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Find a New Hobby with the Free Library!

Did you know that January is National Hobby Month ? From baking bread in mass quantities to perfecting our puzzle skills, many of us have used these unorthodox past two years to find new things we enjoy doing in our downtime!…

21 Great Graphic Novels and Comics from 2021

Another year, another stack of superhero stories, fascinating biographies, funny books, and extraordinary illustrated tales that defy classification! While not necessarily a "Top 10" (especially since I selected 21!), and…

The Federal Writers' Project American Guides

Most of us are familiar with the artwork created by the Works Progress Administration: the striking photography, the murals in state buildings and post offices, the posters, and the public sculptures, but fewer are aware of the work…

Q&A with New Free Library Director, Kelly Richards

Today, the Free Library welcomes Mr. Kelly Richards as its new Director . Prior to this appointment, Kelly served as the Muskegon Area District Library Director in Michigan and Michigan Library Association President. He brings with him…

In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On January 17, our nation commemorates the 27th Annual National Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work and legacy. Dr. King’s part in the Civil Rights Movement is well-documented. Alongside his wife…

Adult Literacy Book Club's Winter 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…

Nourishing Literacy | Planting Story Seeds with Madame Marie and Her Magic Garden

Nourish your literacy by creating stories from scratch—with a seed starter! Chrissy loves to read, write, and tell stories. Her suggested steps for creating folklore were offered back when she was Talking About Tomatoes ! The…

Improve Your Reading Comprehension Skills with the Free Library

The Free Library has many resources and programs for Philadelphians of all ages to improve their reading skills! Read, Baby, Read is a Free Library initiative focused on encouraging early literacy development among infants and young…

2021's Words of the Year

Words mean things. We communicate with them, express ourselves with them, define and describe our surroundings and world with them. In the 21st Century, in the absence of physical reference books, we also look them up through online…

Newest Additions to the National Film Registry

Turn the lights down, grab some snacks, and tune into your screen of choice—the National Film Registry 's 2021 recommendations and selections have been announced! 25 films have been selected each year—for the past 33…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in January!

What better way to start your new year than with one of these new titles coming to the Free Library this January? Young Children (up to 2nd Grade) The Year We Learned to Fly written by Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by Rafael…

Philly, Meet Your New Poet Laureate

The Free Library and the Philadelphia Poet Laureate Governing Committee are excited to announce that Airea D. Matthews has been appointed the 2022-2023 Philadelphia Poet Laureate . The committee of poets, educators, and…

Dena's Favorite Books of 2021

It's that time of year again for my annual list of favorite books from the Philbrick Hall Fiction Department at Parkway Central Library ! Welcome to the tenth anniversary of this yearly list and the second year of pandemic reading!…

Giving Back for the Holidays

It can be difficult to get into the holiday spirit in the midst of so much confusion, fear, and grief. Children and adults alike may find ourselves feeling sad at the loss of a loved one, of normalcy and routines, or of beloved…

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

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 12 participating libraries across Philadelphia to reach caregivers of all…

Best Books of 2021 Selected by Parkway Central Children's Librarians

Which were the best books you read this year? The Children’s Librarians at Parkway Central Children’s Department have all the extremely specific book awards and recommended reads you never knew you needed!   Ms.…

The Free Library and You: New Year’s Resolutions in 2022!

Can you believe we’re about to turn the page on another (long, strange, COVID-19 filled...) year? I know I can't!  While I've never really been a big New Year's Resolution person, I do appreciate how the…

Free Library and Rebuild: Building Stronger Communities One Park, Recreation Center, and Library at a Time

Free Library staff recently took the time to chat and answer some of our Library-specific Rebuild questions. Read their insights and enthusiasm about what Rebuild (Rebuilding Community Infrastructure) will bring to select libraries in…

bell hooks and picture books

You may know bell hooks for her innovative and tranformative works in literature, poetry, and feminist studies.  Did you know she also wrote picture books?  These titles are not to be missed! Homemade Love…

Happy 20th Birthday, One Book!

On the eve of One Book, One Philadelphia’s 20th anniversary year in 2022, now is a good time to look back at the past two decades of a citywide tradition that has only blossomed with age. When this program began in…

Monday Poets: Sandra Evans Falconer & Ditta Baron Hoeber

Sandra Evans Falconer  is a writer, poet, performer and author of four collections of poetry, a muscial song cycle, a stage play and an original adaptation. For the past 25 years, Sandra has read her work to audiences throughout…

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…

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://www.facebook.com/events/2908163316112449/

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://www.facebook.com/events/2908163316112449/

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://www.facebook.com/events/2908163316112449/

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 1p.m. to 3 p.m.  Property Tax/Rent Rebate problems or…

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…

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://www.facebook.com/events/2908163316112449/

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…

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://www.facebook.com/events/2908163316112449/

Virtual Question of the Week

Mondays We’ll ask a question; let us know your thoughts on Facebook and Instagram!

