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Board Game Bonanza!

From Chutes and Ladders to Connect 4, from Bingo to Twister, play some games and make some friends! 4 - 5 p.m., in the Children's Department Story Hour Room. For more information, call 215.686.5369

Teen Lab Time

Enjoy a teen-only time in our computer lab. Open teens 12 and up. Please note this program will not be held the second Thursday of each month.

Kids Lab Time

Enjoy a kids-only time in our computer lab. Open to children 7-12. Please note this program will not be held the second Thursday of each month.

Pre K Craft Time

Get crafty! Join us for a different craft every week this summer. Please note craft time will not be held the second Thursday of each month. Daycares and groups please call the children's librarian at 215-685-1866 to make an appointment.

Movers and Shakers Storytime

Toddlers and their caretakers are invited to sing, dance, listen, and laugh as we share stories and movement activities. Older and younger siblings are always welcome. Please note storytime will not be held the second Thursday of…

Storytime Under the Stars

Families are invited to join us in the Library Garden for a storytime under the stars.

Crafternoon

We'll make a different craft every week, from painting to planting!

Wednesday Tabletop Games

Swing by the library and enjoy an array of classic and modern tabletop games (everything from chess and scrabble to RPGs!) Bring your friends and let the good times roll! 

Crafty Wednesdays

Get crafty! Join us for a different craft every week this summer for school aged children. Camps and groups please call the children's librarian at 215-685-1866 to make an appointment.

Builder’s Club

Join us for some building fun for school aged children. Wooden blocks, legos and more! We can't wait to see what will you construct! Camps and groups please call the children's librarian at 215-685-1866 to make an appointment.

Preschool Storytime with Miss Leigh!

Stories, songs and movement activities for children ages 2 - 5 and their caregivers.  Younger siblings are always welcome.  Free; no reservations required.  Children's Department Story Hour Room *Programs are subject to…

Building Block Party

Join us for a play circle and building time with wooden blocks. Children ages 5 and under and their caregivers are encouraged to build, create, and play! This play circle is held every Tuesday.

Summer Toddler Storytime

Join Miss Dana for stories, songs, & silliness!

Toddler Storytime

Join us for stories, songs, and activities.  These programs are intended for children three years old and younger, accompanied by a caregiver.  Daycares, please call for separate appointments.  For more information,…

Movies Mondays

Start your week with a family friendly movie at the Library. Movies will be rated G or PG.

Baby & Toddler Story Time

Books, songs, rhymes and bounces for children (birth to 23 months) and their caregivers!. Monday at 11 a.m.  Parkway Central Library Children's Department Ground Floor, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 215.686.5369…

My Art, My Voice with Mr. O

Join artist Arthur Ostroff for stories and art.  Free.  Fridays at 4 p,m, Children's Department, Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 *Programs are subject to change.* For more information, call…

Gaming Fridays

Come play video games on the big screen! Get on your feet with Wii games. For teens and school-aged children.

Board Game Friday

Play some games and make some friends! Drop in anytime from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

Thursday Crafternoons!

Join us for a short storytime and craft for the whole family! Children's Department, Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 *Programs are subject to change.* For more information, call 215.686.5369

LGBTQ Middle Grade Books

Books featuring LGBTQ characters and voices within children's fiction.

Let's Talk About Consent: 3rd - 6th Grade

Books and resources to aid parents, caregivers, and educators discuss the topic of consent and personal boundaries with children in grades 3rd - 6th.

Let's Talk About Consent: PreK - 2nd Grade

Books and resources to aid parents, caregivers, and educators discuss the topic of consent and personal boundaries with children in grades PreK - 2nd.

Explore Your World

Explore your senses, your house, and the world around you.

Books with a Beat

Picture books with rhyming or musical text that can be read or sung.

Bedtime Books

"Lullaby, and good night, in the skies stars are bright. May the moon's silvery beams bring you sweet dreams. Close your eyes now and rest, may these hours be blessed. 'Til the sky's bright with dawn, when you wake with a yawn."

Winter Holidays

Great books to share and learn about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, and New Year's.

Ramadan Picture Books

Read all about Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, and celebrate Eid al Fitr with these great books.

Easter

Easter fun for kids of all ages!

Three Kings Day

Stories about Three Kings Day, the joyous last day of the Christmas holiday.

The Books We Loved Growing Up

What books did Children's librarians read when they were kids? We've picked some of our favorites for you to enjoy!

Silly Books

Books that are guaranteed to make Toddlers and Preschoolers giggle : )

Survival Stories

Tales of abandonment, danger, and perseverance.

Remembering Maurice Sendak

Books by the famous author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

Homeless Children

Stories about children and their families dealing with homelessness.

Pretty, Pink Princess Books that Won’t Make Parents Puke

The answer to the question: “are there any books about pink princessey girls that aren’t awful (meaning, I suppose, no Barbie paperbacks, no damsel-in-distress type situations, nothing too vapid)?”

Picture Books about Adoptive, Foster or Blended Families

Handpicked by Children’s Librarians all over the Free Library, this book list features the best picture books, nonfiction books, poetry and more that help parents introduce their children to different kinds of families, including foster…

Good Days and Bad Days

We all have Good Days and Bad Days. Here are some books that will entertain kids no matter how their day is going.

Penguins

Have fun reading and looking at books about penguins!

LGBTQ Picture Books

Books for children of LGBTQ parents, or for little brothers and sisters of LGBTQ teens. Revised 4/2017

TumbleBooks

TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.

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…

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…

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,…

Overdrive Kid's eReading Room

Ebooks and audiobooks from Overdrive for young readers.

Mango Languages

Mango Languages is an online language-learning system teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages.

KidsHealth

KidsHealth is more than just the facts about health. As part of The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, KidsHealth also provides families with perspective, advice, and comfort about a wide range of physical,…

Kid's POWER Library *

Quickly find the best resources for children and students from Power Library, Pennsylvania's state run library resource center

Jazz Music Library

This resource will be the largest and most comprehensive collection of jazz available online. This release includes 4,933 albums and 59,860 tracks. It and is growing regularly.

Homework Help Online

Online Homework Help tutoring services available including Math, Science, English, Social Studies (in Spanish and English); Skills Building; Test Prep; State-aligned skills building; and a 24-hour writing lab.

Evelyn Coleman | Freedom Train

It’s 1947, and twelve-year-old Clyde Thomason is proud to have an older brother who guards the Freedom Train—a train that is traveling to all forty-eight states carrying the country’s most important documents, including the Declaration…

Jamie Lee Curtis | This Is Me: A Story of Who We Are & Where We Came From

One of film’s most compelling presences since her screen debut almost 40 years ago, Jamie Lee Curtis’ diverse résumé includes roles in Halloween , Trading Places , A Fish Called Wanda , Freaky Friday , and True Lies , for which she won…

Jacqueline Woodson | Brown Girl Dreaming

The author of more than two dozen books for young adults, Jacqueline Woodson has won three Newbery Honors, a Coretta Scott King Award and three Coretta Scott King Honors, as well as the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s…