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Community Engagement with National Partners

The Free Library is well into the third year of our Skills for Community-Centered Libraries training program, and we continue to learn from our six national partners as they test the workshop series in their own libraries. Encouraged by…

Drinks to Celebrate Mardi Gras!

Every year, Mardi Gras brings together revelers in New Orleans and beyond to carry on the traditions of celebration that began in medieval times. Whether you take to the streets to join a parade or get fancy for a masquerade ball,…

Digital Media Spotlight: Black History Month

For this month's Digital Media Spotlight , we are celebrating Black History Month and the lives and achievements of African Americans in film, music, literature, and other multimedia, all available through our Digital Media Portal.…

Don't Panic! Get Free Tax Filing Help from AARP!

Do you shudder at the thought of April 15 and wring your hands during the annual financial ritual? You are not alone. Taxes are complicated and the rules to change from year to year. To ease your tax anxiety, we’ve compiled a…

Visions of Black Future Month During Black History Month

I know its Black History Month, and we have a ton of programs  and resources  to share and celebrate, but February always makes me think of the title of N.K. Jemisin’s award-winning collection of stories, How Long…

2020 Census: Get Involved at the Free Library!

  Do you want to work toward a better future for our city? Are you a trusted member of your community, who other people look to for information? Are you 18 years of age or older and interested in a temporary job with a flexible…

What is "Public History", Anyway?

On Thursday, February 20 , David W. Young will appear at Parkway Central Library to discuss his book, Battles of Germantown: Effective Public History in America .  Many Philadelphia residents are familiar with the annual…

Black History Month | A Boys Booklist for Toddlers!

Have you been on the lookout for children’s books with little faces like the ones you love? This booklist offers ten of our favorite children’s books, from Coretta Scot King Book Award winners to magnificently illustrated…

7 Great Ways to Improve Your English at the Free Library

The Languages and Learning Center offers relevant and engaging programs and resources for English language learners. Here are 7 great ways we can help you learn, improve, and speak English!   Attend an English Conversation Circle…

Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap and Building Up Black Generational Wealth

During Black History Month, the Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement (OBME) is hosting a series on Black Generational Wealth , in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Commerce and the Office of Economic Opportunity…

Consent is Romantic!

Ah those intense feelings of first love and sexual awakening – how heady and confusing and exhilarating! In ye olde school times when I was growing up, any books (or movies or television shows) showing teens in love and having sex…

Say Goodbye to Overdue Fines at the Free Library!

It’s our valentine to the city we love: We’ve gone fine-free! That’s right: As of today, the Free Library of Philadelphia no longer charges fines for overdue materials! The new policy, which was passed by the Board of…

Everything You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

Usually, the time between December and February is known as peak Flu season , and this year is no different as Pennsylvania residents can attest to in the past few weeks. But if you've turned on the news, logged onto the internet,…

Meet Your Library Staff: Faith Smallwood - Regional Operations Center

As part of our ongoing series of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Faith Smallwood, an Administrative Assistant at the Regional Operations Center…

Picture Book Highlights | Brown: A Deep and Varied Joy

Magnificence sometimes appears in the most commonplace observations. In the poetic celebration of self and nature,  Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration is a series of young brown girls admiring the many different browns…

Happy Inventors Day for Monopoly Lovers!

I am a Monopoly lover! This celebrated board game became popular in the 1930s after it was patented by Philadelphia inventor Charles B. Darrow , who lived on W. Hortter St. in the West Mt. Airy area of Philadelphia. Mr. Darrow was…

Communal and Cultural Growth at the Village of Arts and Humanities

The Free Library cares about digital inclusion, equity, and access, and has expanded beyond the walls of our  54 neighborhood libraries  to partner with area nonprofits, providing free access to technology and programming to…

Oscars 2020: from Book Adaptation to Academy Award Nomination!

