Tagged literacy

Virtual Tutoring Programs Flourish This Spring

by Regina Schliep, Logan Library Work-Study Student During this unusual school year, some neighborhood libraries  have joined forces with local schools and community organizations to support virtual tutoring programs for…

The Adult Literacy Book Club’s New Book Selection

Join the Adult Literacy Book Club, presented by the Free Library's Languages and Learning Center  and the Center for Literacy . Improve your reading skills while reading and discussing interesting books! One of our book club…

2020's Newest Word Additions and Definitions to the Dictionary

As we wind down 2020, I have a few choice words that I can think of to describe the year... but none that would be appropriate to print here. Luckily for us, Merriam-Webster added plenty of new words and definitions —over 500 to…

Introducing the Adult Literacy Book Club!

Join the Adult Literacy Book Club, presented by the Free Library's Languages & Learning Center and the Center for Literacy , by improving your reading skills while reading and discussing interesting books! Don't have a lot…

Free Arabic Literacy Program - Available Virtually Now

by Stephanie S - Intern, Languages & Learning Center The Languages and Learning Center supports the individual literacy and learning goals of Philadelphia adults, including resources for Adult Basic Education,…

Language Through My Kitchen: Latin Cuisine

The Latin American Book Fair , in partnership with the Culinary Literacy Center , will be presenting Language Through My Kitchen: Latin Cuisine , during a virtual event broadcast on Facebook on Friday, October 16, 10:00 a.m. to…

Back to School Resources and Programs for Students

The new school year starts this week throughout Philadelphia and whether students will be attending school in-person and / or virtually, the Free Library is ready to help with resources and programs to help make the school year a…

Philadelphia History from Home: Digital Access to Primary Sources

You may have heard the recent news that Free Library cardholders now have access to ProQuest’s Historical Black Newspapers , featuring coverage of The Philadelphia Tribune (the oldest continuously-published Black daily!) from…

Shake Things Up with Baby at Home!

There’s no doubt that this pandemic has turned all of our lives upside down. For those of us with young kids, it means interrupted routines and the increased need for at-home stimulation and entertainment. My daughter Yuri is a…

Four Digital Learning Resources to Help You Prepare for the GED or HiSET Test

The Free Library has a number of electronic resources to support your learning remotely. If your GED or HiSET classes have been postponed or if you have not gotten around to registering for classes, you can practice for the GED or HiSET…

Food Insecurity, English Language Learning, and Community Conversations in North Philadelphia

Edible Alphabet is a free English language learning program offered to adults by the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center . The mission of the program is to teach English language and literacy skills through hands-on cooking and…

2019's Newest Word Additions and Definitions to the Dictionary

As we wind down the year that was 2019 and look forward to a new decade beginning in 2020, librarians, wordsmiths, Scrabble players, and those who are just looking to add some new flavor to their vocabulary can rejoice that 1,170 new…

'Tis the Season for the Winter Reading Challenge

As the weather changes, there's no better company than reading a good book in a cozy space. Running from November 25 to February 29 , our Winter Reading Challenge invites readers of all ages to register and earn badges as they…

Community-Centered Groups Come Together to Promote Literacy in Southwest Philadelphia

There could not be a more natural community-centered initiative pairing than the Paschalville Partnership ’s Community Catalyst Initiative and Read by 4th . Last month, these initiatives came together to talk about engaging…

Congratulations on the Launch of the Languages and Learning Center!

by Guest Author: Naomie Nyanungo  - Senior Director, Office of Adult Education       If you are an adult education practitioner or adult learner in Philadelphia, you are probably as happy as I am about the launch of…

Announcing the Languages and Learning Center!

September is Adult Education Month and the Free Library is excited to announce the launch of the Languages and Learning Center at Parkway Central Library , a center dedicated to supporting the individual learning goals of…

We're Here For You During 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…

Leamos en la Biblioteca: ¡Clases de Alfabetización! Leamos @ The Library: Spanish Literacy Class!

¿Conoces a un adulto hispanohablante que necesita ayuda para aprender a leer y escribir? Estamos aceptando estudiantes adultos en la biblioteca de Kensington para un curso gratuito de alfabetización en español en…

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…

In-Person Baby Storytime with Miss Mary!

Join Miss Mary Mondays at 10:30 am at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine St) for Baby Storytime! Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is intended for our friends ages 2 and under and their caregivers. As…

In-Person Baby Storytime with Miss Mary!

Join Miss Mary Mondays at 10:30 am at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine St) for Baby Storytime! Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is intended for our friends ages 2 and under and their caregivers. As…

In-Person Baby Storytime with Miss Mary!

