By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Once the holiday festivities are over, families may wonder what to do with the kids over the school vacation. However you won’t be at a loss with a library nearby.

Wherever you live, you are welcome at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

There’s a story hour weekly for babies and one for preschoolers as well. Not only do kids enjoy the stories, but parents and caregivers learn how to read effectively by sitting with the group.

Every Saturday there’s a Family Activity Break at 2 pm and there are computers programmed for school-age kids and preschoolers. And, now there’s a display of Nutcracker dolls, contest winners created by Philadelphia students.

Those of all ages can sign in with identification, get a library card and borrow up to 20 books. Check out the times of these and more options at

Your kids will remember the holiday with things they created and a love of books.