Science and Wellness

Wednesday, March 17 – Message from Staff

The contents of Automobile Reference Collection have been transferred to the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Library & Research Center and the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum.

For reference assistance and inquiries about materials formerly held at the Free Library, call the AACA Library at (717) 534-2082, visit their website, or contact librarian Jennifer Wolfe at jwolfe@aaca.org. To contact the Simeone Foundation Library, use this online form.

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Tue, April 16, 2024 5:30 P.M.

How can you future-proof your home? This is where AARP can help. Join us for a FREE HomeFit event, for home safety resources and tips to help you make updates to your home today, that may help you…

Sew What?! Afternoon Sewcial-Needle Crafts

Wed, April 17, 2024 2:00 P.M.

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Genes and Journeys: Bridging Gaps in Medical and Societal Accessibility

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Join the Free Library of Philadelphia, All of Us Pennslyvania, SciStarter, Vision Zero Philadelphia, Citizens for Radioactive Radon Reduction, and the Network of the National Library of…

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Thu, April 18, 2024 5:00 P.M.

Sew What?! Is a clever and creative get together for crafters who do crochet, knitting, sewing, embroidery, quilting, felting, and more.  Want to share what you're making with other…

The collection in the Science & Wellness Department (S&W) covers a diverse group of subjects including medical, health, and parenting materials.

The mechanically minded searching for appropriate "how-to" guides can also find assistance in this department, as well as works on engineering, the sciences, computers, and technology.

S&W also offers a large cookbook collection dedicated to the late Julie Dannenbaum.

We are home to a Free Seed Library that distributes vegetable, fruit, herb, and flower seeds to promote health and gardening.

You can also find material about personal finance, consumer information, and pets. Come say hi to our resident fish Cyan Whale-Ness in his Aquaponics home where you can learn about Eco-Systems.