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Learn Something New Right From Home


After months of being stuck inside your Crane Chinatown apartment, you’re likely itching to get out and about and see all that the city has to offer: restaurants, bars, clubs, art galleries and museums. As the city slowly gets back to normal, it may still be some time until we can all flock to our favorite hot spots—but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some Philly arts and culture right from the comfort of your home.

Many of the city’s most famous museums have turned virtual, welcoming visitors through their digital doors to learn something new—and what better way to pass the time than by opening up your mind and getting energized about all the great venues you’re going to visit once the city is back up and running? One such spot is the Parkway Central Library, about a mile from your Crane Chinatown apartment.

The library’s iconic Parkway location is closed, but many of its resources are still available online. A full collection of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, podcasts, TV shows, music and more than 100 research databases are all accessible virtually; all you have to do is sign up for a free library account. The collections are diverse: you can stream everything from jazz music to today’s hits on the music channels, download science-fiction or classic literature, and use the resources to learn a new language or explore local history.

The usually robust events calendar has also been moved online. Every day, experts lead free online courses and activities: yoga, art, book discussions, language classes and more. If you have little ones in your life, take advantage of the many storytime sessions, and you can even let your youngsters read to a therapy dog virtually.

So pop open the laptop, put in some headphones and get ready to learn something new, without leaving your couch!

Free Library of Philadelphia

1901 Vine St.

Philadelphia, PA 19103