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://www.facebook.com/events/2908163316112449/

Monday Poets: Troy Jollimore & Nava EtShalom

Season 28 of Monday Poets, one of the longest continually running programs at the Free Library.

Virtual Question of the Week

Mondays We’ll ask a question; let us know your thoughts on Facebook and Instagram!

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://www.facebook.com/events/2908163316112449/

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

TICKETS ON SALE JANUARY 12, 2022 AT 10:00AM “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…

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 1p.m. to 3 p.m.  Property Tax/Rent Rebate problems or…

Virtual Question of the Week

Mondays We’ll ask a question; let us know your thoughts on Facebook and Instagram!

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…

Virtual-Guess the Title through Emojis

Virtual Guess the Title through Emojis We’ll share a clue with you through emojis.  You guess what book or movie we’re sharing!  On Facebook and Instagram.  

Sequential Philly’s Kelly Richards Welcome List

We’re excited to read that the Free Library’s new director, Kelly Richards, is a comics reader! As a humble welcome we suggest these titles, based on some interests mentioned in his Q&A (see the FL blog) and elsewhere: Superman, fishing,…

Sequential Philly’s MLK Day Collection

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, here’s a round-up of stories and personalities from the civil rights movement. Follow Sequential Philly on Instagram to keep up with comics creators and events in the Philadelphia area: @sequentialphilly

Sidney Poitier

Award-winning actor, film director, activist, and ambassador, Sir Sidney Poitier was many things to many people and a shining example of a stellar human being. He left an indelible mark on humanity and his art will live on.

Sequential Philly’s Snow Day Selections

In honor of 2022’s first snowfall, here’s a reading list that will transport you away from the cold and slush to far-off and fantastical worlds. All available as ebooks, so you can check them out without leaving your warm and comfy home.

Peter Bogdanovich

Director, writer, actor, producer, critic, and film historian, Peter Bogdanovich was the embodiment of Hollywood success and history.

Betty White

Actress, comedian, and force of nature, Betty White left us at the age of 99 : ( Thank goodness we have these classic and legendary television shows and books to remember her by and celebrate her life!

Joan Didion

"We tell ourselves stories in order to live." Joan Didion did that and so much more, whether it was fiction, screenwriting, criticism, or social commentary. Read one of her books today!

Performance art

See also research files on Phillips Simkin and Rafael Ferrer.

PDS seminar/Art Matters

For Tyler School of Art class. All books stored on cart available to students for library use.

2021 Goodreads Choice Awards

The books that won the 2021 Goodreads Choice Awards span the categories of fiction, nonfiction, romance, sci-fi, memoirs, poetry, young adult, and best debut.

Sequential Philly’s End of Year Yearbook of Years

As 2021 wraps, what will your 2022 look like? Here are some year-long experiences to prep you for, or distract you from, the year to come.

New year New me

Books to promote positive change in the new year

NPR Best Books of 2021

Books to put on hold eventually from this list: https://apps.npr.org/best-books/#view=covers&year=2021

Historical Fiction in the Teen Collection

A non-comprehensive list of YA historical fiction, with stories set in the fifteenth to the twenty-first century.

Sequential Philly’s Critical Choices

There have been so many great graphic novels released this year, what do you do if you can’t afford them all? Never fear, the FLP is always adding the latest and greatest to their collection. Here are some top-notch selections from the…

bell hooks

bell hooks, (Gloria Jean Watkins) was an author, professor, feminist, and social activist. The focus of hooks's writing was the intersectionality of race, capitalism, and gender, and what she described as their ability to produce and…

My Search History Has Been Respected In Health

#IHAVEBEENLIVINGACHRISTCENTEREDLIFE

Cursed Books that I HAD TO LIVE

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Anne Rice

The queen of vampire tomes, erotic literature, and gothic fiction.

Sequential Philly’s Best of the Best of Lists List

It’s that time of year…the end! And there’s no more hallowed end-of-year tradition than the “best of the year” list. Here’s a list of some of 2021’s best graphic novels, selected from the best best-of lists we could find. Follow…

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. History In Context

Covers themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-colonial times to the present. The material also includes access to the citations for over 180 additional history journals from the Institute for Scientific…

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.

