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Reference Desk: Candid Conversations with Leslie and Dave!

The New Year is a time to reaffirm commitments and resolve to meet new goals. Leslie Walker , Interim Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia, and Dave Edwards , Interim CEO of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, are…

29 Weeks, 374.25 Miles, 56 Libraries: A Library Patron's Journey

29 weeks, 374.25 miles, 56 libraries*. That’s the tremendous endeavor Free Library patron and supporter Carolyn Redmond accomplished during the COVID-19 pandemic—to travel to all of the Free Library’s neighborhood…

Storytime Pivots During COVID Times

This blog post was written by Becky Shaknovich, Department Head of Parkway Central Library's Children's Department and Field Teen Center . Becky was a member of Cohort 7 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries…

How to Spark Your Creativity

Inspiration comes with a few simple elements. For example, being in a quiet room might trigger your creative mind with a new flow of ideas. Each one of us has a different approach. Maybe you like to paint, saw, quilt or just walk.…

Ask an Accountant: Nonprofit Edition

Regional Foundation Center  librarians are frequently asked about accounting services for nonprofit organizations. As librarians, we love to answer your questions, but can’t answer your accounting or tax questions. So we…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in March!

This March we are exploring titles featuring women during Women's History Month—our children and teen titles feature adventure and inspiration while our adult selections focus on complicated choices and bravery. There's…

Trust No One: Joe McCarthy and the Politics of Fear

Lies. Alternative facts. Demonize and Destroy Your Opponents. Does this sound familiar? Former Senator Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wisconsin) has been dead for 63 years, but the political tools and techniques that he pioneered are as fresh as…

Celebrate Women’s History Month with the Free Library!

“Give women more power in the government offices if the desire is for peace and prosperity." - Gertrude Bustill Mossell Become inspired by stories of perseverance and accomplishment this Women's History Month, by taking a…

Memories of the Golden Age of Hip Hop

I bomb atomically, Socrates’ philosophies and hypotheses Can’t define how I be dropping these mockeries Lyrically perform armed robbery - "Triumph (feat. Cappadonna)" by Wu-Tang Clan, 1997 I am a rap fan.…

Picture Book Highlights | Black History Month: Biographies

Throughout February, in celebration of Black History Month, Picture Book Highlights will focus on books written and / or illustrated by African American authors and illustrators. Today to close out the month, we take a look at…

Stay Connected with the School District of Philadelphia Parent and Family Portal

As the pandemic enters its second year, online platforms and virtual learning continue to serve a critical role in our children’s education. Are you the caregiver of a currently enrolled student in the School District of…

Need Internet Access and Technology Support? Call a Digital Navigator Today!

by Labonno Islam (Digital Engagement & Communications Specialist) and Juliet Fink Yates (Digital Inclusion Fellow), City of Philadelphia Office of Innovation and Technology In June of 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic shutting…

So You’re Reading a Poem…

If you’re unfamiliar with poetry, or it’s just been a while since you really sat down and read a poem, we can walk through one together! Here’s a look at some of the tools used by Jericho Brown in his collection The…

Dr. Rebecca Cole: Pioneering Philadelphia Doctor and African American Health Advocate

One of the joys of my profession is not knowing who will spark my curiosity to continue learning about something or someone. To celebrate Black History Month this year, I let my curiosity guide me to inventors and scientists either born…

Emory C. Malick: Trailblazing African American Pilot

Bessie Coleman is known for being the first black women to get a pilot’s license. But have you ever wondered who the first Black man was to get his pilot’s license? Meet Emory Conrad Malick , a biracial man, born on December…

Philly Jazz Legends: The Heath Brothers

This is the seventh in a series of posts  highlighting major figures in Philadelphia jazz history. Every one of the bolded album titles below can be streamed free with your library card via Alexander Street’s Jazz Music…

Black Authors and Voices: Podcasts from the Author Events Archive

To commemorate and celebrate the scope of Black History Month, you can jump into our Author Events podcast archive , which dates back almost 25 years! There you’ll find an astonishing wealth of Black voices, perspectives, and…

