Tagged Teens

Halfway through the Summer? Already?!

Can you believe the Summer of Wonder is already halfway over? We can’t either. So far, we’ve danced with the Phillie Phanatic, built space ships, and learned how to knit. We’ve done yoga, played new instruments, and,…

Teen Discovers New Views on Food with Get HYPE Philly!

At 15-years-old, Elba remembers first hearing about "healthy food" in elementary school. She says it was a no-questions-asked type of learning though; staff would simply hand out the food to students and succinctly say,…

Good Vibes Only at Get HYPE Philly!

A 10th grader at Charter High School for Architecture and Design (CHAD), committed teen leadership assistant (TLA) at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and basketball player for his school team, Amir Evers knows good food fuels good…

Fruit Sparkling Water Recipe in 4 Easy Steps

As summer heats up, stay cool with this fruit soda recipe from Get HYPE! Philly ! Under the guidance of Chef Shawn Murray, teens at our Kensington Library used a blender to learn how to puree ingredients. Using only fruit and sparkling…

Meet Greg Pizzoli, Our Summer of Wonder Artist

You may know him as the recipient of multiple Theodor Seuss Geisel Awards . You may know him as the author of such great books as The Watermelon Seed , Good Night Owl , and Number One Sam . Now you can add "Free Library of…

When School's Out, Stay Cool with Awesome Activities at the Free Library!

While some schools in the area have already let out for the summer, the last official day for Philadelphia School District students is Tuesday, June 20. Woo Hoo! While pools and spraygrounds around the city will begin opening later this…

Welcome to the Summer of Wonder!

It’s starting to feel like summer here at the Free Library of Philadelphia. And with the start to the best season of the year, we’re excited for three months of activities, games, dancing, crafting, and, of course, reading!…

Summer Thyme Cooks - Apply Now!

The Culinary Literacy Center is excited to present Summer Thyme Cooks, a fresh approach to learning about cooking, collaboration, and cost. Summer Thyme Cooks is a FREE , four-part summer cooking program for kids and teens entering…

A City-wide Celebration of Science: The 2017 Philadelphia Science Festival!

The Philadelphia Science Festival is almost here!  The city-wide celebration of science happens April 21-29. The Free Library is proud to partner with the festival to offer great programing for all ages!  Check out all the…

Free Library of Comic Con 2017 Wrap-Up!

Wow, what a success that was! 2017 marked our third annual Free Library of Comic Con and it was our biggest yet! To all of you who came—Thank You! You are the reason we’re able to do great programs like Free Library of Comic…

Are You the Poetry 'Type'?

What if an entire community wrote one line each on a vintage Underwood Typewriter to create a really, really, long poem? Would it bring world peace? Would love abound? Would we become a united nation?  One can hope, right? On April…

Dip into Springtime with Fresh Get HYPE Philly! Recipes

Our Get HYPE Philly! teens are ready for spring! In preparation for the warmer weather, they learned how easy it is to prepare light but flavorful snack dips. The lesson, by Food Educator Lauren Nixon , showed teens how to use…

Free Library of Comic Con

At long last, the time has come... If you’ve been longing to get out of the house after a long snow and ice bound end to winter, Free Library of Comic Con ( FLoCC ) is a great chance to go out and get your geek on! This year's…

Powered-Up Pizza!

Ordering Pizza? Our Get HYPE Philly! teens recently built environment-friendly pizza ovens to reheat leftover pizza. All you have to do to make your own is hang on to your delivery box! They also learned how to cook a…

What's the HYPE?

Get HYPE Philly is a city-wide initiative for youth development, funded by GSK and brought to youth by several organizations including The Food Trust and the Free Library of Philadelphia. At Parkway Central Library and the North…

Teen Girls in Comics: The People I Wish I Would Have Been

I have weird memories of being a teenage girl—I’m pretty sure that I thought I was right about everything when maybe I was in actuality not so swift on the uptake. It’s refreshing for me now to read graphic novels in…

Pennsylvania Teen Health Week

Pennsylvania Teen Health Week 2017 takes place January 9-13. The second annual state-wide week of awareness is unique in that it focuses on a holistic view of teen health and seeks to raise awareness of the health issues facing…

Winter Holiday-Themed Short Story Collections

It's winter! It's the holiday season! You know what would be a great idea right now? Escaping into a collection of Young Adult wintery/holiday themed novels while your mom tries to get you to wash the dishes and your weird…

Let's Hear It For the Ladies (in comics)!