Solomon Jones | Ten Lives, Ten Demands: Life and Death Stories, and a Black Activist’s Blueprint for Racial Justice

An award-winning  Philadelphia Daily News  columnist and morning host for 900 am WURD radio in Philadelphia,  Solomon Jones  is the author of the  Essence  bestselling novel  The Bridge , as well as the critically acclaimed books  Pipe…

Hanya Yanagihara | To Paradise

In conversation with Andy Kahan, Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams, Jr. director of author events “A wrenching portrait of the enduring grace of friendship” (NPR), Hanya Yanagihara’s bestselling novel  A Little Life  is a story of tragedy…

Larry Miller and Laila Lacy | Jump: My Secret Journey from the Streets to the Boardroom

In conversation with Fat Joe , rapper, producer, platinum recording artist, and host of the Fat Joe Show Named the first chairman of the Jordan Brand Advisory Board in January 2019, Larry Miller led Michael Jordan’s $200-million…

Mike Sielski | The Rise: Kobe Bryant and the Pursuit of Immortality

In conversation with Michael Days A sports columnist at The Philadelphia Inquirer since 2013, Mike Sielski is the author of Fading Echoes , the true story of two Pennsylvania high school football rivals who later found brotherhood while…

Mark Bowden and Matthew Teague | The Steal: The Attempt to Overturn the 2020 Election and the People Who Stopped It

In conversation with Tracey Matisak , award-winning journalist and broadcaster Renowned for his “signature blend of deep reportage and character-driven storytelling ( The New York Times Book Review ),” Mark Bowden is a national…

Nadifa Mohamed | The Fortune Men

In conversation with Rabih Alameddine, National Book Award nominated author of An Unnecessary Woman ,  The Angel of History ,  The Hakawati , and most recently,  The Wrong End of the Telescope . Somali-British author Nadifa Mohamed is…

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…

Edward Sorel | Profusely Illustrated

Watch the video on our youtube channel. In conversation with Signe Wilkinson “One of America’s foremost political satirists” ( The New York Times ), illustrator, caricaturist, and cartoonist Edward Sorel has illustrated 41 covers for …

Elif Shafak | The Island of Missing Trees with Siri Hustvedt | Mothers, Fathers, and Others

The most widely read woman female writer in Turkey and acclaimed worldwide for her work’s “vision, bravery and compassion” ( The New York Times Book Review ),  Elif Shafak  is the author of 12 bestselling novels, including  The Bastard…

Rumaan Alam | Leave the World Behind

In conversation with Carmen Maria Machado Rumaan Alam is the author of the  New York Times  instant bestseller  Leave the World Behind ,  “a genuine thriller, a brilliant distillation of our anxious age, and a work of high literary…

Kevin Birmingham | The Sinner and the Saint: Dostoevsky and the Gentleman Murderer Who Inspired a Masterpiece

In conversation with Michael Gorra,  the Mary Augusta Jordan Professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College and the editor of the Norton Critical Editions of  As I Lay Dying,  and The Sound and the Fury , and most…

Rabih Alameddine | The Wrong End of the Telescope with Claire Vaye Watkins | I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness

Rabih Alameddine was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award for An Unnecessary Woman , a “paean to the transformative power of reading” ( LA Review of Books ). His many other works include the…

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…

Nikole Hannah-Jones | The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition, and Dr. Anthea Butler, Geraldine R. Segal Professor in American Social Thought and Chair of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania Introduced by…

Tracy K. Smith | Lucille Clifton’s Generations: A Memoir

In conversation with Trapeta B. Mayson Chronicling African American family life and women through 14 celebrated poetry collections, Lucille Clifton won the National Book Award and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and is the only author ever…

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,…

Robert Costa | Peril

Ellis Wachs Endowed Lecture In conversation with Michael Smerconish A national political reporter at The Washington Post , Bucks County's own Robert Costa has earned a wide readership and praise from fellow journalists for his deeply…

Uwem Akpan | New York, My Village with Kirstin Valdez Quade | Five Wounds

Uwem Akpan ’s  Say You’re One of Them , “a startling debut collection” ( The New York Times ) of short stories was a Wall Street Journal #1 bestseller, the 2009 Oprah Book Club Selection, and was translated in to 12 languages. It was…

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…

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…