Join Miss Mary Mondays at 10:30 am at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine St) for Baby Storytime! Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is intended for our friends ages 2 and under and their caregivers. As…

In-Person Baby Storytime with Miss Mary!

Join Miss Mary Mondays at 10:30 am at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine St) for Baby Storytime! Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is intended for our friends ages 2 and under and their caregivers. As…

In-Person Baby Storytime with Miss Mary!

Join Miss Mary Mondays at 10:30 am at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine St) for Baby Storytime! Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is intended for our friends ages 2 and under and their caregivers. As…

In-Person Baby Storytime with Miss Mary!

Join Miss Mary Mondays at 10:30 am at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine St) for Baby Storytime! Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is intended for our friends ages 2 and under and their caregivers. As…

In-Person Baby Storytime with Miss Mary!

Join Miss Mary Mondays at 10:30 am at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine St) for Baby Storytime! Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is intended for our friends ages 2 and under and their caregivers. As…

In-Person Baby Storytime with Miss Mary!

Join Miss Mary Mondays at 10:30 am at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine St) for Baby Storytime! Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is intended for our friends ages 2 and under and their caregivers. As…

In-Person Baby Storytime with Miss Mary!

Join Miss Mary Mondays at 10:30 am at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine St) for Baby Storytime! Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is intended for our friends ages 2 and under and their caregivers. As…

Outdoor Big Kid Storytime

Ms. Rachel will be providing outdoor, socially distanced storytimes for children aged 2-5 on the 4th Saturday of the month. All members of the family who are able are encouraged to wear a mask and households will be asked to socially…

In-Person Baby Storytime with Miss Mary!

Join Miss Mary Mondays at 10:30 am at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine St) for Baby Storytime! Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is intended for our friends ages 2 and under and their caregivers. As…

In-Person Baby Storytime with Miss Mary!

Join Miss Mary Mondays at 10:30 am at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine St) for Baby Storytime! Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is intended for our friends ages 2 and under and their caregivers. As…

Outdoor Read, Baby, Read Storytime

Ms. Rachel will be providing socially distanced outdoor storytimes for children aged 0-24 months on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Parents and caregivers are asked to wear masks & socially distance from other households. Ms. Rachel…

In-Person Baby Storytime with Miss Mary!

Join Miss Mary Mondays at 10:30 am at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine St) for Baby Storytime! Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is intended for our friends ages 2 and under and their caregivers. As…

Virtual Woof and Meow Café!

Calling all young readers! Would you like to read to your own personal cat or dog audience? Then bring your favorite book and join us every Wednesday from 3-4PM! Each virtual reading session is hosted by Main Line Animal Rescue together…

In-Person Baby Storytime with Miss Mary!

Join Miss Mary Mondays at 10:30 am at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine St) for Baby Storytime! Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is intended for our friends ages 2 and under and their caregivers. As…

Outdoor Big Kid Storytime

Ms. Rachel will be providing outdoor, socially distanced storytimes for children aged 2-5 on the 4th Saturday of the month. All members of the family who are able are encouraged to wear a mask and households will be asked to socially…

VIRTUAL Friday Reads Book Talk with Miss Mary

Looking for your next middle grade read? Check out these short book talk videos with Miss Mary talking about her new favorite books! Then use your library card to place a hold at freelibrary.org.  Facebook; ParkwayCentralChildrens…

Virtual Woof and Meow Café!

Calling all young readers! Would you like to read to your own personal cat or dog audience? Then bring your favorite book and join us every Wednesday from 3-4PM! Each virtual reading session is hosted by Main Line Animal Rescue together…

In-Person Baby Storytime with Miss Mary!

Join Miss Mary Mondays at 10:30 am at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine St) for Baby Storytime! Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is intended for our friends ages 2 and under and their caregivers. As…

TumbleBooks

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

Overdrive World Languages eReading Room

Download ebooks and audiobooks in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, French, and other languages. Get the Libby app to borrow on the go. Watch this short video to learn more

OverDrive Sala de Lectura Electrónica en Español

Descargue libros electrónicos y audiolibros en español para niños, adolescentes y adultos. (Download ebooks and audiobooks in Spanish for kids, teens, and adults.)

Overdrive Kid's eReading Room

Ebooks and audiobooks from Overdrive for young readers. Get the Libby app to borrow on the go. Watch this short video to learn more

BookFlix *

A digital literacy resource, for grades preK-3, that pairs animated stories with nonfiction ebooks to build a love of reading. Includes lesson plans for teachers and tips for caregivers

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…