Recommended YA Reads for Black History Month

Looking for YA titles that celebrate Black lives? Dig into these recommended #OwnVoices reads! Whether you’re into short stories, fantastical worlds, hard-hitting realistic fiction, or coming-of-age love stories, we’ve got…

Digital Media Spotlight | The Muppets

2021 marks 45 years since The Muppet Show debuted on television and today Disney+ is bringing back all 120 episodes streaming on-demand! As Kermit the Frog would say—arms flailing— "YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!" The Muppets…

Self-Care for Caregivers | National Caregivers' Day

Today is National Caregivers’ Day, and we’d like to take a moment to honor the essential role that caregivers play in our communities. Whether it is for loved ones or how you earn your living, giving care is work. Caregivers…

Virtual Chapter Book Club

Do love to read?  Do you like talking about what you are reading?  If you do, then this group is for you!  Each month we will talk about a different chapter book, and do an interesting activity to go along with it. …

Virtual Chapter Book Club

Do love to read?  Do you like talking about what you are reading?  If you do, then this group is for you!  Each month we will talk about a different chapter book, and do an interesting activity to go along with it. …

Re-Creating a New World: One Book, One Philadelphia Finale with Jericho Brown

Join us to celebrate a season of discussing The Tradition . Following a reading and conversation with One Book, One Philadelphia 2021 author, Jericho Brown, and Philadelphia poet Ursula Rucker, we’ll listen to an intergenerational…

One Book Wednesday on the Stoop with Blue Stoop

Join Blue Stoop  and Michelle Chikaonda for a creative workshop inspired by The Tradition . This supportive session for writers and readers of all walks of life and experience levels will offer prompts, engagement with writing…

Breaking the Tradition

Presented by Haverford Library and the People's Emergency Center  Join the Men’s Coffee Talk Think Tank at the People’s Emergency Center, along with ACT UP and the AIDS Health Foundation, for conversation that…

Virtual Course | Ulysses

Registration Tuition for this course is $250 Rosenbach members (including the Dracula Club) receive a 10% discount on tuition. If you have questions about discounted tuition please call (215) 732-1600 x 138 or…

Virtual Friends of Whitman Library Meeting

Curious about getting involved with your neighborhood library? The Friends of Whitman Library will be holding their monthly meeting on the first Monday of the month. This meeting is free and open to the public, and new friends are…

Revival Walk: Our Bodies, Reciprocity, and the Natural Environment

Lela Aisha Jones is a movement performance artist and the founder of LAJ | FlyGround . Her work archives and imagines lived experiences of Blackness by intertwining and researching personal histories, diasporic movement, and the current…

The Philly Pigeon Poetry Slam

Join The Philly Pigeon for an online poetry slam, a competition between poets performing original work and judged by the audience. Poets of all experience levels are invited to participate in the slam. The event will feature poet Tariq…

How to Build a Home: Queer and Trans BIPOC Dance/Movement Workshop

This co-collaborative creative space asks participants to remember permission, intimacy, safety, play, and connection in our bodies, led by dance and performing artist Shanel Edwards . We are rebuilding a home that remembers our traumas…

Chair Yoga

Join us each Friday at 10:00 a.m. for Chair Yoga live on the Fumo Family Library Facebook Page . The program will be taught by Kate Howell, a certified yoga teacher with over seven years of experience teaching in the Philadelphia area.…

Pleasure Reimagined: Rebuilding a Framework for Intimacy

We learn early in life how to be in relationships by observing dynamics between older family members, and sometimes these models can be unhealthy or harmful. As many of us work on breaking generational curses, it can be hard to imagine…

How to Build a Home: Queer and Trans BIPOC Dance/Movement Workshop

Presented by West Philadelphia Libraries This co-collaborative creative space asks participants to remember permission, intimacy, safety, play, and connection in our bodies, led by dance and performing artist Shanel Edwards . We are…

Virtual Chapter Book Club

Do love to read?  Do you like talking about what you are reading?  If you do, then this group is for you!  Each month we will talk about a different chapter book, and do an interesting activity to go along with it. …

Virtual Woof and Meow Café!

