Tagged literacy

Preparing for Summer with the Summer Camp Challenge!

Dreaming of summer? We know your children and students are, too. But did you know that over the summer, students can lose three months of reading skills gained in school? This loss can make it harder to become strong readers by 4th…

Look to Spring with the Spring Reading Challenge

Turn the page to a new season with the Free Library’s Spring Reading Challenge ! Readers of all ages—whether individually or as part of a classroom or group —can create accounts online to earn badges and have fun…

Expanding Legal Literacy in Neighborhood Libraries

Storm Rhodes is a Library Assistant at the David Cohen Ogontz Library , and a member of Cohort 1 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries training. In this post, she shares what she has learned. The most influential things I have…

Checking in with a Read by 4th Reading Captain!

by Erme C. Maula, Read by 4th Reading Captain Heading into my Reading Captain training, I didn’t know what to expect. I had wanted to get involved in my community by doing something that I could fit into my busy schedule. The…

Free Library Participating in 27th Annual African American Children's Book Fair

We are excited to share the news that the Free Library will be at the African American Children's Book Fair again this year! Founded and organized by Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati, the African American Children’s Book Fair is…

Take History in the Palm of Your Hand with this New Series from the Free Library's Special Collections

The late and great Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell once sang, "Ain’t nothing like the real thing baby." These words hold true for how to best experience our material culture. People who have visited the Rare Book…

January Launch for Literacy Lab at Northeast Regional Library

Starting January 6, Literacy Lab will return to Northeast Regional Library for the 2018-2019 school year! Previously piloted as the Sunday Literacy Program during the 2016-2017 school year, Literacy Lab provides small group…

2018's Newest Word Additions and Definitions to the Dictionary

As we wind down the year that was 2018 and look forward to what 2019 may have in store, wordsmiths, Scrabble players, and those who are just looking to add some new flavor to their vocabulary can rejoice that 840 new words and…

It's Time for Slime!

Type "slime" into any search engine and you’re bound to find a variety of slime-making kits sold through major retailers, links to several YouTube accounts dedicated to slime, and even news articles about people of all…

This Sixth Grade "Battle" Was One for the Books!

On Tuesday, October 30, Parkway Central Library ’s Skyline Room was abuzz with the cheers of sixth graders, the sound of buzzers and music, and the roar of applause. The cause? A "Book Battle," a Jeopardy-style…

Check Out Our New Strategic Plan!

In July, the Free Library launched its new strategic plan for the next three years. This plan is a refresh of our prior five-year plan and keeps the same mission: Advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity and vision:…

Happy National Literacy Month!

In addition to Library Card Sign-Up Month (woo-hoo!), September is National Literacy Month . As you would expect, literacy is very near and dear to our hearts here at the Free Library, and a core tenet of our mission to serve…

Back to School, but Not Old School: Information and Primary Source Literacy

In a world of "fake news" and "alternate truths", the importance of critical thinking is more important than ever. Educators and librarians have replaced old-school teaching methods based on rote memorization and…

Let’s Play! At the Library! Innovative Play-and-Learn Spaces Come to Three Neighborhood Libraries

What’s a climbing wall doing at the Library?? The library used to be a quiet place—families and children sitting quietly together reading. Because that’s what people did at the library. We now know better. Reams of…

Read and Rise: Literacy-rich Activities for Summer Camp Providers, Educators, and Parents!

Read and Rise provides books and curriculum to integrate literacy-rich activities into summer camp programs. Read and Rise is sponsored by Read by 4th and managed by the Free Library of Philadelphia. Read by 4th is a citywide effort…

Free Spanish Literacy Program LEAMOS Teaches Spanish-speaking Adults to Read and Write

Free Spanish Literacy Classes for Adults! Do you know a Spanish-speaking adult who wants to learn how to read and write? The Free Library of Philadelphia is offering free classes for adult Spanish speakers to learn how to read and write…

Ready4K and Vroom: Early Learning Tips for Young Children

Here at the Free Library, we often have parents ask us, "How can I help my child learn to read?" Of course, we know that sharing books with children helps to develop a love of reading, but beyond that, there are lots of things…

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 International Literacy Day with the Free Library!

Happy International Literacy Day ! Literacy is, of course, very near and dear to our hearts here at the Free Library, and a core tenet of our mission to serve Philadelphians. And while everyone knows libraries are literacy hubs, what…

Hit the Books with the Free Library!

