A Rainy Day In Philly: Exploring The Free Library & Polish Home Cooking

I’ve written about the Free Library before (A Library That Houses The Best (Free) Museum In Philly That No One Knows), but there is a lot more to explore than the very cool rare book department – enough to occupy a few rainy -day hours.  Start with the free hour-long building tour that explores the architecture, history and collections of the 19th century building.  After the tour (in addition to actual books), visitors can:

*listen to records and cds

*borrow and play an instrument

*examine the world’s largest lending library of orchestral music

*view fine art prints, photographs, etc. (appointment recommended)

*explore the map collection

*view one of the many rotating exhibits (on view today: Leonard Bernstein memorabilia, photographs of the history of the Ben Franklin Parkway, epistolary novels and homemade art books)

*The museum also offers cooking classes, author talks, theater performances and concerts

We used the pouring rain as an excuse to get in the car and drive 15 minutes to the Port Richmond section of the city.  Home to a large Polish community and “The Dinner House” – where we feasted on sour rye soup, potato pancake with goulash and potato & cheese pierogi… and finished with a cheese danish from a local bakery.

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http://freelibrary.org/

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