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Did you know that October is Computer Learning Month? The Free Library wants to help you celebrate! Here’s a reminder of all the ways we can help you gain confidence in your computer skills and equip you with the tools you need this month and every month! Computer Classes The Free Library offers a variety of computer classes ,… continue reading

By Kate C.   October 16, 2017   

Looking to discover all the hidden features of your new iPad, e-reader, smart phone, or tablet? Can’t figure out how to turn the darn thing on? Don’t fret: The Free Library of Philadelphia’s gadget gurus can help you make the most of your new electronic device every Tuesday and Thursday in the lobby of the Parkway… continue reading

By Harry F.   May 10, 2016    2

We are excited to announce that each of our three Hot Spot locations will offer digital-literacy workshops during Philly Tech Week (PTW) , April 29 – May 7. These workshops will delve into storing your data in the cloud and tools and tips for online job searches. We will also offer an extension of the… continue reading

By Harry F.   April 28, 2016   

Are you in need of FREE legal advice? Last month, the Hot Spot at Heavenly Hall hosted its first-ever legal workshop. The kickoff session focused on expungements and pardons, with both law students and experienced lawyers available to help attendees traverse the complex, multi-step process to clearing their record. This newly formed… continue reading

By Harry F.   March 15, 2016   

Want to learn how to download some of nearly 120,000 ebooks to your new Kindle or Nook? Looking to discover all the hidden features of your new iPad, e-reader, smart phone, or tablet? Can’t figure out how to turn the darn thing on? Don’t fret: The Free Library of Philadelphia’s gadget gurus can help you make the most… continue reading

By Jenn D.   December 22, 2015    2

The HOUR OF CODE is coming! The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. There is no experience needed and tutorials are available in over 40 languages. This year, there are 148,323 separate Hour of Code events scheduled around the world.… continue reading

By Jenn D.   December 2, 2015    2

When it comes to providing digital access and bridging the digital divide , public libraries have been at the forefront of the battle for years. Every day, Free Library of Philadelphia staff champion these efforts by providing public computer access , targeted computer classes , and community outreach . As librarians, we understand… continue reading

By CaitlinT   April 15, 2015    1

Can’t wait for Philly Tech Week 2015 ?  Neither can we!  The Free Library of Philadelphia is a proud partner of PTW2015, organized by Technical.ly Philly , coming to the city April 17-25 this year.  Special tech-related classes, speakers and events will be held across the city--aimed at everyone from the… continue reading

By CaitlinT   April 8, 2015   

The Free Library Hot Spots will be holding workshops on the basics of audio editing at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries for the month of April. Workshops will be held every Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will cover how to use Audacity , a free and open-source audio editor that can be installed on almost any computer. Topics… continue reading

By Scott P.   March 27, 2015   

Note: The workshop will no longer be held on Friday Feb 6. The workshop will begin on Friday Feb 13. The Free Library Hot Spots will be holding workshops on the basics of audio editing at the  Institute for the Development of African American Youth for the month of February. Workshops will be held every Friday from 3:30 p.m. to… continue reading

By Scott P.   February 5, 2015   

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. There are 63,610 Hour of Code events taking place around the world this year. See events in Pennsylvania here . One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. There is no experience needed;… continue reading

By Jenn D.   December 4, 2014    2

The Job Readiness Online workshops have begun at the Institute for the Development of African American Youth (IDAAY). This weekly instructional series focuses on the digital literacy skills needed to look for and land jobs online. The first session, held on September 23 rd , focused on the internet safety and common scams to be aware… continue reading

By Scott P.   October 1, 2014   

What better way to celebrate science than in your own backyard? Join the Philadelphia Science Festival at several of our neighborhood libraries after school for a celebration of science exploration! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge to provide FUN and FREE programs, including interactive… continue reading

By Rachel F.   April 25, 2014   

At the E-Gadget help desk we spend a lot of time with installing and explaining apps portable devices. We encounter a lot of book lovers, so we wanted to share our favorite apps for reading. Health Concerns Twilight Twilight is an essential app for anyone who uses a phone or tablet at night. It modifies the color composition of your… continue reading

By Scott P.   April 8, 2014    5

The Virtual Library Hot Spot at PHL has launched! Over the past months, the Free Library of Philadelphia and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) have collaborated to produce this unique attraction. The Free Library extended our wide area network into PHL, thus making our Free Library-branded wireless access possible and… continue reading

By Harry F.   February 7, 2014    2

The Technology Learning Collaborative , an association of service organizations from throughout Philadelphia committed to leveraging technology resources to reduce poverty, improve public health, decrease homelessness, mobilize through media, and prepare individuals and communities to be more employable, held its inaugural… continue reading

By Peter SM   October 23, 2013    3

There have been a number of news stories over the past few weeks discussing the digital divide that still exists around the world. Studies and statistics show that access to the internet has improved over recent years to a certain extent, but that there are still 60 million Americans who have no online access , many of them elderly,… continue reading

By Peter SM   August 27, 2013   

We have had a busy and adventurous week aboard the Techmobile. From geography and map literacy programs for third graders to lots of open access time where adults registered for online banking services, worked on their resumes, set up their new Kindles and learned to download free music from the Free Library's website, we are… continue reading

By Joel N.   May 16, 2012    2

We are on the road today, visiting the Kingsessing Branch. Today is primary day, and many of our branches are polling locations. The Techmobile is parked on South 51st Street, and we are inviting on board anyone with questions about their polling place or whether they are already registered to vote, and if anyone wants to find out any… continue reading

By Joel N.   April 24, 2012    1

Have you seen them around town? On subway concourses, sides of buses and within SEPTA bus shelters, KEYSPOTS ads have premiered. KEYSPOTS is a citywide initiative bringing internet access, training and technology to Philadelphia communities.   KEYSPOTS is powered by Freedom Rings Partnership —a consortium of government,… continue reading

By Jenn D.   January 26, 2012