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Summer Reading with Dena!

Yes, it’s that time of the year again, to head to the beach (or a heavily air conditioned reading nook) and dive into some fun reading! Here are some new and newish books that are perfect for giving yourself a mental vacation:…

Local Athletes Competing in the Summer Olympics

After the postponement of the 2020 Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the torch will be lit once again this year as the rescheduled Summer Games will take place in Tokyo, Japan starting today, Friday, July 23, and run through…

Broccoli Has Flower Power!

Broccoli is a delicious, nutritious flower! With its different textures, vibrant green color, and good flavor, broccoli can ignite ideas both in and out of the kitchen. Blanching is a way to quickly cook vegetables in hot water. This…

Central Senior Services Joins Moore College of Art to Fight Social Isolation During Pandemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has studied the impact of loneliness and social isolation on American seniors and the results are deeply disturbing. Extensive studies of the subject reveal that social isolation of…

Picture Book Highlights | Family Reunions

Summer is for get-togethers—the perfect time for vacations, celebrations, and family reunions. This is especially true this year, as the pandemic postponed many events, so getting together now is even sweeter. Is your family…

Spotlight On the Free Library Call Center

The Free Library of Philadelphia has for years offered the Homebound program as well as  email , chat , and text reference services for those who can't access their local library in person, but amidst the COVID-19 pandemic…

Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer with the Free Library!

The summer is heating up! As we all try our best to deal with the rising temperatures in our area, don't forget that the Free Library is a great place to cool off! From access to books and other materials to computers and wireless…

Philly Versus the World: A Battle Over Ice Cream

Recognize and represent our city for its contributions to the popularization of ice cream in the US! And be sure to join us at the Haddington Library on Friday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m. for a demonstration, tasting, and celebration . Water…

Q&A with Christina Holmes | Children's Summer Programming at Blackwell Regional Library

Summertime is here and the Free Library is offering incredible outdoor and virtual programming! This July marks the second summer we’ve spent during the COVID-19 pandemic and as we gather safely to celebrate this spectacular…

Picture Book Highlights | Let's Go to the Beach!

It’s beach time! Grab your bathing suits, towels, sunscreen, and go to the beach. Here are some books to get you in the mood for some sand, sun, and fun!   Board Books Beach Baby written by Laurie Elmquist ; illustrated by…

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

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…

Bring Your Furry Friend to Free Library Dog Day, Featuring Author-Illustrator Sarah Jacoby!

Each year, the Free Library celebrates the "Dog Days of Summer" with a social media campaign, inviting our community members to post pictures of their dogs who love to read and tag them with #FLPDogDays ! This year, the…

10 Great Reads from the Holmesburg Library Book Club

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

Summer of Wonder | Program Highlights for Families

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

Beat Boredom with the Free Library in July

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

Are You Ready for Shark Week?

Up from the depths and onto your screen, it's... Shark Week ! The Discovery Channel's annual feeding frenzy of shark-related media kicks off its 33rd year with shows featuring comedian Tiffany Haddish ( Tiffany Haddish Does…

Edible Alphabet Recipe of the Week: Hummus and Flatbread

by Breshay Woods, Culinary Literacy Center Intern Edible Alphabet  is a free English Language Learning (ELL) program offered by the Free Library's  Culinary Literacy Center.  Our mission is to teach English language…

The Rainbow Pantry... from Scratch!

Inspired by June’s Pride month and our LGBTQIA+ community members, we are celebrating the Rainbow Pantry again! Check out previous blog posts for more ideas on keeping and using colorful kitchen staples. This round, we are…

Picture Book Highlights | Fun in the Water!

Back in 2014, I wrote a blog post suggesting books that can help kids feel comfortable playing in the water. Some of us have no problem getting in the water from the get-go, while others need a little time and encouragement, and that is…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in July!

This July we are celebrating America, we’re making wishes, we’re gaming, we’re walking the red carpet, we’re learning about the relationship between plants and brains, and we’re exploring race and…

Read, Baby, Read! Storytimes for Babies and Toddlers

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

Read, Baby, Read! Storytimes for Babies and Toddlers

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

Read, Baby, Read! Storytimes for Babies and Toddlers

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

Read, Baby, Read! Storytimes for Babies and Toddlers

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

Read, Baby, Read! Storytimes for Babies and Toddlers

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

Read, Baby, Read! Storytimes for Babies and Toddlers

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

Read, Baby, Read! Storytimes for Babies and Toddlers

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

Read, Baby, Read! Storytimes for Babies and Toddlers

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

Read, Baby, Read! Storytimes for Babies and Toddlers

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

Read, Baby, Read! Storytimes for Babies and Toddlers

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

Read, Baby, Read! Storytimes for Babies and Toddlers

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

VIRTUAL - Anthony Doerr | Cloud Cuckoo Land

TICKETS ON SALE HERE | SEPTEMBER 7, 2021 AT 10:00 A.M. Books with signed book plates will be available to the first 100 book with ticket buyers. Anthony Doerr won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for  All the Light We Cannot See , “a…

