Tagged

Free Library Seeking Teen Social Justice Fellows!

Are you between the ages of 14 and 19? Do you have a passion and commitment for social justice? Are you looking for an opportunity where you can learn, serve your community, and develop/demonstrate your leadership skills? Would you like…

The History of the Pride Flag

The Pride Flag as we know it today has gone through several iterations since its birth in 1978. It has a long and rich history that started in San Francisco with artist Gilbert Baker, who met a local activist who urged him to…

Picture Book Highlights | Celebrate Pride Month

Celebrate Pride month with these new picture books, where you will find stories of love, family and joy, told with humor and tenderness. And there's more — be sure to check our booklist for additional titles available at your…

Summer of Wonder is Heating Up!

Summer is here, and along with the rising temperatures, the Summer of Wonder is heating up! In June, we kicked off Pride Month with a brand new Pride March right here in Philly, and we’re celebrating Pride with the Free Library…

Picture Book Highlights | Father's Day

Father’s Day can be celebrated in many different ways – with a day full of activities or as quiet day filled with longing and memories.  For all those celebrating Father’s Day, together or apart, here’s a…

Bloomsday is back!

The Rosenbach's annual Bloomsday festival is BACK on Delancey Place after a two-year hiatus. Join the celebration on Thursday, June 16 anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. What  is  Bloomsday? Bloomsday is the day…

Celebrating Juneteenth!

The Free Library is celebrating Juneteenth! Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of enslavement in the United States and a time when we come together to celebrate this monumental occasion across the country, within our…

Free Library Board of Trustees Public Meeting on Thursday, June 16 at 4:00 p.m.

The  Free Library Board of Trustees  will be holding its annual meeting of FY22 on Thursday, June 16, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. View the upcoming meeting agenda The meeting will be held in-person at Parkway Central…

Page After Page of Pride: 6 Middle Grade Titles for Pride Month

Discovery is an essential component of growth. Discovering aspects of the self and the world all around enables learning, understanding…growth. June is Pride Month and the Pride Movement has had its moments of discovery, too, as…

Keep it Fresh with Fresh Herbs!

Fresh herbs add flavor and nutrition to meals, they are beautiful when added to dishes, and many of them have unique fragrances. They are like tiny greens ! Maybe fresh herbs will inspire poems, cooking, or preserving like they do for…

New Children's Books for Celebrating Juneteenth!

In 2020, the city of Philadelphia declared June 19th a city holiday in recognition of Juneteenth, an important day in the history of African Americans and our country. New children's books have been released in the last couple of…

Three Ways to Get Your Career Going This Summer!

Philly Career Launch has wrapped up its spring 2022 programming of career exploration workshops and career fairs, but we’ll be back in the fall with more programming, so stay tuned! In the meantime, here are three things you…

Read, Baby, Read Presents Early Literacy Ideas: Babies!

Read, Baby, Read is a Free Library initiative focused on encouraging early literacy development among infants and young toddlers under two years old. We work with 17 participating libraries across Philadelphia to reach caregivers of all…

One Book Finale and Dance Party

We're wrapping up the 2022 One Book season with a very special event on June 15, and we hope you can join us for it! For several weeks we've been discussing the One Book selection, My Broken Language , Quiara…

Commemorating Immigrant Heritage Month This June

This June, the Free Library is celebrating Philadelphia’s immigrant communities! June is Immigrant Heritage Month , a time when we celebrate the beauty and strength of our city’s many immigrant communities. Philadelphia…

Summer of Wonder Begins! | Everyone. Everywhere.

Everyone. Everywhere. The Summer of Wonder is all around you. It is happening at libraries and bus stops, at city parks and in camps, on PlayStreets, and in your very own homes. Everywhere you look this summer, you’ll find Philly…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in June!

This June we’re celebrating Pride as well as Immigrant Heritage month with a spectrum of titles from picture books to young adult novels, plus some danger and intrigue in our adult fiction and movie recommendations! Young Children…

Celebrate Pride Month with the Free Library!

