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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Teen Tuesday

Tue, March 20, 2018 3:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

For more than 10 years, Teen Tuesday has been an afternoon of snacks and socializing. Join us as we play our favorite board and video games, create arts and crafts projects, and enjoy some snacks! This program will be located in Room 108.

Young Adult Other Great Programs Games and Gaming Technology Teens Board Games and Role-Playing Video Games arts & crafts

Zoo on Wheels | Fur, Feathers, Scales & Skin

Tue, March 20, 2018 4:00 P.M.
West Oak Lane Library

Learn about birds, mammals and reptiles with a visit from the Philadelphia Zoo's Little Zoo on Wheels .  They will bring live animals!  Space is limited, so please sign up in advance.

Adult Young Adult School Age Preschool Toddler Senior Family Programs Animals and Nature

LEAP | Games Galore

Tue, March 20, 2018 4:30 P.M.
Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

Develop a new habit with our vast and rotating collection of tabletop games. Bring a friend or make some new ones! This program is part of LEAP (Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program) that provides homework help and literacy activities offered for grades K-12 while school is in session.

Young Adult School Age LEAP Board Games and Role-Playing

Teen Tuesdays Real Talk—Is there something on your mind?

Tue, March 20, 2018 5:00 P.M.
Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

Join the Teen Leaders every 3rd Tuesday to talk about real issues that matter to you. From relationships to the environment, school anxieties to current events. A new teen-chosen discussion topic is selected every month. (Teens 12 and up.)

Young Adult LEAP Teens

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Blog Posts

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

Dena's Favorite Books of 2017

Every year I read a lot of books. Out of the 339 that I read in 2017, I've picked out the 36 that I liked the best . 2017 was a hard year, and I found myself looking for books that were happy and not particularly difficult or challenging. I was looking for escapism and for me escapism involves a sense of optimism. That's not to say that… continue reading

By Dena   January 2, 2018    LGBTQ romance Teens recommendations comics and graphic novels sci fi fiction nonfiction

Announcing the Free Library’s All Ages Online Winter Reading Challenge!

Beginning December 15, 2017, the Free Library will host an all ages online Winter Reading Challenge. The program encourages participants to continue reading all winter long, and also provides ideas for other fun activities. How do I sign-up? Visit https://freelibrary.beanstack.org on or after December 15 to sign-up. If you already have a… continue reading

By Barbara T.   December 14, 2017    5   children's programs family programs reading Teens Pre-K early literacy literacy online learning digital learning