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Support Digital Equity by Taking the Philadelphia Household Internet Assessment Survey

Want to help the City of Philadelphia close the digital divide and assist residents with affordable internet access? All you have to do is pick up your phone! The Philadelphia Household Internet Assessment is a…

We're Hiring Librarians!

Are you passionate about serving diverse populations in an urban public library setting? Are you ready for all that Philadelphia has to offer? If so, then please consider this community-focused Librarian position housed within a large,…

Palestinian Stories in Literature for Young People

by Erin H . and Kayla H. What does it feel like to be a child living through war and displacement? How can young people in the United States learn to develop empathy for young people around the world? How do we explain to our children…

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom and Cuisine

African American Independence Day, widely referred to as Juneteenth, originated in Galveston, Texas in 1865. Though the Emancipation Proclamation, issued in 1863, freed millions of slaves in confederate states, African Americans in…

Exploring the Neighborhood: Virtual Adventures in Community Asset Mapping

This blog post was written by Jeanette Coppinger, Digital Resource Specialist for Lovett Memorial Library. Jeanette was a member of Cohort 10 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries training program. The timing of my cohort for…

Author Events Celebrates Pride Month

June is Pride Month and the Free Library’s Author Events series has an extensive archive of podcasts and videos to help you celebrate a diverse range of writers working in politics, fiction, health and fitness, literary fiction,…

LGBTQ+ Middle Grade and YA ebooks and Audiobooks

Here are five ebook and audiobook titles about identity, acceptance, love, and loss to consider this month as we celebrate those journeys with our friends, families, and ourselves.   King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callander…

Kanopy and Hoopla Access Ends June 30, 2021

Effective June 30, 2021, we will no longer be offering Kanopy and Hoopla services to our patrons. Instead, the Free Library will use the funding for those subscriptions to support our collections of physical materials in neighborhood…

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

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…

The Commemoration of Juneteenth

The oldest known celebration of the end of enslavement in U.S. history, Juneteenth is a day that recognizes freedom and liberation. Juneteenth, a combination of the words "June" and "nineteenth, centers Black lived…

Christina “Steenz” Stewart Draws the Heart of the City

The comic strip  Heart of the City , set in Philadelphia, dates back to when everyone read the daily funnies on newsprint. A year ago, then 29-year-old Christina “Steenz” Stewart assumed Heart's…

Picture Book Highlights | Immigrant Heritage Month

How does it feel to be an immigrant? Imagine yourself leaving your home, your family and your country to settle in a completely different one.  How would you feel? What would you miss? And how would you define home? Whether…

Spotlight on Drag Queen Storytime

For Pride Month this year, we’re highlighting one of the most entertaining programs that we offer— Drag Queen Storytime ! I interviewed Ian Morrison (a.k.a. Brittany Lynn) and Amy Ignatow, a local author and parent.…

Coming Out at Work

Many of us queer people never stop coming out. When we list our emergency contact, when we rent a car, when we take our kids to the playground—we remain surrounded by hetero- and cisnormative people, places, and things. While…

Re-Creating Our World: Join Us for the One Book, One Philadelphia Finale

Eight weeks of programs diving into The Tradition , Jericho Brown’s collection of poetry and the One Book, One Philadelphia 2021 title , have gone by in the blink of an eye. We read, we wrote, we danced, we made music and art, and…

Free Library Board of Trustees Upcoming Public Meeting on Wednesday, June 9 at 4:00 p.m.

The Free Library Board of Trustees will be holding its annual meeting of FY21 on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in-person at Parkway Central Library (1901 Vine Street) in the Business…

Picture Book Highlights | Celebrate Pride Month!

Looking for books to celebrate Pride month? Look no further than these titles bursting with love and pride! These picture books have it all, with families finding homes, love, and adventures along the way, and are sure to find a place…

We’re Hiring: Library Facility Guards!

Would you like to work for one of the largest urban library systems in America? The Free Library of Philadelphia circulates more than eight million items to almost 500,000 patrons, and conducts thousands of programs for people of all…

Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month this June!

This June we are commemorating Immigrant Heritage Month to celebrate the incredible diversity, beauty, and strength of immigrant communities in Philadelphia! Throughout the month, the City of Philadelphia's Office of Immigrant…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in June!

This June we’re celebrating Pride with a spectrum of titles from picture books to novels, plus some danger and intrigue in our adult fiction and movie recommendations!   Young Children (up to 2nd Grade) Born Ready: The…

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…

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…

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…

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…

PA State Representative Regina Young’s provides mobile constituent services

Do you have a question? PA State Representative Regina Young’s provides mobile constituent services at the Donatucci Library from 1p.m. to 4 p.m.  Property Tax/Rent Rebate problems or questions Birth certificates problems or…

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

Sequential Philly’s Eisner Nominee Grab Bag

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards honor the year’s best comics, graphic novels, and creators thereof. You can see this year’s nominees at comic-con.org/awards/2021-eisner-awards-nominations, and here’s a small fraction of the 190+…

Thomas Morton and the New Canaan: The America That Could Have Been

This list accompanies Episode 9 from Season 1 of Story Search from Special Collections, a podcast series exploring stories based on, inspired by, or connected to material artifacts. |…

Palestinian Stories in Literature for Young People

Check out these children's and teen titles by and about Palestinians.

