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Tonight’s SAT & College Essay Night workshop has been postponed to Sunday, Nov. 4, 5:30-7:30pm due to the weather.

If you are a college applicant working on a Nov. 1 deadline, or a tutor willing to help a student working on a Nov. 1 deadline, please email We will help you schedule a one-on-one writing session via phone, email, or in-person in time to meet your deadline.

Also, Spoken Word Poetry, scheduled for today at 3pm, has been cancelled.


Shannon A Thompson

If you’re an avid reader, chances are you spend A LOT of your free time in bookstores (or on your Kindle, buying novels), and if you go to the bookstore A LOT, you probably have that one favorite section you always find yourself drawn to.

New Authors is the first section I go to.

Maybe it’s because I’m an author myself, hoping to debut in a bookstore one day in the future, or maybe it’s because I feel like that’s a great place to find the latest treasure, waiting to be found. Debut novels challenge me, forcing me to read outside of my normal spectrum and surprising me with new writing techniques. For whatever reason, reading debut novels never disappoints me, and today is the anniversary of one of my favorites:

Kjersti A. Skomsvold’s first novel, The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am, was gifted to me one…

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Join Tree House Books for a night of snacks, drinks, raffle prizes and a special performance by Tree House kids. This event is aimed to promote reading and literacy programs for the children and families of North Philadelphia.  All proceeds from this event will go towards their mission of growing and sustaining a community of readers, writers, and thinkers

WhenThursday, November 8, 2012 from 6:00pm to 8:30

WhereWHYY on Independence Mall West, 150 N. 6th Street in Philadelphia

Tickets: Tickets are $55 in advance and $75 at the door. Buy advanced tickets online here

For more information, check out Tree House Books here.

When: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 7:30PM
Central Library
$15 General Admission, $7 Students

Sandra Cisneros is best known for her American Book Award-winning novel The House on Mango Street, composed of a series of poetic vignettes. Dedicated to “las mujeres” (the women), the book portrays poverty, alienation, and violence, while rendering the exhilaration of childhood and the salvation of literature. Her other books include the novel Caramelo, a New York Times notable book; Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories, recipient of the Lannan Foundation Literary Award; and the  children’s book, Hairs/Pelitos. A 1995 MacArthur fellow, Cisneros is the founder of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation and the Macondo Foundation, which serve creative writers. Have You Seen Marie? is a vividly illustrated story about a woman’s transformative search in the wake of her mother’s death.

When: Sun, Oct 21, 2012 1:00 PM – Sun, Oct 21, 2012 2:30 PM
Where: 1501 Christian St.

Comic Madness (Ages 10-12), Sundays 1:00-2:30pm, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11 (6 sessions), In one of Mighty Writers’ most popular classes, learn techniques for crafting a narrative, pacing, storyboarding, page layout and cover art. By the end of this class, we’ll produce our very own comic books individually or in small groups. Come join the ranks of the Mighty Comic Artists with veteran workshop leader Alli Katz.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 3:30PM
Queen Memorial Library
1201 South 23rd Street, 19146-4316

You are invited to our fun-for-all Halloween Party. Costumes are welcome. There will be snacks to munch. You can win a prize and share SPOOKY stories. Be ready to put your SCARE on! For more information, contact the Librarian at 215-685-1899.

The deadline for the application to become Philadelphia’s first Youth Poet Laureate has been extended from October 19th to next Friday, October 26th, 2012.  This application is open to any youth living within the city who is currently attending high school.
This is a very exciting opportunity and one for which we hope that you will help us to spread the word through email, social media, and/or word of mouth. The individual student chosen to become Youth Poet Laureate is eligible for a $1,000 stipend and will be mentored by current Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, Sonia Sanchez. These materials as well as the online application can be found at this web address: