Tagged Literacy

Adults CAN Learn to READ

Would you like to teach adults to read? There are many people who need this help and very few places where they can get it. The Free Library is dedicated to advancing literacy for all. To this end, the Library's Languages and…

Adult Literacy Book Club's Winter Book Selection

Join the Adult Literacy Book Club, presented by the Free Library's Languages and Learning Center and Beyond Literacy . Improve your reading skills while reading and discussing interesting books! Don't always have a lot of time…

2021's Words of the Year

Words mean things. We communicate with them, express ourselves with them, define and describe our surroundings and world with them. In the 21st Century, in the absence of physical reference books, we also look them up through online…

Introducing World Language Tutoring

Would you like to learn a new language for an upcoming vacation? Or would you like to share the love of your language with someone? As the New Year approaches, the Languages and Learning Center is providing the opportunity for you to…

The Adult Literacy Book Club's Fall Book Selection

Join the Adult Literacy Book Club, presented by the Free Library's Languages and Learning Center and Beyond Literacy . Improve your reading skills while reading and discussing interesting books! Don't always have a lot of time…

The Adult Literacy Book Club's Latest Book Selection

Join the Adult Literacy Book Club, presented by the Free Library's Languages and Learning Center and Beyond Literacy . Improve your reading skills while reading and discussing interesting books! Don't always have a lot of time…

Virtual Tutoring Programs Flourish This Spring

by Regina Schliep, Logan Library Work-Study Student During this unusual school year, some neighborhood libraries  have joined forces with local schools and community organizations to support virtual tutoring programs for…

The Adult Literacy Book Club’s New Book Selection

Join the Adult Literacy Book Club, presented by the Free Library's Languages and Learning Center  and the Center for Literacy . Improve your reading skills while reading and discussing interesting books! One of our book club…

2020's Newest Word Additions and Definitions to the Dictionary

As we wind down 2020, I have a few choice words that I can think of to describe the year... but none that would be appropriate to print here. Luckily for us, Merriam-Webster added plenty of new words and definitions —over 500 to…

Introducing the Adult Literacy Book Club!

Join the Adult Literacy Book Club, presented by the Free Library's Languages & Learning Center and the Center for Literacy , by improving your reading skills while reading and discussing interesting books! Don't have a lot…

Free Arabic Literacy Program - Available Virtually Now

by Stephanie S - Intern, Languages & Learning Center The Languages and Learning Center supports the individual literacy and learning goals of Philadelphia adults, including resources for Adult Basic Education,…

Language Through My Kitchen: Latin Cuisine

The Latin American Book Fair , in partnership with the Culinary Literacy Center , will be presenting Language Through My Kitchen: Latin Cuisine , during a virtual event broadcast on Facebook on Friday, October 16, 10:00 a.m. to…

Back to School Resources and Programs for Students

The new school year starts this week throughout Philadelphia and whether students will be attending school in-person and / or virtually, the Free Library is ready to help with resources and programs to help make the school year a…

Philadelphia History from Home: Digital Access to Primary Sources

You may have heard the recent news that Free Library cardholders now have access to ProQuest’s Historical Black Newspapers , featuring coverage of The Philadelphia Tribune (the oldest continuously-published Black daily!) from…

Shake Things Up with Baby at Home!

There’s no doubt that this pandemic has turned all of our lives upside down. For those of us with young kids, it means interrupted routines and the increased need for at-home stimulation and entertainment. My daughter Yuri is a…

Four Digital Learning Resources to Help You Prepare for the GED or HiSET Test

The Free Library has a number of electronic resources to support your learning remotely. If your GED or HiSET classes have been postponed or if you have not gotten around to registering for classes, you can practice for the GED or HiSET…

Food Insecurity, English Language Learning, and Community Conversations in North Philadelphia

Edible Alphabet is a free English language learning program offered to adults by the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center . The mission of the program is to teach English language and literacy skills through hands-on cooking and…

2019's Newest Word Additions and Definitions to the Dictionary

As we wind down the year that was 2019 and look forward to a new decade beginning in 2020, librarians, wordsmiths, Scrabble players, and those who are just looking to add some new flavor to their vocabulary can rejoice that 1,170 new…

'Tis the Season for the Winter Reading Challenge

As the weather changes, there's no better company than reading a good book in a cozy space. Running from November 25 to February 29 , our Winter Reading Challenge invites readers of all ages to register and earn badges as they…

Community-Centered Groups Come Together to Promote Literacy in Southwest Philadelphia

There could not be a more natural community-centered initiative pairing than the Paschalville Partnership ’s Community Catalyst Initiative and Read by 4th . Last month, these initiatives came together to talk about engaging…

Read With a Dog!

