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Read, Baby, Read is a Free Library initiative focused on encouraging early literacy development among infants and young toddlers under two years old. We work with 12 participating libraries across Philadelphia to reach caregivers of all ages, providing resources that support early literacy skills, language development, and purposeful… continue reading

By Sarah J.    April 15, 2021   

Read, Baby, Read is a Free Library initiative focused on encouraging early literacy development among infants and young toddlers under two years old. We work with 12 participating libraries across Philadelphia to reach caregivers of all ages, providing resources that support early literacy skills, language development, and purposeful… continue reading

By Sarah J.    March 5, 2021   

Read, Baby, Read is a grant-funded Free Library initiative focused on encouraging early literacy development among infants and young toddlers under two years old. We work with 12 participating libraries across Philadelphia to reach caregivers of all ages, providing resources that support early literacy skills, language development,… continue reading

By Sarah J.    January 26, 2021   

by Stephanie S - Intern, Languages & Learning Center The Languages and Learning Center supports the individual literacy and learning goals of Philadelphia adults, including resources for Adult Basic Education, language learning, and digital literacy.  Do you know an Arabic-speaking adult who needs help… continue reading

By Lindsay S.    November 2, 2020   

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 Challenge is open to all ages. Fall Learning Challenge If you loved the virtual Summer of Wonder ,… continue reading

By Emily S.    October 28, 2020   

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    2

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