Tagged Teens

LGBTQ History Told Through Comics and Graphic Novels

A panel from Hazel Newlevant's exposé of queer uprisings found within Be Gay, Do Comics!. All October we'll be talking about LGBTQ History on the Free Library's blog! Last week we discussed LGBTQ Historical Young…

SAT and College Prep Workshops

Start your journey to college at the Free Library! This school year, the Field Teen Center will be hosting a series of virtual SAT and College Prep workshops for teens . College Financial Aid Workshop Saturday, October 16 | 12:00 p.m. -…

We Were Always Here: LGBTQ Historical Young Adult Fiction

October is LGBTQ History Month ! A lot of straight and/or cisgender people like to treat gay people like we didn't exist until  Ellen Degeneres came out as a lesbian in 1997 ; and as if transgender people didn't exist until…

Back to School Resources for Students, Families, and Teachers

Many students, parents, caregivers, and teachers are wondering what the upcoming school year is going to look like. The Free Library is here to help you!   Back to School Basics The first day of classes for Philadelphia School…

An Update from Our Summer of Wonder Teen Artist Deyania Sanders

Last year, the Free Library put out a contest call for artwork from high school students. Deyania Sanders’ art teacher encouraged her to submit her designs and she was selected to be our Summer of Wonder artist! You’ve seen…

It's Family Fun Month!

August is  Family Fun Month , and we think the Free Library is the perfect place to celebrate! Whether you're looking for outdoor in-person or virtual events or suggestions for at-home activities to do on your own…

Palestinian Stories in Literature for Young People

by Erin H . and Kayla H. What does it feel like to be a child living through war and displacement? How can young people in the United States learn to develop empathy for young people around the world? How do we explain to our children…

Baking with Becca: Cooking Outside the Box

Baking with Becca began at Whitman Library , nestled between 2nd and 3rd Streets on Snyder Avenue in South Philly. When COVID hit, we had to take a long break. I continued to grow and learn to strengthen this class and to steel myself…

Celebrating Trans Day of Visibility with the Field Teen Center

March 31 is International Trans Day of Visibility , which honors the trans community and celebrates transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming people. The annual celebration was created in 2010 by Rachel Crandall, a co-founder of…

Teen Author Content | Inspiring BIPOC Women

by Brianna Arce - LEAP Teen Leader Happy Women’s History Month! This month we celebrate the contributions of women to history, culture, and society. As a young Latina woman, I wish to see the stories of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous,…

Storytime Pivots During COVID Times

This blog post was written by Becky Shaknovich, Department Head of Parkway Central Library's Children's Department and Field Teen Center . Becky was a member of Cohort 7 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries…

Recommended YA Reads for Black History Month

Looking for YA titles that celebrate Black lives? Dig into these recommended #OwnVoices reads! Whether you’re into short stories, fantastical worlds, hard-hitting realistic fiction, or coming-of-age love stories, we’ve got…

Repetition, Rhythm, and Sometimes Rhyme

Ask a teen if they have a favorite poem and the answer may surprise you. Young people are experts in self-expression, and what higher form of self-expression is there than the poem? It probably doesn’t hurt that we introduce…

The Social Justice Symposium Turns Five!

Planning and hosting the Free Library's Social Justice Symposium for young people has become an important tradition at the Philadelphia City Institute Library . We held the first Symposium in 2016 and have scheduled one annually…

Winter Programming for Children and Families at the Free Library

This winter, Free Library Youth Services are working together to bring your family stellar virtual programming through the socially-distant holiday season and beyond. For the Whole Family Enjoy an at-home concert of original songs and…

The Philly High School Choice Website Is Now Online!

High School selection season is upon us—the window for students to select a Philadelphia School District High School is open now through November 6. The Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program (LEAP) is proud to kick off a new…

Fall Programming for Children and Families

The fall season is upon us, and along with turning leaves and back-to-school resources, the Free Library is here to help you and your family learn, grow, and play every day. For the Whole Family The Free Library’s Fall Learning…

Check Out All of the Field Teen Center's Virtual Programs and Online Resources This TeenTober!

