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Free Library Hosts Sunday Literacy Program

Kids in first through third grades can improve their reading skills at these Sunday sessions, now offered at 11 Free Library branches around the city.

Does your child need a little extra help reading? A trip to the library is a great opportunity to expand a young reader’s horizons and foster a love of reading. Now, the Free Library of Philadelphia has added special sessions to make a visit even more appealing.


The Sunday Literacy Program is meant to help student in first through third grades who are struggling to read. The program is now in 11 libraries every Sunday, and will continue through the end of the school year. They’re free to attend, but children must register at the first workshop.


Each session is run by a teacher, and includes reading aloud, independent reading, games, and writing. The pilot program is part of Read by 4th, a citywide program — managed by the Free Library — with a goal of doubling the number of kids reading at a fourth-grade level by 2020. It’s backed by a broad array of local organizations, from charities to bookstores.


The Sunday events are scheduled for the following libraries, all at 1 pm, with a second session at 3 pm:


Andorra Library, 705 E. Cathedral Road


Bustleton Library, 10199 Bustleton Ave.


Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library, 68 W. Chelten Ave.


Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave.


Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.


South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S. Broad St.


Walnut Street West Library, 201 S. 40th St.


West Oak Lane Library, 2000 Washington Lane


Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave.


Widener Library, 2808 W. Lehigh Ave.


Wyoming Library, 231 E. Wyoming Ave.


The Free Library is known as one of the nation’s most respected public library systems. Dating back to the 19th century, the citywide system attracted six million patrons in 2015 — and hosts one of the best slates of author events of any library system in the country.


For questions about the program, contact Elizabeth Kenny, the library’s school age and outreach coordinator, at 215-686-5372 or kennye@freelibrary.org.


Photograph courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia. 



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