Library Company of Philadelphia Upcoming Events


Current Exhibition in the Library Company’s
Louise Lux-Sions and Harry Sions Gallery:

From November 11, 2016 through April 21, 2017, the Library Company of Philadelphia will have on display the exhibition Together We Win: The Philadelphia Homefront During the First World War. Co-curated by Reference Librarian Linda August and Curator of Prints and Photographs Sarah Weatherwax, this exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of America’s entrance into the war and the sacrifices and contributions Philadelphians made to the Allied cause. More specifically, the exhibition examines the role that the Library Company, its staff and its shareholders, played in supporting the war effort. Books, photographs, audio clips of World War I era music, home-made Allied flags, a scrapbook, and other ephemera will explore the story of the city and its residents during the war years and their immediate aftermath.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12pm - 1pm

Book Club: Regeneration

The Library Company of Philadelphia

Join us for our first Library Company book club!  Together We Win exhibition curators will lead the discussion on Pat Barker’s Regeneration.  This work of historical fiction explores the psychological effects of World War I and medical and mental health treatments during the era. You can read more about the book at We invite you to bring your lunch and spend an hour with us examining this powerful book.

Saturday-Sunday, March 11-12, 2017

Citizen Artists: World War I and the Creative Economy Symposium

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,
118 North Broad Street

Saturday March 11, 9am - 5pm
Sunday March 12, 10am - 1pm
$50 for PAFA members. $75 general admission
Registration includes a Saturday evening reception with cash bar and hor d'oeuvres.

Choice of tour can be made during the registration process.

In partnership with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

This two-day symposium examines the creative contributions of American artists and citizens before, during and after World War I. Conversations will consider the relationship between military conflict and visual culture, the deployment of everyday citizens in the pursuit of national agendas through art and art-making, evolving racial and gender roles, and the interminglings of memory and mythology in understanding our own history. Tours with local cultural partners will expand the conversation into other disciplines through the examination of special World War I related collections around the city in smaller groups. Interested attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Library Company and participate in a curator-led tour of the Together We Win exhibition from 4 to 5pm on Saturday.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Private gallery tour of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ exhibition World War I and American Art

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,
118 North Broad Street
Library Company members are invited to a special tour of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ groundbreaking exhibition which explores the ways in which American artists reacted to the First World War. Seventeen posters from the Library Company’s collection will be on display in the exhibition.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Women Visionaires and the Care of Older Persons, 1817 to the Present

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

1300 Locust Street

Pop-up exhibition, “Women Growing Old in America” will be open until 6:30 p.m., before the program at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. This program is co-sponsored by the Ralston Center and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Go to the Historical Society of Pennsylvaina's calendar ( to learn more.

The Library Company will observe the following holidays in 2016/2017:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday, January 18
George Washington's Birthday - Monday, February 15
Good Friday: March 25
Memorial Day - Monday, May 30
Independence Day - Monday, July 4
Labor Day - Monday, September 5
Columbus Day - Monday, October 10
Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 24 & Friday, November 25
Holiday Closure: Monday, December 26, 2016 to January 1, 2017 (normal hours resume Monday, January 2, 2017)



For more information on these events please call 215-546-3181 or email Clarissa Lowry,


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