Tagged children's programs

Spotlight on School Storytimes: A Visit to Dunbar Elementary

On a recent Monday morning,  Paul L. Dunbar School’s kindergarten storytime got a special guest—librarian Kayla H. from the Cecil B. Moore neighborhood library . Dunbar Elementary’s Community Partnerships…

It's Time for the Winter Reading Challenge!

December is here and that means it’s time for the  Winter Reading Challenge ! Adults, parents, and students can create accounts online to track reading minutes, practice writing book reviews, and read book reviews completed…

Literacy Lab Returns for 2018-2019 School Year

We are excited to announce that Literacy Lab has returned for the 2018-2019 school year. Literacy Lab, previously piloted as the Sunday Literacy program during the 2016-2017 school year, provides small group literacy instruction for…

This Sixth Grade "Battle" Was One for the Books!

On Tuesday, October 30, Parkway Central Library ’s Skyline Room was abuzz with the cheers of sixth graders, the sound of buzzers and music, and the roar of applause. The cause? A "Book Battle," a Jeopardy-style…

Celebrate the Holiday Season with the Free Library at These Fun and Free Events!

The Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year, is fast approaching. However, our libraries are not short on immersive, interactive programming. Experience a flurry of fun and free winter and holiday themed events…

Nourishing Literacy | Handwashing How-To for Young Children

Nourishing Literacy is the Culinary Literacy Center ’s school visit program, enjoyed by thousands of Philly students every school year. Hands-on cooking classes connecting to Common Core standards, culinary skills, and nutrition…

Skills Training for Community-Centered Libraries: Building Your Library Team

Our first cohort of staff members participating in the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries training recently learned about and explored team roles and dynamics. Staff reflected on their own strengths and what attributes they bring…

Better Together: The Free Library Partners with Schools

Now more than ever , students and teachers at our schools need the information and skills that librarians and libraries can provide. This year, the Free Library is working to spread the word about the information, ideas, and resources…

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…