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Free Library Expands Sunday Literacy Program at Select Neighborhood Libraries

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to expand our Sunday Literacy program, now at eleven of our neighborhood libraries ! This program offers drop-in assistance to students struggling to read in 1st through 3rd grades. Continuing…

Focus On: Free Library Prison Services

by Ned Scharff A little boy gazes into a Free Library video screen when suddenly a familiar face appears—that of the boy's father, an inmate in a Philadelphia prison. "Dad," the boy exclaims, "Where are you? I…

Free Library Launches Sunday Literacy Program at Select Neighborhood Libraries

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to pilot a new Sunday Literacy program at five of our neighborhood libraries. This program offers drop-in assistance to students struggling to read in 1st through 3rd grades. Beginning Sunday,…

Teen Read Week Is Upon Us!

It’s that time of year again—the beginning of fall when temperatures start to fall and the pumpkin spice must flow. That means it’s almost Teen Read Week —the week of the year with no forced reading for…

Celebrate International Literacy Day with the Free Library

Happy International Literacy Day ! While everyone knows libraries are literacy hubs, many might not know the different types of literacy the Free Library of Philadelphia helps to promote! Not sure what we're talking about? Here…

Summer Reading Grand Prize Results & Reading with the Phillies

After 13 weeks of learning, building, playing, dancing, and reading all across Philadelphia, we've reached the end of this year's Summer Reading program! Our last weekly raffle winners have been announced and our grand prize…

Social Justice Symposium for Teens – Register Now!

Parkway Central is hosting a Social Justice Symposium for Teens on Monday, August 29th and if you are a high school student who is passionate about your Philadelphia community and care about issues such as racism, inequality, or…

Harry Potter for Summer Reading!

Alohomora! The newest installment of the spectacularly popular Harry Potter series has just been released and it’s getting rave reviews from everyone who’s picked up a copy. Since it’s still summertime, we at the Free…

Online Summer Reading is Still Going Strong!

The Free Library’s Summer Reading program in our neighborhood libraries is coming to a close after a super successful season of game playing, dancing, reading, and much more! Having celebrated literacy with kids of all ages, we…

Summer Reading Outreach: Who’s Who on Our Team

The Free Library of Philadelphia Summer Reading team has eleven Outreach Specialists this year assigned to different neighborhoods across the city. With the goal of promoting literacy while school is out of session, the Outreach…

Tackling Tough Topics in Classroom Conversation

How can literacy be used for social change? At the recent International Literacy Association conference in Boston, this question was addressed at an impromptu session for literacy specialists and coaches. Recent tragedies, such as the…

Our Summer of Wonder is Halfway Over...

We’re halfway through our Summer of Wonder here at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and we’re hearing lots of success stories from our neighborhood libraries across the city. Here are a few highlights and photos! Mayor Jim…

Summer's Here!: A Recap of our Summer Reading Kickoff

By Becky Friedman and Ann Pearson Summer officially began on Monday, June 20th, but the Free Library’s Summer Reading Program has already been in full swing! We kicked off our Summer of Wonder at Parkway Central Library with…

Stories Alive Connects Incarcerated Parents and Their Families Through Reading

In December, the Free Library announced an impactful pilot program and partnership with the Philadelphia Prison System (PPS). We are pleased to report that our focused effort to reach out to inmates, returning citizens, and their…

The New South Philadelphia Library Is Now Open!

Update: Thank you for your comments and excitement over the new South Philadelphia Library. We regret the error of leaving out the address and location of the library. This blog post has now been updated with the South Philadelphia…

Summer Reading 2016 – The Summer of Wonder!

The Free Library’s Summer Reading Program begins Monday, June 13 ! Neighborhood libraries will offer programs and activities for all ages, as well as Bingo with a literacy twist for children, and raffles for teens and adults. And…

Remembering Harper Lee

Today, we are saddened by the unexpected death of 89-year-old Harper Lee, known to the world for her Pulitzer Prize-winning, semi-autobiographical novel To Kill a Mockingbird , as well  as   the controversially published…

Featured Resource: Mango Languages

Face it. It's only been two weeks, but your New Year's resolution is done for, dusty with cobwebs, lingering dimly in the weeks past like an like an old yearbook picture you'd rather forget. No sweat. Mine too. So why not…

Blocks for Queen Memorial Library

Queen Memorial Library is happy to have received hand-made blocks to increase the possibilities of play at the library. The Friday Woodworking Club, taught by The Philadelphia School teachers Virginia Friedman and Rick…

eReading #FLPNoShameNovember

This month the Free Library is celebrating #NoShameNovember by encouraging you to read whatever you like—no shame, no judgement. So let's bust out the bodice rippers and airport thrillers and read to our hearts'…

Baby & Toddler Story Time

Books, songs, rhymes and bounces for children (birth to 23 months) and their caregivers!. Monday at 11 a.m.  Parkway Central Library Children's Department Ground Floor, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 215.686.5369…

Preschool Storytime with Miss Leigh!

