Stories in Schools

420x280_Medium_StoriesinSchools2.pngStories in Schools includes distinct programs offered at local child-care centers and elementary schools that together help children develop a lifelong love of reading. The books are selected from outstanding classic and contemporary children’s literature, as well as literary selections from Pennsylvania’s One Book Every Young Child program.

  • Crawl into a Book is for children ages 6 to 18 months and focuses on exposing children to a book-rich environment and to bringing books to life through singing and other activities.
  • Early Bookworms is for toddlers from 18 to 36 months. This four-week program uses sing-a-longs, creative dramatics and movement games to help children experience the selected books. In 2014, this program served 105 children.
  • Books to Know, Books to Grow! is for children ages 4 to 8. This six-week, classroom-based literacy program uses creative dramatics, art, music, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities tailored to each grade level that help develop language and communication skills. The program also includes adaptations for students of varying abilities at Overbrook School for the Blind and Clarke School for Hearing and Speech. This program reaches about 1,000 students a year.
  • Summer Reading Initiative in held for pre-kindergarten students and their families to help them get ready to start school. Kits including six developmentally appropriate books, art supplies, activity sheets, and a reading chart are distributed to the children in the spring, and the reading charts are collected when school begins in the fall. The books and supplies act as an incentive for families to read together and support their child’s literacy development during the summer months. Families who participate in the program and return their completed reading chart are awarded with a free four-person family pass to the museum.

Corporations may elect to donate to these programs through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit.

For more information, please contact Allison Cote-Donovan, Associate Director, Community Learning, at (215) 578-5133 or

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Hours of Operation

Monday - Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm
Christmas Eve: 9 am to 3 pm
New Year's Eve: 9 am to 3 pm
Thanksgiving & Christmas Day: CLOSED

Contact Information

Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park
4231 Avenue of the Republic
(formerly North Concourse Drive)
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Click here for directions.

Phone: 215-581-3181

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