Each June, the Free Library of Philadelphia commemorates LGBTQ+ Pride Month with programs and resources that amplify LGBTQ+ voices and stories, and 2022 is no different! Begin your summer with the Free Library…

Mapping Adventure - Three Thrilling Titles for Middle Grades

Do the longer days, warmer weather, end of the school year stir your sense of adventure? I know I’m thinking more about trying new activities, visiting places in Philadelphia and beyond that I’ve never visited or…

Dracula at 125

Written by Edward P. On May 26, 1897, visitors to bookshops in London found a new book, for just six shillings, published by Constable and Co., bound in a lurid yellow cloth cover with blood red letters announcing its strange…

Hybrid Event - PMC Shares: Protection from Abuse

Register As the demand for Protection from Abuse orders has skyrocketed, more than ever it is important that Pennsylvanians have the legal information they will need to navigate legal processes and seek support if they experience…

Fiber Art Fridays

Join Wynnefield Library and Sisters Interacting Through Stitches to create craft projects by sharing skills at all levels in quilting, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and felting. Throughout the year we will engage in special…

VIRTUAL - Ensuring Votes Count in Pennsylvania

Register Pennsylvania election law has been turbulent over the last few years, making it confusing for voters to know what they must do to ensure that they are able to cast a ballot that counts. In this talk, we'll go through things…

Fiber Art Fridays

Join Wynnefield Library and Sisters Interacting Through Stitches to create craft projects by sharing skills at all levels in quilting, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and felting. Throughout the year we will engage in special…

Hybrid Event - PMC Shares: Family Court

Register When it comes to the sensitive topic of parents and children going to court, better knowledge of the court system and your rights help prepare you for the justice system and for any of its outcomes. This program will cover…

Virtual Storytime with Miss Sunita

Join us on Facebook Live for Storytime every Friday where we will explore exciting new worlds through stories, songs, and interactive crafts.  https://fb.me/e/1NAlaFwbQ

Mindful Meditation

Ground your mind and body with this virtual Mindful Meditation using a brief body scan. Listen to peaceful music while you relax and bring compassion and kindness to your body and mind. Please follow this link to access the…

Read Baby Read Garden Storytime at Donatucci

Join Sunita in the Donatucci Library Garden for stories & songs perfect for families with infants and toddlers! Siblings welcome. Bring your own blanket or seat. Masking & social distancing is encouraged indoors. For questions,…

Feet First

Meet in front of the Whitman Library for a 2 mile walk. We will walk during the spring and summer months weather permitting, so wear comfortable shoes and appropriate outerwear. Don’t forget to bring water! We will not walk if it…

Virtual Storytime with Miss Sunita

Join us on Facebook Live for Storytime every Friday where we will explore exciting new worlds through stories, songs, and interactive crafts.  https://fb.me/e/1NAlaFwbQ

Fiber Art Fridays

Join Wynnefield Library and Sisters Interacting Through Stitches to create craft projects by sharing skills at all levels in quilting, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and felting. Throughout the year we will engage in special…

Mindful Meditation

Ground your mind and body with this virtual Mindful Meditation using a brief body scan. Listen to peaceful music while you relax and bring compassion and kindness to your body and mind. Please follow this link to access the…

Read Baby Read Garden Storytime at Donatucci

Join Sunita in the Donatucci Library Garden for stories & songs perfect for families with infants and toddlers! Siblings welcome. Bring your own blanket or seat. Masking & social distancing is encouraged indoors. For questions,…

Feet First

Meet in front of the Whitman Library for a 2 mile walk. We will walk during the spring and summer months weather permitting, so wear comfortable shoes and appropriate outerwear. Don’t forget to bring water! We will not walk if it…

Read With A Dog!

