Philadelphia is known for its many educational, recreational, and cultural events and activities. One of our favorite Philly institutions is the Free Library of Philadelphia, which offers a free library card to every Pennsylvania resident (it’s also one of the most recent libraries in the nation to eliminate late fees). Here are a few select offerings courtesy of the Free Library:

Central Senior Services at the Parkway Central Library offers a variety of programs to help you thrive at any age. You can count on us to help you find reliable resources for maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. Get useful information about estate planning or filing for Medicare. Join us for one of our regular workshops to learn a new skill or reinvigorate interest in an old hobby.

Inaugurated in 1994, the Author Events program at the Free Library of Philadelphia offers the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with today’s most celebrated voices in the humanities and sciences. Called “the region’s preeminent forum for writers and ideas” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Free Library’s Author Events program has earned three “Best of Philly” designations from Philadelphia magazine (in 1997, 2001, and 2009). Since its inception, the Author Events program has grown and now presents more than 125 authors each year in addition to the Field Family Teen Author Series.” Can’t make it in person? Author Events videos are available to watch online.

With over 350 classes a year, [the Culinary Literacy Center has] something for everyone. We teach teens how to preserve and children how to use a chef’s knife. We host cookbook authors and food truck owners. We teach butchering and food photography. … If you want to learn more about the intersection of food and literacy, there’s a place for you at our table.

“With the Experience Pass, the Free Library is expanding our collection to provide entry to museums and other attractions through your library card! Cardholders can use their library card to check out free digital passes to cultural treasures and electrifying events throughout Philadelphia. This program is designed to increase Philadelphia residents’ access to our wonderful city and to expand the capacity of the Library to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity.” … “From science centers and botanical gardens to art museums and historical sites, the Experience Pass has something for everyone.

“Borrowing ebooks and audiobooks, downloading podcasts, and streaming media such as movies, music, and even comic books, from Free Library has never been easier.” Using your library card number, you can enjoy free digital media on your phone, tablet, or computer. We recommend Libby for enjoying ebooks and audiobooks; Kanopy for watching movies, documentaries, and foreign films; and Hoopla for streaming music, TV shows, and movies.

Center City Home Care is a proud sponsor of Penn’s Village. “Most of us want to live active, engaged and interesting lives in the central Philadelphia neighborhoods we love. Penn’s Village cultural, educational and social programs create unique opportunities for discovery, learning and enjoyment.” Sign up for the Penn’s Village Newsletter, which features relevant articles and a calendar of upcoming workshops and activities. Many Penn’s Village events are hosted online so you can join from your computer, tablet, or phone.

Our service neighborhoods include: Avenue of the Arts, Bella Vista, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Callowhill, Chinatown, Elfreth’s Alley, Fairmount, Fishtown, Fitler Square, French Quarter, Jewelers’ Row, Logan Square, Market East, Midtown Village, Museum District, Naval Square, Northern Liberties, Old City, Penn Center, Penn’s Landing, Pennsport, Port Richmond, Queen Village, Rittenhouse Square, Society Hill, South Street, Spring Garden, University City, Washington Square West

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