Tagged children's programs

What Do Food and Books Have In Common?

What do food and books have in common? I can certainly name three things: They are organic, can grow mold, and can be preserved. Those three things were key elements to a lesson taught to third grade students on a recent class trip to…

Blueprint for Collective Unity: The World Traveling Trunk Project

The World Traveling Trunk Project was officially launched in June 2018 during Immigrant Heritage Month , when “Every voice is unique, Every story is powerful.” Since then, librarians across the Free Library have…

Kicking off Literacy in Early Learning Spaces

The library is excited to kick off a new school year with our littlest learners… we are looking at you, babies, toddlers, and preschoolers! Thanks to a generous investment from the Vanguard Strong Start for Kids Program™ ,…

4 Ways to Jump into Fall Learning with the Free Library!

We’ve been busy making friends and creating fun ways to learn together this Fall! Share stories, enjoy family time, and build memories with these 4 reading, writing, and technology events: We’re excited to announce our first…

Meet Your Library Staff: Marvin DeBose - Haverford Library Branch Manager & Adult Teen Librarian

In our ongoing series of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Marvin DeBose - Haverford Library Branch Manager & Adult Teen Librarian. Marvin…

Philadelphia City Institute Library Welcomes Billy the Goat!

"Meet you at the goat!" This common refrain can be heard from parents and caregivers all around the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. Billy the Goat, a statue in Rittenhouse Square, has been the centerpiece of a…

Back to School Resources from the Free Library

The calendar still says August, and the weather forecast still says summer, but the new school year starts earlier this year on Monday, August 27 !  After a summer full of books and fun activities at the Free Library, check out all…

Meet Your Library Staff: Christina Holmes - Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library Branch Manager and Children’s Librarian

In our ongoing series of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Christina Holmes - Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library Branch Manager and…

Five Things To Do With Your Little Kids This Summer in Philadelphia

Ah, summer... The sun is out, the fountains are on, school is out, energy is high, and let's face it—for parents, this can be a challenging time. Here’s a list of things that are great to do with little kids, and for…

Let’s Play! At the Library! Innovative Play-and-Learn Spaces Come to Three Neighborhood Libraries

What’s a climbing wall doing at the Library?? The library used to be a quiet place—families and children sitting quietly together reading. Because that’s what people did at the library. We now know better. Reams of…

Change Course: The Way Reading and Discussion Can Forge New Paths for Our Children

by Ashley Bryant Children in North Philadelphia face a unique set of obstacles. Growing up in one of the poorest urban centers in America and struggling to stay on grade level and away from some of the devastating consequences that…

Meet This Year's Summer of Wonder Artist... Ekua Holmes!

Maybe you've seen the posters around your local library or neighborhood and thought, "Who created that artwork?" The Free Library of Philadelphia is thrilled that award-winning illustrator Ekua Holmes is our 2018 Summer of…

Summer Hours and Cool Activities at the Free Library!

It's almost officially summer here in Philadelphia, as the sun finally breaks through all the recent rain clouds and schools will be letting out early next week. No matter what your plans are this summer, the Free Library is here to…

Summer of Wonder: Explore! Discover! Read!

The weather is getting warmer, school is coming to a close soon, and the Summer of Wonder at the Free Library is almost here! Enjoy free activities and programming all summer long that support reading, learning, exploration, and fun.…

Science in the Summer Is Back!

Science in the Summer is returning to the Free Library of Philadelphia and we are excited about this year’s curriculum—The Science of Space. By bringing the Science of Space to elementary school children, we’re showing…

Get Your Kids in the Kitchen This Summer at the Free Library!

What are your kids planning to do this summer? If they want to learn to make pasta, pizza, and other yumtastic dishes from scratch, they should apply to attend Summer Thyme Cooks at the Culinary Literacy Center – a fresh approach…

Read and Rise: Literacy-rich Activities for Summer Camp Providers, Educators, and Parents!

Read and Rise provides books and curriculum to integrate literacy-rich activities into summer camp programs. Read and Rise is sponsored by Read by 4th and managed by the Free Library of Philadelphia. Read by 4th is a citywide effort…

Fly with Your Imagination: The World Traveling Trunks Connect Families, Cultures and Stories

Sing, read, play, write, and talk with the World Traveling Trunks —cultural-themed toolboxes that celebrate cultures around the globe while enriching our local communities throughout Philadelphia. Building cultural awareness and…

The Return of the Free Library of Comic Con!

The 4th annual Free Library of Comic Con will descend upon the Parkway Central Library on May 12, 2018! There’s so much going on at this year’s event that we don’t even know if we can fit all of our excitement into one…

#GetNerdyPHL at the Philadelphia Science Festival!

In Philadelphia, April means the Philadelphia Science Festival ! The week-long festival, hosted by the Franklin Institute, includes hundreds of free and low-cost programs across the city for children, families, and adults. The Free…