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!
Philly on Film
I was born and raised in Philadelphia, and in my very biased way; I believe it’s the best city in the world. So whenever I watch a film and notice parts of Philadelphia I get excited. It always feels good to see my hometown on the big screen, so I decided...
Teen Suicide and Anti-LGBT Bullying
What would you do if someone secretly set up your webcam to record you in private, and then streamed that video over the internet?
What would you do if you couldn’t walk to school at the same time as everybody else because every day kids called you faggot and sissy?