Young readers can come meet Daisy, a certified therapy dog, and share a story with her.  Children can practice reading out loud, in a safe, judgment free space.  Daisy loves to hear stories!  Space may be…

Read With a Dog!

Young readers can come meet Daisy, a certified therapy dog, and share a story with her.  Children can practice reading out loud, in a safe, judgment free space.  Daisy loves to hear stories!  Space may be…

PJ Storytime

Put on your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal, and head to the library!  There will be stories, singing, dancing and crafts! The last Tuesday of the month September through December! Program intended for children age 12…

Preschool Storytime with Mr. Pagán

Preschoolers and their caregivers are welcome to come to listen to stories, do finger plays and sing songs with children’s librarian Mr. Pagán.

Office Hours for Philly Educators

The Field Teen Center is hosting weekly Zoom office hours for Philadelphia educators. Come to get curriculum support, book recommendations, database help, and any other library questions answered! No registration required - just drop in…

Read With a Dog!

Young readers can come meet Daisy, a certified therapy dog, and share a story with her.  Children can practice reading out loud, in a safe, judgment free space.  Daisy loves to hear stories!  Space may be…

Read Baby Read: Baby & Toddler Storytime

Join Miss Mary for stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces in the auditorium on the ground floor! Stay for playtime immediately following storytime! Intended for our friends ages 2 and under and their caregivers.  Read, Baby, Read is a…

Read Baby Read Storytime

Join Ms. Susan for stories, songs, and interactive play. Read Baby Read is made possible by a generous grant from the William Penn Foundation.

Preschool Storytime with Mr. Pagán

Preschoolers and their caregivers are welcome to come to listen to stories, do finger plays and sing songs with children’s librarian Mr. Pagán.

Office Hours for Philly Educators

The Field Teen Center is hosting weekly Zoom office hours for Philadelphia educators. Come to get curriculum support, book recommendations, database help, and any other library questions answered! No registration required - just drop in…

Read Baby Read: Baby & Toddler Storytime

Join Miss Mary for stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces in the auditorium on the ground floor! Stay for playtime immediately following storytime! Intended for our friends ages 2 and under and their caregivers.  Read, Baby, Read is a…

Read Baby Read Storytime

Join Ms. Susan for stories, songs, and interactive play. Read Baby Read is made possible by a generous grant from the William Penn Foundation.

PJ Storytime

Put on your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal, and head to the library!  There will be stories, singing, dancing and crafts! The last Tuesday of the month September through December! Program intended for children age 12…

Read Baby Read: Baby & Toddler Storytime

Join Miss Mary for stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces at Shakespeare Park, across the street from the library! Stay for playtime immediately following storytime! Intended for our friends ages 2 and under and their caregivers. Bad…

Preschool Storytime with Mr. Pagán

Preschoolers and their caregivers are welcome to come to listen to stories, do finger plays and sing songs with children’s librarian Mr. Pagán.

Office Hours for Philly Educators

The Field Teen Center is hosting weekly Zoom office hours for Philadelphia educators. Come to get curriculum support, book recommendations, database help, and any other library questions answered! No registration required - just drop in…

Read, Baby, Read: Baby Storytime in the Park

Meet your children's librarian in Vernon Park for storytime with your little one, newborn to 2 years old.  We'll share stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces that will help your baby develop important…

Office Hours for Philly Educators

The Field Teen Center is hosting weekly Zoom office hours for Philadelphia educators. Come to get curriculum support, book recommendations, database help, and any other library questions answered! No registration required - just drop in…

Read, Baby, Read: Baby Storytime in the Park

Meet your children's librarian in Vernon Park for storytime with your little one, newborn to 2 years old.  We'll share stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces that will help your baby develop important…

Read Baby Read Storytime

Storytime for babies and toddlers aged 0-24 months. Join us for stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces in our courtyard! Limited spots available. Please register by calling the Library at 215-685-0547. Read, Baby, Read is made possible by…

TumbleBooks

TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. Check out our home user guide

Overdrive World Languages eReading Room

Download ebooks and audiobooks in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, French, and other languages. Get the Libby app to borrow on the go.

OverDrive Sala de Lectura Electrónica en Español

Descargue libros electrónicos y audiolibros en español para niños, adolescentes y adultos. (Download ebooks and audiobooks in Spanish for kids, teens, and adults.)

Overdrive Kid's eReading Room

Ebooks and audiobooks from Overdrive for young readers. Get the Libby app to borrow on the go.

BookFlix *

A digital literacy resource, for grades preK-3, that pairs animated stories with nonfiction ebooks to build a love of reading. Includes lesson plans for teachers and tips for caregivers

Robert Darnton | A Literary Tour de France: The World of Books on the Eve of the French Revolution

Cultural historian Robert Darnton is the author The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History . His many other books include The Business of Enlightenment , Berlin Journal , The Case for Books , and The Devil in…