Tagged Teens

Introducing the Everything Teen Center at Northeast Regional Library!

Attention teens in Northeast Philly!  It's time to rediscover the Northeast Regional Library ! The Everything Teen Center is a brand new section of the library just for teens, ages 12 to 19. Located on the second floor, the ETC…

Explore Black History with Your Family at the Free Library!

The Free Library is proud to honor Black History Month ! We’ll be celebrating, learning, and reflecting together, with a multitude of programs for the whole family at neighborhood libraries across the city. Explore local history…

Come Out for Sundays on Stage this Winter Season!

If you have yet to experience an afternoon with Sundays on Stage , you’re really missing out! One of the Free Library’s longest-running programs, this free-to-the-public event series features talented performers from all…

Kick-Off Black History Month with Philadelphia’s African American Children’s Book Fair

At a moment of growing awareness around the importance of representation and diversity in children’s books , the African American Children’s Book Fair continues the effort it has been devoted to for nearly three decades:…

MLK Day of Service | When the Youth Lead

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a strongly celebrated day in Philadelphia. People of all ages come together to support their communities and uplift the values of MLK’s civil rights leadership during this nationally recognized Day of…

Y is for Youth

Philadelphia is a wellspring of inspiring young people, with our innovative communities and the creative spirit of the city bringing out the best in many of our young leaders. Today, we would like to give back! Have you been thinking…

Robots? Where? McPherson Square!

Following an early dismissal on Wednesdays, students from a local middle school pack the floor of the McPherson Square library . With students flocking in prior to regularly scheduled afterschool activities, the LEAP Maker Mentors,…

'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…

Indigenous Reads for Children and Teens

This month, in celebration of Indigenous, Native, Aboriginal, and First Nation peoples, we will follow some notable hashtags, making waves for people seeking relatable content in the pages of a good book. Though not an exhaustive list,…

Multicultural Fair: Empowering Communities, Quilting Stories

Sharing cross-cultural stories is so important to developing civic engagement and participation in our communities. Creating safe environments is essential to discovering, exploring, and learning about our neighbors. We all share a set…

What Will You Discover at the Free Library This TeenTober?

This year, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) declared the month of October: TeenTober ! It’s a time to celebrate and highlight Teen Services in libraries nationwide. This is great opportunity for us to remind…

Philly School Fairs Help Fulfill Needs and Goals of Students

Every year, Great Schools Philly hosts the Philly High School Fair , an opportunity for students to find the schools that fit the futures they want to build. For the third year in a row, the Free Library got to attend! Nestled in a sea…

Nourishing Literacy 2019/2020 Registration Now Open to School Classrooms!

Nourishing Literacy is the Culinary Literacy Center ’s set of programs that connect youth, teachers, and caregivers to the library through educational cooking opportunities. We offer school year and summer programming for youth,…

What's New with LEAP?

Now that the new school year is up and running, LEAP would like to welcome students back to school! LEAP provides a safe and supportive afterschool environment for school-age patrons grades K – 12, complete with homework help,…

Go Back to School with the Free Library!

The calendar still says August, and the weather forecast still says summer, but the new school year is just around the corner— School District of Philadelphia will ring the bell to begin classes on Tuesday, September 3! …

There’s Still Plenty of Summer Fun, Creativity, and Learning at the Library Throughout August for Children and Teens!

It’s no secret that the Free Library of Philadelphia loves summer! Summer is a time for playing, exploring, and relaxing. Summer gives us time to learn new things and do what we love. There’s freedom to try something…

Literacy Works!, WorkReady Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Youth Network Create Teen Literacy Coaches in Neighborhood Libraries

The Literacy Works! 2019 program is underway! Provided by the Free Library of Philadelphia and funded by WorkReady Philadelphia, Literacy Works! is a 6-week summer program employing nearly 100 teens, known as Teen Literacy Coaches, at…

Don’t Be a Drag, Just Be a Queen: Exploring and Celebrating Gender Roleplay in Young Adult Books!

Welcome to another Pride Month, friends! After this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race , I’m sure we're all ready to keep the amazing times rolling with more exploration of performative gender with some rollicking young adult…

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…

Conversations in Color: The Coretta Scott King Awards Celebrate 50 Years of Excellence

Parkway Central Library Senior Services will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards for excellence in African American children’s literature with a five-part discussion series called Conversations In…

Role-Playing Game Club

Join us every Wednesday from 3:30 - 5:20 as you and your group of adventurers go on daring quests in search of treasure and glory. The only thing you need to bring is your imagination and a thirst for adventure. Open to children and…

Kids Can Cook!

