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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Philadelphia Department of Public Health| FREE NARCAN DAY

Mon, September 23, 2019 1:00 P.M.
Holmesburg Library

Health department staff will be available to answer questions, give information about responding to drug overdoses, offer training, and distribute Narcan. From 1-4PM

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Writing Assistance

Mon, September 23, 2019 3:00 P.M.
Charles Santore Library

Do you want to make your resume stand out, or put the finishing touches on college essay?   Or, maybe you need help filling out forms.  Never fear! Faculty members from the University of Pennsylvania will be on hand to help, on Wednesday evenings.  Drop by!

Adult Young Adult Career Workshops

Teen Anime Club

Mon, September 23, 2019 3:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Teens interested in watching Anime are invited to join the Field Teen Center Teen Anime Club!  Mondays in the Field Teen Center from 3pm-5pm.   Program for teens ages 12-18 only. Contact TeenCenter@freelibrary.org or call 215-686-5395 for more info. Follow @FLPTeenCenter on Facebook…

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Chess Club

Mon, September 23, 2019 3:00 P.M.
Nicetown-Tioga Library

Do you like to play chess?  Do you want to learn how to play, or how to play better? Join us for a friendly game.  All level players are welcome and some instruction is available.  For ages 8 and up.  We'll be playing from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m.

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Blog Posts

Go Back to School with the Free Library!

The calendar still says August, and the weather forecast still says summer, but the new school year is just around the corner— School District of Philadelphia will ring the bell to begin classes on Tuesday, September 3!  After a summer full of reading and fun, the Free Library is ready to help Philadelphia students and their families… continue reading

By Jess P.   August 30, 2019    1   children's programs databases digital collections family programs reading Teens online learning Read by 4th back to school LEAP Homework Help library card

There’s Still Plenty of Summer Fun, Creativity, and Learning at the Library Throughout August for Children and Teens!

It’s no secret that the Free Library of Philadelphia loves summer! Summer is a time for playing, exploring, and relaxing. Summer gives us time to learn new things and do what we love. There’s freedom to try something exciting, meet new friends, and enjoy all that our world has to offer.   Teen artists can create and collaborate… continue reading

By Shari K.   August 5, 2019    children's programs Teens Summer Reading

Literacy Works!, WorkReady Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Youth Network Create Teen Literacy Coaches in Neighborhood Libraries

The Literacy Works! 2019 program is underway! Provided by the Free Library of Philadelphia and funded by WorkReady Philadelphia, Literacy Works! is a 6-week summer program employing nearly 100 teens, known as Teen Literacy Coaches, at 45 of the city’s 54 neighborhood libraries . These teens work alongside librarians to facilitate literacy… continue reading

By Jovan E.   July 25, 2019    1   Teens Summer Reading Philadelphia Youth Network LEAP

Don’t Be a Drag, Just Be a Queen: Exploring and Celebrating Gender Roleplay in Young Adult Books!

Welcome to another Pride Month, friends! After this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race , I’m sure we're all ready to keep the amazing times rolling with more exploration of performative gender with some rollicking young adult novels. Or is that just me? Okay fine, just me. Either way, take off your wig and make up and settle in… continue reading

By Rachel F.   June 6, 2019    8   LGBTQ Teens recommendations YA Literature Free Library of Pride