Tagged Teens

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

DIY Zine Workshop

Join us on the 2nd 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…

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…

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…

DIY Zine Workshop

Join us on the 2nd 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…

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…

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…

DIY Zine Workshop

Join us on the 2nd 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…

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…

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…

Teen Third Thursdays

Come have fun doing various activities and games. Every 3rd Thursday of the month at 4:30pm. Teens Only

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…

Adulting 101- Mindfulness

Budgets, and Cleaning, And Laundry OH MY! We will help to demystify everything from relationships to renting an apartment. Midfulness—yeah mindfulness and yoga techniques Program for patrons 12-18 years old Contact…

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…