The Free Library of Philadelphia is the public library system that serves Philadelphia. It’s the 13th largest public library system in the United States.
On June 2, 1927, the Parkway Central Library opened for service at its present location at 1901 Vine Street, just on the outside edge of Fairmount Park. (But it was included here because, c’mon, it’s right across the street from the park. And awesome.) The building had been in planning since 1911; however, various obstacles, including World War I, held up progress.
The Free Library of Philadelphia hosts more than 25,000 events each year, including job-search workshops, small business programming, English as a Second Language conversation groups, and computer classes.
The Free Library’s Culinary Literacy Center, which opened in the spring of 2014 at the Parkway Central Library, offers culinary classes for children, teens, families, and adults to teach literacy skills through cooking as well as math, chemistry, nutrition, and health. What’s not to love about cooking classes?!?
The Library also hosts an Author Events Series, which brings more than 100 writers, politicians, scientists, researchers, and musicians to the Free Library annually.
Check out the events at the Free Library of Philadelphia!