Tagged children's programs

#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…

Celebrate the History of our City and the Free Library at the 2018 Family Event!

This year has been full of meaningful milestones not only for the Free Library, but for the entire city of Philadelphia. Notably, our boulevard magnifique, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is celebrating its 100th birthday! The …

Therapy Dogs Encourage Reading at Neighborhood Libraries!

Every Monday at the Falls of Schuylkill Library around 4:15 p.m., our Children’s Department welcomes two special visitors. Wally and Orchid, while there to hear some stories and make new friends, are not your regular storytime…

Read Across America with Dr. Seuss!

Grab your hats and get ready to play, because we are celebrating Dr. Seuss Day ! Each year, schools, libraries, and other organizations prepare for this event, as millions of teachers and students will be Reading Across America with…

Read, Baby, Read Helps Develop Language and Literacy at the Library

Thanks to a generous grant from the William Penn Foundation, the Free Library is embarking on a series of fun programs for babies , toddlers and their families called Read, Baby, Read , using new library spaces and materials to help…

February 2018 Early Literacy Calendar

Happy February, everyone! Let’s celebrate Black History Month with our favorite African American authors and illustrators. The recently published books linked to in this month's downloadable calendar are great to share all…

January 2018 Early Literacy Calendar

Happy New Year! Let’s start this new year right, by singing, talking, playing, writing—and of course reading—with our little ones! Not only did we celebrate New Year’s Day (on the first, of course), but we also…

Winter Break Activities: Media and Children

December and January are busy times of the year for most families. While parents are extra busy preparing for family parties and other social obligations, children are off from school for an extended period of time. With this in…

Catching Snowflakes at Storytime in the Christmas Village

We may have gotten our first snowfall of the year, but our families love storytime at Christmas Village in LOVE Park despite the cold weather. Every Wednesday morning until December 20, join us at 11:00 a.m. for stories and songs led by…

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 the Holiday Season with Free Library Family Programs!

The Free Library will celebrate the holiday season this December with a variety of events throughout the city!   On December 3, 10, and 17, Sundays on Stage will take over the auditorium at Parkway Central Library to bring you…

December 2017 Early Literacy Calendar

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, whether you celebrate Hanukkah (December 12 – 20), the Winter Solstice (December 21), Christmas (December 25), Kwanzaa (December 26 – January 1), or simply a peaceful turning…

Kindergarten and High School Registration Workshops

In October, several of our neighborhood libraries hosted School Registration Workshops for parents with students entering either Kindergarten or High School. These workshops were provided to the library system by Great Philly Schools .…

Happy Young Readers Day!

November 14 is Young Readers Day, and while we believe that every day should be spent celebrating and encouraging our city’s littlest learners, we’re happy to take this opportunity to remind you about the many wonderful…

Sister City: Students Encounter Incheon, South Korea at the Library

This October, first and second grade students in the Building Bridges with Books program (a partnership between the Free Library and the School District of Philadelphia) got a unique glimpse into the life and culture of one of…

Make and Learn at your Neighborhood Library on National STEM Day !

Today is National STEM Day , a day that is meant to inspire young people to explore and pursue interests in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. LEAP , the Free Library of Philadelphia’s city-wide…

November 2017 Early Literacy Calendar

This month, we are celebrating Native American Heritage Month , and the unique contributions to children’s books made by Native/First Nations authors and illustrators. When you were little, do you remember the happiness you felt…

Free Library of Philadelphia Halloween Celebrations!

The Free Library of Philadelphia is celebrating Halloween on all corners of the city from the South and the North to the Northeast and Center City . Halloween isn’t merely for children to don ninja or superhero attire, nor is it…

October 2017 Early Literacy Calendar

October is here and we are fall ing into lots of fun and free Fall activities and events here at the Free Library! Traditional and unique holidays throughout October include World Smile Day the first Friday of the month, World…

Rosh Hashanah Is a SWEET Time to Visit the Free Library

Rosh Hashanah —the celebration of the Jewish new year—begins at sundown on Wednesday night, September 20. Even those not celebrating the holiday may be preparing, as Philadelphia schools are closed Thursday and Friday .…