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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!

Need homework help? Get access to tutoring services available for Math, Science, English, Social Studies (in Spanish and English), skills building, and a 24-hour writing lab.

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Minecraft Day

Tue, January 21, 2020 3:00 P.M.
Kensington Library

Come join us for Minecraft Day at the Kensington Neighborhood Library. We've been collaboratively building cities in our very own realm! Work by yourself or with up to eight other participants. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Young Adult School Age Other Great Programs Children Teens Minecraft Video Games

Video Games

Tue, January 21, 2020 3:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Need a little Mario party in your life? How about some more Smash Bros? We have you covered here in the Field Teen Center every Tuesday and Friday! Wondering what games we have?             Nintendo Switch: Mario Party, Mario Kart, Smash…

Young Adult Other Great Programs Games and Gaming Teens Video Games

Kids Can Cook!

Tue, January 21, 2020 4:00 P.M.
Queen Memorial Library

Kids and Teens are invited to join us select Tuesdays during the school year (approximately every other week) to help prepare and enjoy a health-conscious meal! All classes are supervised by ServSafe certified chef Keisha Prosser, aka the Mobile Cooking Teacher. This program is free and open to…

Young Adult School Age Family Programs Children Cooking & Nutrition Teens Health

Free Play with Wii and Switch!

Tue, January 21, 2020 4:00 P.M.
South Philadelphia Library

Come out to the library after school to play with Nintendo Wii and Switches for free! Kids can play games like Mario Kart, Labo, Dance Dance Revolution and more.  

Young Adult School Age Other Great Programs Games and Gaming

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Blog Posts

MLK Day of Service | When the Youth Lead

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a strongly celebrated day in Philadelphia. People of all ages come together to support their communities and uplift the values of MLK’s civil rights leadership during this nationally recognized Day of Service. To celebrate, volunteer, sign up for a project, or step into a workshop that promotes long-term… continue reading

By Gennifer R.   January 15, 2020    Holidays Teens African American Children's books volunteers Black History Month Black Lives Matter politics Black Authors

Y is for Youth

Philadelphia is a wellspring of inspiring young people, with our innovative communities and the creative spirit of the city bringing out the best in many of our young leaders. Today, we would like to give back! Have you been thinking about the significance of our youth in Philadelphia? How can we celebrate their efforts and honor their bright… continue reading

By Gennifer R.   January 7, 2020    children's programs Teens community

Robots? Where? McPherson Square!

Following an early dismissal on Wednesdays, students from a local middle school pack the floor of the McPherson Square library . With students flocking in prior to regularly scheduled afterschool activities, the LEAP Maker Mentors, Bryan and Ev, asked the students how they prefer to spend their free time at the library. The youth voted on a… continue reading

By Khyra L.   December 19, 2019    children's programs Teens Maker Movement LEAP STEM STEAM

'Tis the Season for the Winter Reading Challenge

As the weather changes, there's no better company than reading a good book in a cozy space. Running from November 25 to February 29 , our Winter Reading Challenge invites readers of all ages to register and earn badges as they gather reading minutes, reach reading goals, try out new activities, and write their own book reviews! This year,… continue reading

By Gennifer R.   November 25, 2019    3   Holidays reading Teens Children's books literacy YA Literature Read by 4th