While this Sunday, February 9, marks the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, it was recently revealed by a Gallup Poll that in 2019— more people went to the library than the movies ! Is it any coincidence that the majority of this…

Spotlight on Special Collections: When Dickens Met Poe

This blog post is in honor of  Charles Dickens' birthday. The prolific Victorian author of "epic stories" like  Oliver Twist and David Copperfield , was born on Portsea Island off England's south-central…

Celebrating Everyday Experiences of Black Children and Families

Back in 2018, Denene Milner, children’s book writer and publisher, wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times lamenting the scarcity of children’s books that "celebrate the humanity and everyday experiences of black…

Pop-Up Cooking Classes 2020

Stop by once a month for Keisha Prosser’s Pop-up Mobile Cooking classes. Bringing the fun back into the kitchen! Lessons include: knife skills, team building, cooking and baking principles, food safety, healthy choices, and how to…

Pathway Forward: GED Preparation and ABE Classes

Join Pathway Forward and the Free Library of Philadelphia's Languages and Learning Center for FREE GED. and Adult Basic Education classes on Saturdays and Sundays. Free Classes on Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.…

Pathway Forward: GED Preparation and ABE Classes

Join Pathway Forward and the Free Library of Philadelphia's Languages and Learning Center for FREE GED. and Adult Basic Education classes on Saturdays and Sundays. Free Classes on Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.…

Headshots at the BRIC!

Get a FREE headshot photo taken at the Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC)! Headshots are a new service for entrepreneurs, nonprofit professionals, job seekers, and more! Use your photo to enhance your professional…

Japanese Conversation Club

Join us in Rooms 405-406 to enjoy a casual environment where you can talk about all things Japan! All levels of Japanese and English speakers are welcome. Registration not required. For more information contact JAPANPHILLY.ORG…

Pathway Forward: GED Preparation and ABE Classes

Join Pathway Forward and the Free Library of Philadelphia's Languages and Learning Center for FREE GED. and Adult Basic Education classes on Saturdays and Sundays. Free Classes on Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.…

Pathway Forward: GED Preparation and ABE Classes

Join Pathway Forward and the Free Library of Philadelphia's Languages and Learning Center for FREE GED. and Adult Basic Education classes on Saturdays and Sundays. Free Classes on Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.…

Headshots at the BRIC!

Get a FREE headshot photo taken at the Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC)! Headshots are a new service for entrepreneurs, nonprofit professionals, job seekers, and more! Use your photo to enhance your professional…

Pathway Forward: GED Preparation and ABE Classes

Join Pathway Forward and the Free Library of Philadelphia's Languages and Learning Center for FREE GED. and Adult Basic Education classes on Saturdays and Sundays. Free Classes on Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.…

Pathway Forward: GED Preparation and ABE Classes

Join Pathway Forward and the Free Library of Philadelphia's Languages and Learning Center for FREE GED. and Adult Basic Education classes on Saturdays and Sundays. Free Classes on Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.…

Japanese Conversation Club

Join us in the Heim Center Rooms 131-132 to enjoy a casual environment where you can talk about  all things Japan! All levels of Japanese and English speakers are welcome. Registration not required. For more information contact…

Pathway Forward: GED Preparation and ABE Classes

Join Pathway Forward and the Free Library of Philadelphia's Languages and Learning Center for FREE GED. and Adult Basic Education classes on Saturdays and Sundays. Free Classes on Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.…

Pathway Forward: GED Preparation and ABE Classes

Join Pathway Forward and the Free Library of Philadelphia's Languages and Learning Center for FREE GED. and Adult Basic Education classes on Saturdays and Sundays. Free Classes on Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.…

Headshots at the BRIC!

Get a FREE headshot photo taken at the Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC)! Headshots are a new service for entrepreneurs, nonprofit professionals, job seekers, and more! Use your photo to enhance your professional…

Pop-Up Cooking Classes 2020

Stop by once a month for Keisha Prosser’s Pop-up Mobile Cooking classes. Bringing the fun back into the kitchen! Lessons include: knife skills, team building, cooking and baking principles, food safety, healthy choices, and how to…

Pathway Forward: GED Preparation and ABE Classes

Join Pathway Forward and the Free Library of Philadelphia's Languages and Learning Center for FREE GED. and Adult Basic Education classes on Saturdays and Sundays. Free Classes on Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.…

Pathway Forward: GED Preparation and ABE Classes

Join Pathway Forward and the Free Library of Philadelphia's Languages and Learning Center for FREE GED. and Adult Basic Education classes on Saturdays and Sundays. Free Classes on Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.…

Headshots at the BRIC!