Calling all young readers! Would you like to read to your own personal cat or dog audience? Then bring your favorite book and join us every Wednesday from 3-4PM! Each virtual reading session is hosted by Main Line Animal Rescue together…

Boundless Love: Black Queerness and Spirituality

Presented by Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library Jericho Brown writes in The Tradition about religion and spirituality from his personal perspective and lived experiences of being a queer Black man, reflecting on both the…

Virtual Preschool Storytime

Join Mr. John for Storytime on Facebook live ( Fumo Family Library ) Tuesdays at 10:00 am! Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is intended for preschoolers.   

Virtual Course | Read the Blood of Dracula: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Registration Tuition for this course is $35 per session Rosenbach members receive a 10% discount on tuition. If you have questions about discounted tuition please call (215) 732-1600 x 138 or…

Kings' Crowns

Presented by West Philadelphia Libraries.  Learn to make your own flower crown, like the one we see on the cover of The Tradition , with former Philly Youth Poet Laureate Husnaa Hashim. This workshop is designed for boys, though…

Cooking Through Tradition

Presented by South Philadelphia Libraries and the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center.  Join Chef Kurt Evans from Everybody Eats, an organization dedicated to increasing food security, for a live cooking demonstration of a…

Folklore Fridays

Materials used for the Folklore Fridays program at the Lit Dept.

Making Her Mark Selecting Readings

This list is inspired by the Free Library's exhibition, Making Her Mark: Philadelphia Women Fight for the Vote, now on view online at www.freelibrary.org/exhibitions

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

American poet, painter, social activist, and the co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers in San Francisco, CA. Ferlinghetti was best known for his first collection of poems, "A Coney Island of the Mind" (1958), which has been…

Surrealism

In progress for May 2021 intern project

For Fans of Bridgerton

If you liked the show Bridgerton, try these titles!

Now Is the Time. Connecting Three Historical Figures: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Stephen Girard, and Toussaint Louverture

This list accompanies Episode 7 from Season 1 of Story Search from Special Collections, a podcast series exploring stories based on, inspired by, or connected to material artifacts. |…

A Tribute to Lillian Marrero: The Mural and Her Legacy

This list accompanies Episode 6 from Season 1 of Story Search from Special Collections, a podcast series exploring stories based on, inspired by, or connected to material artifacts. |…

Chick Corea

Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea was an American jazz composer, keyboardist, and bandleader. His compositions "Spain", "500 Miles High", "La Fiesta", "Armando's Rhumba" and "Windows" are widely considered jazz standards. As a member of…

Trivia Connections

Resources related to information and books shared with LMB Friday Trivia posts.

52nd NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Works

The NAACP Image Awards is an annual awards ceremony presented by the U.S.-based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor outstanding performances in film, television, music, and literature. This year's winners…

Cicely Tyson

Tony, Emmy, and Oscar winner. Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. Model, activist, author, and legend.

Black History Books for Teens

Fiction and nonfiction picks to honor Black History Month and to celebrate the lives, struggles, and achievements of Black Americans all year long.

The Shoutflower

Created by the editors of The Shoutflower, the Philadelphia art and literature journal, on the occasion of their Philadelphia Press Spotlight on February 8th, 2021

2021 Youth Media Award Winners

Youth Media Award Winners for children and young adults.

Notable Nonfiction for Teens

Selected winners, honorees, and nominees for the Excellence in Nonfiction Award for Young Adults, the National Book Award, and other nonfiction picks from teen librarians.

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.

Beth Kephart | Wife | Daughter | Self: A Memoir in Essays

In conversation with Jacinda Barrett, Traveler, Actress on Netflix Bloodline, Writer, Mother, Wife and all the rest of it. Beth Kephart is the author of more than 30 books across a wide range of genres, including poetry, young adult…

Joby Warrick | Red Line: The Unraveling of Syria and America's Race to Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World

Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Endowed Lecture Joby Warrick won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction for Black Flags , “a revealing, riveting and exquisitely detailed account” ( San Francisco Chronicle ) of the rise of ISIS and its…

Brontez Purnell | 100 Boyfriends

In conversation with Kaitlyn Greenidge Brontez Purnell is the author of Since I Laid My Burden Down , a debut novel about growing up gay in 1980s Alabama that “not only holds its own as queer literature, but also expands upon it” ( San…

