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 Reading Lounge: An Interactive Book Club for Teenagers

Tue, April 25, 2017 3:30 P.M.
Philadelphia City Institute

Attention teens in grades 7-12! Do you like to read and talk about books? If so, you are invited to participate in a series of interesting discussions and creative activities through the Teen Reading Lounge (TRL) program this year. Experience your favorite books in a whole new way! Please join…

Young Adult Discussion and Participation Teens Teen Reading Lounge

Science After School

Tue, April 25, 2017 3:30 P.M.
Falls of Schuylkill Library

Science comes to your neighborhood as the city’s most engaging experts visit YOUR local library to lead a FREE after school program.. Spark a passion for STEM learning through exciting experiments, animal encounters, and kid (and scientist) approved hands-on activities, right in your local…

Adult Young Adult School Age Senior Community Events Discussion and Participation Family Programs Other Great Programs Science

Anime Club

Tue, April 25, 2017 4:00 P.M.
Whitman Library

Get together to watch anime, talk about anime & manga, geek out, hang, and make fandom inspired crafts.

Young Adult Other Great Programs Crafts & Hobbies Teens Anime & Manga

Philly Science Fest: Cookie Lab

Tue, April 25, 2017 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

A cup of butter, a pinch of salt, three teaspoons of vanilla extract; baking is a science and every step is crucial—especially when making the classic chocolate chip cookie. Led by R2L’s pastry chef Peter Scarola and The Franklin Institute’s resident food scientist, Shanna…

Adult Young Adult Community Events Culinary Literacy Cooking & Nutrition Science

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A City-wide Celebration of Science: The 2017 Philadelphia Science Festival!

The Philadelphia Science Festival is almost here!  The city-wide celebration of science happens April 21-29. The Free Library is proud to partner with the festival to offer great programing for all ages!  Check out all the science events happening at your neighborhood library . Science After School April 24 – 27 3:30 p.m.… continue reading

By Ann P.   April 20, 2017    children's programs family programs Teens science

Free Library of Comic Con 2017 Wrap-Up!

Wow, what a success that was! 2017 marked our third annual Free Library of Comic Con and it was our biggest yet! To all of you who came—Thank You! You are the reason we’re able to do great programs like Free Library of Comic Con that are fun for everyone and empowering to local artists, publishers, and performers. Without you and… continue reading

By J. Matthew C.   April 19, 2017    1   Events at the Library children's programs Teens comics and graphic novels Comic Con

Are You the Poetry 'Type'?

What if an entire community wrote one line each on a vintage Underwood Typewriter to create a really, really, long poem? Would it bring world peace? Would love abound? Would we become a united nation?  One can hope, right? On April 3, South Philly poet, Maria Fama composed the first line of our poem. She pecked out her lines on the… continue reading

By Abbe K.   April 17, 2017    family programs Free Library staff Seniors Teens Poetry

Dip into Springtime with Fresh Get HYPE Philly! Recipes

Our Get HYPE Philly! teens are ready for spring! In preparation for the warmer weather, they learned how easy it is to prepare light but flavorful snack dips. The lesson, by Food Educator Lauren Nixon , showed teens how to use common kitchen staples like herbs, spices and seed butters to improvise their favorite flavors. Love a green pesto… continue reading

By Brittany B.   April 17, 2017    Events at the Library Teens culinary literacy