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... to be a lady who likes comics. One day you get to celebrate the appearance of the first African American woman to own a comic book store on a cover of a major comic and then the…

Social Media Stars Write Books, Don't They?

Do you have a favorite YouTuber? Maybe you love John and Hank Green and their community of Nerdfighters ?  Are you more of a Vine (RIP) enthusiast? Whomever your fave and on whatever platform, there is a really good chance that a…

The Fumo Gaming Club

The Fumo Gaming Club is an inclusive, bully-free, and sensory-friendly club for kids who enjoy games of all kinds. Card Games, Console Games, Board Games, Tablet Games, Roleplaying Games, and more!  Bring a favorite game from home,…

The Fumo Gaming Club

The Fumo Gaming Club is an inclusive, bully-free, and sensory-friendly club for kids who enjoy games of all kinds. Card Games, Console Games, Board Games, Tablet Games, Roleplaying Games, and more!  Bring a favorite game from home,…

The Fumo Gaming Club

The Fumo Gaming Club is an inclusive, bully-free, and sensory-friendly club for kids who enjoy games of all kinds. Card Games, Console Games, Board Games, Tablet Games, Roleplaying Games, and more!  Bring a favorite game from home,…

The Fumo Gaming Club

The Fumo Gaming Club is an inclusive, bully-free, and sensory-friendly club for kids who enjoy games of all kinds. Card Games, Console Games, Board Games, Tablet Games, Roleplaying Games, and more!  Bring a favorite game from home,…

The Fumo Gaming Club

The Fumo Gaming Club is an inclusive, bully-free, and sensory-friendly club for kids who enjoy games of all kinds. Card Games, Console Games, Board Games, Tablet Games, Roleplaying Games, and more!  Bring a favorite game from home,…

You Be the Judge

Do you like to read the latest and best books published for teens? Do you like to share your opinions about what you read? Join You Be the Judge and become a book critic for your library this summer! Sign up for this program and you'll…

Storytelling Workshop Series

Join Storyteller Denise McCormack and adults and teens from the community for a fun and interactive workshop series on the art and benefits of storytelling.  In this workshop we will explore the rudiments of story and storytelling…

You Be the Judge

Become a book critic for your library this summer! Participants get free copies of books and community service hours, plus the opportunity to be a teen critic at the Free Library's Teen Book Blast in October 2017 (more free books and…

You Be the Judge

Do you like to read the latest and best books published for teens? Do you like to share your opinions about what you read? Join You Be the Judge and become a book critic for your library this summer! Sign up for this program and…

You Be the Judge

Do you like to read the latest and best books published for teens? Do you like to share your opinions about what you read? Join You Be the Judge and become a book critic for your library this summer! Sign up for this program and you'll…

Teen Writers Club

In this six-week series of creative writing workshops for teens, we'll explore writing techniques and share our work in a supportive and fun environment. Please stop by the Reference Desk or call 215-685-6621 to sign up. Wednesday July…

You Be the Judge

Do you like to read the latest and best books published for teens? Do you like to share your opinions about what you read? Join You Be the Judge and become a book critic for your library this summer! Sign up for this program and…

Social Justice Symposium for Teens

Are you a high school student who is passionate about your community? Do you care about big issues such as racism, inequality, and injustice? Join us at the Free Library’s second annual Social Justice Symposium for Teens and you…

You Be the Judge

Become a book critic for your library this summer! Participants get free copies of books and community service hours, plus the opportunity to be a teen critic at the Free Library's Teen Book Blast in October 2017 (more free books and…

Teen Writers Club

In this six-week series of creative writing workshops for teens, we'll explore writing techniques and share our work in a supportive and fun environment. Please stop by the Reference Desk or call 215-685-6621 to sign up. Wednesday July…

Get HYPE!

Get HYPE Philly! is a high-energy collective impact initiative focused on promoting health and positive youth development in Philadelphia. Join us in Room 108 for a cooking activity!

Board Gaming

Come play board games at Welsh Road.  Intended for Teens and friends.

Tell Me About a Book!

Read a book of your choosing and come share your opinions and thoughts about it. A program for teens.

Teen Café

Join us for board games, crafts, music and refreshments!  ALL TEEN PROGRAMS ARE FOR AGES 12-17 YEARS OLD.

Teen Café

Cool off at the library and play various games. Light snacks will be served.

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.

Salem Press Reference

Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982

Arianna Huffington | The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One, Night at A Time

Ten years ago, Arianna Huffington launched The Huffington Post , a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely read, linked-to, and frequently cited media brands on the internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize…