Teen Reading

Welcome! From craft to college prep, from movie screenings to film making the Free Library has it all for teens! Check out an event at your local library or visit the Teen Space at the Parkway Central Library on Vine Street. Find awesome programs around the city and find your next great read!

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Philadelphia Women's Slavic Ensemble

Sun, March 24, 2019 2:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

The Drinker Library of Choral Music is pleased to present, as part of the celebration of Women's History Month, a performance of choral music from the Slavic folk tradition. Formed in West Philadelphia in 2011,  this a cappella choir "loudly sing the wonderful folk music…

Adult Young Adult School Age Senior Live Performances Music Performing Arts Women's History Month

¡A Conversar! Spanish Practice for Kids, Teens, and Adults

Mon, March 25, 2019 4:00 P.M.
Kensington Library

Has your Spanish gotten rusty? Do you have nagging questions about grammar and vocabulary? Stop by to practice conversing in Spanish, pick up new vocabulary, and connect with other Spanish learners. ¡Conversemos! For more information, or to let us know you’re coming, contact Sara…

Adult Young Adult School Age Discussion and Participation Language Study

Movement Mondays

Mon, March 25, 2019 4:30 P.M.
Fumo Family Library

Join us for some exercise and fun activities. LEAP (Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program) homework help and literacy activities offered for grades K-12 while school is in session.

Young Adult School Age LEAP

Game Time Mondays

Mon, March 25, 2019 4:30 P.M.
Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

Enjoy our large and rotating collection of tabletop games and Wii with our friendly LEAP staff. For additional information, please contact the librarian at 215-685-1755. LEAP (Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program) homework help and literacy activities offered for grades K-12 while…

Young Adult School Age Other Great Programs Games and Gaming

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Blog Posts

LEAP Spotlight: Training on Trauma Informed Approach

LEAP , the Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program, is continuously looking for ways to better serve youth in Philadelphia. On January 25, LEAP hosted training for staff on Trauma Informed Approach, led by Michael O'Bryan, the Director of Youth and Young Adult Programs, at the Village of Arts and Humanities . Michael led the interactive… continue reading

By Molly B.   March 21, 2019    Teens Maker Movement LEAP Health community neighborhood libraries inclusivity

Women’s History Month | 2020 Women Presidential Candidates

It’s still early in the race for the presidency 2020, but already we have 4 (four!) women candidates for the presidency: Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Senator Amy Klobuchar. More are considering officially entering the race, including Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (who has yet to… continue reading

By Monica C.   March 12, 2019    Teens Children's books recommendations Women's History Month

Look to Spring with the Spring Reading Challenge

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 technology,… continue reading

By Molly B.   March 11, 2019    1   reading Teens Pre-K literacy writing adult learners

McPherson Square Library Photography Exhibit Spotlights Neighborhood Strengths

Tuesday Chalmers is an Adult/Teen Librarian at McPherson Square Library , and a member of Cohort 1 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries training. In this post, she explains the project she worked on after attending the workshops.  I was part of a group of Free Library of Philadelphia staff who attended workshops to enhance our… continue reading

By Community-Centered Libraries   March 7, 2019    Exhibitions Community Events Free Library staff Teens photography community neighborhood libraries IMLS