Young readers can come meet Daisy, a certified therapy dog, and share a story with her.  Children can practice reading out loud, in a safe, judgment free space.  Daisy loves to hear stories!  Space may be…

Virtual Storytime with Miss Sunita

Join us on Facebook Live for Storytime every Friday where we will explore exciting new worlds through stories, songs, and interactive crafts.  https://fb.me/e/1NAlaFwbQ

Mindful Meditation

Ground your mind and body with this virtual Mindful Meditation using a brief body scan. Listen to peaceful music while you relax and bring compassion and kindness to your body and mind. Please follow this link to access the…

Hybrid Event - PMC Shares: Landlord-Tenant Court

Register Going to court can be an overwhelming experience both for landlords and tenants. This presentation will help build knowledge and confidence by guiding you through the process. In addition, this presentation outlines the various…

Chronicling Resistance: The Exhibition

The roots of activism in Philadelphia run deep, and local archives hold innumerable stories of resistance. But many of these stories — those that center historically marginalized peoples — have been diminished, erased,…

Read Baby Read Garden Storytime at Donatucci

Join Sunita in the Donatucci Library Garden for stories & songs perfect for families with infants and toddlers! Siblings welcome. Bring your own blanket or seat. Masking & social distancing is encouraged indoors. For questions,…

Sequential Philly’s Activist Starter Kit

How does democracy work? What do people do when it doesn’t? As always, comics offer us information, inspiration, and cautionary tales. Follow Sequential Philly on Instagram to keep up with comics creators and events in the Philadelphia…

Okra Soup | Takeout High on the Hog

HIGH ON THE HOG by Dr. Jessica B. Harris and the Netflix series from 2021 inspired this list. Enjoy!

Sequential Philly’s Immigrant Experience Inventory

June is Immigrant Heritage Month, and as always, comics offer a variety of tales, from memoir to fiction to allegorical fantasy. Follow Sequential Philly on Instagram to keep up with comics creators and events in the Philadelphia area:…

Sequential Philly’s Pride Month Recent Reading List

Planning a busy Pride Month? Among all this month’s activities, don’t forget to read comics! Here’s a short but varied list of graphic novels and sequential narratives that feature LGBTQ+ characters, themes, and storylines…all published…

Sequential Philly’s Beach Reads and Sea Stories

Whether you’re planning a trip down the shore or just dreaming about it, these comics will feed your need for a seashore experience.

Sequential Philly’s 2022 Eisner Nominee Sampler

The 2022 Nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are out, and whether you’re planning to vote or just want to read some great comics, you’ll find quite a few of them in the Free Library collection.

Sequential Philly’s May Flowers List

We’ve had our share of showers this spring, so let’s see the flowers! Here’s a selection of comics referencing flowers and gardens with…though not always literally.

Computer Club

Computer Repair books, for catching UP on my repair skills

Sequential Philly’s Children’s Book Week List

Children’s Book Week is May 2-8! So here’s a selection of top-notch graphic novels for kids recommended by the American Library Association.

Sequential Philly’s Hall of Fame Sampler

Comic-con International has announced six inductees into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame for 2022, and named 17 more nominees to be voted on for four additional spots. You can see the full list at comic-con.org/awards; Here’s a…

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Celebrate during May (and all year long) by reading teen books by and about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Visit your local library or contact TeenCenter@freelibrary.org…

Value Line

Research, recommendations, rankings & financial information on 3,500 stocks, more than 2,000 mutual funds, as well as options, convertibles, & OTC special situations.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1980)

The bound, sequentially numbered volumes of all the Reports, Documents, and Journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives constitutes a rich source of primary source material on all aspects of American history. Upon…

TumbleBooks

TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. Check out our home user guide

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is an authoritative, comprehensive Web-based reference work about philosophy, useful to scholars of all levels as well as the general public. Published through Stanford University’s Center for the…

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

With an extraordinary array of more than 35,000 individual tracks of streaming music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds, users can listen to performances by American folk icons such as Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Pete Seeger…

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,…

SimplyAnalytics

A mapping and data visualization application that makes it easy to create interactive maps and reports using powerful demographic, business, and marketing data.

