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Cooling Centers Open at Select Libraries This Weekend: Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22

Residents can get out of the heat and into an air-conditioned space at a neighborhood library with access to books, computers, wireless internet, and other library amenities. Masks are strongly encouraged. The…

Upcoming Events with a Philly-Based One Book!

It is the 20th year of the One Book, One Philadelphia project, and as special as that is on its own, it is made all the more exciting due to the fact that this year’s title,  My Broken Language  by Quiara…

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…

36 Free Library Locations Will Serve as Polling Places for the Tuesday, May 17 Primary Election

Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 17, 2022 and many of our neighborhood libraries will again serve as designated voting locations. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; anyone in line by 8:00 p.m. will be able to vote. Most…

Bicycling Resources for National Bike Month

Happy National Bike Month ! Founded in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bicycle Month is full of activities and initiatives to inspire people to take to the road on bikes rather than cars. If you’re heading back…

Picture Book Highlights | Mother's Day

Mother’s Day can be so many things! For some it is a day for celebrating together as a family, for others it may be a phone or zoom call from far away, and for others still it is a day of remembering. Picture books are…

Join Science in the Summer to Be a Biologist!

Summer is a time of growth, fruit, and bloom, when life on this planet feels abundant and vibrant. It might be a season when we feel more aware of other beings living alongside us, even here in the city. Is it a natural time to consider…

Picture Book Highlights | Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month ! As part of the celebration, let’s again dive into recent picture books created by Asian authors and/or illustrators. This is just a small sample – for many more titles, be sure…

Children's Book Week & the Free Library

From May 2nd to May 8th, the country will be celebrating Children's Book Week , an annual celebration that promotes the joy of reading to children and young people. The event began a little over 100 years ago when Franklin K.…

Are You Philadelphia’s Next Youth Poet Laureate?

Are you a creative, engaged student who is passionate about writing, reading, performing, and experiencing poetry? Are you equally passionate about working with your peers and other students to bring more poetry to Philadelphia? If so,…

Jewish-American Heritage Month 2022

It's Jewish-American Heritage Month. Jewish-Americans have a rich and storied history and culture of our own. Many things we think of as chiefly Jewish are actually distinctly Jewish-American: From Bagels and Lox to the…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in May!

We have a little something for everyone in these new titles coming to the Free Library of Philadelphia this May! Young Children (up to 2nd Grade) Yes We Will: Asian Americans Who Shaped This Country by Kelly Yang From creating beautiful…

Four Young Ladies Show Courage

You’ve most likely noticed when you visit your neighborhood library, all the books intended for school age children have a “j” label placed on the spine (sometimes “j” with a number if the subject of the…

The One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff Is Upon Us!

It's the eve of the 20th season of  One Book, One Philadelphia , and the opening event is tomorrow, Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m., featuring a conversation with Quiara Alegría…

Rosemary for Shakespeare

Written by Isabel S. April 23 marks the day that we traditionally celebrate William Shakespeare’s birth and deathday, though neither of those occasions are confirmed to have actually been on the 23rd. Shakespeare was baptized on…

Happy Earth Day!

Every day is a good day to learn about how you can take care of the Earth and put that knowledge into action. I think one of the reasons some people have trouble acknowledging holidays like this is because the environmental issues…

It's Volunteer Recognition Day!

In the summer of 2019, my fiancée and I spent one weekend volunteering for the Special Olympics in New Jersey. He volunteered for the organization back when he is college and a couple of times since then. The thought had…

Up Above: Thinking about the "Little Old Lady Tost Up in a Basket"

Just in time for spring cleaning, N. C. Wyeth's The Old Woman Tost Up in a Basket is back on display in Up Above: Thinking About the Skies in Parkway Central Library. Creating and researching an exhibition is always an…

April is Stress Awareness Month

It’s never too late to take personal inventory and check in with yourself. How is your mental health? When was the last time you drank some water or ate a fully balanced meal? Can you remember the last time you inhaled and exhaled…

Get Ready: 2026 Starts Now!

In 2026, the country will commemorate the 250th anniversary of American independence. All eyes will be on Philadelphia as we recognize the historic events that occurred here in 1776. The Free Library of Philadelphia is proud to be a…

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/3lDxC6g4m

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/3lDxC6g4m

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/3lDxC6g4m

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…

PA State Representative Regina Young provides mobile constituent services

Do you have a question? PA State Representative Regina Young provides mobile constituent services at the Donatucci Library every second Tuesday of the month from 12:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Property Tax/Rent Rebate…

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/3lDxC6g4m

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/3lDxC6g4m

Public Typewriter

Stop by Art & Literature on Parkway Central Library's second floor any time we are open to use a 1940 Royal typewriter courtesy of Philly Typewriter's Philadelphia Public Typewriter Program .  A Perkins Brailler…

Afternoon Storytime with Mr. Bruce!

