Tagged Teens

Teens Explore Social Justice at the Free Library

by Timmy Lawrence and Geneva Williams, members of the Youth Planning Committee for the 2018 Social Justice Symposium for Teens. Today, more than ever, social issues have reached a pivotal point in our society. Although injustice may…

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…

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…

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…

Teen Central hosts the Philly Slam League for Poetry!

Through May, the Teen Center is partnering with the Philly Slam League  to host its 8th season at Parkway Central Library . The program will draw hundreds of teens and their supporters from week to week to host a friendly and…

Teens Collaborate to Create Dedicated Space for Themselves at Fumo Family Library

For several weeks this past summer, a group of teens from South Philly High School visited  Fumo Family Library for summer programming. One day, a teen wondered aloud where she should sit. First she looked left and saw the…

Dena's Favorite Books of 2017

Every year I read a lot of books. Out of the 339 that I read in 2017, I've picked out the 36 that I liked the best . 2017 was a hard year, and I found myself looking for books that were happy and not particularly difficult or…

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…

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 .…

LEAP into HYPE!

Two Free Library of Philadelphia programs have teamed up to create new ways to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity! Get HYPE Philly! and the Literacy Enrichment After-School Program ( LEAP ), offer fun, positive, and…

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…

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…

Get HYPE Philly! Victorious in Annual Teen Battle Chef!

My co-worker, Aurora, coordinates Get HYPE Philly! for the Free Library. We’ve worked great together since I started in January, so I jumped right at the chance to work with her on the annual Teen Battle Chef competition. I just…

Take Your Broken Heart, Make It Into Art

We lost a lot of important things and people last year, and it looks like we’re on track for more losses and heartbreaks in the coming years. But, I guess we knew what we signed up for, eh? One of the more memorable statements to…

Bullying Prevention Month

October is Bullying Prevention Month, although it should be year-round. Many students return to school in September, sometimes to new schools which can cause problems. Many times bullying results from someone being perceived as…

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…

Recap of TLC's 5th Annual Tech-Ed Conference

On Friday, October 6th, the Technology Learning Collaborative (TLC) hosted its 5th Annual Tech-Ed Conference at Parkway Central Library . This year’s theme was "Talking about i-Generation",  which showcased…

Get HYPE Philly!: From Bookworms to Earthworms

Worm bins and books alike inspire curiosity! During the summer, Get HYPE Philly! set up compost bins at neighborhood libraries , filling them up with scraps of raw fruits and vegetables, soil and worms. Led by our urban agriculture…

Back to School Resources for Teens at Parkway Central and Beyond!

Summer absolutely flew by and it’s now time to get back into a new school year. If you’re wondering how you’ll cope with all of the assignments and homework coming your way, the Free Library of Philadelphia has got you…

Start Your School Year Off Right with These Free Online Resources!

Is everyone ready for the start of another school year? At the Free Library of Philadelphia, we spent the last few weeks of our summer brushing up on the wonderful online resources available on our website to get up to speed for a…

A Book Club run by Teens, for Teens

Attention teens in grades 7-12! Are you looking for a community service opportunity this year? Are you passionate about reading? Do you want to join a book club run by teens for teens? Then, please join us for Teen Titles To sign up,…

A Book Club run by Teens, for Teens

Attention teens in grades 7-12! Are you looking for a community service opportunity this year? Are you passionate about reading? Do you want to join a book club run by teens for teens? Then, please join us for Teen Titles To sign up,…

A Book Club run by Teens, for Teens

Attention teens in grades 7-12! Are you looking for a community service opportunity this year? Are you passionate about reading? Do you want to join a book club run by teens for teens? Then, please join us for Teen Titles To sign up,…

Comforting Fall Side Dishes

Fall is all about cozy sweaters and warm, comforting foods. Savor the flavors of fall with Chef Dolores as we create crowd-pleasing sides that feature the best produce of this chilly-weather season. Come ready to taste dishes that will…

A Book Club run by Teens, for Teens

Attention teens in grades 7-12! Are you looking for a community service opportunity this year? Are you passionate about reading? Do you want to join a book club run by teens for teens? Then, please join us for Teen Titles To sign up,…

Are You Ready For ZOMBIES?!