Sanborn Maps, 1867–1970 (Formerly Sanborn Maps Geo Edition)

Explore America’s building history through over 660,000 black-and-white, large-scale maps, which chart the growth of more than 12,000 towns and cities. Read this blog post to learn more.

Reference Solutions (Formerly ReferenceUSA)

A powerful tool providing access to in-depth information on businesses and residents. Research companies, locate addresses, phone numbers, conduct market research, and more.

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…

Lisa Taddeo | The Ghost Lover: Stories

In conversation with Hayden Dunbar, assistant editor, The Sewanee Review Lisa Taddeo is the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Three Women , the “staggeringly intimate” ( Entertainment Weekly ) and extensively researched true…

Gene Andrew Jarrett | Paul Laurence Dunbar: The Life and Times of a Caged Bird

In conversation with Herman Beavers Gene Andrew Jarrett is the author of Representing the Race: A New Political History of African American Literature and Deans and Truants: Race and Realism in African American Literature . He is the…

Kali Fajardo-Anstine | Woman of Light

In conversation with Melinna Bobadilla A story collection featuring Latinas of Indigenous heritage experiencing the challenges of friendship and family in the American West, Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s Sabrina & Corina won an American Book…

Bo Seo | Good Arguments: How Debate Teaches Us to Listen and Be Heard

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award winning broadcaster and journalist A two-time world champion debater and a former coach of the Harvard College Debating Union and the Australian national debating team, Bo Seo has won the World…

Rebecca Rukeyser | The Seaplane on Final Approach

In conversation with Annie Liontas, author of Let Me Explain You and co-editor of the anthology A Manner of Being: Writers on their Mentors Praised by Carmen Maria Machado as “a sharp, flawless … sexy and dark and strange and absolutely…

Maxine Hong Kingston | The Woman Warrior, China Men, Tripmaster Monkey, Other Writings

In conversation with volume editor, Viet Thanh Nguyen Acclaimed for her contributions to feminism and Chinese American literature, Maxine Hong Kingston won the 1976 National Book Critics Circle General Nonfiction Award for her first…

Zakiya Dalila Harris | The Other Black Girl

In conversation with Liz Moore Zakiya Dalila Harris is the author of the instant New York Times bestseller The Other Black Girl , a thriller in which a young Black editorial assistant slowly realizes there are more sinister forces in…

Bill McKibben | The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened

“The world’s best green journalist” ( TIME ), Bill McKibben gave one of the earliest cautions about climate change with his 1989 book The End of Nature . His many other bestselling books about the environment include Falter , Deep…

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…

Haroon Moghul | Two Billion Caliphs: A Vision of a Muslim Future

In conversation with Adnan A. Zulfiqar Haroon Moghul ’s many books include My First Police State , The Order of Light , and How to Be Muslim: An American Story , a “profound and intimate” ( The Washington Post ) memoir about life in the…

Jason Rekulak | Hidden Pictures

In conversation with Liz Moore Jason Rekulak ’s Edgar Award–nominated debut novel The Impossible Fortress tells a coming-of-age story of first love, old school computer programming, and the heist of a Playboy magazine that features…

Matthew Continetti | The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism

In conversation with Ramesh Ponnuru, editor of National Review A senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Matthew Continetti works in the field of American political thought and history, with an emphasis on the Republican…

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…

Chloé Cooper Jones | Easy Beauty: A Memoir

In conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald Freelance journalist Chloé Cooper Jones was a 2020 Pulitzer Prize finalist in feature writing for “Fearing for His Life,” a profile of the man who filmed NYPD officers killing Eric Garner. Also a…

Ken Kalfus | 2 A.M. in Little America

In conversation with Nathaniel Popkin The “rare writer who can combine keen, grounded, psychological observation with visionary headiness” ( Salon ), Ken Kalfus is the author of the novels The Commissariat of Enlightenment , a New York…

