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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, 2018
Mysterious Travelers Featuring Ben Singer
Monday, November 20
Roz Chast | Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York
Tuesday, November 21
Teeny Tiny Tuesdays
Through Tuesday, December 5
Lawrence O’Donnell | Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics
Tuesday, November 28
Make Soup without Recipes
Tuesday, November 28
Walter Isaacson | Leonardo da Vinci
Wednesday, November 29
Food, Character, and History Series - Part Two: The Food and People of France
Wednesday, November 29
Tina Brown | The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 – 1992
Thursday, November 30
Art of the Nature-Printed Book
Thursday, November 30
Book Paper Scissors, Artists' Book Fair
Saturday, December 2
Sundays on Stage: Jay Sand's All Around This World
Sunday, December 3
Monday Poets | Andrew Nurkin
Monday, December 4
James Breakwell | Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse
Monday, December 4
Jed Perl | Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years: 1898-1940
Tuesday, December 5
Ntozake Shange | Wild Beauty: New and Selected Poems
Thursday, December 7
Free Library of Philadelphia’s Annual Gala, Beaux Arts Bash
Saturday, December 9
Sundays on Stage: Pages to Pirouettes' The Nutcracker
Sunday, December 10
Monday Poets Addendum: Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry
Monday, December 11
Animal Rights - Talk & Discussion
Wednesday, December 13
Chinese Brush Painting with Derek Wang
Saturday, December 16
Mysterious Travelers Featuring Larry Price
Monday, December 18

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

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Student Works 2015 at Wayne Art Center, an exhibition of artworks open to all adult students enrolled in the 2014/2015 academic year.