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Free Library of Philadelphia

(Janet Haas announces the William Penn Foundation's historic grant to the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

William Penn Foundation Donates $25 Million to Free Library of Philadelphia

There was a standing ovation from library, civic, and community leaders as Janet Haas of the William Penn Foundation delivered the news.

09/11/2014

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Philly Library System Gets $25M Grant To Renovate

The Philadelphia public library system will undergo $25 million in renovations thanks to funds from a local philanthropy.

09/11/2014

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A Race To Keep Philadelphia’s Kids Reading Through The Summer

The Free Library of Philadelphia has organized a reading ‘race to prevent the “summer slide,” skills that are lost when kids don’t read over the vacation months.

06/16/2014

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Hillary Clinton Book-Signing is This Friday at Philadelphia Main Library

The signing, this Friday at 11:30am, hosted by the Central Parkway branch of the Free Library, on Logan Circle, is already sold out.

06/09/2014

(A reenactment of a swordfight between two of Shakespeare's characters, Hamlet and Mercutio, today at the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Free Library of Philadelphia Fêtes Shakespeare on His 450th Birthday

To punctuate a program titled “The Year of the Bard: Shakespeare at 450,” the Free Library teamed up with the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre for a birthday party with cake, jugglers, and action sequences.

04/23/2014

Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite hands out Free Library cards to students at Blaine Elementary. (credit: Mike DeNardo)

Children In Philadelphia School District Get Their Very Own Free Library Cards

Thousands of Philadelphia school kids will begin getting city library cards, starting Wednesday.

04/15/2014

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New Book Highlights The Mural Arts In Philadelphia

The collection of essays chronicles the program’s 30 years of influence beyond the wall.

03/24/2014

(David Lasus, outside the new Manayunk location for Insomnia Cookies, prior to its opening.  Photo provided by David Lasus)

What’s Cooking On 1060: Insomnia, Dreaming, and… a Swap?

This week on “What’s Cooking,” KYW’s Hadas Kuznits explores a late-night food option, and one that let’s you trade what you’ve made.

01/23/2014

(Librarian "Miss Margaret," in hat at far right, conducts games and tells stories at the Independence branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Photo by Lauren Lipton)

Positively Philadelphia: Weekly Storytime at the Free Library

“We have wonderful storytelling featuring brand new picture books, favorite classics,” says the librarian, Miss Margaret.

01/19/2014

Ron, sitting at the Free Library of Philadelphia, displays a book he's reading from one of his favorite authors. (credit: Michelle Durham)

New Survey Finds More Readers Choosing Traditional Books Over Electronic Versions

A recent Pew Charitable Trust study found 69% of Americans preferred the traditional book to the 28% who liked ebooks.

01/18/2014

(Banners announcing the Shakespeare 450th anniversary celebration on the facade of the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Philadelphia Free Library Marking 450th Year Since Shakespeare’s Birth

The Free Library of Philadelphia has kicked off the “Year of the Bard: Shakespeare at 450.”

01/08/2014

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Making Holiday Memories At The Free Library

Got some down time with your kids over winter vacation? The holiday is a perfect opportunity for you to explore books and activities at The Free Library of Philadelphia.

12/24/2013

Chuck Schechtman.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

A Very Public-Minded Public Accounting Firm

Chuck Shechtman, of the accounting firm Shechtman Marks Devor, says, “Our goal is to maintain the culture of caring about our employees and being involved in the community.”

11/18/2013

(Reverend Al Sharpton at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Credit: John McDevitt)

Reverend Al Sharpton Speaks At The Free Library Of Philadelphia

The book is called “The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership.”

10/10/2013

Brandon Klevence and his students prepare their copper and magnetic maze for visitors. (Credit: Mike Dougherty)

Crafty Students Show Off New Tech Skills At Free Library Of Philadelphia

After a summer of fun at Free Library Hot Spots, children in Philadelphia got the chance Saturday to show off new tech skills they learned during the library’s so-called “Maker Movement.”

08/17/2013

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