Free Library of Improvisation
The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Music Department is a free and open conservatory-quality music library supporting several generations’ worth of local musicians and fans. We can show you where John Coltrane and Nina Simone liked to work, but our unshakable librarian ethics of privacy require us to be thoroughly tightlipped...
Zombies, Zombies, and all things Zombie!
From Night of the Living Dead to World War Z, the fascination with zombies surfaces in every generation. Maybe its roots in folklore make them seem a bit more plausible, horrible, and utterly fascinating. Enjoy all things zombie? Then check out some of these books and movies available at the...
Get Nerdy with Neighborhood Science After School!
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 activities, family-friendly experiments, and...
Teens solve murder mystery, Death by Dewey!
Sherlock: Death by Dewey
Books contain secrets and gems of information. Do they also hold value beyond the intellectual; enough to murder for?
On March 27, three groups of teens set out on a library wide hunt to solve the "murder" of a librarian who was rumored to have discovered clues to a huge treasure hiding...
“Everyone’s entitled to one good scare.”
With nights growing longer and Halloween only a few weeks away, it’s the perfect time of year to settle in for a scary movie. Mention horror movies to some people, though, and the reactions can be decidedly buzz-killing: “I can’t watch them” and “they give me nightmares” are common refrains....
Sundays on Stage Fall Performances!
Sundays on Stage - Fall 2013
Sundays on Stage is a series of cultural programs featuring live performances by a variety of artists and entertainers. These family programs celebrate diversity through music, dance, storytelling, and more. Join us at 2:00 p.m. in the Montgomery Auditorium of the Parkway Central Library on...
Sundays on Stage returns for the Summer!
Get ready to rock, roll, dance, and dream this summer as our Sundays on Stage FREE perfomance series returns in July and August!
Two of a Kind presents, “I Dig Reading!”
Musical duo Two of a Kind get everyone involved in this interactive concert. With songs about the joys of...
Philly Tech Week 2013 Featured Events @ Free Library
Calling all tech enthusiasts, digital strategists, web entrepreneurs, online editors, software developers, web designers, engineers, bloggers, hackers, gamers, students, and gadget geeks all throughout the Philadelphia area: Philly Tech Week is almost here!
Philly Tech Week begins a week-long celebration of technology and innovation in Philadelphia kicking off Friday, April 19th...
National Library Week for Preschool Children
This year, celebrate National Library Week (April 14-20) at any of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s 54 locations city-wide. If you’re looking for literacy-rich, fun activities for young children, you’re in luck! Some of children’s literature’s greatest authors and illustrators are visiting your local library branches, Regional libraries and the...
Google Reader Service Ending July 1st, 2013
Some sad news came across the internet last week as Google posted on their official blog that as of July 1st, 2013 they would be shutting down their Google Reader service. Google Reader is--or rather was--one of the easiest to use and best RSS web-based readers out there, so there...
Free Library of Philadelphia Mobile Site 3.0
The Free Library of Philadelphia has released the newest version of our mobile site!
The new mobile site (version 3.0) uses responsive web design and provides an optimal viewing experience on all browsers and most mobile devices, regardless of screen size. The site was built using jQuery mobile framework and HTML5.
The Open Data Initiative and GIS Technology
This is the first part in a multi-part series looking at tech news and issues relevant to the Free Library of Philadelphia’s customers and patrons.
One of the more recent buzzwords gaining attention in the tech world and in government circles is the idea of “Open Data”. In its simplest definition, it is the sharing of information by everyone, free from restrictions (albeit without violating any copyright laws or rights to privacy), for the common good and betterment of the community.
This past April, Philadelphia joined the ranks of other major U.S. cities such as New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington,...
Teen Tuesdays are Back!
Hang out, make new friends, eat snacks - Teen Tuesday is back!
Every Tuesday during the school year from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. join us in the Skyline Room on the 4th floor at Parkway Central.
Its Free. It's Fun. There's Food.
October 2nd - PLAY! Video Games
October 9th - (Book 2) Movie
October 16th - 3D Pop Art and Duct Tape
October 20th - BINGO!
Can't get enough? Try out Teen Thursdays - now in the new Teen Center in Philbrick Hall!
Upcoming Thursday programs:
October 4th - Get Stumped - TRIVIA!
October 11th - BYO Board Games
October 18th - It Came From The Library!...
Transcending Their Boundaries: The Children of Terezin
The Free Library of Philadelphia is honored to host a special exhibition from the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation that highlights the power of the human spirit even in the face of egregious atrocities.
In 1941, Hitler and the Nazis opened an internment camp in Terezin (also known as Theresienstadt), Czechoslovakia. According...
"Paint The American Eagle" - Dickens + Free Library + Philadelphia Fringe Festival
Tonight's opening of Paint The American Eagle marks the Free Library's first foray into hosting and co-producing a production for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. The partnership with local playwright and producer Reuben Wade is particularly fitting for the 2012 festival as the staged reading of this play is a new type of event in our popular...
Ravens on the Rooftop
THURSDAY, May 31, 2012
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Parkway Central Library Terrace
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street, 4th Floor
Looking for a great way to take advantage of the warmer weather and support the Free Library? Kick off the summer season with the Raven Society and celebrate the best of Philadelphia at...
Boz Bicentenary Speaker Series - Matthew Pearl
When Charles Dickens died suddenly of stroke in 1870 he had written half of a novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Dickens published all of his novels in serial format and wrote the chapters sometimes just weeks before they were published. So when he died with Drood only half written,...
Book Paper Scissors Artists' Book Fair
SATURDAY, November 19, 2011
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
at the Parkway Central Library
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Free and open to the public!
This festive book fair features prints, artists' books, handmade paper, zines, origami, blank books, paper sculpture, and jewelry, all made by local artists. If it's paper-based art, it's here!
Preserving Beatrix Potter's Legacy: Collectors & Collections
This past weekend, the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Rosenbach Museum and Library hosted an event for the Beatrix Potter Society. “Preserving Beatrix Potter’s Legacy: Collectors and Collections” focused on both private and institutional collections of Potter’s work. Attendees were able to see many beautiful pieces from the Free...