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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Stories Alive: Family Story Hour for Incarcerated Parents and Their Children

Sat, November 18, 2017 10:00 A.M.
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library

Stories Alive gives incarcerated parents the opportunity to read and connect with their children during a live videoconference call. Families who participate will get books to take home and keep! Stories Alive is available to children and caregivers with family members at the Curran-Fromhold and…

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Science Fiction Roleplaying Club

Sat, November 18, 2017 10:30 A.M.
Walnut Street West

CALLING ALL SUPER HEROES, ALIENS, AND ZOMBIE HUNTERS! Are you interested in Science Fiction? Have you ever wanted to play a tabletop role-playing game (RPG)? Unleash your inner-nerd and come play with us! Our group currently meets on Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. No…

Young Adult School Age Discussion and Participation Games and Gaming Board Games and Role-Playing

Free Tech Workshops for Middle School Girls! | Infographics

Sat, November 18, 2017 10:30 A.M.
South Philadelphia Library

PhillyTechGirlz is hosting free workshops for 6-8th graders at the South Philadelphia Library Tech Lab. Registration is encouraged at   http://www.techgirlz.org/techshop/make-website-using-wordpress-3/ , or call Vicki Szondy, Digital Resource Specialist at 215-685-1866.  

Young Adult Computer Classes Computers

Finding the Funding to Make Your College Degree

Sat, November 18, 2017 12:00 P.M.
Philadelphia City Institute

Learn how to create a plan to obtain scholarship funding and complete a search for eligible grant funding with The Student Loan Doctor. This program is free and open to high school students.

Young Adult Career Workshops Teens

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Blog Posts

Happy Young Readers Day!

November 14 is Young Readers Day, and while we believe that every day should be spent celebrating and encouraging our city’s littlest learners, we’re happy to take this opportunity to remind you about the many wonderful programs and services the Free Library offers in hopes of instilling a love of reading in our little ones! We hope… continue reading

By Kate C.   November 14, 2017    children's programs reading Teens Summer Reading Children's books author events Read by 4th LEAP Homework Help Words at Play

Make and Learn at your Neighborhood Library on National STEM Day !

Today is National STEM Day , a day that is meant to inspire young people to explore and pursue interests in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. LEAP , the Free Library of Philadelphia’s city-wide out-of-school time program, is ready to help children and teens explore all things STEM at your neighborhood library !… continue reading

By Heather S.   November 8, 2017    children's programs Teens LEAP STEM

Get HYPE Philly! Victorious in Annual Teen Battle Chef!

My co-worker, Aurora, coordinates Get HYPE Philly! for the Free Library. We’ve worked great together since I started in January, so I jumped right at the chance to work with her on the annual Teen Battle Chef competition. I just graduated from the culinary program at Swenson Arts and Technology High School. I am the kitchen manager for… continue reading

By Dominique A.   October 27, 2017    1   Parkway Central Teens culinary literacy Get HYPE Philly

Take Your Broken Heart, Make It Into Art

We lost a lot of important things and people last year, and it looks like we’re on track for more losses and heartbreaks in the coming years. But, I guess we knew what we signed up for, eh? One of the more memorable statements to come out of this year was when (goddess on earth) Meryl Streep dedicated an award win to her friend Carrie… continue reading

By Rachel F.   October 20, 2017    art Teens recommendations YA Literature