Tagged Teens

Teen Girls in Comics: The People I Wish I Would Have Been

I have weird memories of being a teenage girl—I’m pretty sure that I thought I was right about everything when maybe I was in actuality not so swift on the uptake. It’s refreshing for me now to read graphic novels in…

Pennsylvania Teen Health Week

Pennsylvania Teen Health Week 2017 takes place January 9-13. The second annual state-wide week of awareness is unique in that it focuses on a holistic view of teen health and seeks to raise awareness of the health issues facing…

Winter Holiday-Themed Short Story Collections

It's winter! It's the holiday season! You know what would be a great idea right now? Escaping into a collection of Young Adult wintery/holiday themed novels while your mom tries to get you to wash the dishes and your weird…

Let's Hear It For the Ladies (in comics)!

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... to be a lady who likes comics. One day you get to celebrate the appearance of the first African American woman to own a comic book store on a cover of a major comic and then the…

Social Media Stars Write Books, Don't They?

Do you have a favorite YouTuber? Maybe you love John and Hank Green and their community of Nerdfighters ?  Are you more of a Vine (RIP) enthusiast? Whomever your fave and on whatever platform, there is a really good chance that a…

Looking for Teen Gift Book Ideas? Check Out These Popular Teen Author Titles!

The Field Family Teen Author Series and the Free Library of Philadelphia connects students, teachers, libraries, and authors through a successful series of author visits with teens throughout the city of Philadelphia. Free Library staff…

How Well Do You Know Native American Authors Sherman Alexie and Louise Erdrich?

It’s National Native American Heritage Month and the Free Library of Philadelphia is celebrating by reading books by authors who write about their Native heritage. We’re especially enjoying works by Sherman Alexie and Louise…

For the Love of Avocado!

Get HYPE Philly! team and teen participants alike learn new things all the time about the benefits of different foods and how to prepare them. At a recent HYPE program with culinary educator Lauren Nixon , participants learned about the…

Teen Read Week Is Upon Us!

It’s that time of year again—the beginning of fall when temperatures start to fall and the pumpkin spice must flow. That means it’s almost Teen Read Week —the week of the year with no forced reading for…

Happy Birthday, Louise Fitzhugh!

Louise Fitzhugh is perhaps best known for her novel Harriet the Spy , published in 1964 and lauded today as a classic children’s fiction work. Both written and illustrated by Fitzhugh, Harriet tells the story of an aspiring…

Back to School Resources for Teens at Parkway Central and Beyond

Summer absolutely flew by and it’s now time to get back into a new school year. If you’re wondering how you’ll cope with all of the assignments and homework coming your way, the Free Library of Philadelphia has got you…

Get Your School Year Off to a Great Start with These Online Resources!

Is everyone ready for the start of another school year?  At the Free Library of Philadelphia, we spent the last few weeks of our summer brushing up on the wonderful online resources available on our website to get up to speed…

Summer Reading Grand Prize Results & Reading with the Phillies

After 13 weeks of learning, building, playing, dancing, and reading all across Philadelphia, we've reached the end of this year's Summer Reading program! Our last weekly raffle winners have been announced and our grand prize…

Graphic Novel Memoirs

I love a graphic novel—and even better I love a graphic novel memoir . There is something so much more intimate about reading the words AND pictures when someone shares her story. Or maybe I’m just a slower reader when it…

Social Justice Symposium for Teens – Register Now!

Parkway Central is hosting a Social Justice Symposium for Teens on Monday, August 29th and if you are a high school student who is passionate about your Philadelphia community and care about issues such as racism, inequality, or…

The Unreliable Narrator: Who Can You Trust?

Sometimes you just can't believe the story someone is telling you . Maybe it’s because it seems too fantastical or maybe it’s just because the storyteller is untrustworthy. Maybe they were robbed or maybe they broke into…

Harry Potter for Summer Reading!

Alohomora! The newest installment of the spectacularly popular Harry Potter series has just been released and it’s getting rave reviews from everyone who’s picked up a copy. Since it’s still summertime, we at the Free…

'Twas the Weekend Before Free Library's 2016 Summer Reading Kickoff!

