What students (and often their teachers and their principals) don’t know about research and an enriching liberal education
With the fall season upon us, students, their teachers, and their principals have recently returned to school. In the School District of Philadelphia, each of those groups face immense uncertainty about the future. As do students and educators across the United States and Mexico. Despite these myriad challenges, librarians want to offer each group the same support for excellence in local term papers that we always have.
Let us take a tour of the library services, collections, and expertise we have to offer which support students as they take their first steps into the conversations of the global scholarly community:
Philadelphia Youth Network: Travel Postcards!
Welcome to the second in a series of blog posts written by the teens participating in the WorkReady Philadelphia service learning program at the Free Library of Philadelphia! Each week, you’ll hear from one of our participants about the important work they’re doing over the summer as Literacy Coaches to...
The Maker Movement at the Free Library of Philadelphia
Do you love learning and DIY projects? Are you interested in the intersection and overlap of technology and creativity? You may already be a maker!
The Maker Movement generally refers to a subculture of people who are artists, tech enthusiasts, educators, crafters, designers, tinkerers, engineers, musicians – anyone with a passion...
Introducing the Philadelphia Youth Network Bloggers!
Welcome to the first in a series of blog posts written by the teens participating in the WorkReady Philadelphia service learning program at the Free Library of Philadelphia! Each week, you’ll hear from one of our participants about the important work they’re doing over the summer as Literacy Coaches to support youth literacy development throughout the Free Library system. This week, Janai shares her impressions of her first week on the job!
Last Week’s Training
By Janai N.
Last week, I officially started my new job with the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) working for the Free Library of Philadelphia. The branch I was...
Teen Summer Activities at Philbrick Hall
The school year may be ending, but activities for teens are just starting to heat up at Parkway Central.
We’re bringing back old favorites and doing some new things to keep the Teen Center in Philbrick Hall a cool place to hang out this summer:
Straight Talk Mondays: Join in on a friendly discussion of an issue facing young people today.
Book Talk Tuesdays: Recommend and discuss books you love and learn about other great reads.
Make Thursdays: A different project every week.
Table Top Fridays: Play your favorite board game or try a new one.
These events all start at 3:30 p.m.
It all starts off...
Please join us in welcoming the latest addition to Parkway Central's Philbrick Hall team. Patrice is the new Teen Center Specialist, and she'll be hanging out in the Teen Center after school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
In her own words:
" I'm incredibly excited to meet you all as the new...
It's Teen Tech Week!
March 10-16 is Teen Tech Week @ The Free Library of Philadelphia and we’re calling on all Philadelphia teens to take a minute to check in at their Library or Hot Spot. We have tons of fun programs this week all around the city from robotics to gaming. But you...
Teen Poetry Slam!
Every year, teen poets and spoken word artists come together to blow us away with their words and performances-- Teen Poetry Slam returns to the Free Library on Friday, April 5!
If you’re coming out to perform, this is what you have to know:
• Performers must attend a high school within...
Teen Tuesdays-Great Memories
Hi everyone. I am happy that I am having the chance to post some thoughts on Teen Tuesdays at Parkway Central before I transfer to Extensions and Children's Services. I have been stopping by Teen Tuesdays on a regular basis for over four years at Parkway Central. I'm amazed at how creative the programming has been and the response the teens who attend these events have given. The amount of teens attending increases with each passing year and when we graduate high school seniors, high school freshmen begin attending, offering us the opportunity to meet new teens and make new...
What do Malia and Sasha read?
Can anyone tell which books Malia and Sasha Obama bought recently? Tell us your best guesses in the comments section. (Look at a larger version of this picture.) Malia will turn 15 in 2013 and Sasha will turn 12. Now that the president has been re-elected, they will be 18 and...
Teen Tuesdays are Back!
Hang out, make new friends, eat snacks - Teen Tuesday is back!
Every Tuesday during the school year from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. join us in the Skyline Room on the 4th floor at Parkway Central.
Its Free. It's Fun. There's Food.
October 2nd - PLAY! Video Games
October 9th - (Book 2) Movie
October 16th - 3D Pop Art and Duct Tape
October 20th - BINGO!
Can't get enough? Try out Teen Thursdays - now in the new Teen Center in Philbrick Hall!
Upcoming Thursday programs:
October 4th - Get Stumped - TRIVIA!
October 11th - BYO Board Games
October 18th - It Came From The Library!...
The Best Things in Life
The Best Things in Life
We here at the Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Branch of the Free Library have had the pleasure of working with a lovely young lady, Angelina Smith. Angelina started out as a Teen Leadership Assistant (TLA), earning some extra money by helping kids with homework and offering...
Teen Post-It murals at Parkway Central
The Philbrick Hall teens, Teen Leadership Assistants, and After School Leader K-Fai Steele collaborated on an ambitious series of post-it murals this past month. They discovered the post-it mural art form by connecting to the teen tumblr blogs at the Naperville Public Library, Arlington Public Library , and La Porte...
Hunger Games Fever
Can't get enough of Suzanne Collins's epic Hunger Games trilogy? Dying for more dystopian fiction in your life? You're in luck: Our librarians have put together a great list of recommendations for those who can't put down The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. From Feed by award-winning author M.T....
Free Library Wins Grant Competition to Design Digial Learning Labs for Young Americans!
Today, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the Free Library of Philadelphia as one of 12 organizations in the United States selected to receive funding to create a learning lab for middle and high school students! The Free Library’s Learning Lab will be designed to improve digital literacy and to engage young people in hands-on learning. These labs will help youth gain the 21st-century skills and knowledge they need to succeed in school, careers, and life today.
The Free Library of Philadelphia will work with an Advisory Committee of...
New Online Community for the Teen Literati
There's a new online community for young writers creating quite a buzz -- figment.com. Created by Jacob Lewis, former managing editor at The New Yorker and New Yorker staff writer Dana Goodyear, Figment aims to be "the social network for young-adult fiction," according to Lewis. On Figment, teens can share their writing, connect with other readers and writers, and discover new favorite peer authors--all completely for free. The website features a library of shared writing with commenting features that allow you to offer your opinions and reactions, discussion forums, featured essays from published writers, contests, and more. I would have...
Give the Gift of Books
The holiday shopping season is in full swing in Philadelphia. As you think about the children in your life, remember books can be really fun gifts, too. Below are some recommendations of books that make great gifts. What would you add to this list? Stop by your local library to...
The Free Library Says, “It Gets Better!”
So many of us have been distressed by the recent suicides of teens bullied for being or seeming gay. Here’s what the Free Library staff have done to help show that things can change.
We have booklists, weblinks and so much more to explore in our LGBTQ Teens topic. Check it out!