Each October, the Young Adult Library Services Association celebrates TeenTober . It’s a nationwide celebration which "aims to celebrate teens, promote year-round, innovative teen services that help teens learn new skills,…

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…

ACT Prep Workshop for Teens | Virtual

Students will explore the ACT, including what to expect for the English, Math, Science, and Reading portions of the test, practice sample questions, and tips to best prepare. Scholars will be guided through various problems, as well as…

SAT Prep Workshop for Teens | Virtual

Students will explore the SAT, a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. Held within a 2 workshop series, a breakdown of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Mathematics sections of the SAT will be…

SAT Prep Workshop for Teens | Virtual

Students will explore the SAT, a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. Held within a 2 workshop series, a breakdown of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Mathematics sections of the SAT will be…

Essay Writing for Teens | Virtual

High school youth will explore best practices to express their personal and educational journeys, as well as engage with essay writing resources to best plan and execute successful scholarship essays and college application essays.…

Scholarship Opportunities for Teens | Virtual

What is a scholarship? How do youth research and successfully apply for scholarships? Students will learn how to utilize effective resources to identify scholarships they qualify for and learn how to maximize their free money power.…

Book Chat for Tweens and Teens

Students age 12-18 are invited to join library staff on Fridays at 5 for talking and sharing about books we’ve enjoyed lately. We’ll also have free books for giveaway! Meet at the Goat Statue in Rittenhouse Square and bring…

College Fit & Planning Workshop | Virtual

Transitioning high school youth will learn the important factors to consider when selecting the best fit college for their post-secondary needs. These factors include college type, location, campus setting, cost, majors available, and…

Book Chat for Tweens and Teens

Students age 12-18 are invited to join library staff on Fridays at 5 for talking and sharing about books we’ve enjoyed lately. We’ll also have free books for giveaway! Meet at the Goat Statue in Rittenhouse Square and bring…

Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club

Join us for a free Dungeons & Dragons campaign for ages 12 to 18. No experience necessary. We'll provide all the supplies, help you make a character, and teach you how to play. Dungeons & Dragons is a tabletop role-playing…

Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club

Join us for a free Dungeons & Dragons campaign for ages 12 to 18. No experience necessary. We'll provide all the supplies, help you make a character, and teach you how to play. Dungeons & Dragons is a tabletop role-playing…

Virtual Math and Science Enrichment Tutoring on Zoom!

Wynnefield Library will host the Virtual Teen and Pre-teen Math and Science Enrichment in partnership with Saint Joseph's University.   Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and more. To register click here .…

Book Chat for Tweens and Teens

Students age 12-18 are invited to join library staff on Fridays at 5 for talking and sharing about books we’ve enjoyed lately. We’ll also have free books for giveaway! Meet at the Goat Statue in Rittenhouse Square and bring…

Get Your Name Drawn in Beautiful Arabic Calligraphy By a Professional Artist!

Are you curious to see how to draw your name in Arabic calligraphy? Drop by the library and ask Mr. Abdulkarim Awad to draw it for you, then take it home!   Abdulkarim Awad is an Iraqi-American artist and calligrapher based in…

Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club

Join us for a free Dungeons & Dragons campaign for ages 12 to 18. No experience necessary. We'll provide all the supplies, help you make a character, and teach you how to play. Dungeons & Dragons is a tabletop role-playing…

Virtual Math and Science Enrichment Tutoring on Zoom!

Wynnefield Library will host the Virtual Teen and Pre-teen Math and Science Enrichment in partnership with Saint Joseph's University.   Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and more. To register click here .…

Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club

Join us for a free Dungeons & Dragons campaign for ages 12 to 18. No experience necessary. We'll provide all the supplies, help you make a character, and teach you how to play. Dungeons & Dragons is a tabletop role-playing…

Virtual Math and Science Enrichment Tutoring on Zoom!

Wynnefield Library will host the Virtual Teen and Pre-teen Math and Science Enrichment in partnership with Saint Joseph's University.   Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and more. To register click here .…

COVID-19 & Higher Education Updates: ACT & SAT, College Openings, Vaccine Mandates | Virtual

We will explore changes in higher educational practices in response to COVID-19. This includes standardized testing, virtual learning versus in person classroom environments, and new policies regarding vaccine mandates. This question…

Book Chat for Tweens and Teens

Students age 12-18 are invited to join library staff on Fridays at 5 for talking and sharing about books we’ve enjoyed lately. We’ll also have free books for giveaway! Meet at the Goat Statue in Rittenhouse Square and bring…

Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club

Join us for a free Dungeons & Dragons campaign for ages 12 to 18. No experience necessary. We'll provide all the supplies, help you make a character, and teach you how to play. Dungeons & Dragons is a tabletop role-playing…

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.

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, 1867–1970 (Formerly Sanborn Maps Geo Edition)

Explore America’s building history through over 660,000 black-and-white, large-scale maps, which chart the growth of more than 12,000 towns and cities. Read this blog post to learn more.

Reference Solutions (Formerly ReferenceUSA)

A powerful tool providing access to in-depth information on businesses and residents. Research companies, locate addresses, phone numbers, conduct market research, and more. Watch this video to learn more.

Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982

Christopher Emdin | Ratchetdemic: Reimagining Academic Success

Christopher Emdin is the author of The New York Times bestseller For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood… and the Rest of Y’all Too , a combination of theory, research, and practical application that offers a helpful approach to…

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…