Kids and Teens are invited to join us select Tuesdays during the school year (approximately every other week) to help prepare and enjoy a health-conscious meal! All classes are supervised by ServSafe certified chef Keisha Prosser, aka…

Role-Playing Game Club

Join us every Wednesday from 3:30 - 5:20 as you and your group of adventurers go on daring quests in search of treasure and glory. The only thing you need to bring is your imagination and a thirst for adventure. Open to children and…

Role-Playing Game Club

Join us every Wednesday from 3:30 - 5:20 as you and your group of adventurers go on daring quests in search of treasure and glory. The only thing you need to bring is your imagination and a thirst for adventure. Open to children and…

Kids Can Cook!

Kids and Teens are invited to join us select Tuesdays during the school year (approximately every other week) to help prepare and enjoy a health-conscious meal! All classes are supervised by ServSafe certified chef Keisha Prosser, aka…

Role-Playing Game Club

Join us every Wednesday from 3:30 - 5:20 as you and your group of adventurers go on daring quests in search of treasure and glory. The only thing you need to bring is your imagination and a thirst for adventure. Open to children and…

Movie Double Feature

Come watch these essential movies each Sunday in the Field Teen Center! Programs at the Field Teen Center are open to individuals ages 12 to 18. Contact TeenCenter@freelibrary.org or call 215-686-5395 for more info. Follow…

Philly Slam League

The Free Library auditorium hosts the Philly Slam League, a weekly poetry slam competition for teen poets. All are welcome to attend the performances. If your school doesn’t have a team, join ours! The Free Library House Team…

Nintendo Fridays

Come join us every Friday after school for Nintendo Fridays! We play games like Smash Bros and Mario Party. Open to kids and teens ages 8 and up. 

Role-Playing Game Club

Join us every Wednesday from 3:30 - 5:20 as you and your group of adventurers go on daring quests in search of treasure and glory. The only thing you need to bring is your imagination and a thirst for adventure. Open to children and…

Self-Care Social

12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. in the Field Teen Center, Ground Floor. Come take time for yourself as we explore efforts and crafts to help meet our physical, emotional, and mental health needs.   Programs at the Field Teen Center are open…

Kids Can Cook!

Kids and Teens are invited to join us select Tuesdays during the school year (approximately every other week) to help prepare and enjoy a health-conscious meal! All classes are supervised by ServSafe certified chef Keisha Prosser, aka…

Movie Double Feature

Come watch these essential movies each Sunday in the Field Teen Center! Programs at the Field Teen Center are open to individuals ages 12 to 18. Contact TeenCenter@freelibrary.org or call 215-686-5395 for more info. Follow…

Nintendo Fridays

Come join us every Friday after school for Nintendo Fridays! We play games like Smash Bros and Mario Party. Open to kids and teens ages 8 and up. 

LEAP Teen Talk at Donatucci

All teens welcome every third Thursday of each month to discuss a variety a topics including self-care, current events, and more. The fruits of the discussion will then be including in a zine to continue exploration of these topics…

Jewelry Making Workshop

Intro to jewelry making, wire wrapping, and beading! Youth ages 12-18 are welcome to come create a piece of wearable art to keep. We'll be exploring the many jewelry making e-books on our digital resource Hoopla for…

Role-Playing Game Club

Join us every Wednesday from 3:30 - 5:20 as you and your group of adventurers go on daring quests in search of treasure and glory. The only thing you need to bring is your imagination and a thirst for adventure. Open to children and…

Teen Anime Club

Teens interested in watching Anime are invited to join the Field Teen Center Teen Anime Club!  Mondays in the Field Teen Center from 3pm-5pm.   Programs at the Field Teen Center are open to individuals ages 12 to 18. Contact…

Philly Slam League

The Free Library auditorium hosts the Philly Slam League, a weekly poetry slam competition for teen poets. All are welcome to attend the performances. If your school doesn’t have a team, join ours! The Free Library House Team…

Nintendo Fridays

Come join us every Friday after school for Nintendo Fridays! We play games like Smash Bros and Mario Party. Open to kids and teens ages 8 and up. 