Read, Baby, Read! Storytimes for Babies and Toddlers

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

Read, Baby, Read! Storytimes for Babies and Toddlers

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

Adult Literacy Book Club

Join The Languages & Learning Center and Beyond Literacy as we read  Concrete Rose  by Angie Thomas. Concrete Rose  is the prequel to the author's debut novel and feature film,  The Hate U…

Read, Baby, Read! Storytimes for Babies and Toddlers

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

Read, Baby, Read! Storytimes for Babies and Toddlers

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

“Oklahoma: The Show That Changed American Musicals Forever”

If ever a musical show seemed marked for disaster, it was Oklahoma.  Since the producers had insisted on casting singers who could act, rather than actors who could sing, the show opened without a single star in the cast.  As…

Adult Literacy Book Club

Join The Languages & Learning Center and Beyond Literacy as we read  Concrete Rose  by Angie Thomas. Concrete Rose  is the prequel to the author's debut novel and feature film,  The Hate U…

Headshots at the BRIC!

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

2021 Eisner Award Nominees and Winners

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are prizes given for creative achievement in American comic books, sometimes referred to as the comics industry's equivalent of the Oscar Awards. They are named in honor of the pioneering writer and…

Sequential Philly’s Sequential Art Assortment

Explore some of the ways that comics and cartooning have solid connections to other forms of visual art! From sequential structure to graphic elements to deliberate borrowing, you can find aspects of the comics approach to storytelling…

Floyd Cooper

The award-winning author-illustrator, widely lauded for his evocative and luminous paintings depicting the African American experience, died on Friday, July 16, after being ill with cancer. He was 65. His book, "Max and the Tag-Along…

Sequential Philly’s Biographical Bonanza

Where do cartoonists get their ideas? Don’t ask them, because they hate that question. But you may find answers in these biographies! Follow Sequential Philly on Instagram to keep up with comics creators and events in the Philadelphia…

Sequential Philly’s Stormy Weather Selections

Thunderstorms, heat waves, wildfires, hurricanes, floods…summer is a time for wild weather events. So why not go with the flow, and sample some graphic novels that resonate with meteorological mayhem? Follow Sequential Philly on…

Sequential Philly's Independence Day Reading Roster

With July 4th upon us, what could be more appropriate than sampling some biographies of notable Americans, visiting key moments in American history, and sharing a sliver of the diverse stories that make up the American experience? Follow…

MOVE Bombing

This list accompanies Episode 10 from Season 1 of Story Search from Special Collections, a podcast series exploring stories based on, inspired by, or connected to material artifacts. |…

Sequential Philly's Pride Month Picks

Don't let Pride Month pass by without sampling the breadth of LGBTQ narratives that comics have to offer! From memoir to YA to superheroes to slice-of-life, you'll find a diversity of stories in the FL collection. Follow Sequential…

Sequential Philly’s Digital Comics Cavalcade

Your FL library card grants access to an amazing trove of digital comics and graphic novels. These can be downloaded instantly, and you can access them offline using your mobile device with the free Hoopla and Libby apps. And they return…

MY SOUL'S COMFORTS

ALL OF MY COMFORTS WILL BE MADE WHOLE & COMPLETE IN GODS NEW TIMING FOR ME AND HIS WORLD.

Fully Enjoying Sex with My Prospective HUSBAND

I LOVE THE MEANING THAT IS IN DEEP-SEX. AT TIMES I FEEL AS IF I COULD GO FOR HOURS AND THROUGHOUT OUR MANY NIGHTS TOGETHER.

beaten, battered and killed

I DON'T FUCK WIT NO IGNORANT ASS PEOPLE. I TOLD THEM TO DEPART FROM ME IN THE SWEETEST WAY. THEN, I HAD TO BUY A SODASTREAM CANISTER.

MOMMY LOVES HER FAMILY

I Love My Children's Father in a much more lowly way than I Love and Appreciate Our Children. He Feels it and it Makes Me even more Mad because He Thought that he was Fully In Christ _ Not Like Me Though. HE HAS TO LEAVE THAT…

FULLY WILLING TO COMPLETELY ADORE MY HUSBAND

I Have been working on my Marriage since before I can Recall Right Now.

