Teens

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 branch 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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I love a graphic novel—and even better I love a graphic novel memoir . There is something so much more intimate about reading the words AND pictures when someone shares her story. Or maybe I’m just a slower reader when it comes to nonfiction … who is to say? Either way, there have been a TON of amazing graphic… continue reading

By Rachel F.   August 24, 2016   

Parkway Central is hosting a Social Justice Symposium for Teens on Monday, August 29th and if you are a high school student who is passionate about your Philadelphia community and care about issues such as racism, inequality, or injustice, then this event is definitely one that you won’t want to miss! In addition to a keynote… continue reading

By Becky F.   August 23, 2016   

Sometimes you just can't believe the story someone is telling you . Maybe it’s because it seems too fantastical or maybe it’s just because the storyteller is untrustworthy. Maybe they were robbed or maybe they broke into a bathroom—sometimes you just don't know till you get to the end of the story. In… continue reading

By Rachel F.   August 19, 2016    2

Alohomora! The newest installment of the spectacularly popular Harry Potter series has just been released and it’s getting rave reviews from everyone who’s picked up a copy. Since it’s still summertime, we at the Free Library of Philadelphia are all rushing to get our hands on it too, and to log our reading time… continue reading

By Becky F.   August 17, 2016   

‘Twas the weekend before Free Library's Summer Reading Kickoff and all through the city Children were stirring, eager to jump in to summer activity. The banner was hung in front of the Parkway Central Library with care, In hopes that summer readers soon would be there. Readers of all ages were ready with books and with… continue reading

By Ann P.   June 10, 2016   

The Free Library’s Summer Reading Program begins Monday, June 13 ! Neighborhood libraries will offer programs and activities for all ages, as well as Bingo with a literacy twist for children, and raffles for teens and adults. And yes, the Wonder Kits (8 weeks of awesome activities) are back! From June 13 through August 5, every… continue reading

By Ann P.   May 25, 2016    4

Calling all kids and teens! Have you ever dreamed about being on TV? WHYY and The Free Library of Philadelphia just might give you a chance. The Free Library is excited to partner with our local PBS station, WHYY, on their 6 th Annual WHYY I LIKE THIS BOOK program. This program encourages children in grades pre-K–12 to… continue reading

By Ann P.   March 21, 2016   

StoryUP is an interactive storytelling program for all kids, from preschoolers to teens. Children get to write their own stories, pick the settings and characters, and help act out some of the stories with the help of a professional improv group. Meanwhile, they are also getting a literacy lesson without even realizing… continue reading

By Elizabeth K.   January 15, 2016   

Beginning in September 2015, several Science Leadership Academy high school students studying film and photography worked on their Independent Learning Project at our Parkway Central Branch. The teens took on various tasks such as filming one minute librarian book talks, taking pictures of teen events, and creating… continue reading

By Abbe K.   January 1, 2016   

As the holiday season is upon us, I have started looking forward to one of my favorite holiday rituals: revisiting Little Women . This may not be on most people’s lists of traditional holiday movies or books, but for me it has become a personal way of celebrating the holidays. It all started with one of my favorite gifts I… continue reading

By Ann P.   December 4, 2015   

Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for most distinguished contribution to children’s literature, and deservingly so.  The Crossover is filled with lots of rhyme and reason.This poetic and lyrical novel written in verse is a tale about a pair of 13-year-old identical twin… continue reading

By Sarah S.   September 8, 2015    35

This sticky, humid weather makes it hard to believe that Summer Reading is over! This year, kids and teens all over the city of Philadelphia explored, created, and, of course, read a ton of great books! We had a great time and we hope you did too! We truly appreciate all the volunteers, parents, and educators who made… continue reading

By Sarah S.   August 21, 2015   

Now announcing a great opportunity for rising 5 th  and 6 th  graders! The Library of Congress is holding a writing contest entitled “A Book That Shaped Me.” This will encourage children “to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact on their lives.” Finalists of the context have a chance to… continue reading

By Sarah S.   May 29, 2015   

We have a new online resource available to you over at our database page -- Driver's Permit Practice Tests Online   offers practice tests for the general Pennsylvania driver's permit, the PA Motorcycle license test, and the PA CDL exam. You'll also find digital copies of the PA Driver’s Handbook, the… continue reading

By Jamie W.   December 17, 2014    2

Aubry is the new After School Leader at the Philbrick Hall Teen Center.  Stop by, say hello, talk about comics, and learn about the activites Aubry has planned for the summer! In her own words: "I love comic books, constructing cardboard monstrosities, writing short stories, sewing my own clothing, and of course reading. My… continue reading

By Peter L.   May 30, 2014    1

Summer Reading is here . For those about to take on the challenge of the School District of Philadelphia’s official lists (or anyone who knows a student who must), we’d like to salute you... with the following links to enhanced mobile-ready versions of the official reading lists:   For rising high school juniors and… continue reading

By Adam F.   May 30, 2014   

Going on vacation this summer? Can’t get to your neighborhood library? You can still play Online Summer Reading! Online Summer Reading is available all summer for everyone to participate! Kids, teens, and adults can create their own username and password at  freelibrary.org/summerreading .  Then, review books for a… continue reading

By Rachel F.   May 29, 2014   

From Night of the Living Dead to World War Z , the fascination with zombies surfaces in every generation. Maybe its roots in folklore make them seem a bit more plausible, horrible, and utterly fascinating. Enjoy all things zombie? Then check out some of these books and movies available at the Free Library of Philadelphia! Series The… continue reading

By Rachel F.   May 14, 2014    1

Sync is a new summer reading program, sponsored by Audio File Magazine , that offers two free audiobooks a week from May 15 - Aug 14. The audio titles are chosen specifically for teen readers, and it's a great way to keep the old brain muscles buff over the long summer break. Each week you'll get a current young adult title… continue reading

By Jamie W.   May 13, 2014   

Sherlock: Death by Dewey Books contain secrets and gems of information. Do they also hold value beyond the intellectual; enough to murder for? On March 27,  three groups of teens set out on a library wide hunt to solve the "murder" of a librarian who was rumored to have discovered clues to a huge… continue reading

By Rachel F.   April 9, 2014   

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