Attention all spirited spellers! The Free Library of Philadelphia is proud to host the Philadelphia Tribune/Scripps Howard Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 14. Open to Philadelphia public, private, parochial, charter, home-schooled, and virtual students in grades 5 – 8, the Spelling Bee gives students the opportunity to compete for a spot at the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The city-wide competition at Parkway Central will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a 5th grade spelldown. Five contestants will advance to compete at the Regional Spelling Bee at 12:00 p.m., and the champion will win an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the National Spelling Bee from May 26 through May 28. Top spellers will be awarded additional prizes from sponsors, including the Philadelphia Tribune and Independence Blue Cross. The anticipation is p-a-l-p-a-b-l-e!