Online Practice Tests for Drivers Now Available
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 PA Motorcycle Handbook,...
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...
Mobile Summer Reading
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...
Summer Reading - Online!
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 chance to be entered into...
Zombies, Zombies, and all things Zombie!
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...
Sync Free YA Audiobooks to Your Earphones
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...
Teens solve murder mystery, Death by Dewey!
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 treasure hiding...
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!...