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Contact: Communications and Development
For Release: Immediately
Contact: Communications and Development


In partnership with the Philadelphia Science Festival, the Free Library invites children to explore a variety of hands-on science topics, from fossils to physics.

PHILADELPHIA, April 1, 2013—The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to host several science-based children’s programs in 15 of its neighborhood libraries—as well as a special “Science Surprises” program at the Parkway Central Library— in conjunction with the Philadelphia Science Festival during the month of April.

On Sunday, April 28 at the Parkway Central Library, author Vicki Cobb will present “Science Surprises,” a fast-paced, one-woman show that invites children and their families to discover the science in their world. Audience members will experience illusions and participate in clever challenges from her bestselling books, Bet You Can! and Bet You Can’t! After the performance, audience members are invited to participate in more hands-on science activities presented by LEAP into Science, a program developed in partnership with The Franklin Institute. “Science Surprises” is part of the Margaret S. Halloran Family Literacy Programming Series at Parkway Central.

Science Festival programming for children at several of the Free Library’s neighborhood locations will explore a variety of topics, from fossils to physics. Participants will learn about the science of cooking at South Philadelphia Library, meet furry friends at Wynnefield Library, and explore how pollution affects our waterways at Torresdale Library. Free Library locations that will be hosting special Philadelphia Science Festival programs for children include: Cecil B. Moore Library, Eastwick Library, Haddington Library, Haverford Avenue Library, Independence Library, Lawncrest Library, Logan Library, Oak Lane Library, Queen Memorial Library, Richmond Library, South Philadelphia Library, Torresdale Library, Widener Library, Wynnefield Library, and Wyoming Library.

“As the Free Library of Exploration, we encourage all of our young customers to learn as much as they can about the world around them,” said Siobhan A. Reardon, President and Director. “We are excited to be a partner of the Philadelphia Science Festival and host a plethora of programs for budding young scientists throughout the city!”

In addition to these special Science Festival programs, the Free Library’s Techmobile—a Hot Spot on wheels featuring computers, broadband, and one-on-one training—will appear at the Philadelphia Science Festival’s Science Carnival on the Parkway on Saturday, April 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visit the Library’s online calendar of events at for a complete listing of all program details.

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The Free Library of Philadelphia system consists of 49 branches, three regional libraries, the Parkway Central Library, and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. With more than 6 million visits annually, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia.


Department of External Affairs, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710, FAX (215) 567-7850