Tagged Virtual Programs

Celebrate Poetry Month Virtually!

Is it any wonder that April is National Poetry Month ? What a beautiful time of year to be in Philadelphia—a veritable poetry capital, vibrant in the face of challenges—and with April showers and the cherry blossoms in…

Why is Earth Week Important?

It’s easy to get blasé about Earth Day amidst the many other real concerns we face each day. But caring for the planet we live on was still a radical idea in the United States when the first Earth Day was celebrated in…

Virtual Tutoring Programs Flourish This Spring

by Regina Schliep, Logan Library Work-Study Student During this unusual school year, some neighborhood libraries  have joined forces with local schools and community organizations to support virtual tutoring programs for…

Poetry: The Art of Expression!

A Voice for Peace, Concord, and Harmony: The XV International Poetry Festival in Philadelphia will virtually congregate poets from Latin America and the United States in an evening of verse and music. The Free Library, Acción…

Spring has Sprung with New Upcoming Author Events!

Spring has sprung, and so has the Free Library’s Author Events calendar! Our events are, of course, still virtual, so you can enjoy our diverse array of authors from the comfort of wherever you’re social distancing. Most are…

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…

Newest Episode of "Book Feast" Invites Women to the Table

Coinciding with Women’s History Month, the newest episode of Book Feast uses the luncheon in Virginia Woolf ’s proto-feminist essay A Room of One’s Own (1929) to discuss women’s legacy in literature. The…

Philly Tweens Interview Middle Grade Author Christine Kendall

What happens when you bring together five book-loving kids with the author of the book they just read? We found out on December 16, 2020, when five young readers met virtually with Philadelphia author Christine Kendall to interview her…

Edible Alphabet Recipe of the Week: Pizza

by Breshay Woods, Culinary Literacy Center Intern Edible Alphabet  is a free English Language Learning (ELL) program offered by the Free Library's  Culinary Literacy Center . Our mission is to teach English language…

A Year of Virtual Learning: Reflections from the Languages and Learning Center

The Languages and Learning Center is dedicated to supporting the individual learning goals of Philadelphia’s adults. As this March marks the one-year-anniversary of Philadelphia’s stay-at-home orders and social distance…

Upcoming Virtual Events with One Book Author Jericho Brown (and More!)

Every year, one of the most anticipated parts of the One Book, One Philadelphia program is the opportunity for Philadelphians to meet an incredible author. And though we're doing things a bit differently this year with an…

Digital Media Spotlight | MAR10 Day and the World of Video Games

Today, on March 10—or Mar10 , if you will—we celebrate everything about the red-and-blue-suspendered plumber with extraordinary jumping abilities and a knack for exciting adventures— Mario ! Mario has been Nintendo…

Ask an Accountant: Business Edition

‘Tis the season for thawing, Shamrock Shakes, and Spring (finally!). It’s also tax season, so we’re hitting you with some hard truths about everyone’s favorite topic: accounting! We spoke with Joey Pfluger from…

The Adult Literacy Book Club’s New Book Selection

Join the Adult Literacy Book Club, presented by the Free Library's Languages and Learning Center  and the Center for Literacy . Improve your reading skills while reading and discussing interesting books! One of our book club…

Storytime Pivots During COVID Times

This blog post was written by Becky Shaknovich, Department Head of Parkway Central Library's Children's Department and Field Teen Center . Becky was a member of Cohort 7 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries…

Trust No One: Joe McCarthy and the Politics of Fear

Lies. Alternative facts. Demonize and Destroy Your Opponents. Does this sound familiar? Former Senator Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wisconsin) has been dead for 63 years, but the political tools and techniques that he pioneered are as fresh as…

Celebrate Women’s History Month with the Free Library!

“Give women more power in the government offices if the desire is for peace and prosperity." - Gertrude Bustill Mossell Become inspired by stories of perseverance and accomplishment this Women's History Month, by taking a…

Meet Cheerio B. McBoxface, the Free Library's First Interactive Robot!

by Evan Guerra, LEAP Maker Mentor  Earthdate August 2020...  I crash landed on this planet. I’m in bad need of repairs. My name is Cheerio B. McBoxface. I am a robot, and I am here to bring jokes and affirmations to a…

Art Book Club Online

The Art Department is now hosting a virtual book and art-making club and we're excited to kick off our next topic! Art Book Club Online: Picturing Information starts Tuesday, February 2, meeting 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays…

Announcing the Upcoming 'Hear Me Out' Civic Dialogue Line-Up!

