Tagged Summer Reading

Summer of Wonder at The Rosenbach

Another Summer of Wonder is here and The Rosenbach is again excited to offer free admission for families to the museum ! Once you step through the museum’s stately front doors, you’ll find a house filled with weird, wacky,…

Summer at the Free Library!

Now that summer is upon us, we hope you’ve got the Free Library on your mind! Whether you’re looking for something fun to do outside, plan to cool off at your neighborhood library location , or take us along on your vacation…

School's Out for Summer! Keep Cool at a City Pool, Sprayground, and Your Neighborhood Library!

Today marks the last day of classes for School District of Philadelphia teachers and students and the beginning of summer break! Most thoughts and activities will turn to the outdoors, and when it's time to keep cool from that…

Attend Free Summer Camps and Workshops in August at Your Neighborhood Library!

Summer is finally here – and that means it’s time for another Summer of Wonder with the library! Visit your local neighborhood library or visit us online to earn prizes for reading and completing learning challenges. But…

Read and Explore with the Free Library this Summer!

The Free Library of Philadelphia's Summer of Wonder program is almost here! Read and explore all summer long with our free activities and programs that support reading, learning, exploration, and fun. This program is designed for…

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…

Taking Summer of Wonder Out of the Library

The Free Library of Philadelphia is continuing our efforts to make the Summer of Wonder program as available and accessible as possible. In addition to offering Summer of Wonder in all 54 library locations throughout the city and…

Camp Play and Learn

Are you ready for the new school year? Do you have a child  entering 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade in the Fall? Get a back-to-school boost with Camp Play and Learn! At Camp Play and Learn, children will stretch their minds and…

Beach Reads | Adult Fiction Edition

Ah yes, it's Beach Reads season once again. But really, what does it even mean to call a book a ‘beach read’? Are they books with wintery themes, or set in chilly locations, to help you keep cool as you’re sweating…

Five Things To Do With Your Little Kids This Summer in Philadelphia

Ah, summer... The sun is out, the fountains are on, school is out, energy is high, and let's face it—for parents, this can be a challenging time. Here’s a list of things that are great to do with little kids, and for…

Journey Around the World at the Rosenbach This Summer!

For the second year in a row, Summer of Wonder is teaming up with the Rosenbach to offer free admission for families to the museum! Once you step through the museum’s stately front doors, you’ll find a house filled with…

Meet This Year's Summer of Wonder Artist... Ekua Holmes!

Maybe you've seen the posters around your local library or neighborhood and thought, "Who created that artwork?" The Free Library of Philadelphia is thrilled that award-winning illustrator Ekua Holmes is our 2018 Summer of…

Summer Hours and Cool Activities at the Free Library!

It's almost officially summer here in Philadelphia, as the sun finally breaks through all the recent rain clouds and schools will be letting out early next week. No matter what your plans are this summer, the Free Library is here to…

Summer of Wonder: Explore! Discover! Read!

The weather is getting warmer, school is coming to a close soon, and the Summer of Wonder at the Free Library is almost here! Enjoy free activities and programming all summer long that support reading, learning, exploration, and fun.…

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…

Happy Young Readers Day!

November 14 is Young Readers Day, and while we believe that every day should be spent celebrating and encouraging our city’s littlest learners, we’re happy to take this opportunity to remind you about the many wonderful…

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…

So You Didn't Start Your Summer Reading Assignment Yet...

It’s August and the first day of school is approaching fast. You’ve finally unearthed your Summer Reading lists , determined to read the book(s) and complete the assignments. There are two categories: people who have the…

Not a Typical Kid: A Support Group for Parents of Children with Autism

Come meet, ask questions, and receive support, and share experiences and resources with other parents of children on the autistic spectrum. Children are welcome!    

Not a Typical Kid: A Support Group for Parents of Children with Autism

Come meet, ask questions, and receive support, and share experiences and resources with other parents of children on the autistic spectrum. Children are welcome!    

Bibliophiles Reading Group

Join us as we discuss Old in Art School:  A Memoir fo Starting Over, by Nell Painter.  Branch staff can assist you to obtain copies of the books, from the Free Library system. Are you interested in leading the discussion?…

Not a Typical Kid: A Support Group for Parents of Children with Autism

Come meet, ask questions, and receive support, and share experiences and resources with other parents of children on the autistic spectrum. Children are welcome!    

Not a Typical Kid: A Support Group for Parents of Children with Autism

Come meet, ask questions, and receive support, and share experiences and resources with other parents of children on the autistic spectrum. Children are welcome! In today's session, Sarah Locklund of Herbology will be speaking about…

Baby Storytimes

Books, songs and rhymes and bounces for children (birth to 23 months) and their caregivers.  Space is limited, first come, first served.

Construction Club

Build with LEGOs, MagnaTiles, KEVA planks, Straws & Connectors, and more. All ages welcome. Children under seven must be accompanied by an adult.

"Wonder"-ful Discoveries: Fun in the Sun

Margaret S. Halloran Literacy Seiries Discover science, literature, art, poetry, and more through hands-on activities at your library! The last Thursday of each month will be a special "fun in the Sun" outdoor session of…

Chair Yoga

Ground your mind and body with a full hour of FREE chair yoga, led by certified yoga instructor Janet Faulls. This is a twist on traditional yoga, making it accessible for any age or ability.

Open Mic: Creative Expressions

Perform your own writing or another writer’s works that inspire you! All levels of experience and ages welcome. (Note: Please review expectations and your contributions beforehand with Sara Palmer at 215-685-9996 or…

Children's Movie

Enjoy a movie and a light snack.

LEGO Club

Build amazing things  with LEGOS during this fun children’s program. ** teachers and group leaders  - please call to schedule a special individualized program **

Let's Play!

Join us to do fun activities outside, directly after storytime.

Preschool Playtime

Come play, learn, and get to know each other in our preschool area. Recommended for children ages 4 and under and their caregivers.

Preschool Storytime

Join Miss Meghan for stories, songs, and activities. Recommended for children 4 and under and their caregivers. Siblings always welcome. Groups must schedule their own visit.

Toddler Storytime and Playgroup

Join us for stories, songs, and activities, with time to socialize and play with the library's toys after storytime! These programs are intended for children three years old and younger, accompanied by a caregiver.  Daycares,…

Bop and Cha-Cha

Mondays at 6:30! Join us for a fun time! Learn how to Bop and Cha-Cha, or show off your moves. No experience necessary. All ages invited! ***Classes provided by the North 5th Street Revitalization Project***

Chess Club

Do you like to play chess?  Do you want to learn how to play, or how to play better? Join us for a friendly game.  All level players are welcome and some instruction is available.  For ages 8 and up.  We'll…

Board Game Day

Have fun and make friends playing classic board games during this fun children’s program! ** teachers and group leaders  - please call to schedule a special individualized program **

Game Day Mondays

Indoor and outdoor fun and games for children and teens.

Books & Authors *

Discover fiction and non-fiction books that match your interests! Books and Authors (powered by Gale's popular What Do I Read Next? series) is for readers from every level of reading proficiency and enables users to explore the endless…

Elin Hilderbrand | The Perfect Couple

“The queen of the summer beach read” ( New York Post ), Elin Hilderbrand has captured the flavor, scenery, and people of Nantucket in more than 20 New York Times bestselling novels, including The Beach Club, The Matchmaker , and The…