Tagged Teens

Exploring More Careers with Field Teen Center: Book Editor!

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a book editor? Or how to become a better storyteller? To answers these questions and more, Field Teen Center interviewed a professional book editor, the latest in a video series exploring…

It's Time for High School Choice!

Do you have teens in your life who will be attending high school in Philly next year? They’ve got options. It is time for High School choice selection! The Philadelphia High School system is large, diverse, and has much to offer.…

Empathy Versus Misinformation Wrap-Up

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Empathy Versus Misinformation: Transgender Youth series of panels. There has been a lot of interest in transgender youth in the media, and yet so few easy ways to access reliable answers to…

Explore Creative Careers with Field Teen Center!

Throughout the month of July, Field Teen Center recorded interviews with a voice actor, four game designers, and a comic book writer. If you’re interested in creative jobs or if you just want to learn more about how your favorite…

Time Travel to the Beginning of the Universe

Interested in time travel? The superpowered James Webb Telescope has released its first images this month, giving us a window into distant space and the distant past. It’s dazzling. The Carina Nebula, a birthing ground for stars,…

Halfway through Summer of Wonder 2022!

The Summer Readers of Philadelphia are on a roll. Just halfway through the Free Library’s Summer of Wonder, we’re more than halfway to our citywide online reading minutes goal! If you’re not signed up yet, it’s…

Free Library Seeking Teen Social Justice Fellows!

Are you between the ages of 14 and 19? Do you have a passion and commitment for social justice? Are you looking for an opportunity where you can learn, serve your community, and develop/demonstrate your leadership skills? Would you like…

Jewish-American Heritage Month 2022

It's Jewish-American Heritage Month. Jewish-Americans have a rich and storied history and culture of our own. Many things we think of as chiefly Jewish are actually distinctly Jewish-American: From Bagels and Lox to the…

Deaf History Month 2022

Note: the use of "deaf" versus "Deaf" in this blog post is intentional. Deaf refers to the community and culture, while the lowercase deaf refers to the physical act of not being able to hear.   Deaf…

Transgender Awareness Week 2021

Transgender Awareness Week , held annually from November 15 – 19, helps to raise the visibility of transgender people and address issues members of the community face. The week is capped off on November 20 with Transgender Day of…

More Than Stonewall: LGBTQ Historical Nonfiction

All October we'll be talking about LGBTQ History on the Free Library's blog! So far we've discussed LGBTQ Historical Young Adult Fiction and  LGBTQ History Told Through Comics and Graphic Novels . This week, we turn our…

Nourishing Literacy | Create Your Own Candy Buttons!

Teens recently joined the Field Teen Center and Nourishing Literacy teams for a SWEET Make and Take project! Candy buttons are small dots of colorful sugar candy attached to a strip of paper. It was surprising and cool how simple…

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…

Teen Thursdays

Join us on Teen Thursdays for a different activity each week.  We’ll play our favorite games, cook our favorite meals, create arts and crafts projects, and more! Community service hours available upon request. Cannot…

Teen Thursdays

Join us on Teen Thursdays for a different activity each week.  We’ll play our favorite games, cook our favorite meals, create arts and crafts projects, and more! Community service hours available upon request. Cannot…

Teen Thursdays

Join us on Teen Thursdays for a different activity each week.  We’ll play our favorite games, cook our favorite meals, create arts and crafts projects, and more! Community service hours available upon request. Cannot…

Scholarship Opportunities Workshop for Teens | VIRTUAL

Join the Field Teen Center and The Alexander Advantage in-person for a FREE Scholarship Opportunities Workshop for teens virtually on Zoom. What is a scholarship? How do youth research and successfully apply for scholarships? Students…

Teen Thursdays

Join us on Teen Thursdays for a different activity each week.  We’ll play our favorite games, cook our favorite meals, create arts and crafts projects, and more! Community service hours available upon request. Cannot…

Teen Thursdays

Join us on Teen Thursdays for a different activity each week.  We’ll play our favorite games, cook our favorite meals, create arts and crafts projects, and more! Community service hours available upon request. Cannot…

