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Tue. July 5. Summer Storytime. 11 a.m. Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch, 1901 Vine St. Come hear a variety of stories in the Children’s Story Hour Room. This event is for children ages 2 to 5 years old and their caregivers. For information, call 215-686-5322.

Tue. July 5. Crafting Around the World @ Your Library. 2 p.m. Free Library of Philadelphia, Haverford Branch, 5543 Haverford Ave. Come get crafty with Ms. Emily and Ms. Anna as they help participants explore different cultures through crafts. For information, call 215-685-1964.

Tue. July 5. Teen Movie Days. 2 p.m. Free Library of Philadelphia, Wynnefield Branch, 5325 Overbrook Ave. Teens and families can pass the summer away with some old and new classic teen flicks. For information about film selections, call 215-685-0298.

Wed. July 6. Anti-Bullying: Theatre Makes You Louder. 2 p.m. Free Library of Philadelphia, Torresdale Branch, 3079 Holme Ave. This will be an introduction to the theatrical arts with a focus on bullying. The event is based on real-life situations, theatre exercises and acting techniques. Space is limited to 20 participants. For information, call 215-685-0494.

Thu. July 7, 14, & 28. Family Yoga Fun. 10:15 a.m. Philadelphia City Institute, 1905 Locust St. Children three years of age and older and their caregivers are invited to explore the ancient art of Yoga with certified instructor Emma Burkhart. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or large towel. Registration is not required. For information, contact Ms. Karen at 215-685-6621.

Sat. July 9. “Education and Elevate” Workshop Series – The State of Children’s Education. 10 a.m. Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St. Parents are invited to join a 90-minute facilitated discussion and activities centered on creating local opportunities and exploring resources to directly address issues involving children. Space and materials are limited. Registration is required. A brief pre-event survey will be sent and must be completed. For information, visit

Tue. July 12. A Visit with the Philadelphia Museum of Art.1:30 p.m. Lillian Marrero Branch, 601 West Lehigh Ave. Children ages 6 to 12 will have a chance to learn art work from the museum’s collection and then create an art project of their own. For information, call 215-685-9794.

Wed. July 13. You Are Always a Son or a Daughter – Psychological Issues. 11 a.m. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. Penn clinical psychologist Cindy Baum-Baicker, Ph.D., draws on lessons from her practice to illuminate the complex relationships between seniors and their adult children. For information, call 215-686-5322.

Sat. July 16. Bilingual Family Storytime. 2 p.m. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. Storytime in English and Spanish in the Children’s Story Hour Room. For information, call 215-686-5322.

Sun. July 17. Sleeping Beauty. 2 p.m. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. The talented dancers from Pages to Pirouettes will perform a storybook ballet based on the famous fairy tale, featuring beautiful music and wonderful costumes. Free event. For information, call 215-686-5322.

Wed. July 20. Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra. 7-10 p.m. Chris’ Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St. The Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra is comprised of the Philadelphia area's best high school and college musicians. For information, visit

Wed. July 27. The Story of Charlotte’s Web.7:30 p.m. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. How did E.B. White, editor of The New Yorker and co-author of The Elements of Style, create a children’s novel that still finds new readers almost 60 years after its first publication? Find out at this exciting event. No tickets required. For information, call 215-567-4341.

Ongoing Events

Thru Fri. July 15. Summer Science @ Jefferson. 8 a.m. Thomas Jefferson University, Edison Building, 130 S. 9th St. Science-minded high school students learn in real-world laboratories. Through discussion with researchers and hands-on lab experiments, students learn about science in everyday life, exploring the field of biomedical research. This event is for students who have finished at least two years of high school and are in good academic standing. To register your child or for information, call 215-503-8414 or visit

Mon. July 18. Summer Continuing Education Classes. Moore College of Art & Design, 20th Street & the Parkway. The college will be offering summer continuing education courses and certificate programs that prepare adults for career redirection in a select group of fields: web design, digital media for print and web, fashion studies, and interior design studies. For information and to register, call 215-965-4030 or visit

Every Fri thru. July 29. Music and Storytelling. 2 p.m. Walnut Street West, 201 South 40th St. Join the Walnut Street West Branch every week to hear stories and music from various countries and cultures. For information, call 215-685-7671.

Thru July 28. School District of Philadelphia’s Summer Learning and More (SLAM). The School District of Philadelphia’s summer school program will be in session at various school sites through July 28. For information, call 215-400-4180.

Every Wed. thru Aug 10. Music and Movement for Toddlers 10 a.m. Fumo Family Branch, 2437 S. Broad St. Join the Fumo Family Branch for fun stories, songs, and activities. This program is intended for children one and two years of age and their caregivers. Siblings are always welcome. For information, call Liz Heideman at 215-685-1758.

Every Thurs thru Aug 11. Around the World in 54 Days: Summer Reading Game at the Haddington Branch. 4 p.m. Haddington Branch, 446 North 65th St. Join the Haddington Branch and explore a new place every Thursday with movies, crafts, activities, and tasty treats for children in pre-K to 6th grade. For information, call 215-685-1970.

Every Fri. thru. Aug 12. Summer Storytime for Families. 10:30 a.m. Whitman Branch, 200 Snyder Ave. Join the Whitman Branch every Friday for stories, songs, and more! After storytime is completed, all children will have the opportunity to create something special as a take-home craft. Children under age five and their caregivers are welcome. For information, call the children’s librarian at 215-685-1754.

Thru Sat. Sept 10. The Galleries at Moore present “Seeing Through Young Eyes: Inside the Philadelphia Classroom & Community.” Levy Gallery for the Arts in Philadelphia, 20th Street and the Parkway. The inaugural exhibition of “Literacy Through Photography: The Philadelphia Project,” Moore’s newest collaborative outreach program in Philadelphia schools, focuses on the impact of arts education on learning and improving literacy and arts access for school-age youth. Students at five Philadelphia public schools received cameras and training and were sent out into the community to photograph and write about what they saw. The exhibition will be a culmination of all work from the students. Event is free and open to the public. For information, call 215-965-4027, or visit the project’s blog at

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