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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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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 […]


Free Library to Help Entrepreneurs Make Better Pitches

The Free Library’s Business Resource and Innovation Center wants to teach Philly entrepreneurs a thing or two about pitching. Next week, the Parkway Central Library […]

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Bernie Sanders Is Coming to the Free Library Next Month

What will Bernie Sanders do after the election is over? Sanders gained a huge gathering of followers during his run for the presidency. Though he […]

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I Just Checked This Guitar Out of the Philly Library for Free

In addition to books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs and sheet music, you can now check musical instruments out of the Philadelphia Free Library. The program launched […]

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How to Get Tickets for Springsteen’s Book Event at the Free Library

Last week, Bruce Springsteen played for four hours, four minutes in Philadelphia — his longest-ever concert on U.S. soil. Now he’s coming back to Philadelphia for another […]

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“One Book, One Philadelphia” Events Are Underway

Events for the Free Library’s annual “One Book, One Philadelphia” citywide book club are underway. This year’s book is Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. The […]

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Jimmy Carter to Sign Books Friday at Free Library

Former President Jimmy Carter will sign books Friday at the Free Library.

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Artist Rachelle Lee Smith Giving Talk on Speaking OUT Tonight at Free Library

Artist and author Rachelle Lee Smith, known for her popular work Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus, will be giving a free talk this evening at […]

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Can the Free Library Replace Your Netflix Subscription?

The Free Library of Philadelphia is taking a giant leap into the Streaming Digital Future of Everything today, launching Hoopla — a service that lets […]

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8 Things to Do in Philly This Week: Arcade Fire After Party, War on Drugs, Shut Up and Dance, and More

Looking for more Philly events? We’re keeping track of the best local to-dos now through May in our Philadelphia Event listings.

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5 Must-Dos This Week in Philadelphia: Romeo and Juliet in Space, the “I Love You, I Hate You” Happy Hour and More

Every week we round up five of the best things to do in the week ahead. Weather pending, of course.  Philly “rock and roll theater […]

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Philadelphia Library E-Books Are Really Popular. Naturally, You’ll Have Less Access to Them.

If you’re looking forward getting a new e-reader for Christmas, you may not want to look to the Free Library for help filling it up […]

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WATCH: Dr. J.’s Five Best Commercials

Sixers legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving will be giving a free talk tonight as a part of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Author Event series. […]

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Yellow Birds Is Philly’s “One Book” for 2014

The Inquirer reports: “The Yellow Birds, a 2012 National Book Award finalist, will be named this year’s One Book One Philadelphia selection Wednesday morning in […]