Tagged Teens

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…

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…

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…

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…

Race in the United States: Social Justice Virtual Workshops for Teens

Updated Friday, July 10, 2020 4:59 p.m. "The Social Justice Symposium Teen Planning Committee supports the Concerned Black Workers of the Free Library of Philadelphia ! CBWFLP Response to DEI/Board of Trustees' letter We are…

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 .…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in July!

In this time of self-reflection and evaluation of our own and our society's biases and attitudes around race, our suggestions include new titles in which race is a central theme, as well as a primer on voting and why it matters. We…

Look Both Ways and Tell Your Story

You have a story to tell. Now more than ever, in these uncertain times, people long to be heard, they are speaking up and speaking out. Author Jason Reynolds' award-recognized and highly-praised Look Both Ways (available in ebook…

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…

Middle-Grade Pride Book Recommendations!

If you recall being in middle school, or are currently in middle school, you know it is a tough time. Am I wearing the right clothes? Do I have the right friends? Do I like the right stuff? Middle school is a time of…

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…

Workshops and Resources for Teens Navigating Uncertain Times

This is a time of great uncertainty and anxiety for everyone. But if you're a teenager, you may be feeling especially vulnerable. The Free Library is bringing you a series of workshops over the next several days to help you process…

Teen Virtual Book Club: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Are you a teen who loves to read and wants to talk about some great books with fellow book lovers? We have some good news for you! Several North Philly librarians from the Free Library of Philadelphia are now inviting their teen patrons…

Teen Virtual Book Club: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Are you a teen who loves to read and wants to talk about some great books with fellow book lovers? We have some good news for you! Several North Philly librarians from the Free Library of Philadelphia are now inviting their teen patrons…

Teen Virtual Book Club: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Are you a teen who loves to read and wants to talk about some great books with fellow book lovers? We have some good news for you! Several North Philly librarians from the Free Library of Philadelphia are now inviting their teen patrons…

Teen Virtual Book Club: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Are you a teen who loves to read and wants to talk about some great books with fellow book lovers? We have some good news for you! Several North Philly librarians from the Free Library of Philadelphia are now inviting their teen patrons…

Teen Virtual Book Club: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Are you a teen who loves to read and wants to talk about some great books with fellow book lovers? We have some good news for you! Several North Philly librarians from the Free Library of Philadelphia are now inviting their teen patrons…

Teen Virtual Book Club: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Are you a teen who loves to read and wants to talk about some great books with fellow book lovers? We have some good news for you! Several North Philly librarians from the Free Library of Philadelphia are now inviting their teen patrons…

Virtual Math and Science Enrichment Tutoring on Zoom!

Saint Joseph’s University student volunteers will tutor high school students in at least one of the following subjects: Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.   Teens and Pre-teens! To sign up, email…

Virtual Math and Science Enrichment Tutoring on Zoom!

Saint Joseph’s University student volunteers will tutor high school students in at least one of the following subjects: Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.   Teens and Pre-teens! To sign up, email…

Virtual Math and Science Enrichment Tutoring on Zoom!

Saint Joseph’s University student volunteers will tutor high school students in at least one of the following subjects: Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.   Teens and Pre-teens! To sign up, email…

Virtual Teen Program | Jewelry Making

Join us live as we create wearable art. We’ll be exploring various techniques in jewelry making. From wire wrapping to beading and chain mail! We’ll offer tips and advice for those who want to try it themselves at home.…

Virtual Teen Program | Homework Hangout

Join us for a relaxing virtual co-working space on Instagram Live on Tuesday evenings! We'll listen to calming music, set goals, and chat about what we're working on. Bring your homework, an art project, or just…

Virtual Math and Science Enrichment Tutoring on Zoom!

Saint Joseph’s University student volunteers will tutor high school students in at least one of the following subjects: Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.   Teens and Pre-teens! To sign up, email…

Virtual Teen Program | Jewelry Making

Join us live as we create wearable art. We’ll be exploring various techniques in jewelry making. From wire wrapping to beading and chain mail! We’ll offer tips and advice for those who want to try it themselves at home.…

Virtual Teen Program | Homework Hangout

Join us for a relaxing virtual co-working space on Instagram Live on Tuesday evenings! We'll listen to calming music, set goals, and chat about what we're working on. Bring your homework, an art project, or just…

Virtual Math and Science Enrichment Tutoring on Zoom!

Saint Joseph’s University student volunteers will tutor high school students in at least one of the following subjects: Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.   Teens and Pre-teens! To sign up, email…

Virtual Teen Program | Jewelry Making

Join us live as we create wearable art. We’ll be exploring various techniques in jewelry making. From wire wrapping to beading and chain mail! We’ll offer tips and advice for those who want to try it themselves at home.…

Virtual Teen Program | Homework Hangout

Join us for a relaxing virtual co-working space on Instagram Live on Tuesday evenings! We'll listen to calming music, set goals, and chat about what we're working on. Bring your homework, an art project, or just…

Virtual Math and Science Enrichment Tutoring on Zoom!

Saint Joseph’s University student volunteers will tutor high school students in at least one of the following subjects: Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.   Teens and Pre-teens! To sign up, email…

Virtual Teen Program | Jewelry Making

Join us live as we create wearable art. We’ll be exploring various techniques in jewelry making. From wire wrapping to beading and chain mail! We’ll offer tips and advice for those who want to try it themselves at home.…

Virtual Teen Program | Homework Hangout

Join us for a relaxing virtual co-working space on Instagram Live on Tuesday evenings! We'll listen to calming music, set goals, and chat about what we're working on. Bring your homework, an art project, or just…

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.

High School Films

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

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 Historical Fiction and Nonfiction for Teens

Recommended historical fiction and nonfiction 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.

Reference USA

Contains detailed information on over 14 million U.S. companies. Great for entrepreneurs, sales people, and job seekers. Watch this short video to learn more.

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…