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Beginning readers are books aimed at those who are just learning to read. They have easy to read text accompanied by illustrations that reinforce reading comprehension. These books are meant to instill a love of reading by introducing new, decodable words and by providing a fun, engaging, and relatable story. The Free Library has just… continue reading

By Monica C.    August 27, 2020   

In these times of social distancing and no indoor activities, what better way to spend time than venturing outside and going for a hike in the great outdoors? You don’t have to go far—here in Philly we have both Fairmount Park and Wissahickon Valley Park . Explore nature and breathe in the fresh air. Go ahead, plan an… continue reading

By Monica C.    August 13, 2020   

Do rainy days get you down? For some people, rain seems to spoil the day. I used to think of rainy days as gloomy and gray, but these books have changed my mind.   Rain written by Linda Ashman ; illustrated by Christian Robinson ebook available in Overdrive. One rainy day in the city, an eager little boy exclaims,… continue reading

By Monica C.    August 6, 2020   

Do you have a favorite season? I do – mine is summer. What’s not to like, I say? Long days, open windows, warm weather, shorts and sandals, water and bathing suits, reading on hammocks… I could go on and on! Here are some picture books about summer to bring a little sunshine your way: Summer written by Cao Wenxuan;… continue reading

By Monica C.    July 16, 2020   

We are back with another Picture ebook Highlight , a series where we put the spotlight on an ebook that you can read at home, using the Free Library's Digital Media portal. This time we are going to talk about a book published back in January 2020 – and it’s one of my favorite books of this year! The Old Truck by… continue reading

By Monica C.    July 9, 2020   

Some authors / illustrators have a special talent for creating stories perfect for storytime, for audience participation, and plenty of belly laughs. Today we will talk about one of them: Jan Thomas and her deceptively simple but masterfully written and illustrated books for toddlers and the preschool crowd. It all started when Jan… continue reading

By Monica C.    July 2, 2020   

Feeling at a loss for learning this summer? Looking for fun ways to expand your mind and keep your summer fresh and engaging—even indoors? The Free Library has a new virtual Summer of Wonder experience for you! What’s Your Story? From artistic inspiration to STEAM building projects, from writing groups to world… continue reading

By Emily S.    May 29, 2020    1

Like me, you may already use RBdigital for its great selection of magazines for adults. But did you know that all four magazines in the Highlights family are available to read online? With kids unable to access the latest issue of their favorite magazine at the library right now, RBdigital allows young readers and their caregivers to… continue reading

By Leigh U.    May 26, 2020   

The Free Library is reading around town! Find a Free Library storyteller at the Christmas Village , the RiverRink Winterfest , and as always, Reading Terminal Market . Children, families, and classrooms are welcome at our citywide storytimes throughout the winter season. Christmas Village The Christmas Village is lighting up Center… continue reading

By Gennifer R.    December 9, 2019    1

Philadelphia is soon to be lit up with the awe-inspiring glee of the opening of the annual Christmas Village, presented by Bank of America and located in LOVE Park. The open-air German Christmas market is decorated for the holiday season and filled with storytimes, children’s activities, vendors, and live music. This year, the… continue reading

By Gennifer R.    December 2, 2019   

We’re back for another edition of Picture Book Highlights – a series where we put the spotlight on a book that has been ordered for all neighborhood libraries . This time we have a perfect book for storytime – a book that will leave little ones on the edge of their seats! One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller by Kate… continue reading

By Monica C.    October 31, 2019   

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, intergenerational programs, career development, and teacher trainings. We are so happy to announce… continue reading

By Shayna M.    October 4, 2019   

It's September—time to celebrate National Grandparents Day ! And what better way to celebrate than to share a picture book with your very special grandpa/grandma? Below are three new picture books just added to our collection. Our Favorite Day by Joowoon Oh Every morning Papa follows his normal routine. He drinks his… continue reading

By Monica C.    September 5, 2019   

We’re back for another edition of Picture Book Highlights – a series where we put the spotlight on a book that has been ordered for all neighborhood libraries . Earlier this year we did a series of blog posts on concept books, and the first post covered Alphabet books . Basically, alphabet books are designed to help… continue reading

By Monica C.    April 15, 2019   

Every year, the Free Library of Philadelphia hosts a Family Fest —a celebration just for children and their families in the historic Parkway Central Library . Open to the public, this very special fundraiser features activities for the whole family to enjoy. In celebration of the recent launch of our new Knee-Hi Society… continue reading

By Alexa L.    March 25, 2019   

Though our One Book, One Philadelphia 2018-2019 season is now over, the Free Library will keep connecting readers through a shared text all spring long! We are thrilled to be launching an ambitious pilot program called Books for Rising Readers. With lead support from the William Penn Foundation and in partnership with Read by 4th ,… continue reading

By Jess P.    March 20, 2019   

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 learning with our Spring Reading Challenge. The Challenge provides a fun way to integrate… continue reading

By Molly B.    March 11, 2019    3

Are you a new parent or soon-to-be parent? Do you have questions about what activities support your baby’s language and literacy development? Have you been looking for opportunities for you and your baby to bond? Read, Baby, Read , our program for babies, toddlers, and their families, is here for you this spring with Parent… continue reading

By Molly B.    February 26, 2019   

Concept books are a type of picture book that introduces basic ideas, or concepts, to young children. They are sometimes described as informational picture books for preschoolers. These books play an important part in early literacy and can be found in all our children’s collections. In this series of posts, we are going to… continue reading

By Monica C.    January 31, 2019   

Concept books are a type of picture book that introduces basic ideas, or concepts, to young children. They are sometimes described as informational picture books for preschoolers. These books play an important part in early literacy and can be found in all our children’s collections. In this series of posts, we are going to… continue reading

By Monica C.    January 23, 2019