Rebecca Roanhorse | Fevered Star

One of the “Indigenous novelists reshaping North American science fiction, horror, and fantasy” ( The New York Times ), Rebecca Roanhorse is the bestselling author of the fantasy books Storm of Locusts , Trail of Lightning , and Race to…

Adriana Trigiani | The Good Left Undone

In conversation with Pam Jenoff “A comedy writer with a heart of gold” ( The New York Times ), Adriana Trigiani is the bestselling author of 20 books of fiction and nonfiction that have been published in 38 countries. These works…

Don Winslow | City on Fire

“One of the best thriller writers on the planet” ( Esquire ), Don Winslow is the author of 22 bestselling crime novels that explore such broad-ranging topics as the socio-political underpinnings of the war on drugs, law enforcement,…

Margo Jefferson | Constructing A Nervous System: A Memoir

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition “A national treasure” ( Vanity Fair ), Margo Jefferson won the National Book Critics Circle Award for her memoir Negroland , an examination of her upbringing…

American Presidency Series

Join the Free Library for a series of compelling provocative programs that examine the untold stories of, unconventional approaches to, and contemporary concerns about the world's most difficult job. The 2016 American Presidency Series…

Anime and Manga

Anime is an animation style originated in Japan that is characterized by distinctive characters and backgrounds. Storylines may include a variety of fictional or historical characters, events, and settings. Manga is Japanese for "comics"…

Asian Americans

Asian American resources for teens, cultural traditions and celebrations, biographies on famous Asian Americans, history of different Asian ethnic groups in America, lesson plans for teachers to explore a variety of Asian cultures, Asian…

Back to School

The start of another school year is underway here in Philadelphia! Get ready for school with these helpful resources for students, teachers, parents, and caregivers to help make the school year easier. Learn new study skills,…

Bestsellers

Find out about the latest bestsellers from many well known resources.

Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month and African American History as a whole, explore our resources on African American history and culture including famous African Americans From Philadelphia, Poets and Poetry, Speculative Fiction,…

Black Lives Matter

The #BlackLivesMatter movement began in 2013 after a jury acquitted the armed civilian who murdered seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin. Though activists and organizers have resisted the long history of police and state-sanctioned…

Computer Skills

Do you feel comfortable using a computer or navigating the Internet? The links and resources below may be able to help you get started. Learn basic computer skills and tablet skills. Find easy instructions on surfing the Internet. Build…

Cutting Clutter

Are you constantly trying to find papers you placed down on your desk? Is your closet overflowing with junk? Are you drowning in clutter and don't know where to begin to cleanup? Take charge with these books and resources on clutter,…

Digital Media Guide

Borrowing ebooks and audiobooks, downloading podcasts, and streaming media such as movies, music, and even comic books, from Free Library has never been easier. In this guide, we'll offer tips and information to get you started or…

Fantastic Planets

The void that exists between celestial bodies is vast. How many rings does Saturn have? Where did galaxies come from? What is Dark Matter? How do astronauts travel through space? Where does science fiction end and science fact begin?…

Fix It Yourself

Resources on how to do your own repairs on everyday items: Grab the scissors for sewing projects, drapery, upholstery, or even a haircut! View a list of do it yourself videos and tackle some of those household chores on your to-do list!…

Freedom Train

From July 1st through November 1st, the Rosenbach will feature Freedom Train 1947-1949, an exhibition on the history of the Freedom Train that toured the continuous 48 states in the post-war years. The topics of freedom, liberty, and…

Genealogy

This series of guides, web links, book lists, and resources will introduce you to the genealogical resources available through the Free Library of Philadelphia and to other important libraries and archives throughout the Philadelphia…

Graphic Novels

Graphic novels are, simply defined, book-length comics. Sometimes they tell a single, continous narrative from first page to last; sometimes they are collections of shorter stories or individual comic strips. Comics are sequential visual…

Green Living

Green living allows you to become an everyday environmentalist. Practitioners of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption, and diet. Go green with these…

Grimm

Explore the world of the Brothers Grimm and their legendary tales.

