Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Date: June 17 to Aug. 9, 2013
All branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia are participating in the Summer Reading: 20-Million-Minute Challenge. The library triple-dog dares kids and teens to dig into reading for a total of 20 million minutes, or roughly 333,333 hours. Youngsters in grades six and below can also sign up for a reading game board. The idea is to read as many books possible in order to earn splashy stickers and snazzy prizes.
Eagles Youth Partnership
1 NovaCare Way
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Reading proficiently increases a child’s chances for future success in the game of life. The Eagles Youth Partnership, in recognition that a whopping 45 percent of Philadelphia public school system students cannot read at grade level by fourth grade, tackles this problem by providing a summer bookmobile. The library on wheels travels to hundreds of recreation centers, school, libraries, shelters and summer camps. At each stop, the Storybook Man reads aloud to the kids and hands out free brand new books.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Philadelphia READS offers a six-week summer program that concentrates on literacy, science, art and music for low-income readers in grades one through four. Each year, the program, which is sponsored in part by the Eagles Youth Partnership, features a different theme designed around a dozen read-aloud books. Last year, the kids had a ball with the “How Does the World Unite Through the Olympics?” theme, and for summer 2013, youngsters can build up some reading steam with the “Building a Better Me!” program.
1430 W. Susquehanna Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Date: July 8 to July 18, 2013 and July 22 to Aug. 1, 2013
Tree House Books, a nonprofit organization in North Philly, has shelves of books packed with all of the latest favorites in literature. For the past five years, the organization has held the Tree Shade Summer Project, a summer reading camp for kids ages seven to 12 held in the month of July. For 2013, campers will get a taste of what it means to be a thinker, reader and writer in the “Conservations in the City” project. “The Stories Huey Tells,” “Julian’s Summer” and “The Boondocks” top the summer reading list. To add to the fun, campers will also get to take field trips to unique Philadelphia locations to actually walk in Huey’s, Julian’s and Riley’s moccasins.
805 Loch Alsh Ave.
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Date: June 17, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5, 2013
Tiny tots ages three through seven can take up the proverbial shovel to “Dig Into Reading” this summer at the Upper Dublin Public Library in Fort Washington. Running Monday mornings from June 17 to August 5, 2013, the program will unearth wagon loads of crafts and stories for the kids. Each week features a different theme. There is something for everyone, including tunnels and subways, caves, dinosaurs, pirates, shipwrecks and mummies.