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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…

Literacy Lab Returns for 2018-2019 School Year

We are excited to announce that Literacy Lab has returned for the 2018-2019 school year. Literacy Lab, previously piloted as the Sunday Literacy program during the 2016-2017 school year, provides small group literacy instruction for…

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…

Our Summer of Wonder is Almost at an End : (

With the end of August comes the end of this year’s Summer of Wonder . But what a summer it’s been! We’ve sleuthed with the best at the The Rosenbach , written our own stories at Roxborough Library , discussed what…

Be a Phanatic about Reading!

Did you know that the Phillie Phanatic loves to read? He does! He even enjoys hanging out with other book lovers. That’s why he and the Phillies teamed up with the Free Library of Philadelphia to offer special prizes to a select…

Meet Our Summer of Wonder Outreach Team!

The Summer of Wonder is happening across the city at every Free Library of Philadelphia location . It’s also happening online through the end of August. But did you know that the Summer of Wonder is also happening at daycare…

New Family Fun Literacy Backpacks at Eastwick Library!

Eastwick Library is excited to announce our new Family Fun Literacy Backpacks. Our backpacks are a pilot program selected by the Library’s Strategic Initiatives Office to support the City of Philadelphia’s citywide Read by…

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,…

Register Now for Science in the Summer

Even though school is out, we at the Free Library are committed to keeping children and teens learning all summer long. That’s why we plan the Summer of Wonder , which includes everything from LEGO building to mystery solving. But…

Embedding Literacy into your Summer Camp

Now that the school year has ended, it’s time to get ready and excited for summer camp! Many camps provide children with great opportunities to learn about new things or participate in activities that don’t fit into the…

Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Adults are invited to this FREE English class.  Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! Fridays 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m Saturdays 1:15 pm - 4:15 pm  April 26, 2019 - June 15,…

Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Adults are invited to this FREE English class.  Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! Fridays 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m Saturdays 1:15 pm - 4:15 pm  April 26, 2019 - June 15,…

Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Adults are invited to this FREE English class.  Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! Fridays 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m Saturdays 1:15 pm - 4:15 pm  April 26, 2019 - June 15,…

Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Adults are invited to this FREE English class.  Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! Fridays 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m Saturdays 1:15 pm - 4:15 pm  April 26, 2019 - June 15,…

Film Screening: I am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin and Race in America (2016)

This Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism. In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. Northeast Regional Library will host two sessions of the Literacy lab program on Sundays from January…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library will host two sessions of the Literacy Lab program on Sundays…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library will host two sessions of the Literacy Lab…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. Northeast Regional Library will host two sessions of the Literacy lab program on Sundays from January…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library will host two sessions of the Literacy Lab program on Sundays…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library will host two sessions of the Literacy Lab…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. Independence Library will host two sessions of the Literacy lab program on Saturdays from November…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. Kingsessing Library will host two sessions of the Literacy lab program on Saturdays from November 17th…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. Logan Library will host two sessions of the Literacy lab program on Saturdays from November 17th until…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. Independence Library will host two sessions of the Literacy lab program on Saturdays from November…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. Kingsessing Library will host two sessions of the Literacy lab program on Saturdays from November 17th…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. Logan Library will host two sessions of the Literacy lab program on Saturdays from November 17th until…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. Northeast Regional Library will host two sessions of the Literacy lab program on Sundays from January…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library will host two sessions of the Literacy Lab program on Sundays…

Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library will host two sessions of the Literacy Lab…

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.