Posts in “early-literacy” (115)

Reading a book can be a very tactile experience: holding the book in your hands or lap, turning the pages, feeling the paper, pouring over the art and text. With electronic readers, one can carry… continue reading

By Monica C.   May 9, 2017   

Once you take a break from all of the great reading suggestions during this year's Children's Book Week , May is also a great month to get outside and play! We have lots to celebrate this… continue reading

By Sarah S.   May 3, 2017   

Happy April, everyone, whether you are an April Fool or not! April brings some fun holidays and celebrations, like Easter on April 16, Earth Day on April 22 – hey, you can never be too young… continue reading

By Sarah S.   April 5, 2017   

by Indre Page The Free Library of Philadelphia recently received wooden block sets for preschool programming from the State Library of Pennsylvania. To prepare for this new programming,… continue reading

By Administrator   March 23, 2017   

Words at Play Vocabulary Initiative community partners are making big news! Jasmond "Jazz" Schoolfield, owner of Creative Image Unisex Salon on Cecil B. Moore Ave., is featured on the… continue reading

By Carrie K.   March 22, 2017    2

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to expand our Sunday Literacy program, now at eleven of our neighborhood libraries ! This program offers drop-in assistance to students struggling to… continue reading

By Jenn D.   March 16, 2017   

We’ve got a lot to celebrate throughout the month of March: Dr. Seuss ' birthday and National Read Across America Day are March 2. Check out our events calendar for a Dr. Seuss event… continue reading

By Sarah S.   March 1, 2017   

February may be short on days but it is long on holidays and events to celebrate throughout Philadelphia , including Chinese New Year , Presidents' Day , Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), and the most… continue reading

By Sarah S.   February 6, 2017   

Wow, 2016 just flew by!  We are now at the cusp of a brand new year, and what better way to celebrate than by reading a picture book? Our selection for this month's Picture Book… continue reading

By Monica C.   December 22, 2016   

December is a time for family and feasts! It’s a great time to celebrate what makes a family and what we love to share with each other. And even though it hasn’t snowed quite yet, it… continue reading

By Sarah S.   December 1, 2016   

What do Philadelphia and Ypsilanti, Michigan have in common? Both cities have barbershops that are giving discounts to children who read to the barber during their haircut appointment.… continue reading

By Carrie K.   November 22, 2016   

We are back with a new Picture Book Highlights , the series where we put the spotlight on a brand-new book that has been ordered for all of our libraries . This time it’s Owl Sees Owl ,… continue reading

By Monica C.   November 15, 2016   

Thanksgiving will soon be upon us and is always a good time to remind ourselves to be grateful. Expressing appreciation for what we have, noticing the small and big things in our lives that are… continue reading

By Monica C.   November 10, 2016   

November is Native American Heritage Month , a great time to read books by and about Native Americans! This month’s book recommendations are by Native authors like Sherman Alexie , Cynthia… continue reading

By Sarah S.   November 3, 2016   

At the beginning of every month, a new Early Literacy calendar —compiled by Free Library of Philadelphia’s children’s librarians—can be found on our blog. It is filled… continue reading

By Monica C.   October 4, 2016   

Ahhh… Fall is finally in the air! Time to get out your jackets, scarves, and galoshes! This month's Early Literacy calendar and links, compiled by Free Library of Philadelphia's… continue reading

By Sarah S.   October 3, 2016   

The PNC Words at Play Vocabulary Initiative kicked off the fall season with a Block Party at Widener Library this past weekend, where we were joined by Daniel Tiger from WHYY to greet a few… continue reading

By Carrie K.   September 28, 2016   

Children love to play with blocks—they begin by stacking and balancing, then they move on to building and engaging in pretend play. As an early literary  skill, play is an… continue reading

By Monica C.   September 13, 2016   

It’s school time again! For some, this will be their very first first day going to school. The first day of school is a day of many feelings: excitement, curiosity… and a little… continue reading

By Monica C.   September 7, 2016   

After 13 weeks of learning, building, playing, dancing, and reading all across Philadelphia, we've reached the end of this year's Summer Reading program! Our last weekly raffle winners… continue reading

By Becky F.   September 2, 2016