LGBTQ Young Adult Books

Books featuring LGBTQ protagonists within YA fiction that is diverse and accessible to all readers, no matter what their sexual orientation or gender identity may be.

Let's Talk About Consent: 7th - 12th Grade

Books and resources to aid parents, caregivers, and educators discuss the topic of consent and personal boundaries with teens in grades 7th - 12th.

Homeless Teens

Moving stories about the struggles of teenage homelessness.

Favorite YA Reads of 2014

Our favorite YA reads that came out in 2014, proving once again that kids’ books aren’t just for kids.

If You Like the Hunger Games

Books for fans of Suzanne Collin’s Hunger Games series

Teen Most Wanted List

Teen bestsellers across America

Steampunk for Teens

From clockwork robots and steam-powered computers to dirigibles (and even zombies!), these teen novels feature elements of retro-futuristic science, alternate histories, and wild adventure.

Spare Time Suggestions for Teens

Fun and creative activities to fend off teenage boredom.

Philly Teen Favorites

The books Philadelphia teens are clamoring to read.

High School Drama

You think your school is bad?! Read these books filled with teenage drama, gossip, and growing pains.

High School Films

Get ready for a new school term by watching films about or that take place in high school.

FLP Teens Recommend

High school students participating in the Free Library’s community service program recommend their favorite books.

Poetry - Novels in Verse

Poetry with special appeal for tweens and teens.

LGBTQ Teens - Resources for Parents and Families

Resources for Parents and Families of LGBTQ Teens.

LGBTQ Teens - Nonfiction

Information on bullying, safety, coming out, and other important topics relevant to LGBTQ teens.

Fantasy - Teens

YA fantasy fiction from the classics to newer sub genres, graphic novels, and epic series too!

Asian American Resources for Teens

Recommended especially for middle and high school students.

Graphic Novels - Realistic stories for Teens

Graphic novels that reflect real life.

YA Best of 2015

If you are looking for amazing Young Adult books, check out this Top 50 list created by three of our Teen Librarians – Erin H., Abbe K., and Rachel F.

U.S. History In Context

Covers themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-colonial times to the present. The material also includes access to the citations for over 180 additional history journals from the Institute for Scientific…

U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1980)

The bound, sequentially numbered volumes of all the Reports, Documents, and Journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives constitutes a rich source of primary source material on all aspects of American history. Upon…

Student Resources In Context

"Thousands of curriculum-targeted primary documents, biographies, topical essays, background information, critical analyses, full-text coverage of 800 magazines, over 10,000 photographs and illustrations, and more than 8 hours of audio…

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is an authoritative, comprehensive Web-based reference work about philosophy, useful to scholars of all levels as well as the general public. Published through Stanford University’s Center for the…

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

With an extraordinary array of more than 35,000 individual tracks of streaming music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds, users can listen to performances by American folk icons such as Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Pete Seeger…

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture, and Law

This HeinOnline collection brings together a multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the U.S. and the English-speaking world. It includes nearly 2,000 titles, with every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery,…

Sanborn Maps Geo Edition (1867-1970)

(1867-1970) provides digital access to thousands of large-scale maps of American towns and cities, searchable by address and GPS coordinates.

Research in Context *

Discover reliable and trusted information on a variety of topics to support middle school student research for government, U.S and world history, geography, literature, sciences, and social issues. Research In Context offers…

Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982

Paul Tough | The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us

Paul Tough is the author of the bestselling How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character , a “persuasive wake-up call” ( People ) to the deprivations of knowledge suffered by American kids from both extremes…

Leslie Odom, Jr. | Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher and Never Stop Learning

In Conversation with Kalela Williams, Director of Neighborhood Enrichment Programming Philadelphia's Leslie Odom Jr., burst on the scene in 2015, originating the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical phenomenon Hamilton. Since…

Jennifer Weiner | Little Bigfoot, Big City

Watch the video here . Jennifer Weiner is the “funny, fierce, feisty” ( Glamour ) no. 1  New York Times  bestselling author of more than a dozen novels that dive headlong into the ups and downs of relationships, careers, and family…

Arianna Huffington | The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One, Night at A Time

Ten years ago, Arianna Huffington launched The Huffington Post , a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely read, linked-to, and frequently cited media brands on the internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize…