Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Summer Reading Can Impact Your Academic Success

By Aisha A. Tue, June 30, 2015
"My name is Shanae. I am a Class of 2015 graduate of Philadelphia High School for Girls, and I will be attending Penn State University in the fall. I attribute my foundation for learning to my mother, who was never too hesitant to buy me scholastic reading and math books, as well as other learning materials. She also made sure that I participated in summer enrichment programs at the YMCA and Salvation Army summer camps, and our family celebrated Black History Month books fairs and other numerous events. I attended Mrs. Marty’s preschool at the age of five and went to Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library for story time twice a week. The picture books were exciting and I slowly fell in love with reading. My mother saw my passion and enrolled me in the Parkway Central Library’s Summer Reading Program. My first computer experience was at the Parkway Central Children’s Department. One of the librarians named Mrs. Irene Wright assisted me with reading and math programs on the computer. I would sit for what seemed like hours, looking at picture books, reading with amazement, and eventually reading novels like Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird. By my junior year of high school, I had achieved academic excellence and distinguished honors. I had gained respect from my teachers and fellow classmates as being a high achiever. I joined after-school clubs, such as African dance club, community service, and career day groups, as well as volunteer work for the American Red Cross. It was the foundation of learning at an early age that helped me gain and maintain my abilities to stay focused, practice good study habits, take good notes in class, review materials, and seek help from my teacher after class. I also participated in study groups to achieve above and beyond academic excellence.
My freshman year of high school was exciting yet challenging. It was a major transition for me. During this time, I received my first “C”, which was a major shock to me as well as a wake-up call. Shortly after, I decided it was time for me to change my tactics and set some academic goals for myself. I started a time management system of doing my homework and studying ahead of time. I made sure to set aside plenty of time to study and to get clarification of study materials from my teachers to ensure that I was comprehending the material. Also, a tradition of Girls High is to be paired up in the Big Sister/Little Sister mentoring program, in which a senior is paired up with a freshman to provide transitional support. My grades started improving a great deal by the third report card and I was well on my way.
During my sophomore year, I applied for a job with the LEAP after-school program and worked at the Logan Library under the guidance of librarian, Mrs. Belita Thornton. I worked after school as a Teen Leadership Assistant, which was one of the best experiences of my life. There was never a day where I was not helping someone advance in their academic skills by assisting them with their homework, mentoring them in academic areas in which they struggled, or playing educational games to help them with their educational development. Assisting students helped me gain repetitive, remedial experience. Mrs. Thornton has such great programs for children and teens, and I gained a lot of knowledge and work experience under her leadership.
In my senior year at Girls High, I worked at the Logan Library once again and developed the tools that I knew I needed to succeed in college, such as focus, dedication, determination, social skills, and community service. I ended high school with a 3.95 GPA. I achieved academic excellence, received numerous financial awards, and gained exclusive membership into programs such as Mu Alpha Theta, which is awarded by the National Math Honor’s Society. I’m also a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and I received the U.S. Educational Program Award. I’ve received financial aid awards that will cover the total cost of my four years of college! Over the summer, I will be attending a leadership/college prep workshop and performing volunteer work. As the Girls High motto goes: vincit qui se vincit, which is Latin for “she conquers who conquers herself”.
I look forward to attending Penn State in the fall; my major is in Technology Engineering and my minor is in Accounting. I also look forward to my college life and to learning, as I have great confidence that the foundation and ground work has already been laid. To get where I am today, I had to set high goals and persist through challenges, which inspired a passion for lifelong learning and for pursuing my dreams of procuring a bachelor’s degree and hopefully a Master’s degree in the field of Mathematics. It would be a dream come true to share my talents, vision, and potential for the betterment of myself, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, and the rest of the world." - Shanae

For more information on TOPSS and Free Library's College Prep Program, please contact:

Free Library of Philadelphia
The Office of Public Service Support (TOPSS)
College Prep Program