Stories, songs and movement activities for children ages 2 - 5 and their caregivers.  Younger siblings are always welcome.  Free; no reservations required.  Children's Department Story Hour Room *Programs are subject to…

Baby & Toddler Story Time

Books, songs, rhymes and bounces for children (birth to 23 months) and their caregivers!. Monday at 11 a.m.  Parkway Central Library Children's Department Ground Floor, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 215.686.5369…

Preschool Storytime with Miss Leigh!

Stories, songs and movement activities for children ages 2 - 5 and their caregivers.  Younger siblings are always welcome.  Free; no reservations required.  Children's Department Story Hour Room *Programs are subject to…

Baby & Toddler Story Time

Books, songs, rhymes and bounces for children (birth to 23 months) and their caregivers!. Monday at 11 a.m.  Parkway Central Library Children's Department Ground Floor, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 215.686.5369…

Preschool Storytime with Miss Leigh!

Stories, songs and movement activities for children ages 2 - 5 and their caregivers.  Younger siblings are always welcome.  Free; no reservations required.  Children's Department Story Hour Room *Programs are subject to…

Baby & Toddler Story Time

Books, songs, rhymes and bounces for children (birth to 23 months) and their caregivers!. Monday at 11 a.m.  Parkway Central Library Children's Department Ground Floor, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 215.686.5369…

Baby & Toddler Story Time

Books, songs, rhymes and bounces for children (birth to 23 months) and their caregivers!. Wednesday at 11 a.m.  ***Programs are subject to change*** Find us on Facebook:  http://tinyurl.com/parkwaycentralchildrens Follow us on…

Baby & Toddler Story Time

Books, songs, rhymes and bounces for children (birth to 23 months) and their caregivers!. Wednesday at 11 a.m. (repeat of the Monday 11 a.m. program)   ***Programs are subject to change*** Find us on Facebook: …

Preschool Storytime with Miss Leigh!

Stories, songs and movement activities for children ages 2 - 5 and their caregivers.  Younger siblings are always welcome.  Free; no reservations required.  Children's Department Story Hour Room *Programs are subject to…

Baby & Toddler Story Time

Books, songs, rhymes and bounces for children (birth to 23 months) and their caregivers!. Monday at 11 a.m.  Parkway Central Library Children's Department Ground Floor, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 215.686.5369…

Sunday Literacy Program for 1st - 3rd Graders

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to pilot a new Sunday Literacy program at five of our neighborhood libraries. This program offers drop-in assistance to students struggling to read in 1st through 3rd grades. Beginning Sunday,…

Sunday Literacy Program

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to pilot a new Sunday Literacy program at five of our neighborhood libraries. This program offers drop-in assistance to students struggling to read in 1st through 3rd grades. Beginning Sunday,…

Sunday Literacy Program for 1st - 3rd Graders

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to pilot a new Sunday Literacy program at five of our neighborhood libraries. This program offers drop-in assistance to students struggling to read in 1st through 3rd grades. Beginning Sunday,…

Sunday Literacy Program for 1st - 3rd Graders

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to pilot a new Sunday Literacy program at five of our neighborhood libraries. This program offers drop-in assistance to students struggling to read in 1st through 3rd grades. Beginning Sunday,…

Sunday Literacy Program for 1st - 3rd Graders

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to pilot a new Sunday Literacy program at five of our neighborhood libraries. This program offers drop-in assistance to students struggling to read in 1st through 3rd grades. Beginning Sunday,…

Sunday Literacy Program

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to pilot a new Sunday Literacy program at eleven of our neighborhood libraries. This program offers drop-in assistance to students struggling to read in 1st through 3rd grades. Each library…

Sunday Literacy Program

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to pilot a new Sunday Literacy program at eleven of our neighborhood libraries. This program offers drop-in assistance to students struggling to read in 1st through 3rd grades. Each library…

Sunday Literacy Program

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to pilot a new Sunday Literacy program at eleven of our neighborhood libraries. This program offers drop-in assistance to students struggling to read in 1st through 3rd grades. Each library…

Sunday Literacy Program

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to pilot a new Sunday Literacy program at eleven of our neighborhood libraries. This program offers drop-in assistance to students struggling to read in 1st through 3rd grades. Each library…

TumbleBooks

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Bookflix pairs classic storybooks with related nonfiction books - all in streaming format - to build a love of reading and learning.