Get a FREE headshot photo taken at the Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC)! Headshots are a new service for entrepreneurs, nonprofit professionals, job seekers, and more! Use your photo to enhance your professional…

Japanese Conversation Club

Join us in Heim Center Rooms 131-132 to enjoy a casual environment where you can talk about  all things Japan! All levels of Japanese and English speakers are welcome. Registration not required. For more information contact…

Pathway Forward: GED Preparation and ABE Classes

Join Pathway Forward and the Free Library of Philadelphia's Languages and Learning Center for FREE GED. and Adult Basic Education classes on Saturdays and Sundays. Free Classes on Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.…

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2000 onward)

Includes winners and finalists

Booker Prize and International Booker Prize

Includes works available in ebook format that were awarded the Booker Prize for Fiction and the International Booker Prize. N.B. from 2005 to 2015, the International Booker Prize was awarded to authors based on the whole or their…

Performative Fiction

Works of fiction that engage with my performances during my residency.

Performance Art

A list of books pertaining to the practice of Performance Art to be researched and performed in the duration of my artist residency.

Diverse Retellings

YA and children's books that put modern twists on fairy tales and classic literature, featuring diverse characters and written by authors of color. Also includes diverse books that are inspired by international mythology and folklore.

Happy Hour time!

This is a book list for people over the age of 21. Beer is part of an American culture already, Whether you are at a baseball game or after work hours. The Free Library has books about beer, where you can learn from history to how to…

The Witcher Books

Looking for the source material for the crazy-popular video game and Netflix series? Look no further than your local library! If you're wondering about the order in which to read the books, Rob Dwiar proposes the following on…

Knitting Storytime

Picture books for when you want to take a story time break from a long session of crafting

2020 Edgar Awards Nominees

Mystery Writers of America announced the Nominees for the 2020 Edgar Allan Poe Awards on January 22, 2020 in New York, NY, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2019. The Edgar® Awards…

Four wheel drive, Baby

Whether your are looking for a classic car, how to drive, or repairing, the Free library is here to help you. Don't be shy about your car. Come check out the car books that the Free Library has to offer.

Space craft and their pilots

Ever been fascinated with flying. Want to what it feels like flying behind an aircraft. Then check out these pilots that made them soar through the skies and beyond.

Shark Month

Sharks has always been misunderstood due to the media. Come check out the sharks books from the Free Library to learn what they really are about.

2020 Youth Media Award Winners

The American Library Association's (ALA) top books, videos, and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – among many others.

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant, the American professional basketball player and shooting guard, tragically passed away in a helicopter crash at the age of 41 on January 26, 2020. Bryant, a Philadelphia-area native, played his entire 20-season career in the…

Devils

"We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell."

Monty Python

And now for something completely different!

Family Food and Wellness

Check out these Free Library resources for more on how you and your family can enjoy food and wellness year-round. Can’t find the title at your local library? Ask your librarian to put the item on hold and have it sent to a Free Library…

New York Times—2019's Best Books

The editors of The Times Book Review choose the best fiction and nonfiction titles this year. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/22/books/review/best-books.html

WealthEngine

WealthEngine is a research and screening tool which helps nonprofit organizations find individual prospects.

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.

Student Resources In Context

"Thousands of curriculum-targeted primary documents, biographies, topical essays, background information, critical analyses, full-text coverage of 800 magazines, over 10,000 photographs and illustrations, and more than 8 hours of audio…

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

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

Sam Sifton | See You on Sunday: A Cookbook for Family and Friends

The food editor at the New York Times  and the founding editor of the  Times ’s digital cookbook, NYT Cooking , Sam Sifton is one of America’s most popular culinary writers. He formerly worked as the Gray Lady’s national news editor,…

Jenny Offill | Weather

Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation , “an effortless-seeming downhill ride that picks up astonishing narrative speed as it goes” ( New York Review of Books ), tells the story of a once heady marriage at its breaking point. It was named…

Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons and Justine Simmons | Old School Love: And Why it Works

Walk this way for an evening with Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons, frontman for the mega-influential hip-hop trio Run-DMC. Regarded as the driving force behind ushering rap into the mainstream, the group was awarded a Grammy Lifetime…

Gretchen Sorin | Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights

A curator with more than 30 years’ experience, Dr. Gretchen Sorin has consulted for more than 250 institutions, including the Smithsonian, the Jewish Museum, and the New York State Historical Association. She is the director of the…

John Sayles | Yellow Earth

Referred to by Roger Ebert as “the conscience of American independent filmmaking,” John Sayles is the writer/director of 18 movies, including Matewan , Lone Star , Eight Men Out , and Passion Fish . In addition to writing more than 100…

EJ Dionne | Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country

In conversation with Dick Polman  “Substantial” and “notably fair minded” ( New York Times Book Review ), E.J. Dionne Jr. is a syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in the Washington Post  and nearly 100 other newspapers, a…

David Zucchino | Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy

In conversation with Mark Bowden, most recently author of The Last Stone: A Masterpiece of Criminal Interrogation David Zucchino is a contributing writer for The New York Times . He has covered wars and civil conflicts in more than…

Eoin Colfer | Highfire

In conversation with Jon McGoran, author of Splintered Eoin Colfer is the internationally acclaimed author of the Artemis Fowl series, which chronicles the “magical” ( Washington Post ) adventures of a young antihero criminal…

Paul Krugman | Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future

In conversation with Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics “The most celebrated economist of his generation” ( Economist ), Paul Krugman won the Nobel Prize in 2008 for his work in international trade and monetary geography. A …

Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan | Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus

In conversation with Dr. Jen Ashton, Chief Medical Correspondent for ABC News and author of The Self-Care Solution: A Year of Becoming Happier, Healthier, and Fitter--One Month at a Time A professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia…

Emma Copley Eisenberg | The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia

In conversation with Sarah Marshall, journalist, writer, and co-host of the podcast You’re Wrong About. In June 1980, two young middle-class women who had been hitchhiking to a nature festival called the Rainbow Gathering were found…

Garth Greenwell | Cleanness

In conversation with Carmen Maria Machado, most recently author of In the Dream House “A subtle observer of human interactions” with “an inborn ability to cast a spell” ( New York Times ), Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs…

Andrew Bacevich | The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory

Praised for their “clarity of expression . . . devastating directness” and “coruscating wit” ( Washington Post ), Andrew Bacevich’s bestselling books include The Limits of Power ,  America’s War for the Greater Middle East , and …

Liz Moore | Long Bright River

In conversation with Mike Newall, metro columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer “Incisive, insightful, and compassionate” ( Boston Globe ), Liz Moore is the author of the acclaimed novels Heft and The Unseen World . She is the recipient…

Elaine Sciolino | The Seine: The River That Made Paris

A former Paris bureau chief and contributing writer for the New York Times , Elaine Sciolino is acclaimed for her “deliciously detailed and smart” ( Vogue ) chronicles of French culture and history. Her books include the bestsellers The…

Salman Rushdie | Quichotte

In conversation with novelist and musician Wesley Stace “One of the major literary voices of our time” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Salman Rushdie is the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Satanic Verses , The Golden…

William D. Cohan | Four Friends: Promising Lives Cut Short

William D. Cohan is the bestselling author of The Last Tycoons , an inside history of Lazard Frères & Co., one of the country’s most venerable investment banks. A former longtime Wall Street mergers and acquisitions banker, the topics…

André Aciman | Find Me

In conversation with writer and film critic Gary Kramer André Aciman is the author of the nationwide bestseller Call Me by Your Name , a novel that chronicles the bittersweet love story of a teenage boy and the young academic staying at…

Ronan Farrow | Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition New Yorker writer Ronan Farrow has won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, a National Magazine Award, and a George Polk Award for his “indefatigable and…

Deirdre Bair | Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me

Deirdre Bair won the National Book Award for her “blockbuster biography” of Samuel Beckett, “the best introduction to an enigmatic giant of 20th-century literature” ( Christian Science Monitor ). Her other acclaimed biographies include…

African American History

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,…

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 Lives Matter

When stories of gun violence and tragedy seem like a daily occurrence, it can be hard to remember that our city was built on the values of Brotherly Love. While some may argue that all lives matter, it does not feel like we are applying…

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…

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 2018 Winter Olympics, being held in PyeongChang, South Korea and known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, are a major international multi-sport event. The Games will run from February 9 to 25, featuring close to 3,000 athletes…

U.S. Elections and Politics

The United States midterm general election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. In Pennsylvania, the ballot includes candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, the Pennsylvania State Senate,…