1901 Vine Street, Room 5A
Philadelphia, PA 19103
"My name is Shanae. I am a Class of 2015 graduate of Philadelphia High School for Girls, and I will be attending Penn State University in the fall. I attribute my foundation for learning to my mother, who was never too hesitant to buy me scholastic reading and math books, as well as other learning materials. She also made sure that I participated in summer enrichment programs at the YMCA and Salvation Army summer camps, and our family celebrated Black History Month books fairs and other numerous events. I attended Mrs. Marty’s preschool at the age of five and went to Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library for story time twice a week. The picture books were exciting and I slowly fell in love with reading. My mother saw my passion and enrolled me in the Parkway Central Library’s Summer Reading Program. My first computer experience was at the Parkway Central Children’s Department. One of the librarians named Mrs. Irene Wright assisted me with reading and math programs on the computer. I would sit for what seemed like hours, looking at picture books, reading with amazement, and eventually reading novels like Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird. By my junior year of high school, I had achieved academic excellence and distinguished honors. I had gained respect from my teachers and fellow classmates as being a high achiever. I joined after-school clubs, such as African dance club, community service, and career day groups, as well as volunteer work for the American Red Cross. It was the foundation of learning at an early age that helped me gain and maintain my abilities to stay focused, practice good study habits, take good notes in class, review materials, and seek help from my teacher after class. I also participated in study groups to achieve above and beyond academic excellence.
My freshman year of high school was exciting yet challenging. It was a major transition for me. During this time, I received my first “C”, which was a major shock to me as well as a wake-up call. Shortly after, I decided it was time for me to change my tactics and set some academic goals for myself. I started a time management system of doing my homework and studying ahead of time. I made sure to set aside plenty of time to study and to get clarification of study materials from my teachers to ensure that I was comprehending the material. Also, a tradition of Girls High is to be paired up in the Big Sister/Little Sister mentoring program, in which a senior is paired up with a freshman to provide transitional support. My grades started improving a great deal by the third report card and I was well on my way.
During my sophomore year, I applied for a job with the LEAP after-school program and worked at the Logan Library under the guidance of librarian, Mrs. Belita Thornton. I worked after school as a Teen Leadership Assistant, which was one of the best experiences of my life. There was never a day where I was not helping someone advance in their academic skills by assisting them with their homework, mentoring them in academic areas in which they struggled, or playing educational games to help them with their educational development. Assisting students helped me gain repetitive, remedial experience. Mrs. Thornton has such great programs for children and teens, and I gained a lot of knowledge and work experience under her leadership.
In my senior year at Girls High, I worked at the Logan Library once again and developed the tools that I knew I needed to succeed in college, such as focus, dedication, determination, social skills, and community service. I ended high school with a 3.95 GPA. I achieved academic excellence, received numerous financial awards, and gained exclusive membership into programs such as Mu Alpha Theta, which is awarded by the National Math Honor’s Society. I’m also a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and I received the U.S. Educational Program Award. I’ve received financial aid awards that will cover the total cost of my four years of college! Over the summer, I will be attending a leadership/college prep workshop and performing volunteer work. As the Girls High motto goes: vincit qui se vincit, which is Latin for “she conquers who conquers herself”.
I look forward to attending Penn State in the fall; my major is in Technology Engineering and my minor is in Accounting. I also look forward to my college life and to learning, as I have great confidence that the foundation and ground work has already been laid. To get where I am today, I had to set high goals and persist through challenges, which inspired a passion for lifelong learning and for pursuing my dreams of procuring a bachelor’s degree and hopefully a Master’s degree in the field of Mathematics. It would be a dream come true to share my talents, vision, and potential for the betterment of myself, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, and the rest of the world." - Shanae

For more information on TOPSS and Free Library's College Prep Program, please contact:

Free Library of Philadelphia
The Office of Public Service Support (TOPSS)
College Prep Program

1901 Vine Street, Room 5A
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Need a Vacation?



Swing by the library and checkout our resources that can teach, inspire, and transport you to new places around the world with the turn of the page.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A New Novel!



       "The Choice" is a new heart-warming story in your library written by Nicholas Sparks!  He always delivers a tale worth telling and this one is no exception!  As many of his books have become
major motion pictures, this one has also been adapted into a movie.

       Travis is a veterinarian who lives next door to Gabby, a professional in the medical field at the hospital.  Each of them owns a dog to adore which brings them closer.  Gabby has a boy friend who is not ready to commit to marriage, but she thinks that Travis is off-limits to her.  He, however, thinks otherwise!

       They do fall in love, marry, have two little girls and then the unthinkable happens!  Now after ten years Travis has an extremely difficult decision to  make!

       Will he make the right choice?

       Come and see!

















Monday, May 2, 2016

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

This is a great month to spread the word about the benefits of getting active. Regular physical activity is good for all library patron’s health as well as people of all ages and body types can be physically active.