Ro Khanna  has served as the U.S. representative for California’s 17th congressional district—better known as Silicon Valley— since 2017. The…

Kathryn Kolbert and Julie F. Kay | Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now to Save Reproductive Freedom

Watch the event here . In conversation with Dorothy Roberts Sandra Shaber Memorial Lecture Recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America,”  Kathryn Kolbert  made history in 1992 when…

Jonathan Karl | Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Jonathan Karl is the author of Front Row at the Trump Show , an instant New York Times bestseller that peered behind the scenes into President Trump and his…

Jorge L. Contreras | The Genome Defense: Inside the Epic Legal Battle to Determine Who Owns Your DNA

In conversation with Orly Lobel, author of You Don't Own Me: The Court Battles that Exposed Barbie's Dark Side Specializing in intellectual property and science policy, Jorge L. Contreras is a professor of law and ethics of human…

Kristin Henning | The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth

In conversation with Marsha Levick, cofounder, deputy director, and chief counsel of the Juvenile Law Center The Blume Professor of Law and director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative at the Georgetown University Law Center,…

Linda Greenhouse | Justice on the Brink: The Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Rise of Amy Coney Barrett, and Twelve Months That Transformed the Supreme Court

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Pine Tree Foundation Endowed Lecture The New York Times ’s Supreme Court correspondent for nearly three decades, Linda Greenhouse won the Pulitzer Prize for…

George F. Will | American Happiness and Discontents: The Unruly Torrent, 2008–-2020

Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture Renowned for his “ability to combine high thinking with a shrewd capacity to understand day-to-day American politics,” ( The Economist ) Pulitzer Prize winner George Will has written a nationally…

Sheryll Cashin | White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality

In conversation with Richard Rothstein Sheryll Cashin’s NAACP Image Award–nominated books on racism and inequality include  The Failures of Integration ,  The Agitator’s Daughter , and  Place, Not Race . The Carmack Waterhouse Professor…

Randall Kennedy | Say It Loud!: On Race, Law, History, and Culture

Celebrated for “his courage and his convictions” in tackling sensitive issues, Randall Kennedy is “a member of that small coterie of our most lucid big thinkers about race” ( The Washington Post ). The Michael R. Klein Professor at…

Marc Bookman | A Descending Spiral: Exposing the Death Penalty in 12 Essays

In conversation with Reggie Shuford, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Pennsylvania. The Executive Director of the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation, Marc Bookman is an internationally renowned…

Amy Klobuchar | Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age

In conversation with Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics The senior United States Senator from Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar chairs the Senate Rules Committee; the Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and…