Free Library Play-and-Learn Spaces

Philadelphia, PA

Let's play at the Library! In the summer of 2018, three branches of the Free Library (Cecil B. Moore, Whitman and Wyoming) were transformed into hubs of playful learning with indoor Play-and-Learn spaces.

The design at each branch is centered around a set of tangram blocks that are large enough to build with and act as moveable seats. At Cecil B. Moore, a spelling climbing wall is the focus of the space, along with a stage box with magnetic panels for spelling and word poetry, and two bookshelves with puzzle nooks for reading and filling with blocks.

Whitman has a large tower as the focus, with letters cutout of the sides, and internal climbing to a lookout. It also has bookshelves with puzzle nooks and magnetic panels.

Wyoming is centered around a large stage with magnetic panels, for readalouds, concerts, and games. At one end is tiered seating leading to a homework station for after school kids. A bookshelf with a puzzle nook completes the space.


This project is a partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia, Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, DIGSAU, Erector Sets, and the Temple Infant and Child Lab.


The projects were complete summer 2018.


The projects were featured by WHYY in the spring and summer of 2018, and in The Inquirer.