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Free Library of Philadelphia

Community Parkway District

Opened in 1927, the Parkway Central Library contains more than 7 million items and many special collections. The Parkway Central Library also hosts events throughout the year. While you are there, be sure to visit the H.O.M.E Page Cafe for a treat. The Rare Book Department offers tours each day at 11:00 am.

Calendar of Events
Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Through Friday, November 16
Greetings from the Print and Picture Collection
Through Friday, May 25
Sundays on Stage: Sciencetellers: Super Heroes
Sunday, May 20
Mysterious Travelers Featuring Nick Lombardelli
Monday, May 21
Nell Irvin Painter | Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over
Tuesday, May 22
Brews & Views: Spring Rooftop Mini Series at the Free Library
Tuesday, May 22
Dusty Manuscripts and Brilliant Light: The Luminous Mysteries of Kabbalah
Wednesday, May 23
Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society - Free Performance
Saturday, May 26
Meet Ivy + Bean from the Walnut Street Theatre!
Saturday, May 26
Steven Brill | Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall—and Those Fighting to Reverse It
Wednesday, May 30
Happy Birthday, Lenny!
Sunday, June 3
Making Philadelphia Home : An Immigrant Heritage Month Story Slam
Tuesday, June 5
Cooking with Health Partners Plans
Wednesday, June 6
Sarah McBride | Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality
Thursday, June 7
Summer Sketch Club
Thursday, June 7
Ken Auletta | Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else)
Monday, June 11
Eliza Griswold | Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America
Tuesday, June 12
Loneliness as a Public Health Problem
Wednesday, June 13
Katrina van Grouw | Unnatural Selection
Thursday, June 14
Danza Azteca del Anahuac: A Mesoamerica Prayer Dance (Grand Lobby)
Friday, June 15
The Astronaut’s Window: A Poetic and Musical Tribute to Black Scientists and Politicians
Monday, June 18
Michael A. Smerconish | Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right: American Life in Columns
Tuesday, June 19
Jamie Bernstein | Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein
Wednesday, June 20
Make Music Philly Day Harmonica Huddle!
Thursday, June 21
Author Event: Brad Windhauser
Thursday, June 21
Elin Hildebrand | The Perfect Couple
Thursday, June 21
Science in the Summer 2018 - Science of Space!
Saturday, June 23
Paul Offit | Bad Advice: Or Why Celebrities, Politicians, and Activists Aren't Your Best Source of Health Information
Monday, June 25
Randi Hutter Epstein | Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything
Tuesday, June 26
Are Animal Companions the Answer to Human Loneliness?
Wednesday, June 27
Brews & Views: Spring Rooftop Mini Series at the Free Library
Friday, June 29 through Sunday, July 1

Monday - Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday - Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday 9am - 5 pm
Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm


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Free Library of Philadelphia library card holders may borrow books and other materials. Non-library card holders may use the free internet services for up to one hour upon presenting a valid driver's license.

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Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-5322 phone

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The prop shop at Walnut Street Theatre, America's oldest theatre and the most subscribed theatre company in the world.