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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A Free Tour of Philadelphia: The Changing City Exhibition

Tue, November 20, 2018 3:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Come and learn about our city’s exciting, dynamic, and often forgotten history with a guided tour of Philadelphia: The Changing City exhibition. The tour will be led by an exhibition curator in the Dietrich Gallery in the Rare Book Department , which is located on the third floor of the…

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UPenn Science for Kids & Teens

Tue, November 20, 2018 4:00 P.M.
Walnut Street West

Graduate students from UPenn will visit our library to conduct fun and exciting science experiments. No registration necessary, just come on by!

Young Adult School Age Workshops and Enrichment Science STEM

Teen Tuesdays: Teen Reads

Tue, November 20, 2018 4:00 P.M.
Nicetown-Tioga Library

What will be reading this week?  

Young Adult Other Great Programs Book Clubs

STEAM Tuesdays

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

Try your hand at simple circuits, engineering challenges, video games, and slime recipes, oh my!  For additional information, please contact the librarian at 215-685-1755. LEAP (Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program) homework help and literacy activities offered for grades K-12…

Young Adult School Age LEAP Games and Gaming

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Blog Posts

Spanglish Se Habla Aquí

With an estimated 62 million Spanish speakers  residing in the US, the United States now has the second largest Spanish-speaking population in the world after Mexico. But for many bilingual Americans, their preferred everyday tongue is "Spanglish", a comfortable mix of Spanish and English that's spoken with friends,… continue reading

By Violet L.   November 16, 2018    languages Teens Poetry

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