Now that the summer is drawing to a close, children, teens, and even adults are prepping for the start of the coming school year. We at the Free Library of Philadelphia are prepping, too! That is, we’re organizing events and…

Read, Baby, Read Storytime

Read! Sing! Play! Help your child learn through stories, songs, and fun activities. All programs are for children ages birth through 24 months and their caregivers. Expecting parents and siblings welcome.  Read,…

Read, Baby, Read My First Storytime

Bring your little one for lap time with stories, songs, rhymes and bounces. Siblings welcome. Text @Portrichmo to 81010 for text reminders.  Read, Baby, Read is a series of fun programs for babies, toddlers and their families,…

Read, Baby, Read: Storytime at Malcolm X Park

Read! Sing! Play! Help your child learn through stories, songs, and fun activities at Malcolm X Park. Weather Permitting.  For children ages birth through 24 months and their caregivers.  Text @readbabywp to 81010 for text…

Reading (Super) Heroes

Do you want to practice your reading skills while having fun?  Join our Super Hero Reading Buddy program which will pair an adult with a young reader.  You can earn stickers for each book you read.  For kids in…

Read, Baby, Read: Storytime at Powers Park

Help your child learn through stories & songs at Powers Park! Weather permitting. Text @Portrichmo to 81010 for text reminders. Weather cancelations will be announced via this text service – sign-up highly recommended! If…

Read, Baby, Read Storytime

Read! Sing! Play! Help your child learn through stories, songs, and fun activities. All programs are for children ages birth through 24 months and their caregivers. Expecting parents and siblings welcome.  Read,…

Summer Storytime

Preschool children are invited to join Ms. Karen for a storytime around the "campfire"!

Read, Baby, Read My First Storytime

Bring your little one for lap time with stories, songs, rhymes and bounces. Siblings welcome. Text @Portrichmo to 81010 for text reminders.  Read, Baby, Read is a series of fun programs for babies, toddlers and their families,…

Read, Baby, Read: Storytime at Malcolm X Park

Read! Sing! Play! Help your child learn through stories, songs, and fun activities at Malcolm X Park. Weather Permitting.  For children ages birth through 24 months and their caregivers.  Text @readbabywp to 81010 for text…

Read, Baby, Read: Spanish Bilingual Storytime at Harrowgate Park

Help your child learn through stories & songs in English and Spanish! Weather permitting. Free! Find us at Harrowgate Park near the playground. Text @Portrichmo to 81010 for text reminders. Weather cancelations will be announced via…

Reading (Super) Heroes

Do you want to practice your reading skills while having fun?  Join our Super Hero Reading Buddy program which will pair an adult with a young reader.  You can earn stickers for each book you read.  For kids in…

Read, Baby, Read Storytime

Read! Sing! Play! Help your child learn through stories, songs, and fun activities. All programs are for children ages birth through 24 months and their caregivers. Expecting parents and siblings welcome.  Read,…

Read, Baby, Read: Storytime at Malcolm X Park

Read! Sing! Play! Help your child learn through stories, songs, and fun activities at Malcolm X Park. Weather Permitting.  For children ages birth through 24 months and their caregivers.  Text @readbabywp to 81010 for text…

Read, Baby, Read: Storytime at Powers Park

Help your child learn through stories & songs at Powers Park! Weather permitting. Text @Portrichmo to 81010 for text reminders. Weather cancelations will be announced via this text service – sign-up highly recommended! If…

Read, Baby, Read Storytime

Read! Sing! Play! Help your child learn through stories, songs, and fun activities. All programs are for children ages birth through 24 months and their caregivers. Expecting parents and siblings welcome.  Read,…

Read, Baby, Read My First Storytime

Bring your little one for lap time with stories, songs, rhymes and bounces. Siblings welcome. Text @Portrichmo to 81010 for text reminders.  Read, Baby, Read is a series of fun programs for babies, toddlers and their families,…

Read, Baby, Read: Storytime at Malcolm X Park

Read! Sing! Play! Help your child learn through stories, songs, and fun activities at Malcolm X Park. Weather Permitting.  For children ages birth through 24 months and their caregivers.  Text @readbabywp to 81010 for text…

Read, Baby, Read: Spanish Bilingual Storytime at Harrowgate Park

Help your child learn through stories & songs in English and Spanish! Weather permitting. Free! Find us at Harrowgate Park near the playground. Text @Portrichmo to 81010 for text reminders. Weather cancelations will be announced via…

Read, Baby, Read Storytime

Read! Sing! Play! Help your child learn through stories, songs, and fun activities. All programs are for children ages birth through 24 months and their caregivers. Expecting parents and siblings welcome.  Read,…

Storytime and Block Play

Hear a new story and play with our wooden block collection. Recommended for ages 2 to 6, accompanied by an adult; siblings are always welcome.  Imagine, build, and create!   Groups must call the children's…

TumbleBooks

TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.

Overdrive Kid's eReading Room

Ebooks and audiobooks from Overdrive for young readers.

BookFlix *

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

Robert Darnton | A Literary Tour de France: The World of Books on the Eve of the French Revolution

Cultural historian Robert Darnton is the author The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History . His many other books include The Business of Enlightenment , Berlin Journal , The Case for Books , and The Devil in…