Join Mr. Bruce upstairs in the library for stories every Wednesday!

Outdoor Chair Yoga

Ground your mind and body with a full hour of FREE chair yoga each Wednesday at 1pm, led by certified instructor Janet Faulls. This is a twist on traditional yoga, making it accessible for any age or ability. This event will be held…

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,…

Read, Baby Read Outdoor Storytime at DiSilvestro Playground

Join us outdoors at DiSilvestro Playground for a storytime full of music, movement and play! Babies, toddlers and PreK welcome!    

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…

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…

Sequential Philly’s Earth Day Explorations

In these selections in honor of Earth Day, you’ll find stories of environmental battles and the people who fight them, profiles of the natural world and people who study it, and creative takes on this improbable planet we live on. Follow…

Be a Biologist!

Reading to get ready for the 2022 Science in the Summer theme.

Sequential Philly’s Rabbit Round-Up

From March hares to Easter bunnies, spring is the season of rabbits. So here are some hare-raising selections featuring long-eared heroes hopping in and out of trouble. Follow Sequential Philly on Instagram to keep up with comics…

Sequential Philly’s Opening Day Line-Up

Baseball season is here again, so here’s a roster of comics featuring America’s favorite pastime…or at least the prominent use of a baseball bat. Follow Sequential Philly on Instagram to keep up with comics creators and events in the…

Queer DVDs at Northeast Regional Library

DVDs with LGBTQIA+ storylines and characters. Available at Northeast Regional Library.

Queer Nonfiction at Northeast Regional Library

Nonfiction books about LGBTQIA+ history and topics. Available at Northeast Regional Library.

Queer YA at Northeast Regional Library

Young adult novels with LGBTQIA+ characters and plotlines, available at Northeast Regional Library.

Queer Fiction at Northeast Regional Library

Fictional books at Northeast Regional Library with LGBTQIA+ characters and authors.

Queer Graphic Novels at Northeast Regional Library

Graphic novels featuring plotlines with LGTBQIA+ characters. Available at Northeast Regional Library.

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.

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…

Lawrence Jackson | Shelter: A Black Tale of Homeland, Baltimore

In conversation with Solomon Jones. Lawrence Jackson ’s award-winning books include The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics , biographies of Chester Himes and Ralph Ellison, and a memoir…

Marc Lamont Hill and Todd Brewster | Seen and Unseen: Technology, Social Media, and the Fight for Racial Justice

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award winning broadcaster and journalist The host of BET News , Black News Tonight , and UpFront , Marc Lamont Hill is the Steve Charles Chair in Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University.…

Marie Yovanovitch | Lessons From the Edge: A Memoir

In conversation with Mitchell Orenstein, Department Chair and Professor of Russian and East European Studies, University of Pennsylvania In 2019, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was the focus of international interest when…

One Book, One Philadelphia 2022 Kickoff Celebration

To launch the 20th annual program season of One Book, One Philadelphia, join us for a conversation with Quiara Alegría Hudes, author of My Broken Language--the 2022 One Book featured title--and Lilliam Rivera, author of Never Look Back,…

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…

Dolen Perkins-Valdez | Take My Hand

In conversation with Asali Solomon, author of the novels  Disgruntled and Days of Afrekete Using “gorgeous, compassionate prose” to continue “our national conversation about people working together to heal our communities” ( The…

Frans de Waal | Different: Gender Through the Eyes of a Primatologist

“A pioneer in primate studies” ( The Wall Street Journal ), Dr. Frans de Waal is the author of  The Bonobo and the Atheist , an exploration of the biological roots of human morality found in primate social interaction. His other 16…

Bryant Terry | Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora

In conversation with Jamila Robinson Chef and educator Bryant Terry is the author of four vegan cookbooks, including  Grub ,  Afro-Vegan , and  Vegetable Kingdom , winner of an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. In 2015 he…

Maggie Shipstead | Great Circle

Carole Phillips Memorial Lecture Maggie Shipstead is the bestselling author of the novels Astonish Me and Seating Arrangements , the latter of which won the Dylan Thomas Prize and the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. A former…

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…