Mystery Shopper: Requesting a New Book at the Free Library

If there's a book you want that's not part of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s collection, will they add it to the catalogue? In the latest installment of our Mystery Shopper series, one of The Citizen’s (many) resident bookworms finds out.

Mystery Shopper: Is it as easy to read and work in Philly as it should be?

Our mystery shoppers go online to get a library card and working papers for summer. How simple was it?

The Citizen Recommends: A Conversation with Emma Copley Eisenberg

Join the director of Philly writers hub Blue Stoop as she debuts her new book, a coming-of-age tale about murder, self-discovery and being a woman in America

By Kiersten A. Adams

Not Your Grandma’s Library

Like every generation before them, today’s teens just want a place to call their own. The basement of 1901 Vine Street provides just that

By Jessica Blatt Press

The Cure For Fake News?

A trustworthy media is key to a healthy democracy. That’s why, instead of wringing his hands over the death of facts, entrepreneurial journalist Steven Brill just might have a solution.

By Larry Platt

I is for Immigrant

It’s Welcoming Week in Philly and America. Al-Bustan’s Immigrant Alphabet offers 26 stories to honor it

By Katherine Rapin

The Citizen Recommends: Social Justice Symposium for Teens

The annual Free Library event, started by librarian Erin Hoopes, returns this weekend with an agenda for change

By Patrick Bilow

Beyond the Books

Fairhill’s Lillian Marrero library branch brings the poorest Philadelphians services that expand the definition of literacy far beyond the stacks. It’s a model for the future of libraries

By Syra Ortiz-Blanes