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Census: Philly millennials mostly found their way back home

The vast majority of people born in Philadelphia between 1984 and 1992 still live in the city, a recent U.S. Census Bureau study found.

  • More than 80% of local 30-somethings grew up here, the study found, while 10% came from other states, like New Jersey and New York. People with wealthy parents were more likely to leave.

If they left, where’d Philadelphians go? Lizzy McLellan-Ravitch reports it’s the usual suspects — New York and DC — with Newark, N.J, also high on the list.

A heartwarming tale of overdue library books — and no fine

Cleaning out her childhood home, a Philly-area woman discovered a stack of books she’d taken out from the Free Library when she was just 12 years old .

  • Worried about returning them after 30 years, she finally did it last week — and was pleasantly surprised with no late fee, because the library recently went fine free. She even nominated the staff for an award.

It’s one way to increase equity and encourage patronage, librarian Mary Westbrook told Emily White: “This encourages them to keep coming back.”

RECAP: What else happened?

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Mayor Kenney speaks at the quarterly meeting of the Philadelphia Commission on People with Disabilities, celebrating the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and welcoming 11 newly appointed commissioners (7 p.m.).


? The 15th annual East Passyunk Car Show and Festival takes over the avenue between Broad and Dickinson Streets, with nearly 200 classic cars on display and street food from River Twice. Juana Tamale, and more. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 31)

? Sip & Stitch lands at the Bourse for a beginner’s embroidery workshop. Tickets are $50 — hoop, needle, and spiked milkshake included. (1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 31)

? South Philly Barbacoa is turning 10, and they’re celebrating with a big ‘ol block party complete with an art exhibit, DJ sets, and free food. (3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 31)