The Free Library is excited to share that some of our libraries are open for limited service. Service varies from library to library, so please check the hours of operation of the library near you. Even though the hours are different from library to library, the Free Library’s virtual services are available all the time! All you need is your library card and PIN. Register for a library card here.
Check out virtual library programs and services you can do from home:
- Check out an ebook
- Check out an audiobook
- Read a magazine
- Watch a movie
- Download music
- Listen to an Author Event podcast
- Learn a new software, business, or creative skill
- Listen to a storybook
- Learn a language
- Connect with a tutor
Join the Free Library of Philadelphia’s virtual Spring Reading Challenge, March 1st – May 31st! Have fun earning points for reading, writing book reviews, and participating in fun literacy activities. Sign up online to begin the challenge. The Free Library is offering other virtual programs throughout March that take you on field trips, explore poetry, have fun in an escape room, and much more! All you have to do is sign up for the Spring Reading Challenge where new adventures are waiting for you! Here’s a sample of some of the adventures:
Virtual Field Trips: explore landmarks, animals and other hidden gems of our world from the comfort of your home.
Friend or Foe? An Alien Adventure: This escape room styled virtual program is open to adventurers of all ages. Once you sign up for the mission, you will have a series of challenges to complete in order to learn clues about the aliens. Earn badges and gain access to new alien secrets along the way.
Every Day Is a Poem: Participate in different ways to explore the world of poetry!
- Discover: read/listen/watch poetic works
- Compose: learn poetic forms and create original work
- Remix: talk back to poetry and make it new
- Illustrate: talk back to poetry in visual art
- Move: connect to poetry through movement and your world
Just for Teens!
The Free Library’s Field Family Teen Center hosts Teen Reading Lounge, an award-winning, nontraditional book club for teens ages 12-18 that is currently held virtually. Teens help to create the reading list for the program and, working with trained facilitators, to design creative and civic engagement projects that bring big ideas to life. Teen Reading Lounge is held Mondays at 3:30 p.m. Youth ages 12-18 must register for this program. Please contact us at TeenCenter@freelibrary.org if you are interested.
The Field Family Teen Center also hosts Homework Hangout for Teens: Join the Teen Center for a relaxing virtual co-working space on Instagram Live on Tuesday evenings! We’ll listen to calming music, set goals, and chat about what we’re working on. Bring your homework, an art project, or just yourself. Watch live on Instagram Tuesdays at 4 pm.