SAT Prep Workshop for Teens

Join the Field Teen Center and The Alexander Advantage in-person for a FREE SAT Prep Workshop for teens at the Parkway Central Library. ** Please note the Parkway Central Library will be closed at the time of this program. Participants…

Teen Thursdays

Join us on Teen Thursdays for a different activity each week.  We’ll play our favorite games, cook our favorite meals, create arts and crafts projects, and more! Community service hours available upon request. Cannot…

Teen Thursdays

Join us on Teen Thursdays for a different activity each week.  We’ll play our favorite games, cook our favorite meals, create arts and crafts projects, and more! Community service hours available upon request. Cannot…

Teen Thursdays

Join us on Teen Thursdays for a different activity each week.  We’ll play our favorite games, cook our favorite meals, create arts and crafts projects, and more! Community service hours available upon request. Cannot…

Teen Thursdays

Join us on Teen Thursdays for a different activity each week.  We’ll play our favorite games, cook our favorite meals, create arts and crafts projects, and more! Community service hours available upon request. Cannot…

Teen Thursdays

Join us on Teen Thursdays for a different activity each week.  We’ll play our favorite games, cook our favorite meals, create arts and crafts projects, and more! Community service hours available upon request. Cannot…

Teen Thursdays

Join us on Teen Thursdays for a different activity each week.  We’ll play our favorite games, cook our favorite meals, create arts and crafts projects, and more! Community service hours available upon request. Cannot…

Teen Thursdays

Join us on Teen Thursdays for a different activity each week.  We’ll play our favorite games, cook our favorite meals, create arts and crafts projects, and more! Community service hours available upon request. Cannot…

College Essay Writing Workshop for Teens

Join the Field Teen Center and The Alexander Advantage in-person for a FREE College Essay Writing Workshop for teens at the Parkway Central Library. ** Please note the Parkway Central Library will be closed at the time of this program.…

Teen Thursdays

Join us on Teen Thursdays for a different activity each week.  We’ll play our favorite games, cook our favorite meals, create arts and crafts projects, and more! Community service hours available upon request. Cannot…

Teen Thursdays

Join us on Teen Thursdays for a different activity each week.  We’ll play our favorite games, cook our favorite meals, create arts and crafts projects, and more! Community service hours available upon request. Cannot…

Scholarship Opportunities Workshop for Teens

Join the Field Teen Center and The Alexander Advantage in-person for a FREE Scholarship Opportunities Workshop for teens at the Parkway Central Library. ** Please note the Parkway Central Library will be closed at the time of this…

Teen Thursdays

Join us on Teen Thursdays for a different activity each week.  We’ll play our favorite games, cook our favorite meals, create arts and crafts projects, and more! Community service hours available upon request. Cannot…

Teen Thursdays

Join us on Teen Thursdays for a different activity each week.  We’ll play our favorite games, cook our favorite meals, create arts and crafts projects, and more! Community service hours available upon request. Cannot…

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.

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. 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…

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.

Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982

Popular Music Library

Popluar Music Library contains a wide range of popular music from around the world, including hundreds of thousands of tracks from major genres in pop music, including alternative, country, Christian, electronic, hip-hop, metal, punk,…

Philadelphia Works Resume Builder

Resume Builder is a simple online tool for creating a resume. It uses a template that makes it easy for users to fill in the blanks, provides job descriptions from the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET OnLine service, and produces a…

Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)

Full access to the oldest continuously published daily Black newspaper in the United States.

Philadelphia Press Index

The Philadelphia Press (1857-1920) was one of Philadelphia's oldest major newpapers. This index is an electronic version of a paper index kept by Free Library staff from 1898 through 1912. It directs you to citations for specific…

Dorothy Roberts | Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families—and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World

In conversation with Marc Lamont Hill Addressing social justice issues of policing, state surveillance of families, and science, Dorothy Roberts ’s books include Killing the Black Body , Shattered Bonds , and Fatal Invention . She has…

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…