Amelia Pang | Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist In 2017, Amelia Pang earned the first place award in investigative journalism from the LA Press Club for her undercover exposé on the exploitation of…

Michael Eric Dyson | Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America

In conversation with Jon Meacham Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture Michael Eric Dyson is the author of Tears We Cannot Stop , an “eloquent, righteous, and inspired” ( Philadelphia Inquirer ) call for racial change that was named one of the…

Maria Kefalas | Harnessing Grief: A Mother's Quest for Meaning and Miracles

In conversation with Ashley Fox, Writer. Speaker. Entrepreneur. Athlete. Mom. ESPN alumna. In 2012, Maria Kefalas’s daughter, Calliope, was diagnosed with a rare, degenerative, and incurable genetic disease called metachromatic…

Melissa Broder | Milk Fed

In conversation with Nomi Eve, author of Henna House and The Family Orchard , Director of the Creative Writing MFA program, Drexel University. Melissa Broder is the author of  The Pisces , a darkly erotic yet tender tale of academia,…

Elizabeth Kolbert | Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

Barbara Gohn Day Memorial Lecture In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist “An astute observer, excellent explainer, and superb synthesizer” ( Seattle Times ), Elizabeth Kolbert is the author of the…

Victor Wooten | The Spirit of Music: The Lesson Continues

In conversation with novelist and musician Wesley Stace A founding member of jazz fusion super group Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, bass guitarist Victor Wooten is a five-time Grammy winner and has been called “the Michael Jordan of the…

John Ghazvinian | America and Iran: A History, 1720 to the Present

In conversation with Ambassador John Limbert, US Deputy Secretary of State for Iran (2009-10); former hostage in the US Embassy in Tehran (1979-81) An author, historian, and former journalist, John Ghazvinian is the Executive Director…

Nadia Owusu | Aftershocks: A Memoir

In conversation with writer and librarian Maisy Card, author of These Ghosts Are Family Nadia Owusu won a 2019 Whiting Award for her work on  Aftershocks . “A memoir that broods on lost identity and statelessness” ( Elle ), this debut…

James Oakes | The Crooked Path to Abolition: Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Constitution

In conversation with Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery  and Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution , winner of the Bancroft, Parkman, and Los Angeles Times Book…

Charles Kenny | The Plague Cycle: The Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease

A senior fellow and the director of technology and development at the Center for Global Development, Charles Kenny has extensively contributed to policy reforms in global health, UN peacekeeping, and international financial corruption,…

Stephanie Schriock | Run to Win: Lessons in Leadership for Women Changing the World

In conversation with Yvette Nicole Brown, star of screens big and small and known to audiences for her roles in Community, The Mayor, Supermansion, The Odd Couple, and many other films and TV shows.  The president of EMILY’s List since…

Salamishah Tillet | In Search of The Color Purple: The Story of an American Masterpiece

In conversation with Errin Haines, founding member and editor at large at The 19th, a new, nonprofit newsroom focused on the intersection of women, politics and policy. Salamishah Tillet is the author of Sites of Slavery , an…

VIRTUAL - Sadeqa Johnson | Yellow Wife

In conversation with Jennifer Weiner, bestselling author of numerous books including In Her Shoes and most recently Big Summer Yellow Wife tells the harrowing story of an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in…

Gabriel Byrne | Walking with Ghosts

In conversation with musician and novelist Wesley Stace, author of Misfortune , By George , Wonder Kid and most recently Out Loud with dancer and choreographer Mark Morris An actor renowned as much for his versatility as his depth,…

Ijeoma Oluo | Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist “A nuanced analysis of White male America” that “deftly combines history and sociological study with personal narrative” ( Washington Post ), Ijeoma Oluo’s So…

George Saunders | A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Masterclass on Writing, Reading, and Life

In conversation with Daniel Torday , Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College, author of The Last Flight of Poxl West,   Boomer1, and The Sensualist , and two-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award. “One of the most…

Katherine May | Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist Katherine May ’s fiction and memoirs include The Electricity of Every Living Thing ,  Burning Out, a nd  No-Stress Meditation . She was also the editor of …

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…

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…