Halloween

Hello boils and ghouls! It's that time of year again—Halloween! We've concocted a creepy cross section of spooky stories from our chilling collections of boo-ks, mad monsters in macabre movies, and scary soundtracks, as well as links to…

Health

What are your health questions? The Free Library can connect you with resources to help you live a healthier lifestyle, including research tools, cooking classes, resources to help you quit smoking or increase your exercise, and…

Health Literacy Month

October is Health Literacy Month, a month dedicated to promoting the importance of understandable health information. The month was first honored as an annual worldwide event in 1999 and continues to be an important initiative in…

Healthy Communities

Healthy Communities, a partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention , increases the library’s capacity to offer free, accessible cooking, physical activity, gardening…

Honeybees

The third Saturday in August is National Honeybee Day, a day to celebrate this small but vital insect. Philadelphians should be especially proud; the modern beehive, known as the Langstroth hive, was invented in the City of Brotherly…

Jerry Pinkney

Philadelphia born and raised, Jerry Pinkney is one of the most beloved artists in children’s literature, illustrating more than 100 books that have delighted children—and adults—for generations. This year, as the American Library…

Job Seekers

The Free Library supports job seekers within the Business Resource & Innovation Center (BRIC). We provide current information and resources on changing careers, job searching techniques, and emerging employment fields to help career…

LGBTQ

The Free Library of Philadelphia celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month in June with book and film recommendations, events for all ages, and resources in Philadelphia. Through this Explore Topic, you can also find lesbian, gay, bisexual,…

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was the most important voice of the American civil rights movement, which worked for equal rights for all. He was famous for using nonviolent resistance to overcome injustice, and he never got tired of trying to…

Medieval Manuscripts

Are you interested in learning more about the history of people who lived in Europe between 500 and 1500 A.D.? Below you can find helpful information for your research or check out our Medieval Manuscript Digital Collection with over…

Philadelphia Cooks

Explore diverse cooking styles and cuisine throughout Philadelphia, read cookbooks by renowned Philly chefs, learn about the latest nutritional values and advancements, search or browse through The Philadelphia Inquirer's restaurant and…

Poetry

Poetry in all its forms including classic selections from our Literature Department, Haikus, poetry for children, and poetry with special appeal for tweens and teens. Read poets from diverse cultures and in other languages, as well as…

Remembering September 11th

On September 11th, 2001, the world changed. For those of us who experienced it as a current event, life can be divided between a before and after, and we can clearly remember where we were when the news first reached us. For those not…

Returning Citizens

Resources for returning citizens in the transition from incarceration to society including information on job training, housing assistance, and counseling services. One such resource is Bridges, which offers returning citizens from jails…

Season's Greetings

It's that time of year again, full of many diverse holiday celebrations including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, and New Year's. This Explore Topic features lists of great books, music, and movies to share and learn…

Shakespeare

William Shakespeare, born in 1564, was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. Poet Ben Johnson wrote “He was not of an age but for all…

STEM

An acronym referring to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields of study. The term was created for schools from kindergarten through college to improve competitiveness in learning and workforce development. "Science"…

Talking About Consent

As librarians, we are frequently asked to offer advice about resources that help explain current events to young children. When a disturbing story appears in the news, parents and caregivers may struggle to find age-appropriate…

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a public holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November throughout the United States. It originated as a harvest festival of giving thanks and although it has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions,…

The Olympics

The Olympic Games are the world's foremost sports competition, featuring thousands of athletes from around the world who participate in a variety of events. More than 200 nations participate every four years, alternating between the…

U.S. Elections and Politics

The United States presidential election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. In addition to candidates for U.S. president and vice president, the Pennsylvania ballot includes candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, the PA…