Attention families: the deadline to commit to schools for School Selection has been extended to TONIGHT, Tuesday January 26, at 11:59 pm. Find information HERE.

On January 28, at 5 p.m., the Board will hold an Action Plan meeting.
Register to speak here. Find materials here.

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Check out the Free Library’s December Programs for Children, Teens, and Families!

(Photo: Kimberly Paynter/WHYY) As the weather grows colder and preparations for the holiday season are underway, the Free Library of Philadelphia is excited about the virtual programs for children, teens, and families. Tell Your Story Saturdays, December 5, 12, and 19 at 11 a.m. - The Virtual Storytelling Workshop invites children and teens to participate...
Free Library of Philadelphia Fall Resources for Students and Families

Free Library of Philadelphia Fall Resources for Students and Families

The Free Library is excited to share that many of the neighborhood libraries are providing access or service in their communities. Several libraries are open to the public for computer use, holds pickup, and reference services, in accordance with public health recommendations.  The Free Library will continue to offer programs virtually for all ages. Check...
Free Library of Philadelphia Programs and Services for Students and Families This Fall

Free Library of Philadelphia Programs and Services for Students and Families This Fall

With crisp nights, the equinox passed, and pumpkin-flavored things filling up store shelves and coffee shop menus, fall is officially upon us! And now that school has been in session for a few weeks, we hope that you and your children have been able to find and settle into a routine that works for everyone....
Free Library of Philadelphia Back to School Resources for Students

Free Library of Philadelphia Back to School Resources for Students

The new school year is here and the Free Library is ready to help Philadelphia students and their families find the resources and programs to help make the school year a success. Additionally, we will continue to offer programming virtually; check out our virtual calendar of events for the full schedule. Here are some of...
Keep Your Child Learning and Engaged into the Summer Months!

Keep Your Child Learning and Engaged into the Summer Months!

Parents and students have been adapting to these new at-home learning circumstances over the past couple of months. In the blink of an eye, summer is now right around the corner. Learning doesn’t have to stop at the end of the school year. Here are some helpful tips and resources that can help family members...
100 Years of Summer at the Free Library of Philadelphia!

100 Years of Summer at the Free Library of Philadelphia!

For a hundred years, the Free Library of Philadelphia has offered some sort of summer reading and learning program for children. In the earliest days, this took the form of the Vacation Reading Club, where older elementary-aged children were required to read and review books during the summer months, in order to receive certificates. Indeed,...
Check out the Free Library of Philadelphia's Online Programming During School Closures

Check out the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Online Programming During School Closures

Like so many parents and teachers, the staff at your local Free Library of Philadelphia location have had to make monumental adjustments to how we do business, in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and the stay-at-home orders. As much of what we usually do relies on face-to-face interactions and being physically present in our...
Understanding Literacy Progress Through Academic Parent Teacher Team Meetings

Understanding Literacy Progress Through Academic Parent Teacher Team Meetings

When you think about a report card conference what is the first thing you imagine? Most likely, you think about the teacher doing most of the talking--telling the parent all about the child’s academic performance, areas for improvement, and overall grades. Now imagine a report card conference in which parents are building towers out of...
Helping New Americans Understand Reading Levels

Helping New Americans Understand Reading Levels

عربي  •  汉语  •  Español   If someone asked you what fluency is, what is the first thing you think of? The way that literacy and fluency are defined can vary depending on where people are from and their educational backgrounds. Literacy skills may be taught differently in each country. These differences can pose a challenge...
Read by 4th's Parent Council Looking for Liaisons

Read by 4th’s Parent Council Looking for Liaisons

Read by 4th’s Parent Council is a volunteer group of parents and caregivers who offer advice about how the Read by 4th Campaign can help ALL children read on grade level. We are looking for parent leaders who are passionate about being actively engaged in their child's education; are interested in learning more, doing more...