Color rainbow of books

For the Culinary Literacy Center's June 2021 series

YA Pride at Coleman Library

Young adult offerings that celebrate LGBTQ+ folks - both fiction and non-fiction. All books are available at the Joseph E. Coleman Northwest 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. 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

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

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

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.

Omar El Akkad | What Strange Paradise

Omar El Akkad is the author of  American War , a “poignant and horrifying” ( Washington Post ) dystopian novel that imagines a future civil war born from the U.S.’s current destructive policies and impulses. It was an international…

Jessamyn Stanley | Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance

In conversation with adrienne maree brown Internationally sought-after wellness expert Jessamyn Stanley is the author of  Every Body Yoga , “a clever memoir of a millennial woman’s search for self-acceptance” ( Elle ) wrapped inside a…

Robin DiAngelo | Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm

In conversation with Resmaa Menakem, bestselling author of My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies Robin DiAngelo ’s New York Times bestseller White Fragility , a “methodical,…

William di Canzio | Alec

In conversation with Wendy Moffat, Professor of English and Curley Chair of Global Education at Dickinson College and author of the prize-winning biography,  A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. Forster A professor in the…

Yaa Gyasi | Transcendent Kingdom

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Celebrated for her “stellar instincts, sturdy craftsmanship and penetrating wisdom” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Yaa Gyasi is the author of Homegoing . Winner…

T.J. Newman | Falling

A former bookseller turned flight attendant, T. J. Newman flew for Virgin America and Alaska Airlines from 2011 until this year. While her passengers were asleep on cross-country red-eye flights, she began to write a novel on whatever…

Scott Ellsworth | The Ground Breaking: An American City's Search for Justice

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning journalist and broadcaster Scott Ellsworth is the author of Death in a Promised Land , an in-depth book about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, one of modern history’s most horrific…

Bobby Rush | I Ain’t Studdin’ Ya: My American Blues Story

In conversation with Jonny Meister, host of The Blues Show on WXPN In his five decades in blues music, Grammy-winner Bobby Rush has recorded hundreds of his own songs, collaborated with the likes of Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, and…

Sarah Schulman | Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987–1993

In conversation with Jason Villemez, editor of the  Philadelphia Gay News A decades-long activist for LGBTQ+ rights and women’s empowerment, Sarah Schulman is the author of more than twenty novels, nonfiction books, screenplays, and…

Joshua Cohen | The Netanyahus with Rivka Galchen | Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch

Joshua Cohen ’s acclaimed novels include Moving Kings , Witz , and Book of Numbers , “a fascinating look at the dark heart of the Web” and “one of the best novels ever written about the Internet” ( Rolling Stone ). One of Granta ’s Best…

Elias Rodriques | All the Water I’ve Seen is Running

In conversation with Rachel Ossip Co-sponsored by n+1 and Blue Stoop Elias Rodriques currently teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and in the fall of 2021 will start as an assistant professor of African American literature at…

Alex Michaelides | The Maidens

In conversation with David Baldacci, global #1 bestselling author whose books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. Alex Michaelides is the author of the #1 New York…

Laura Raicovich | Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest

In conversation with Seph Rodney, PhD, opinions editor and managing editor of the Sunday Edition for Hyperallergic , author of The Personalization of the Museum Visit , and winner of the 2020 Rabkin Arts Journalism Prize. The interim…

Elizabeth Hinton | America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s

In conversation with Jill Lepore, historian and bestselling and award-winning author of These Truths: A History of the United States , The Secret History of Wonder Woman , and If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future…

Emily Rapp Black | Frida Kahlo and My Left Leg

In conversation with Katie Ford, author of If You Have to Go and three previous collections of poems. Ford is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and she teaches at the University of California, Riverside. Bestselling…

Jason L. Riley | Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell

In conversation with Anthony B. Bradley, Professor and Chair of Religious and Theological Studies at The King's College (New York) and a Research Fellow at The Acton Institute Jason L. Riley ’s books include  Let Them In: The Case for…

Ursula M. Burns | Where You Are Is Not Who You Are

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist The first Black woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company, Ursula M. Burns headed Xerox from 2009 to 2016. She was the chair and CEO of VEON from 2017 to early 2020,…

Paul Farmer | Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History

Pine Tree Foundation Endowed Lecture In conversation with Dr. Steven Larson, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Acclaimed for his “exceptional empathy and care” ( Boston Globe )…

Lawrence Wright | The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Acclaimed for bringing “a clear-eyed, investigative fearlessness” ( The Washington Post ) to a diverse range of topics, Lawrence Wright  is a longtime staff…

Carol Anderson | The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning journalist and broadcaster In appreciation of the George S. Pepper Society Carol Anderson is the author of the National Book Critics Circle Award winner White Rage , “a riveting and…

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…

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…