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We have a new online resource available to you over at our database page -- Driver's Permit Practice Tests Online offers practice tests for the general Pennsylvania driver's permit, the PA Motorcycle license test, and the PA CDL exam. You'll also find digital copies of the PA Driver’s Handbook, the PA Motorcycle Handbook, and the PA CDL Handbook. These are obviously great resources for teens but with the inclusion of the CDL exam, this is also a valuable tool for job seekers or those looking for a career change. 

So, let us ignore for a moment the coolness of bikes, the perils of climate change, and the fact that you can actually read library books on SEPTA, and appreciate the beauty of a perfectly executed three point turn, the undeniable common sense of the left-right-left rule, and the civilizing elegance of the courtesy toot and appreciate those golden rules of the road together. 

Tags: Teens, databases

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Meet Aubry!
By Peter L.

Aubry is the new After School Leader at the Philbrick Hall Teen Center.  Stop by, say hello, talk about comics, and learn about the activites Aubry has planned for the summer!

In her own words:

"I love comic books, constructing cardboard monstrosities, writing short stories, sewing my own clothing, and of course reading. My passion for the written word led me to pursue a major in English from the University of Vermont. While working here at the Free Library I hope to share this passion!"

Tags: Teens

Aubry
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Summer Reading is here. For those about to take on the challenge of the School District of Philadelphia’s official lists (or anyone who knows a student who must), we’d like to salute you... with the following links to enhanced mobile-ready versions of the official reading lists:

 

For rising high school juniors and seniors going into the 11th or 12th Grade

http://ph.ly/1112summer2014


For rising high school first years and sophomores entering 9th or 10th Grade

http://ph.ly/910summer2014

 

For next year’s middle schoolers

http://ph.ly/68summer2014


Each document includes links directly to the books we have in our physical collections, as well as downloadable ebook and audiobook versions as available from our Overdrive service. We’ve built these enhanced lists to be readily accessible on mobile phones. Whether students use their phone to find the book on the shelf, to get on the hold waitlist, or to download directly to their device, these lists should help them do it seamlessly.


To our sister and brother educators in the School District, to our librarian colleagues across the Free Library system, and to parents and caregivers throughout Philadelphia, we highly encourage you to point your young readers to their grade’s list using the above links.


Two weeks ago we encouraged teachers to consider open ended summer reading assignments which would direct students to collaborate with their local librarians in building their own curiosity driven reading plan for the summer.  At the same time, we can’t deny that there is much to be said for the unifying civic force of all city lists such as these. We also can’t ignore the reality that tens of thousands of students and parents will come to Free Library branches across the city seeking books from the district-wide lists. Spoiler Alert: We hope these links help in getting an early start, before the waitlists get too long in late August.

Tags: Summer Reading, Teens, YA Literature, ebooks, tech

Juniors/Seniors go to http://ph.ly/1112summer2014
Juniors/Seniors go to http://ph.ly/1112summer2014
Froshs/Sophs go to http://ph.ly/910summer2014
Froshs/Sophs go to http://ph.ly/910summer2014
Middle Schoolers go to http://ph.ly/68summer2014
Middle Schoolers go to http://ph.ly/68summer2014
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30 Million Minute Challenge
30 Million Minute Challenge

Going on vacation this summer? Can’t get to your neighborhood library? You can still play Online Summer Reading!

Online Summer Reading is available all summer for everyone to participate! Kids, teens, and adults can create their own username and password at freelibrary.org/summerreading.  Then, review books for a chance to be entered into a weekly prize drawing. Once you submit a review you will automatically be entered. Or, browse the reviews of other Summer Readers to find your next great read.

This summer we have an even big challenge for the children, teens, and adults of Philadelphia: We want everyone in the city to read 30 million minutes!   Together, let’s read 30 million minutes!

The Summer Reading Online program begins June 1 and runs through August 31, 2014.

For more information call 215 686-5372 or visit freelibrary.org/summerreading

Tags: Summer Reading, Teens, children's programs, early literacy, family programs, literacy, mobile, online learning, reading

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Zombie Prom
Zombie Prom
Night of the Living Dead
Night of the Living Dead
More Zombies
More Zombies

From Night of the Living Dead to World War Z, the fascination with zombies surfaces in every generation. Maybe its roots in folklore make them seem a bit more plausible, horrible, and utterly fascinating. Enjoy all things zombie? Then check out some of these books and movies available at the Free Library of Philadelphia!

Series

Movies and TV

Need more Zombie fun? Join us as the Free Library Philbrick Teen Center is hosting the its first Zombie Prom on Tuesday, May 27. Every teen, ages 12-18, is invited to come dance their feet off with DJ Kid Roc, eat their brains out, and swarm the library in our newly renovated Skyline Room on the 4th floor of the Parkway Central Library. Come in full zombie makeup and dress or as a survivor. There will be contest and prizes of course, free books! Get your free ticket by emailing Teencentral@freelibrary.org

Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street, 19103

Questions? Call 215-686-5320.

Tags: Events at the Library, Teens

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