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The George S. Pepper Society supports the Free Library of Philadelphia with generous annual contributions that help to create and sustain programs and services that advance literacy and enrich the cultural fabric of our city and region. Inspired by the desire of Library founder George S. Pepper to create a world-class institution and foster all of the opportunities that stem from it, Peppers gather together throughout the year at exclusive soirées, previews of special exhibitions, and private events with pre-eminent writers and thinkers. And as leaders of the Free Library, Peppers are among the first to know about everything from new program initiatives to strategic plans for the Library’s future, and they enjoy the wide variety of privileges listed below.

To join the Pepper Society, you can make a donation online or send a check payable to the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation to 1901 Vine Street, Suite 111, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

For more information, please e-mail pepper@freelibrary.org or call 215-814-3542.

President’s Circle: $1,000 – $2,499 | Support

  • Advance notice of and access to the award-winning Free Library of Philadelphia Author Events Series
  • Reserved seating at all ticketed Author Events
  • Invitation to the annual Season Opener and lecture with a noted author
  • Copy of the annual One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection
  • Recognition on Parkway Central signage
  • Access to Pepper Lounges at selected author events
  • Invitations to private Rare Book Department tours and other special programs

Beatrix Potter Circle: $2,500 – $4,999 | Support
All of the above privileges, plus:

  • Invitation to annual Pickwick Salons, which are private dinners and conversations with select authors and personalities
  • Invitations to intimate chamber music concerts with renowned ensembles in the Rare Book Department’s Elkins Room

Poe Circle: $5,000 – $9,999 | Support
All of the above privileges, plus:

  • Two single-season passes to the Free Library of Philadelphia Author Events Series
  • Invitation to an intimate dinner with a world-renowned author

Dickens Circle: $10,000 – $19,999 | Support
All of the above privileges, plus:

  • Two full-year passes to the Free Library of Philadelphia Author Events Series

Elkins Circle: $20,000 and above | Support
All of the above privileges, plus:

  • Preferred pricing for private use of the Skyline Room

If you would like to make a gift over $20,000 please contact the Director of Individual Giving, Emily Suda at sudae@freelibrary.org or 215-567-7710 ext 511

Pepper Society members may also be offered special travel opportunities and salons in private homes.

For more information, please contact the Development office of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation at 215-567-7710 or giving@freelibrary.org

The Impact of Your Gift

Sheila needed a job, but she lacked a computer at home to conduct searches and apply for positions. One day, she noticed a Free Library Hot Spot in her neighborhood and stopped in. With the help of the Hot Spot assistants, Sheila became a proficient computer user and applied to several jobs. She still visits the Hot Spot to develop her new skills, but she can’t come as often anymore: She’s too busy working at her new job!

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