Tagged Teens

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…

The 5th Annual Free Library Comic Con!

This year, Free Library Comic Con celebrates its 5th anniversary with our annual event at the Parkway Central Library on May 11, 2019! When you arrive, you’ll first encounter our Vendor Hall which will be chock full of an array of…

The Field Teen Center is Ready for You!

Guess what? The Field Teen Center at the Free Library officially opens to the public on April 12, 2019! The 4,000 square feet space is the first ever specifically designed for teens at the Parkway Central Library . In addition to old…

LEAP Spotlight: Training on Trauma Informed Approach

LEAP , the Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program, is continuously looking for ways to better serve youth in Philadelphia. On January 25, LEAP hosted training for staff on Trauma Informed Approach, led by Michael O'Bryan, the…

Women’s History Month | 2020 Women Presidential Candidates

It’s still early in the race for the presidency 2020, but already we have 4 (four!) women candidates for the presidency: Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Senator…

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…

McPherson Square Library Photography Exhibit Spotlights Neighborhood Strengths

Tuesday Chalmers is an Adult/Teen Librarian at McPherson Square Library , and a member of Cohort 1 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries training. In this post, she explains the project she worked on after attending the…

Teen Reading Lounge at PCI Library Tackles Big Social Issues Through Book Discussions

Teens at the  Philadelphia City Institute (PCI) Library are diving deep into big issues this month through the Teen Reading Lounge (TRL) program . Program participants are reading and talking…

Check Out These Fun Free Library Programs Taking Place Over Winter Break

Are you looking for activities to keep your children engaged over Winter Break? Check out these diverse programs taking place in Free Library locations around the city. We have events for toddlers through teens. Try something new,…

Love Hallmark Christmas Movies? Give These Teen Holiday Reads a Look!

2018, it’s been quite a year, am I right? I know that by this point every year we’re all like, “WOW, what a year!”, but this year especially feels like we are on track for record length. So in this, possibly the…

It's Time for the Winter Reading Challenge!

December is here and that means it’s time for the  Winter Reading Challenge ! Adults, parents, and students can create accounts online to track reading minutes, practice writing book reviews, and read book reviews completed…

Spanglish Se Habla Aquí

With an estimated 62 million Spanish speakers  residing in the US, the United States now has the second largest Spanish-speaking population in the world after Mexico. But for many bilingual Americans, their preferred everyday…

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…

Conversations Between Libraries and Communities Spark Program Ideas

In a previous post, we shared some stories about how meetings between libraries and other community organizations can lead to what the American Library Association calls the “domino effect of positive results.” One potential…

New eResources for All of Your Research Needs

Don’t get lost Googling, stuck behind a paywall, or duped by untrustworthy data! New electronic resources for information seekers of all ages are now available from the Free Library of Philadelphia.   Through POWER Library, a…

Back to School Resources | The Artemis Literary Database

Who remembers having to visit the library and look up magazine articles in the long, long row of green hardbound Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature ? No disrespect against the Reader’s Guide— it’s still a…

Back to School Resources from the Free Library

The calendar still says August, and the weather forecast still says summer, but the new school year starts earlier this year on Monday, August 27 !  After a summer full of books and fun activities at the Free Library, check out all…

Teens Explore Social Justice at the Free Library

by Timmy Lawrence and Geneva Williams, members of the Youth Planning Committee for the 2018 Social Justice Symposium for Teens. Today, more than ever, social issues have reached a pivotal point in our society. Although injustice may…

TRIPOD: Conversations with Place

The  Writers Room 's second annual Canon TRIPOD photo exhibition is on view throughout Pepper Hall, home of the Art & Literature Department . Head up to Art & Literature on the 2nd floor…

Intermediate Knitting Class

In this 8 week course, you will learn how to swatch in the round, learn to knit in the round on both circular and double pointed needles, and learn how to cable and knit lace. Projects include a hat, a cabled coffee cup cozy, and a…

S.A.G.A. CLUB

S.A.G.A, short for Sexuality and Gender Acceptance, is the new Youth G.S.A. (Gay Straight Alliance) located at the Field Teen Center at the Parkway Central Library. Please invite any friends that would be interested supporting…

Intermediate Knitting Class

In this 8 week course, you will learn how to swatch in the round, learn to knit in the round on both circular and double pointed needles, and learn how to cable and knit lace. Projects include a hat, a cabled coffee cup cozy, and a…

Intermediate Knitting Class

In this 8 week course, you will learn how to swatch in the round, learn to knit in the round on both circular and double pointed needles, and learn how to cable and knit lace. Projects include a hat, a cabled coffee cup cozy, and a…

Intermediate Knitting Class

In this 8 week course, you will learn how to swatch in the round, learn to knit in the round on both circular and double pointed needles, and learn how to cable and knit lace. Projects include a hat, a cabled coffee cup cozy, and a…

DIY Zine Workshop

Join us on the last Thursday of each month to collage, craft, and create your own zines! A zine is a self-published magazine or mini comic that can be about any topic or interest. You’ll learn about simple folding techniques and…

Dating Discovery Workshop Series | Dating & Social Media

What drives you? When do you feel most alive? What makes you feel heard, understood, and cherished? Join facilitator Missy of Millennium Connections as she guides participants towards recognizing their own needs and desires in…

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***

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.   Program for teens ages 12-18 only. Contact TeenCenter@freelibrary.org or call…

Intermediate Knitting Class

In this 8 week course, you will learn how to swatch in the round, learn to knit in the round on both circular and double pointed needles, and learn how to cable and knit lace. Projects include a hat, a cabled coffee cup cozy, and a…

End of the Summer Celebration

Come join us for an End of the Summer Celebration.  There will be food, music, and games.  Our teen clubs will be giving back to the community doing things like fixing bikes and face painting.  We will be joined by the…

Dating Discovery Workshop Series | Recognizing Red Flags

What drives you? When do you feel most alive? What makes you feel heard, understood, and cherished? Join facilitator Missy of Millennium Connections as she guides participants towards recognizing their own needs and desires in…

Club Time

This summer we have set aside a special time to work on bigger projects.  Interested in painting?  Come join our Art Club.  Interested in fixing bicycles? Come join our Bike Club.  Interested in playing chess? Come…

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***

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.   Program for teens ages 12-18 only. Contact TeenCenter@freelibrary.org or call…

Sundays on Stage: Thunderbird American Indian Dancers - Yah-Oh-Way

Performed by the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, Yah-Oh-Way, meaning "it is good" in Hopi, highlights the depth anf complexity of Native American societies with traditional dances and songs, along with explanations of…

Intermediate Knitting Class

In this 8 week course, you will learn how to swatch in the round, learn to knit in the round on both circular and double pointed needles, and learn how to cable and knit lace. Projects include a hat, a cabled coffee cup cozy, and a…

Self-Care Saturday

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.   Program for teens ages 12-18 only. Contact…

S.A.G.A. CLUB Werewolf Edition!

S.A.G.A, short for Sexuality and Gender Acceptance, is the new Youth G.S.A. (Gay Straight Alliance) located at the Field Teen Center at the Parkway Central Library. This week we will be playing Werewolf! A hidden role social…

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

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…