Tagged Literacy

Free Spanish Literacy Program LEAMOS Teaches Spanish-speaking Adults to Read and Write

Free Spanish Literacy Classes for Adults! Do you know a Spanish-speaking adult who wants to learn how to read and write? The Free Library of Philadelphia is offering free classes for adult Spanish speakers to learn how to read and write…

Ready4K and Vroom: Early Learning Tips for Young Children

Here at the Free Library, we often have parents ask us, "How can I help my child learn to read?" Of course, we know that sharing books with children helps to develop a love of reading, but beyond that, there are lots of things…

Announcing the Free Library’s All Ages Online Winter Reading Challenge!

Beginning December 15, 2017, the Free Library will host an all ages online Winter Reading Challenge. The program encourages participants to continue reading all winter long, and also provides ideas for other fun activities. How do I…

Celebrate International Literacy Day with the Free Library!

Happy International Literacy Day ! Literacy is, of course, very near and dear to our hearts here at the Free Library, and a core tenet of our mission to serve Philadelphians. And while everyone knows libraries are literacy hubs, what…

Hit the Books with the Free Library!

Now that the summer is drawing to a close, children, teens, and even adults are prepping for the start of the coming school year. We at the Free Library of Philadelphia are prepping, too! That is, we’re organizing events and…

Our Summer of Wonder is Almost at an End : (

With the end of August comes the end of this year’s Summer of Wonder . But what a summer it’s been! We’ve sleuthed with the best at the The Rosenbach , written our own stories at Roxborough Library , discussed what…

Be a Phanatic about Reading!

Did you know that the Phillie Phanatic loves to read? He does! He even enjoys hanging out with other book lovers. That’s why he and the Phillies teamed up with the Free Library of Philadelphia to offer special prizes to a select…

Meet Our Summer of Wonder Outreach Team!

The Summer of Wonder is happening across the city at every Free Library of Philadelphia location . It’s also happening online through the end of August. But did you know that the Summer of Wonder is also happening at daycare…

New Family Fun Literacy Backpacks at Eastwick Library!

Eastwick Library is excited to announce our new Family Fun Literacy Backpacks. Our backpacks are a pilot program selected by the Library’s Strategic Initiatives Office to support the City of Philadelphia’s citywide Read by…

Halfway through the Summer? Already?!

Can you believe the Summer of Wonder is already halfway over? We can’t either. So far, we’ve danced with the Phillie Phanatic, built space ships, and learned how to knit. We’ve done yoga, played new instruments, and,…

Register Now for Science in the Summer

Even though school is out, we at the Free Library are committed to keeping children and teens learning all summer long. That’s why we plan the Summer of Wonder , which includes everything from LEGO building to mystery solving. But…

Embedding Literacy into your Summer Camp

Now that the school year has ended, it’s time to get ready and excited for summer camp! Many camps provide children with great opportunities to learn about new things or participate in activities that don’t fit into the…

Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers Can Also Join the Summer of Wonder!

"Sign her up? But she can’t even read yet!" This was the reply by a caregiver at a recent Baby and Toddler Storytime , when I encouraged a mother to sign up her 18-month-old child for the Free Library’s summer…

Jumpstart Camp: Free Back to School Prep

It may feel like summer has only just began, but at the Free Library we are already prepping for back-to-school and the arrival of our Jumpstart Camp program. Jumpstart is a three-week camp that meets Monday through…

Meet Greg Pizzoli, Our Summer of Wonder Artist

You may know him as the recipient of multiple Theodor Seuss Geisel Awards . You may know him as the author of such great books as The Watermelon Seed , Good Night Owl , and Number One Sam . Now you can add "Free Library of…

Summer of Wonder Kickoff at Parkway Central!

This week, the Free Library of Philadelphia celebrated the start of Summer of Wonder , our summer reading program, with an annual kickoff event featuring special guest visits and a whole bunch of fun activities at Parkway Central .…

Sunday Literacy Program Year In Review!

On Sunday, May 21, the Free Library’s Sunday Literacy Program  ended its pilot year with a Family Celebration program at the eleven libraries hosting Sunday Literacy. At the Family Celebration, the participating children…

Welcome to the Summer of Wonder!

It’s starting to feel like summer here at the Free Library of Philadelphia. And with the start to the best season of the year, we’re excited for three months of activities, games, dancing, crafting, and, of course, reading!…

Free Library Prison Services Success

We are thrilled that  Stories Alive , a partnership between the Free Library Prison Services program and the Philadelphia Department of Prisons, has been successfully up and running for more than a year. The program helps…

Free Library Expands Sunday Literacy Program at Select Neighborhood Libraries

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 read in 1st through 3rd grades. Continuing…

In Our Nature: Flora and Fauna of the Americas

An Exhibition in the Rare Book Department's William B. Dietrich Gallery (3rd floor) April 9 - September 15, 2018 The ecology of the Western Hemisphere has been shaped by human intervention. Landscapes and wildlife have been helped,…

Storytime and Block Play

Stories and songs followed by playtime with our wooden blocks.  Recommended for ages 2 to 6, accompanied by an adult; siblings are always welcome.  Imagine, build, and create!   Groups must call the children's…

Preschool Storytime!

Stories, songs and movement activities for children ages 2 - 5 and their caregivers.  Younger siblings are always welcome.  Free; no reservations required.  Children's Department Story Hour Room *Programs are subject…

Storytime and Block Play

Stories and songs followed by playtime with our wooden blocks.  Recommended for ages 2 to 6, accompanied by an adult; siblings are always welcome.  Imagine, build, and create!   Groups must call the children's…

Preschool Storytime!

Stories, songs and movement activities for children ages 2 - 5 and their caregivers.  Younger siblings are always welcome.  Free; no reservations required.  Children's Department Story Hour Room *Programs are subject…

Read with Lacie!

Lacie is a retired greyhound that loves to read with kids. If you are at least 6 years old, stop in to read with Lacie for 10 minutes.  Space is very limited - first come, first served. Lacie has lots of library experience and has…

Preschool Storytime!

Stories, songs and movement activities for children ages 2 - 5 and their caregivers.  Younger siblings are always welcome.  Free; no reservations required.  Children's Department Story Hour Room *Programs are subject…

Read with Lacie!

Lacie is a retired greyhound that loves to read with kids. If you are at least 6 years old, stop in to read with Lacie for 10 minutes.  Space is very limited - first come, first served. Lacie has lots of library experience and has…

Preschool Storytime!

Stories, songs and movement activities for children ages 2 - 5 and their caregivers.  Younger siblings are always welcome.  Free; no reservations required.  Children's Department Story Hour Room *Programs are subject…

Storytime and Block Play

Stories and songs followed by playtime with our wooden blocks.  Recommended for ages 2 to 6, accompanied by an adult; siblings are always welcome.  Imagine, build, and create!   Groups must call the children's…

Read with Lacie!

Lacie is a retired greyhound that loves to read with kids. If you are at least 6 years old, stop in to read with Lacie for 10 minutes.  Space is very limited - first come, first served. Lacie has lots of library experience and has…

Preschool Storytime!

Stories, songs and movement activities for children ages 2 - 5 and their caregivers.  Younger siblings are always welcome.  Free; no reservations required.  Children's Department Story Hour Room *Programs are subject…

Storytime and Block Play

Stories and songs followed by playtime with our wooden blocks.  Recommended for ages 2 to 6, accompanied by an adult; siblings are always welcome.  Imagine, build, and create!   Groups must call the children's…

Read with Lacie!

Lacie is a retired greyhound that loves to read with kids. If you are at least 6 years old, stop in to read with Lacie for 10 minutes.  Space is very limited - first come, first served. Lacie has lots of library experience and has…

Preschool Storytime!

Stories, songs and movement activities for children ages 2 - 5 and their caregivers.  Younger siblings are always welcome.  Free; no reservations required.  Children's Department Story Hour Room *Programs are subject…

Storytime and Block Play

Stories and songs followed by playtime with our wooden blocks.  Recommended for ages 2 to 6, accompanied by an adult; siblings are always welcome.  Imagine, build, and create!   Groups must call the children's…

Read with Lacie!

Lacie is a retired greyhound that loves to read with kids. If you are at least 6 years old, stop in to read with Lacie for 10 minutes.  Space is very limited - first come, first served. Lacie has lots of library experience and has…

Preschool Storytime!

Stories, songs and movement activities for children ages 2 - 5 and their caregivers.  Younger siblings are always welcome.  Free; no reservations required.  Children's Department Story Hour Room *Programs are subject…

Read with Lacie!

Lacie is a retired greyhound that loves to read with kids. If you are at least 6 years old, stop in to read with Lacie for 10 minutes.  Space is very limited - first come, first served. Lacie has lots of library experience and has…

Preschool Storytime!

Stories, songs and movement activities for children ages 2 - 5 and their caregivers.  Younger siblings are always welcome.  Free; no reservations required.  Children's Department Story Hour Room *Programs are subject…

TumbleBooks

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

Overdrive Kid's eReading Room

Ebooks and audiobooks from Overdrive for young readers.

BookFlix *

Bookflix pairs classic storybooks with related nonfiction books - all in streaming format - to build a love of reading and learning.