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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Upcoming Events

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Philly Slam League

Fri, May 25, 2018 4:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Join Teen Central as we host the 8th season of the Philly Slam League. The Philly Slam League (PSL) is a non-profit organization that hosts poetry teams from Philadelphia-area high schools in a five-month intellectual and artistic competition.  Teams come together weekly throughout the…

Adult Young Adult Live Performances Performing Arts Poetry Teens

Greetings from the Print and Picture Collection

Now through Fri, May 25, 2018 6:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

A selection of over 130 postcards of Philadelphia from the Print and Picture Collection.

Adult Young Adult School Age Exhibitions

Crochet and Knitting Club

Sat, May 26, 2018 1:00 P.M.
Wynnefield Library

Join Sisters Interacting through Stitches , as they create items which are donated to local, national, and international organizations.  Club members are willing to teach the art of crocheting and knitting to interested adults and teens. All skill levels welcome.

Adult Young Adult Senior Arts and Crafts Programs Crafts & Hobbies Crochet Knitting

Hip-Hop Dance Classes

Sat, May 26, 2018 1:00 P.M.
Lillian Marrero Library

Learn the Hip Hop Fundamentals with Young Audiences Dance Company . Please sign up with Ms. Tuesday in advance. Call 215 685-9794 or stop by the branch to register. All ages welcome.

Young Adult School Age Family Programs Other Great Programs Children Teens dance

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Blog Posts

Get Your Kids in the Kitchen This Summer at the Free Library!

What are your kids planning to do this summer? If they want to learn to make pasta, pizza, and other yumtastic dishes from scratch, they should apply to attend Summer Thyme Cooks at the Culinary Literacy Center – a fresh approach to learning about cooking, collaboration, and cost. Summer Thyme Cooks is a FREE, four-part summer cooking… continue reading

By Jamie B.   May 17, 2018    children's programs Teens culinary literacy summer

The Return of the Free Library of Comic Con!

The 4th annual Free Library of Comic Con will descend upon the Parkway Central Library on May 12, 2018! There’s so much going on at this year’s event that we don’t even know if we can fit all of our excitement into one blog post, but we'll try... When you arrive at Free Library of Comic Con, you’ll first encounter… continue reading

By Kristina L.   May 1, 2018    2   art Events at the Library children's programs family programs Parkway Central Teens comics and graphic novels Comic Con

Teen Central hosts the Philly Slam League for Poetry!

Through May, the Teen Center is partnering with the Philly Slam League  to host its 8th season at Parkway Central Library . The program will draw hundreds of teens and their supporters from week to week to host a friendly and supportive poetry competition. Teen poets from 22 area high schools will perform under the guidance of teacher… continue reading

By Kristina L.   March 2, 2018    Teens Poetry

Teens Collaborate to Create Dedicated Space for Themselves at Fumo Family Library

For several weeks this past summer, a group of teens from South Philly High School visited  Fumo Family Library for summer programming. One day, a teen wondered aloud where she should sit. First she looked left and saw the children's area: brightly colored with its tiny tables and chairs; then she looked in front of her… continue reading

By Abbe K.   February 13, 2018    Teens Maker Movement DIY