Tagged Virtual Programs

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…

Hear Me Out Event Series Begins a New Year of Virtual Dialogues!

After a successful first year, Hear Me Out is back this fall for its second season of monthly dialogues across distance and difference. Hear Me Out is the first state-wide dialogue program of its kind. With connection at the heart of…

The Adult Literacy Book Club's Fall Book Selection

Join the Adult Literacy Book Club, presented by the Free Library's Languages and Learning Center and Beyond Literacy . Improve your reading skills while reading and discussing interesting books! Don't always have a lot of time…

Learn English with the Free Library and University of Pennsylvania GSE!

This fall, adults working on their English skills in Philadelphia will have several opportunities to learn and practice English with the Free Library's Languages and Learning Center and the University of Pennsylvania's…

Back to School Resources for Students, Families, and Teachers

Many students, parents, caregivers, and teachers are wondering what the upcoming school year is going to look like. The Free Library is here to help you!   Back to School Basics The first day of classes for Philadelphia School…

10 Great Reads from the Holmesburg Library Book Club

Since 2019, the Holmesburg Library's Book Club has met biweekly to discuss great modern literature, nineteenth-century classics, and historical nonfiction, to name just a few genres. Not even the pandemic could stop the book club…

Summer of Wonder | Program Highlights for Families

Summer is here, and we know you’re ready for some fun! Whether you’re looking for outdoor, in-person programs or virtual adventures, the Free Library’s Summer of Wonder has got you covered. Last summer, we learned how…

Beat Boredom with the Free Library in July

Did you know that July is Anti-Boredom Month ? If your job or class schedule has eased up for the summer and you find yourself with some extra time on your hands, check out these ways to beat boredom and keep busy with the help of…

The Adult Literacy Book Club's Latest Book Selection

Join the Adult Literacy Book Club, presented by the Free Library's Languages and Learning Center and Beyond Literacy . Improve your reading skills while reading and discussing interesting books! Don't always have a lot of time…

Re-Creating Our World: Join Us for the One Book, One Philadelphia Finale

Eight weeks of programs diving into The Tradition , Jericho Brown’s collection of poetry and the One Book, One Philadelphia 2021 title , have gone by in the blink of an eye. We read, we wrote, we danced, we made music and art, and…

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…

Environmental Care in the Climate Crisis: A 'Hear Me Out' Dialogue

Join your fellow Pennsylvanians in dialogue across distance and difference! With growing attention towards global natural disasters caused by climate change, loss of hope for the future of our planet and climate doomism is…

ACT Prep Workshop for Teens | Virtual

Students will explore the ACT, including what to expect for the English, Math, Science, and Reading portions of the test, practice sample questions, and tips to best prepare. Scholars will be guided through various problems, as well as…

Fake News & Media Literacy: A 'Hear Me Out' Dialogue

Join your fellow Pennsylvanians in dialogue across distance and difference! The COVID-19 pandemic has further increased our reliance on social media and the Internet for information. This development, combined with underlying…

SAT Prep Workshop for Teens | Virtual

Students will explore the SAT, a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. Held within a 2 workshop series, a breakdown of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Mathematics sections of the SAT will be…

Cryptocurrency: A 'Hear Me Out' Dialogue

Join your fellow Pennsylvanians in dialogue across distance and difference! Cryptocurrency has been receiving significant attention in public discourse, with many left wondering whether to dismiss the buzz or begin investing. In…

SAT Prep Workshop for Teens | Virtual

Students will explore the SAT, a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. Held within a 2 workshop series, a breakdown of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Mathematics sections of the SAT will be…

Artificial Intelligence (A.I.): A 'Hear Me Out' Dialogue

Join your fellow Pennsylvanians in dialogue across distance and difference! With pioneering developments in machine learning like self-driving cars, robotics, and natural language processing, artificial intelligence (A.I) is at the…

Essay Writing for Teens | Virtual

High school youth will explore best practices to express their personal and educational journeys, as well as engage with essay writing resources to best plan and execute successful scholarship essays and college application essays.…

Accessibility: A 'Hear Me Out' Dialogue

Join your fellow Pennsylvanians in dialogue across distance and difference! 2020 marked the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While much has changed in 30 years, people with disabilities are still the…

Scholarship Opportunities for Teens | Virtual

What is a scholarship? How do youth research and successfully apply for scholarships? Students will learn how to utilize effective resources to identify scholarships they qualify for and learn how to maximize their free money power.…

Reimagining Work: A 'Hear Me Out' Dialogue

Join your fellow Pennsylvanians in dialogue across distance and difference! The abrupt shift to remote work as a response to COVID-19 in 2020 presented a unique opportunity to collectively reimagine the future of work. In this…

Crafter Gather

Makers, crafters, artists! You are invited to join us Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m!  Log in with your latest project and enjoy an evening of crafting and conversation with fellow craftsters. Assistance with knitting and…

Read, Baby, Read! Storytimes for Babies and Toddlers

Read! Sing! Play! Help your child learn through stories and songs. All programs are for children ages birth through 24 months and their caregivers. Expecting parents and siblings welcome.  This program will appear on…

Read, Baby, Read! Storytimes for Babies and Toddlers

Read! Sing! Play! Help your child learn through stories and songs. All programs are for children ages birth through 24 months and their caregivers. Expecting parents and siblings welcome.  This program will appear on…

Virtual First Chapter Friday

Looking for your next read? CCD librarians will read the first chapter of a book they really enjoy! Be sure to then place your hold so you can read them too! (The videos will be posted to Facebook.)  This program is intended for…

Crafter Gather

Makers, crafters, artists! You are invited to join us Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m!  Log in with your latest project and enjoy an evening of crafting and conversation with fellow craftsters. Assistance with knitting and…

Virtual Bite-Sized Baby & Toddler Storytime

Do you or your child have a favorite board book Miss Mary reads? Or perhaps a favorite song or fingerplay? Join Miss Mary virtually for a bite-sized Baby & Toddler Storytime video of one book and one song!  This program is…

Read, Baby, Read! Storytimes for Babies and Toddlers

Read! Sing! Play! Help your child learn through stories and songs. All programs are for children ages birth through 24 months and their caregivers. Expecting parents and siblings welcome.  This program will appear on…

Virtual Sundays on Stage: Pages to Pirouettes presents The Nutcracker

Pages to Pirouettes brings the story of Marie and the Nutcracker to life, accompanied by the enchanting music of Tchaikovsky. This Sundays on Stage tradition is happening online again this year, with a recording of a past performance -…

Virtual Friday Reads Book Talk

Looking for your next read? Let the Central Children's Department librarians help you decide with these short book talks of some of our favorite new, and old, books!  This program is intended for our friends 12 and under. …