2018 Philadelphia Literacy Day

A festival of family fun celebrating Philadelphia as a city of readers, writers and thinkers! 


Presented by Tree House Books   

In partnership with Read by 4th & the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey                 


Saturday, May 12, 2018

 FREE event - Rain or Shine


The festivities will kick off at Smith Memorial Playground from 11am – 3pm, as well as a satellite event at the Kimmel Center in Center City.  Activities include:


Food & Entertainment:

Guests will enjoy FREE free treats, courtesy of Saxby's, as well as complimentary water ice and philly soft pretzels!

There will be face painting, caricature art, games, poetry walls, prizes, giveaways, balloon artists, author readings, arts & crafts, and more!

Don't miss story time with Mayor Kenney at noon!!!

Kids Corner host KATHY O’CONNELL of WXPN-FM will join us to celebrate literacy and welcome her friends TWO OF A KIND, a musical duo and Philadelphia favorite for families and children of all ages – who will perform songs celebrating the joy of reading! Also joining us is Kids Corner librarian JOE HILTON – fresh from the Kids Corner Bookmobile! Kids can make their very own bookmarks as they chat with Joe about some of their favorite stories.


The Book Market:

This massive flea market-like book-swap, will be open for all to donate gently used (but beloved) books, and select new books to kick start a summer of reading! For those not looking to swap, we will have book donation boxes around the event.

The Book Market is sponsored by Hachette Book Group, Running Press, Quirk Books, Soho Press and Penguin Random House. A special thank you to all who have donated books!

A special thank you to our title partners and our corporate sponsors, including:

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Diamond Sponsors

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Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

The Schell Group at Merrill Lynch

The Schell Group at Merrill Lynch

Jennifer Weiner


Silver Sponsors

The Do-Gooders

Edelman Wealth Management

Ironbound Cider

Interface Studio Architects

Mum Mum Cards

Read by 4th

The Rotary Club of Philadelphia

Toshiba Business Solutions


Food Sponsors

Rita's Water Ice

Philadelphia Pretzel Factory

The Fresh Grocer



Media Partners WXPN and WOGL 98 FM

A special thank you to donors who have donated food, prizes, and other goodies, including The Arden Theater, Philadelphia Union,  Wicked Cool Toys, and Sesame Street!

This event is supported by the Philadelphia Public Relations Association, and by

official proclamation from the Philadelphia Mayor's Office.


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