‘Twas the weekend before Free Library's Summer Reading Kickoff and all through the city Children were stirring, eager to jump in to summer activity. The banner was hung in front of the Parkway Central Library with care, In…

Summer Reading 2016 – The Summer of Wonder!

The Free Library’s Summer Reading Program begins Monday, June 13 ! Neighborhood libraries will offer programs and activities for all ages, as well as Bingo with a literacy twist for children, and raffles for teens and adults. And…

WHYY I Like This Book

Calling all kids and teens! Have you ever dreamed about being on TV? WHYY and The Free Library of Philadelphia just might give you a chance. The Free Library is excited to partner with our local PBS station, WHYY, on their 6…

Teen Parent Talk and Take

Teen parents! Join us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. to learn about resources and opportunities for you and your child. Dates and Topics Coming Up: Wednesday, December 14th: Pizza party and holiday craft…

Anime Club

Get together to watch anime, talk about anime & manga, geek out, hang, and make fandom inspired crafts.

Chess Club

Do you play chess? Would you like to learn how to play chess? Make the right move to our Chess Club. We meet every other Saturday to play chess. All ages and all levels welcome. CheckMate!

Knitting with Jenn

Do you want to learn how to knit? Now is your chance. Jenn will guide you step by step. We have all the materials you need, but feel free to bring your own. We meet every other Saturday at noon. All ages and levels are welcome. Limited…

Anime Club

Get together to watch anime, talk about anime & manga, geek out, hang, and make fandom inspired crafts.

Anime Club

Get together to watch anime, talk about anime & manga, geek out, hang, and make fandom inspired crafts.

Chess Club

Do you play chess? Would you like to learn how to play chess? Make the right move to our Chess Club. We meet every other Saturday to play chess. All ages and all levels welcome. CheckMate!

Knitting with Jenn

Do you want to learn how to knit? Now is your chance. Jenn will guide you step by step. We have all the materials you need, but feel free to bring your own. We meet every other Saturday at noon. All ages and levels are welcome. Limited…

Teen Parent Talk and Take

Teen parents! Join us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. to learn about resources and opportunities for you and your child. Dates and Topics Coming Up: Wednesday, December 14th: Pizza party and holiday craft…

Anime Club

Get together to watch anime, talk about anime & manga, geek out, hang, and make fandom inspired crafts.

Anime Club

Get together to watch anime, talk about anime & manga, geek out, hang, and make fandom inspired crafts.

Chess Club

Do you play chess? Would you like to learn how to play chess? Make the right move to our Chess Club. We meet every other Saturday to play chess. All ages and all levels welcome. CheckMate!

Knitting with Jenn

Do you want to learn how to knit? Now is your chance. Jenn will guide you step by step. We have all the materials you need, but feel free to bring your own. We meet every other Saturday at noon. All ages and levels are welcome. Limited…

Anime Club

Get together to watch anime, talk about anime & manga, geek out, hang, and make fandom inspired crafts.

Teen Reading Lounge: An Interactive Book Club for Teenagers

Attention teens in grades 7-12! Do you like to read and talk about books? If so, you are invited to participate in a series of interesting discussions and creative activities through the Teen Reading Lounge (TRL) program this year.…

Anime Club

Get together to watch anime, talk about anime & manga, geek out, hang, and make fandom inspired crafts.

Chess Club

Do you play chess? Would you like to learn how to play chess? Make the right move to our Chess Club. We meet every other Saturday to play chess. All ages and all levels welcome. CheckMate!

Knitting with Jenn

Do you want to learn how to knit? Now is your chance. Jenn will guide you step by step. We have all the materials you need, but feel free to bring your own. We meet every other Saturday at noon. All ages and levels are welcome. Limited…

Teen Parent Talk and Take

Teen parents! Join us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. to learn about resources and opportunities for you and your child. Dates and Topics Coming Up: Wednesday, December 14th: Pizza party and holiday craft…

Anime Club

Get together to watch anime, talk about anime & manga, geek out, hang, and make fandom inspired crafts.

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.

LGBTQ Teens - Fiction

Get lost in a story about LGBTQ teens, people, and places.

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…

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.

Salem Press Reference

Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982

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…