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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It’s National Native American Heritage Month and the Free Library of Philadelphia is celebrating by reading books by authors who write about their Native heritage. We’re especially enjoying works by Sherman Alexie and Louise Erdrich , contemporary prolific authors who’ve published novels, short story collections,… continue reading

By Becky F.   November 8, 2016    1

Get HYPE Philly! team and teen participants alike learn new things all the time about the benefits of different foods and how to prepare them. At a recent HYPE program with culinary educator Lauren Nixon , participants learned about the many benefits of avocado—particularly, what makes it a healthy fat. I won’t lie;… continue reading

By Khyra L.   October 13, 2016    16

It’s that time of year again—the beginning of fall when temperatures start to fall and the pumpkin spice must flow. That means it’s almost Teen Read Week —the week of the year with no forced reading for teens, just fun reading! (Well, that’s the dream anyway—who knows what projects your… continue reading

By Rachel F.   October 11, 2016   

Louise Fitzhugh is perhaps best known for her novel Harriet the Spy , published in 1964 and lauded today as a classic children’s fiction work. Both written and illustrated by Fitzhugh, Harriet tells the story of an aspiring reporter who, at eleven years-old, keeps a notebook detailing all of her opinions and observations like a… continue reading

By Becky F.   October 5, 2016   

Summer absolutely flew by and it’s now time to get back into a new school year. If you’re wondering how you’ll cope with all of the assignments and homework coming your way, the Free Library of Philadelphia has got you covered. From the newest graphic novels and ebooks to weekly programs and events , you’ll… continue reading

By Kristina L.   September 8, 2016   

Is everyone ready for the start of another school year?  At the Free Library of Philadelphia, we spent the last few weeks of our summer brushing up on the wonderful online resources available on our website to get up to speed for a great year ahead. So grab your library card and get ready to log on for these great free… continue reading

By Rachel F.   September 6, 2016   

After 13 weeks of learning, building, playing, dancing, and reading all across Philadelphia, we've reached the end of this year's Summer Reading program! Our last weekly raffle winners have been announced and our grand prize raffle winners have been picked: Congratulations to Francis B., Tamar P., and Ahmed A.! To mark… continue reading

By Becky F.   September 2, 2016   

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   

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