Sequential Philly’s Summer Graphic Novel Round-Up

Put yourself in a summer mood with this selection of summer-themed comics: summer jobs, travel stories, beach adventures, summer friendships. Follow Sequential Philly on Instagram to keep up with comics creators and events in the…

Fractured Fairy Tales

If you love making your own versions of stories, you may love fractured fairy tales! The stories have some familiar elements, but with some very big twists!

Choose-Your-Own Stories

These books put you as the main character. As you turn the pages you decide what to do and how your decisions shape the story.

Lois Ehlert

Lois Ehlert was an American author and illustrator of children's books, most having to do with nature. She won the Caldecott Honor for ''Color Zoo'' in 1990.

Eric Carle

Eric Carle was an award-winning and celebrated American designer, illustrator, and writer of children's books. His picture book ''The Very Hungry Caterpillar'' has been translated into more than 66 languages and has sold more than 50…

Looking at music

An ongoing list of books, mostly from the Free Library's Art Department, that link visual art and music in some way.

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.

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…

Kiese Laymon | Long Division 

In conversation with Imani Perry Kiese Laymon’s  Heavy , a coming-of-age memoir that begins in Jackson, Mississippi, was named a Best Book of 2018 by the  New York Times , NPR, and the  Washington Post , among other media outlets. The…

Michael Punke | Ridgeline

In conversation with Christina Baker Kline, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train , A Piece of the World , and The Exiles Michael Punke is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Revenant , “a superb revenge…

Maggie O’Farrell  | Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague

In conversation with Nicole Galland, historical novelist and author of Master of the Revels and creator of Shakespeare for the Masses With a “gift for combining intricate, engrossing plots with full-bodied characterizations” (…

Kevin Kwan | Sex and Vanity

In conversation with Nydia Han, Consumer Investigative Reporter and co-anchor of 6ABC Action News Sunday mornings Kevin Kwan is the author of Crazy Rich Asians , "a lively, generous story of shallow extravagance and human devotion” (…

Sebastian Junger | Freedom

In conversation with Joe Klein, Time political columnist and bestselling author of six books including Primary Colors and most recently Politics Lost Employing “his narrative gifts and vivid prose” ( The Washington Post ) to chronicle…

Joshua Coombes  | Do Something for Nothing: Seeing Beneath the Surface of Homelessness, through the Simple Act of a Haircut

In conversation with Britt James, founder of  Philly Unknown In 2015, British hairstylist Joshua Coombes hit the streets of London with a pair of scissors and an extraordinary idea—that giving free haircuts to those who are experiencing…

David Yoon | Version Zero

In conversation with Karen M. McManus, author of the number one New York Times bestseller  One of Us Is Lying and The Cousins  David Yoon is the author of Frankly in Love , a "funny, profane and poignant” ( Wall Street Journal) tale of…

Ray Didinger | Finished Business: My Fifty Years of Headlines, Heroes, and Heartaches

In conversation with Michael Smerconish Five-time Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year, Ray Didinger covered the NFL for The Philadelphia Bulletin and the Philadelphia Daily News for over 25 years. He has authored or coauthored 11…

Kaitlyn Greenidge | Libertie

In conversation with Salamishah Tillet, the Henry Rutgers Professor of African American Studies and Creative Writing and author of  In Search of The Color Purple: The Story of an American Masterpiece Kaitlyn Greenidge is the author of…

Marc Bookman | A Descending Spiral: Exposing the Death Penalty in 12 Essays

In conversation with Reggie Shuford, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Pennsylvania. The Executive Director of the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation, Marc Bookman is an internationally renowned…

Camille T. Dungy, Gregory Pardlo and Joshua Bennett | There’s A Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis

In conversation Trapeta Mayson, Philadelphia Poet Laureate A reflection of the heartrending turmoils of racial injustice and brutality against Black Americans amidst the fear and uncertainty of a pandemic,  There’s a Revolution Outside,…

Suzanne Simard | Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest 

In conversation with Joan Maloof, Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University and founder of the Old-Growth Forest Network. Her most recent book is Treepedia: A Brief Compendium of Arboreal Lore One of the world’s leading forest…

Amy Klobuchar | Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age

In conversation with Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics The senior United States Senator from Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar chairs the Senate Rules Committee; the Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, 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…