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 Therapy Dog

Young readers are invited to share stories with Cene, a local certified therapy dog. Children can take turns reading aloud in a judgment free space. Children ages 7 and under must be accompanied by a caregiver. Space may be limited.

Afternoon Storytime with Mr. Bruce!

Join Mr. Bruce upstairs in the library for stories every Wednesday!

Read, Baby Read Outdoor Storytime at DiSilvestro Playground

Join us outdoors at DiSilvestro Playground for a storytime full of music, movement and play! Babies, toddlers and PreK welcome!    

Children’s Storytime

Storytime is back in the building! Children and Families* are welcome to join Ms. Echo for songs, books, and stories every Tuesday morning!    *We cannot accommodate groups in storytime at this time. Large groups are…

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…

Outdoor Storytime

Join Mr. Bruce and Ms. Echo outside for songs, stories, and dancing! If the weather is nice, we will be out on the green on Locust Walk behind the fruit stand; if it is not, we will be inside the library. We will post updates to our…

Read with a Therapy Dog

Young readers are invited to share stories with Cene, a local certified therapy dog. Children can take turns reading aloud in a judgment free space. Children ages 7 and under must be accompanied by a caregiver. Space may be limited.

Afternoon Storytime with Mr. Bruce!

Join Mr. Bruce upstairs in the library for stories every Wednesday!

Read, Baby Read Outdoor Storytime at DiSilvestro Playground

Join us outdoors at DiSilvestro Playground for a storytime full of music, movement and play! Babies, toddlers and PreK welcome!    

Children’s Storytime

Storytime is back in the building! Children and Families* are welcome to join Ms. Echo for songs, books, and stories every Tuesday morning!    *We cannot accommodate groups in storytime at this time. Large groups are…

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…

Outdoor Storytime

Join Mr. Bruce and Ms. Echo outside for songs, stories, and dancing! If the weather is nice, we will be out on the green on Locust Walk behind the fruit stand; if it is not, we will be inside the library. We will post updates to our…

Read with a Therapy Dog

Young readers are invited to share stories with Cene, a local certified therapy dog. Children can take turns reading aloud in a judgment free space. Children ages 7 and under must be accompanied by a caregiver. Space may be limited.

Afternoon Storytime with Mr. Bruce!

Join Mr. Bruce upstairs in the library for stories every Wednesday!

Read, Baby Read Outdoor Storytime at DiSilvestro Playground

Join us outdoors at DiSilvestro Playground for a storytime full of music, movement and play! Babies, toddlers and PreK welcome!    

Family Storytime at Parkway Pals!

Join Miss Mary for a Family Storytime and to-go craft, while supplies last! This in-person, outdoor storytime will take place at Sister Cities Park and is in collaboration with Center City District. In the case of bad weather, the…

Children’s Storytime

Storytime is back in the building! Children and Families* are welcome to join Ms. Echo for songs, books, and stories every Tuesday morning!    *We cannot accommodate groups in storytime at this time. Large groups are…

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…

Outdoor Storytime

Join Mr. Bruce and Ms. Echo outside for songs, stories, and dancing! If the weather is nice, we will be out on the green on Locust Walk behind the fruit stand; if it is not, we will be inside the library. We will post updates to our…

Read with a Therapy Dog

Young readers are invited to share stories with Cene, a local certified therapy dog. Children can take turns reading aloud in a judgment free space. Children ages 7 and under must be accompanied by a caregiver. Space may be limited.

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…