Tagged children's programs

Meet Cheerio B. McBoxface, the Free Library's First Interactive Robot!

by Evan Guerra, LEAP Maker Mentor  Earthdate August 2020...  I crash landed on this planet. I’m in bad need of repairs. My name is Cheerio B. McBoxface. I am a robot, and I am here to bring jokes and affirmations to a…

There’s Always Something New to Discover at the Free Library!

The first Saturday of February is Take Your Child to the Library Day! This holiday , invented by two librarians, encourages families to make a trip to their neighborhood library with their young learners leading the way. As an added…

Read, Baby, Read Presents Early Literacy Ideas: Things That Go!

Read, Baby, Read is a grant-funded Free Library initiative focused on encouraging early literacy development among infants and young toddlers under two years old. We work with 12 participating libraries across Philadelphia to reach…

Winter Programming for Children and Families at the Free Library

This winter, Free Library Youth Services are working together to bring your family stellar virtual programming through the socially-distant holiday season and beyond. For the Whole Family Enjoy an at-home concert of original songs and…

Meet Your Library Staff: Sunita Balija, Children's Librarian and South Indian Classical Vocalist

As part of our  ongoing series  of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Sunita Balija, who is a Children's Librarian at Donatucci…

Virtual Children’s Author Visit: Hallee Adelman

Updated Monday, January 4, 2021 Local author Hallee Adelman is the creator of the Way Past... books series , which helps children learn how to cope with their emotions in a literacy-focused way. Hallee will read Way Past Worried and…

Fall Programming for Children and Families

The fall season is upon us, and along with turning leaves and back-to-school resources, the Free Library is here to help you and your family learn, grow, and play every day. For the Whole Family The Free Library’s Fall Learning…

Looking Back on the Free Library’s First All-Virtual Summer of Wonder!

In this unprecedented time, the Free Library has had a lot of firsts. We pulled together to bring you our first virtual Summer of Wonder with the help of librarians and library staff, camp counselors, teachers, caregivers, activists,…

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…

Summer of Wonder - Week 13: Free Meals for Families, PAWS Read to a Dog, Spanish Language Storytime, and a Virtual Performance from Ants on a Log!

It’s the final full week of our virtual Summer of Wonder for kids, teens, adults, and camp groups , and we’re so glad you’ve come along! Look for our upcoming interview with high school artist Deyania Sanders who…

Free Library Mutual Aid Fair

Parkway Central Library Children’s Department is excited to present its first-ever Mutual Aid Fair! Central Children’s is teaming up with Youth Services, Read by 4th , the Art Department , and our Community Partners:…

Summer of Wonder - Week 12: Baby Storytime, Virtual Claymobile, Family Food and Wellness, and Drawing with Yona!

Our virtual Summer of Wonder is nearly over, and schools will be back in session soon! The students in your life might be headed back to the classroom or learning virtually. Help your youngest learners process their back-to-school…

Summer of Wonder - Week 11: Pilates, Family Food and Wellness, Jazzy Ash, and a Virtual Animal Encounter!

As the hot days of summer linger, the Summer of Wonder brings you creative crafts, food for thought, and much-needed moments of self-care. Find a new way to chill out on August 15 for National Relaxation Day ! Turn your eyes skyward…

Take a Story Stroll and Enjoy a Book in a Brand New Way!

Something I love about storytelling is the way it brings people together. That is the very reason it can be hard to come by in our current world of social distancing. Many storytellers, including some of our wonderful librarians, have…

Summer of Wonder - Week 10: Virtual Yoga, Teen Café, Mario the Maker Magician, and #ToshokanFLP!

August is arriving, and the Summer of Wonder is here to keep your days filled with virtual learning and fun. If fresh air is more your style, why not explore a local park ? You can even find a shady spot to dig into your favorite read…

Summer of Wonder - Week 9: Play Streets, Spray Parks, Ice Cream, and DIY Face Masks!

Looking for some outdoor family fun or fresh ways to stay cool during this Summer of Wonder ? Find Play Streets , summer camps , spray parks, and food sites near you ! And in our opinion, it’s never too late to celebrate National…

Summer of Wonder - Week 8: Virtual Ballet, Read to a Therapy Dog, Crafting with Clay, and the Philly Goat Project!

As temperatures climb, the Summer of Wonder is here to bring you opportunities to learn something new, exercise your creativity, participate in your community, or rest and recharge. Cool off at a spray park near you ! Follow Read Baby…

Summer of Wonder - Week 7: Minecraft Club, Interactive Music, Museum Adventures, and Social Justice Workshops!

The virtual Summer of Wonder has something fun for everyone! Is your summer menu in a rut? Sign up to Learn from the Chef with the Culinary Literacy Center . Missing the Field Teen Center ? Sign up for their Virtual Teen Reading Lounge…

Summer of Wonder - Week 6: Mindfulness Meditation, Coding for Kids, Recycled Arts and Crafts, Virtual Storytimes, and Musical History!

The Summer of Wonder marches into week six, and we're here to help you keep your spirits up! Struggling to explain social distancing to a child in your life? Check out this hula-hooping video from Free Library Early Learning .…

Creating on a Budget with Recycled Crafts

Summer is looking a little different this year without in-person programming at the Free Library. As someone who lives for summer arts and crafts programs, I’m sure I’m not the only one itching for some quality craft time…