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Authors Cancel Appearances at the Free Library in Solidarity With Black Workers There

A roundup of Philly news. This post may be updated at any time as new information becomes available. The Philadelphia Free Library Has a Big […]

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The Free Library Just Decided to Ditch Late Fees for Good

After two years of debate, the board of trustees of the Free Library of Philadelphia voted on Wednesday to eliminate fines on overdue materials. The […]

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This New Tour Lets You Get Up Close and Personal With the Free Library’s Rare Book Collection

At some point in your life, you’ve probably read at least a few Charles Dickens novels — even if only under duress in middle school. […]

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The Library’s New “Experience Pass” Gets You Into Some Incredible Places for Free

Owning a library card just got a lot sweeter. The Free Library of Philadelphia just launched a new program called the “Experience Pass,” and it […]

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Philly’s Latest Literary Star Has a Second Book Out This Week

One of Philly’s most distinguished modern writers, Carmen Maria Machado, has a second book out this week. The 33-year-old Penn professor’s memoir, In the Dream […]

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Fines for Overdue Library Books Could Become a Thing of the Past in Philly

Have you ever avoided the library solely because of overdue book fees? Good news, maybe: Philly is considering doing away with library fines. The Free Library […]

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Instead of a Wedding, This Philly Couple Threw an Epic ‘Relationship Celebration’

When it comes to love, the decision to get married — or not to — is up to the parties involved in a relationship. And […]

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Drag Queen Storytime in Haverford Township Attracts National Opposition

Since its formation in 2015 by a San Francisco writer, Drag Queen Story Hour, in which drag performers do public readings of books with themes […]

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New Year’s Resolutions: 21 Ways to Volunteer in and Around Philly

You Do You Start with your skills, talents and interests — then give them to others. If You Like to Cook Make all those hours […]


Noma’s René Redzepi and His Fermentation Guru Are Coming to Philly

If you clicked on this, it’s not because you’re here to find out who René Redzepi and David Zilber are. You already know about Redzepi’s […]

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“The Skorpion Show” Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

After millions of online views and several notable celebrity guest appearances, The Skorpion Show, created by Philly-based gay YouTube sensation Kevin Simmons, will be celebrating […]

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Here’s How the Free Library Is Celebrating Pride Month In A Big Way

In celebration of Pride month, the Free Library of Philadelphia have gone all out this June to host a wide variety of LGBTQ-themed events throughout […]

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Michael Wolff, Author of Trump Tome “Fire and Fury,” Is Coming to Philly

Michael Wolff, author of the instant best-seller Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, is set to make an appearance at the Free Library […]

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Friday: John Hodgman at the Library

Though he often goes by his real name,* author/comedian/actor John Hodgman is rarely just being himself. On The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, he often […]

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Man Stabbed to Death Outside Free Library in Center City

This is a developing news story. Check back for more information. A man was stabbed to death on Friday morning outside the Free Library of […]