Updated Wednesday, January 27, 2021 12:20 p.m. The Wednesday, January 27 Hear Me Out event is now SOLD OUT. Navigating social distancing and splintering ideological differences across Pennsylvania has not been an easy feat. Debuting in…

Virtual Chapter Book Club

Do love to read?  Do you like talking about what you are reading?  If you do, then this group is for you!  Each month we will talk about a different chapter book, and do an interesting activity to go along with it. …

VIRTUAL | Teen Reading Lounge

Teen Reading Lounge is an award-winning, nontraditional book club for teens ages 12-18. Teens help to create the reading list for the program and, working with trained facilitators, to design creative and civic engagement projects…

Virtual Messy Mondays

Join Ms. Naomi in making a big mess! Pictures and instructions for fun sensory play with common household items. Geared at children of all ages. Everyone needs time to make a mess! Remember kids, at the library our motto…

VIRTUAL | Teen Reading Lounge

Teen Reading Lounge is an award-winning, nontraditional book club for teens ages 12-18. Teens help to create the reading list for the program and, working with trained facilitators, to design creative and civic engagement projects…

Virtual Messy Mondays

Join Ms. Naomi in making a big mess! Pictures and instructions for fun sensory play with common household items. Geared at children of all ages. Everyone needs time to make a mess! Remember kids, at the library our motto…

VIRTUAL | Teen Reading Lounge

Teen Reading Lounge is an award-winning, nontraditional book club for teens ages 12-18. Teens help to create the reading list for the program and, working with trained facilitators, to design creative and civic engagement projects…

Virtual Messy Mondays

Join Ms. Naomi in making a big mess! Pictures and instructions for fun sensory play with common household items. Geared at children of all ages. Everyone needs time to make a mess! Remember kids, at the library our motto…

VIRTUAL - Sarah Schulman | Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Jason Villemez, editor of the  Philadelphia Gay News A decades-long activist for queer rights and female empowerment, Sarah Schulman is the author of more than two dozen novels, non-fiction books,…

Tea with Tuesday: Virtual Adult Book Club

Interested in joining the Virtual Adult Book Club hosted by McPherson Library? Our June book will be One Good Deed by David Baldacci.  If yes, then please email Ms. Tuesday at ChalmersT@freelibrary.org .    

VIRTUAL | Teen Reading Lounge

Teen Reading Lounge is an award-winning, nontraditional book club for teens ages 12-18. Teens help to create the reading list for the program and, working with trained facilitators, to design creative and civic engagement projects…

Virtual Messy Mondays

Join Ms. Naomi in making a big mess! Pictures and instructions for fun sensory play with common household items. Geared at children of all ages. Everyone needs time to make a mess! Remember kids, at the library our motto…

Virtual Chapter Book Club

Do love to read?  Do you like talking about what you are reading?  If you do, then this group is for you!  Each month we will talk about a different chapter book, and do an interesting activity to go along with it. …

VIRTUAL - Laura Raicovich | Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Seph Rodney, PhD, opinions editor and managing editor of the Sunday Edition for Hyperallergic , author of The Personalization of the Museum Visit , and winner of the 2020 Rabkin Arts Journalism Prize.…

VIRTUAL | Teen Reading Lounge

Teen Reading Lounge is an award-winning, nontraditional book club for teens ages 12-18. Teens help to create the reading list for the program and, working with trained facilitators, to design creative and civic engagement projects…

Virtual Messy Mondays

Join Ms. Naomi in making a big mess! Pictures and instructions for fun sensory play with common household items. Geared at children of all ages. Everyone needs time to make a mess! Remember kids, at the library our motto…

VIRUAL - Emily Rapp Black | Frida Kahlo and My Left Leg

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Katie Ford, author of If You Have to Go and three previous collections of poems. Ford is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and she teaches at the University of California, Riverside.…

Philly Career Launch - Virtual Career Fair

Attention job seekers! Here’s your chance to connect directly with training programs, employers, and experts in four featured industries: Health Care, Information Technology, Manufacturing, and Construction & Skilled Trades.…

VIRTUAL - Jason L. Riley | Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Anthony B. Bradley, Professor and Chair of Religious and Theological Studies at The King's College (New York) and a Research Fellow at The Acton Institute Jason L. Riley ’s books…

Philly Career Launch - Virtual Career Fair

Attention job seekers! Here’s your chance to connect directly with training programs, employers, and experts in four featured industries: Health Care, Information Technology, Manufacturing, and Construction & Skilled Trades.…

VIRTUAL - Ursula M. Burns | Where You Are Is Not Who You Are

PURCHASE TICKETS In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist The first Black woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company, Ursula M. Burns headed Xerox from 2009 to 2016. She was the chair and CEO of VEON from…