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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
Big and Small, Books for All.
Through Saturday, March 24
Black Artists in the Philadelphia Fine Print Workshop
Through Wednesday, February 28
Contemporary African American Picture Book Artists
Through Wednesday, February 28
Bob Roth | Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation
Tuesday, February 20
A Look at the Harlem Renaissance: A post-slavery celebration of freedom and hope
Wednesday, February 21
Brittney Cooper | Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower
Thursday, February 22
Sundays on Stage: Two of a Kind
Sunday, February 25
Breaking Down the Hog: The Shoulder
Monday, February 26
Michio Kaku | The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth
Tuesday, February 27
Mysterious Travelers Featuring Jeff Scull
Tuesday, February 27
Old-school Motown Dance Party
Wednesday, February 28
Steven Pinker | Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Thursday, March 1
Jorge Ramos | Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era
Friday, March 2
Walter Mosley | Down the River Unto the Sea
Tuesday, March 6
Cooking Country Captain with Michael Twitty
Tuesday, March 6
Sarah McBride | Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality
Wednesday, March 7
Lamont “U-God” Hawkins | Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang
Thursday, March 8
Shakespeare in the World Lecture Series: Shakespeare and Race
Wednesday, March 14
One Book, One Philadelphia Finale with Jacqueline Woodson
Wednesday, March 14
Ian Buruma | A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir
Thursday, March 15
Sundays on Stage: The Fisherman and the Flounder
Sunday, March 18
Mysterious Travelers Featuring Mike Kennedy
Monday, March 19
Mary Frances Berry
Tuesday, March 20
Alon Shaya | Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel
Wednesday, March 21
Barbara Gittings: The Birth of a Movement
Monday, March 26
Peter Carey and Alan Hollinghurst
Tuesday, March 27
Lesbian Herstory Archives: Preserving Our Legacy
Tuesday, March 27
The Education of Regina Coyne
Wednesday, March 28
Mitch Landrieu | In the Shadows of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History
Wednesday, March 28
Elizabeth George | The Punishment She Deserves: A Lynley Novel
Thursday, March 29

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


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Philadelphia, PA 19103
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