Are You Ready For…ZOMBIES!? What is a zombie? Where did they come from? Who is responsible for foisting them on us? How have they evolved? Why are they so popular? As a lifelong genre aficionado and author of two apocalyptic…

A Halloween Haunted House

The year is 1818. Something has gone terribly wrong in the lab of  Dr. Frankenstein. You will be a witness to this dreadful development.  Come celebrate one of the most gruesome ghost stories of all time and behold the…

A Book Club run by Teens, for Teens

Attention teens in grades 7-12! Are you looking for a community service opportunity this year? Are you passionate about reading? Do you want to join a book club run by teens for teens? Then, please join us for Teen Titles To sign up,…

Teen Writing Club

Practice your creative writing skills and find your voice! We'll have warm-up activities, take-home prompts, writing samples to talk about together, the opportunity to get constructive criticism from your peers, and snacks.  …

Children’s Chess Club

Learn to play or improve your game with Chess Coach Andrew.  Ages 6-18.  

Teen Writing Club

Practice your creative writing skills and find your voice! We'll have warm-up activities, take-home prompts, writing samples to talk about together, the opportunity to get constructive criticism from your peers, and snacks.  …

Children’s Chess Club

Learn to play or improve your game with Chess Coach Andrew.  Ages 6-18.  

Senior Cinema - Captain America: Civil War

Join Central Senior Services for our end-of-summer, family-friendly Superhero Series. This week’s feature is “ Captain America: Civil War ” starring Chris Evans as Captain America and Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man. Free…

LGBTQ Young Adult Books

Books featuring LGBTQ protagonists within YA fiction that is diverse and accessible to all readers, no matter what their sexual orientation or gender identity may be.

Let's Talk About Consent: 7th - 12th Grade

Books and resources to aid parents, caregivers, and educators discuss the topic of consent and personal boundaries with teens in grades 7th - 12th.

Homeless Teens

Moving stories about the struggles of teenage homelessness.

Favorite YA Reads of 2014

Our favorite YA reads that came out in 2014, proving once again that kids’ books aren’t just for kids.

If You Like the Hunger Games

Books for fans of Suzanne Collin’s Hunger Games series

Teen Most Wanted List

Teen bestsellers across America

Steampunk for Teens

From clockwork robots and steam-powered computers to dirigibles (and even zombies!), these teen novels feature elements of retro-futuristic science, alternate histories, and wild adventure.

Spare Time Suggestions for Teens

Fun and creative activities to fend off teenage boredom.

Philly Teen Favorites

The books Philadelphia teens are clamoring to read.

High School Drama

You think your school is bad?! Read these books filled with teenage drama, gossip, and growing pains.

High School Films

Get ready for a new school term by watching films about or that take place in high school.

FLP Teens Recommend

High school students participating in the Free Library’s community service program recommend their favorite books.

Poetry - Novels in Verse

Poetry with special appeal for tweens and teens.

LGBTQ Teens - Resources for Parents and Families

Resources for Parents and Families of LGBTQ Teens.

LGBTQ Teens - Nonfiction

Information on bullying, safety, coming out, and other important topics relevant to LGBTQ teens.

Fantasy - Teens

YA fantasy fiction from the classics to newer sub genres, graphic novels, and epic series too!

Asian American Resources for Teens

Recommended especially for middle and high school students.

Graphic Novels - Realistic stories for Teens

Graphic novels that reflect real life.

YA Best of 2015

If you are looking for amazing Young Adult books, check out this Top 50 list created by three of our Teen Librarians – Erin H., Abbe K., and Rachel F.

U.S. History In Context

Covers themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-colonial times to the present. The material also includes access to the citations for over 180 additional history journals from the Institute for Scientific…

U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1980)

The bound, sequentially numbered volumes of all the Reports, Documents, and Journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives constitutes a rich source of primary source material on all aspects of American history. Upon…

Student Resources In Context

"Thousands of curriculum-targeted primary documents, biographies, topical essays, background information, critical analyses, full-text coverage of 800 magazines, over 10,000 photographs and illustrations, and more than 8 hours of audio…

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is an authoritative, comprehensive Web-based reference work about philosophy, useful to scholars of all levels as well as the general public. Published through Stanford University’s Center for the…

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

With an extraordinary array of more than 35,000 individual tracks of streaming music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds, users can listen to performances by American folk icons such as Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Pete Seeger…

Sanborn Maps Geo Edition (1867-1970)

(1867-1970) provides digital access to thousands of large-scale maps of American towns and cities, searchable by address and GPS coordinates.

Research in Context *

Discover reliable and trusted information on a variety of topics to support middle school student research for government, U.S and world history, geography, literature, sciences, and social issues. Research In Context offers…

Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982