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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The Cuban Music Project: Alma Vieja/Alma Nueva

Now through Sun, April 30, 2017 5:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Learn about the Fleisher Collection's Cuban Music Project: Alma Vieja/Alma Nueva through an exhibit featuring images from curator Gary Galván's two trips down to Cuba, Cuban instruments, an interactive digital map, musical samples, a newly engraved score that…

Adult Young Adult Exhibitions

Fitness @ the Library

Mon, May 1, 2017 5:30 P.M.
Frankford Library

Come burn off your weekend calories with us.  Exercise to our wonderful collection of fitness instruction DVDs.  For adults and teens.  Space may be limited. Every Monday

Adult Young Adult Health Programs Other Great Programs Body, Mind & Spirit Health

May Day Medicine: Folk Remedies for the Heart

Mon, May 1, 2017 6:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

In springtime, our appetite for joy is stirred by fragrant flowers and buzzing bees. In this workshop, we will make rose oxymel - an herbal folk remedy traditionally used for a joyous, open heart. We’ll dig into other remedies using common springtime plants found in Philadelphia -…

Adult Young Adult Workshops and Enrichment Culinary Literacy Crafts & Hobbies Environment & Nature

The Challenge Club: Structured Activities for Kids with Social Challenges

Mon, May 1, 2017 7:00 P.M.
Fumo Family Library

A welcoming environment for kids and their caregivers to come together, foster friendships, and expand their social horizons. The Challenge Club is a social club for children and adolescents, aged 10 to 15, who are on the autistic spectrum or have difficulty interacting socially with their…

Young Adult School Age Family Programs Family Minecraft LEGO Board Games and Role-Playing Video Games

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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