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Looking Back on the Free Library’s First All-Virtual Summer of Wonder!

In this unprecedented time, the Free Library has had a lot of firsts. We pulled together to bring you our first virtual Summer of Wonder with the help of librarians and library staff, camp counselors, teachers, caregivers, activists,…

An Interview with Deyania Sanders, the High School Artist Behind This Year's Summer of Wonder

2020 Summer of Wonder poster In December, the Free Library and the design team at Mighty Engine put out a contest call for artwork from high school students. Deyania Sanders’ art teacher encouraged her to submit. Now, she’s…

Summer of Wonder - Week 13: Free Meals for Families, PAWS Read to a Dog, Spanish Language Storytime, and a Virtual Performance from Ants on a Log!

It’s the final full week of our virtual Summer of Wonder for kids, teens, adults, and camp groups , and we’re so glad you’ve come along! Look for our upcoming interview with high school artist Deyania Sanders who…

Summer of Wonder - Week 12: Baby Storytime, Virtual Claymobile, Family Food and Wellness, and Drawing with Yona!

Our virtual Summer of Wonder is nearly over, and schools will be back in session soon! The students in your life might be headed back to the classroom or learning virtually. Help your youngest learners process their back-to-school…

Summer of Wonder - Week 11: Pilates, Family Food and Wellness, Jazzy Ash, and a Virtual Animal Encounter!

As the hot days of summer linger, the Summer of Wonder brings you creative crafts, food for thought, and much-needed moments of self-care. Find a new way to chill out on August 15 for National Relaxation Day ! Turn your eyes skyward…

Summer of Wonder - Week 10: Virtual Yoga, Teen Café, Mario the Maker Magician, and #ToshokanFLP!

August is arriving, and the Summer of Wonder is here to keep your days filled with virtual learning and fun. If fresh air is more your style, why not explore a local park ? You can even find a shady spot to dig into your favorite read…

Summer of Wonder - Week 9: Play Streets, Spray Parks, Ice Cream, and DIY Face Masks!

Looking for some outdoor family fun or fresh ways to stay cool during this Summer of Wonder ? Find Play Streets , summer camps , spray parks, and food sites near you ! And in our opinion, it’s never too late to celebrate National…

Summer of Wonder - Week 8: Virtual Ballet, Read to a Therapy Dog, Crafting with Clay, and the Philly Goat Project!

As temperatures climb, the Summer of Wonder is here to bring you opportunities to learn something new, exercise your creativity, participate in your community, or rest and recharge. Cool off at a spray park near you ! Follow Read Baby…

Picture ebooks Highlights | It's Summertime!

Do you have a favorite season? I do – mine is summer. What’s not to like, I say? Long days, open windows, warm weather, shorts and sandals, water and bathing suits, reading on hammocks… I could go on and on! Here are…

Happy National Ice Cream Month!

I know we have all heard the saying "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream." For people of all ages, from toddlers to seniors, ice cream has become an American classic; but do you know the history of this sweet…

Summer of Wonder - Week 7: Minecraft Club, Interactive Music, Museum Adventures, and Social Justice Workshops!

The virtual Summer of Wonder has something fun for everyone! Is your summer menu in a rut? Sign up to Learn from the Chef with the Culinary Literacy Center . Missing the Field Teen Center ? Sign up for their Virtual Teen Reading Lounge…

Summer of Wonder - Week 6: Mindfulness Meditation, Coding for Kids, Recycled Arts and Crafts, Virtual Storytimes, and Musical History!

The Summer of Wonder marches into week six, and we're here to help you keep your spirits up! Struggling to explain social distancing to a child in your life? Check out this hula-hooping video from Free Library Early Learning .…

Creating on a Budget with Recycled Crafts

Summer is looking a little different this year without in-person programming at the Free Library. As someone who lives for summer arts and crafts programs, I’m sure I’m not the only one itching for some quality craft time…

Summer of Wonder - Week 5: Pride Dress Up Day, Adventure Journals, Independence Day, and DIY Ice Cream!

Celebrate Pride Month , Independence Day, and your own creativity as the Summer of Wonder continues this week! Beat the summer heat and learn to keep cool without AC ! For a special treat, make DIY ice cream with LEAP ! Join us Daily…

Summer of Wonder – Week Four: Healthy Sexuality Workshops, Queer Authors and Playwrights, Drag Queen Storytimes, and Virtual Museum Tours!

The Summer of Wonder continues as next week we are highlighting all of our great Pride month virtual programming! Also, we've updated our Summer Camp Challenge page with a video playlist for training resources and information to add…

Summer of Wonder – Week Three: Virtual Concerts, Therapy Dog Storytimes, Summer Crafts, and Juneteenth Celebration!

Today marks the last day of classes for School District of Philadelphia teachers and students and the beginning of summer break! It's been a challenging school year, to say the least, so let's celebrate with some fun activities…

Summer of Wonder – Week Two: Maker Crafts, Animation, Storytimes, Trivia, and Yoga!

The first week of Summer of Wonder has already flown by! Join us on Facebook for Week Two, June 8 through 12! Mondays: Imagination Station Share your feelings with the world by designing and making emoji charm bracelets and keychains.…

Find Your Story with the Free Library’s Virtual Summer of Wonder!

Feeling at a loss for learning this summer? Looking for fun ways to expand your mind and keep your summer fresh and engaging—even indoors? The Free Library has a new virtual Summer of Wonder experience for you! What’s Your…

The Free Library Has Your Ticket for Summer Movie Streaming!

As the unofficial beginning of summer starts this weekend, this is usually when I write a blog post about all the summer movies that are coming to theaters over the next 3 - 4 months... but this year, COVID-19 had other plans... [Cue…

Delving into the Science of Me

In the midst of a heat wave, Science in the Summer continues to spark young minds! For over thirty years, the program has demystified the sciences with free, hands-on learning for students entering 2nd-6th grades, all the while…