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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Job Fair

Thu, September 20, 2018 11:00 A.M.
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library

Meet employers! Bring your résumé! Wear your best! Local companies—including the University of Pennsylvania, SEPTA, U.S. Post Office, ShopRite, Temple University, NursePartners, Prime Legacy Security, PA CareerLink, and more— will be on hand and recruiting/interviewing…

Adult Young Adult Career Workshops Jobs & Job Seekers Philadelphia Job Fairs

Film Screening: Because of the War

Thu, September 20, 2018 4:00 P.M.
Paschalville Library

About the Movie In West Africa and North America, four Liberian women use their music to address injustice and inspire action for social change. By telling the stories of Fatu Gayflor, Marie Nyenabo, Zaye Tete and Tokay Tomah, the Philadelphia Folklore Project aims to link Liberians of all…

Adult Young Adult Senior Film Screening

Chess Club

Thu, September 20, 2018 4:00 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 4:00 until 6:00 p.m.

Adult Young Adult School Age Senior Other Great Programs Chess

Yoga for adults!

Thu, September 20, 2018 6:30 P.M.
Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

Wipe away the stress of the week and get your body and mind ready for a relaxing weekend. Decompress, unwind, and relax and start your weekend off the right way. Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. except the second Thursday of every month. Please bring a mat.     

Adult Young Adult Health Programs Body, Mind & Spirit Yoga

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Blog Posts

Back to School, but Not Old School: Information and Primary Source Literacy

In a world of "fake news" and "alternate truths", the importance of critical thinking is more important than ever. Educators and librarians have replaced old-school teaching methods based on rote memorization and regurgitation with Information Literacy, a skill set which, when applied, encourages a more critical and… continue reading

By Joe S.   September 12, 2018    Exhibitions databases digital collections Rare Book Department Teens literacy history Online Exhibitions special collections digital learning library resources

Conversations Between Libraries and Communities Spark Program Ideas

In a previous post, we shared some stories about how meetings between libraries and other community organizations can lead to what the American Library Association calls the “domino effect of positive results.” One potential outcome of conversations between library staff and community residents and stakeholders is ideas for new… continue reading

By Community-Centered Libraries   September 7, 2018    Events at the Library Community Events Free Library staff Parkway Central Teens school New Americans Business community neighborhood libraries nature IMLS

New eResources for All of Your Research Needs

Don’t get lost Googling, stuck behind a paywall, or duped by untrustworthy data! New electronic resources for information seekers of all ages are now available from the Free Library of Philadelphia.   Through POWER Library, a service of the Office of Commonwealth Libraries , Free Library users have access to twenty-four powerful… continue reading

By Jamie B.   August 30, 2018    databases Teens school Homework Help library resources adult learners

Back to School Resources | The Artemis Literary Database

Who remembers having to visit the library and look up magazine articles in the long, long row of green hardbound Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature ? No disrespect against the Reader’s Guide— it’s still a great resource and we’ve still got it in the reference stacks at many of our branches —but if… continue reading

By Violet L.   August 29, 2018    databases How-To Teens back to school Homework Help digital learning