Program Overview

ACCESS TO BOOKS:

Providing access to high quality books to the community is still at the heart of Tree House Books.  Thanks to our generous donors, since 2008, we’ve distributed nearly 80,000 books in the North Central Philadelphia neighborhood and beyond.  Families can access free books through our:

  • Giving Library, a pay what you wish community bookstore.    

  • Words on Wheels, a book delivery program where we offer a Story Time and book-based activities to various blocks in our neighborhood.

  • Book Depot, a book distribution center for community groups, day care centers, schools, and teachers.

 

BOOK CAMPS:

Through our core after school program, we support children ages 4-16 in building their literacy skills.  Every afternoon throughout the school year, children spend their afternoons in our bookstore enjoying facilitated reading, writing, and creative time.  At the end of the day, our participants take books home and to share with friends and family.  

Our after-school and summer Book Camps focus on language acquisition, recreational reading, critical thinking, and creative writing.  Working with volunteers trained in a trauma-informed approach, we work with children in 5-week cycles on selected themes.  Most importantly, we encourage students to realize that reading is fun! We accomplish our work through:

  • Daily Story Time, an all-ages shared experience with a thoughtfully selected boot related to the theme

  • Book Clubs, age-specific silent reading groups and group discussion of the text

  • One-on-one reading time, individual volunteer and student time working on specific literacy skills

  • Writing and art projects, an opportunity for reading comprehension and self expression led by trained teaching artists

  • Tree House Sprouts, specific time and programming set aside for little ones, ages 4-6, just learning to read.

 

GROWTH IN 2017:

In 2017 Tree House Books will increase its focus on early learning (ages 0-5) and family programming.  We understand that much of a child’s learning occurs beyond traditional school settings, which is why we have spent the past 10 years building relationships in the community and providing support to parents and guardians to inspire reading in the home.  Stay tuned for more information about the following:

  • Read with Me: This pilot program will be a weekly gathering of new guardians and parents-to-be to read with the youngest members of our community.
  • Tree House Books family programs: Continuing our tradition of engaging the family and the community, these monthly gatherings will be a time for parents, guardians, volunteers, supporters, and children to come together for open discussion.  Our goals are to include the entire community in our work, and to actively support families reading in the home together.
  • Young writers program: Tree House books will explore new options to expand programming to include a focused young writers program. This pilot program will be specifically structured to support children as they develop their writing abilities through fun and imaginative activities.  

 

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Book camp

Our after-school and summer Book Camps focus on language acquisition, recreational reading, critical thinking, and creative writing. Most importantly, we encourage students to realize that reading is fun!

tree house sprouts

Tree House Sprouts is an early literacy enrichment program (ages 4-6) specifically structured to support children as they develop their identity as readers.

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Words on wheels

Words on Wheels, a book delivery program where we offer a Story Time and book-based activities to various blocks in our neighborhood.

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access to books

Providing access to high quality books to the community is still at the heart of Tree House Books.  Thanks to our many generous donors, since 2008, we’ve distributed nearly 80,000 books! Families can access free books through our:

Giving Library, a pay what you wish community bookstore.    

Book Depot, a book distribution center for community groups, day care centers, schools, and teachers.