How to Get Educated, Entertained at Free Library

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A half-mile from your Edgewater Apartment sits one of the city’s most iconic and historic, yet innovative and active, institutes: the headquarters of the Free Library of Philadelphia.


The Parkway Central Library is a book lover’s dream: home to thousands of books, from rare and vintage finds to today’s hit works of fiction. The library isn’t just a place to find new reading material, but rather a hub of arts and cultural activities. It offers specialized programming for teens and seniors, a robust culinary series, skills workshops and more. It also hosts renowned authors, political leaders, celebrities and others to speak on topics of the day. Apart from all the events, the library provides impressive architecture, and a stroll to admire the beautiful building itself is a great way to spend a spring day.


Here are a few of the interactive events heading our way this spring:


Headshots at the BRIC: If you’re looking for a new way to market yourself or your business, head over to the Business Resource and Innovation Center at Parkway Central Library for a free headshot. Professional photographers will be available starting at 11 a.m. April 6 to help participants spruce up their resume, LinkedIn profile, portfolio and other resources.


Butter and Ghee with Alex Jones: On April 10, food writer Alex Jones will walk participants through the basics of making their own butter at this interactive session. Learn how to churn like a champ and then head back to your Edgewater apartment and get to work!


Indego Urban Riding Basics: For city dwellers, riding a bike is one of the fastest and most efficient ways to get around. Hopping on our bicycle and zooming from your Edgewater apartment to work, the grocery store or dinner sounds easy enough, but as Indego professionals can tell you, riding in the city presents its own challenges. In this free workshop, learn the ins and outs of urban riding to ensure your safe on your next cycling session.


Jake Tapper: On May 3, catch local native and CNN anchor Jake Tapper. The renowned reporter will read from his new book, “The Hellfire Club,” and answer questions about his extensive political reporting. Tickets are $15.


Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine St.

Philadelphia, PA 19103