Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 21, 6-8 p.m.
Philadelphia Free Library Family Night
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Free Library of Philadelphia Is Celebrating the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Centennial…Family Style! Experience the Library as never before as you enjoy art projects, games, storytelling, a scavenger hunt, a kid-friendly dinner buffet, and–of course–plenty of books! All proceeds benefit the critical programs offered in every community across the city by the Free Library of Philadelphia. More info.

While the City of Philadelphia provides for the operation of the Library’s facilities and infrastructure, many critical programs that foster literacy–like the city’s largest no-cost after school program, LEAP, which serves more than 100,000 students annually–are only possible with support from generous individuals and organizations like you. By purchasing a ticket or becoming a Family Event sponsor today, you will help advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity for Philadelphians of all ages and backgrounds. For more information, please call 215-567-7100 or email rsvp@freelibrary.org.

Philadelphia Free Library

Sunday, April 22, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday Spotlight: Local Authors!
Susan Weiss and Deborah Gross-Zuchman

Becky’s hair is the messiest! This new illustrated children’s book, Becky’s Braids, will make you smile. After grandmother teaches Becky to braid and bake challahs, the family is in for a surprise… The book includes a recipe to make Becky’s Challah. Written by Susan Weiss and illustrated by Deborah Gross-Zuchman, author and illustrator of Seder for the 21st Century.
Becky's Braids

Friday, April 27, 4:30 p.m.
Sarah Mlynowski

We are thrilled to welcome back our friend and bestselling author Sarah Mlynowski, with her newest book, Whatever After: Two Peas in a Pod. Abby and Jonah fall through their magic mirror into the story of The Princess and the Pea. Abby spends a restless night atop a giant pile of mattresses–and in the morning, what does she discover but a smushed pea beneath the stack! The kingdom declares that she has passed their test, and is the new princess! But what will happen when the real princess shows up? Hilarity, adventures, and lots of girl power ensue!
Two Peas in a Pod

Sunday, April 29, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday Spotlight: Local Author!
Dara Lovitz

It’s a fact: twins experience life differently than singleton children. They’re compared to each other in everything from athletics to academics. They encounter unique social issues (what happens when one child is invited to a social outing while her twin is not?). They can even have difficulty forming deep relationships outside of the twinship. Yet no book effectively helps parents navigate these unique emotional challenges–until now.


Thursday, May 10, 4:30 p.m.
Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, Square

We’re over the moon that Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen are coming back! They’ll talk about their new book Square, which is the second book in their shape trilogy. Mac is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of over 22 children’s books and Jon’s illustrations have been honored with numerous awards including the Caldecott and Kate Greenaway medals. We can’t wait to have these two visit our store. Be there or be square!

Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen     Square

Friday, May 11
Sam Miller

Thursday, May 17
Nisha Sharma and Shani Petroff

Saturday, May 19
Comic Con @Haverford Middle School

Tuesday, May 22
Elephant and Piggie Costume Event

Saturday, June 2
A Pignic with Matt Phelan

Tuesday, June 5
Tom Angleberger

Saturday, June 30, 1:00 p.m.
Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks At Last

Jeanne Birdsall, the New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award winner, is going to be at Children’s Book World presenting The Penderwicks At Last. It’s book #5, the final book in her modern classic series The Penderwicks, and although we wish this delightful series didn’t have to end, we’re so honored to celebrate the wonderful finale with Jeanne Birdsall. We can’t wait!

Jeanne Birdsall    The Penderwicks At Last