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January 28, 2016

New series uses storytelling to help develop children's literacy skills

The Free Library of Philadelphia and theater company StoryUP! joined together on the project

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The Free Library of Philadelphia encourages children to get lost in a good book.

Starting on Saturday, Feb. 6 families and children will be able to head to neighborhood libraries across the city for a free theater performance on select Saturdays at 11 a.m. 

The interactive children's theater company StoryUP! has teamed up with the Free Library of Philadelphia to produce the series, which will run until June. 

By using comedy and storytelling the shows give children a literacy lesson while having fun. From preschoolers to teens, children get to create and write their own stories to act out with the professional improv troupe.

Giving kids a chance to collaborate on theatrical performances may be a new trend in Philly and it's definitely an easy way to spend a Saturday together.

Here is the list of dates and locations for the free series.

• Saturday, Feb. 6 -- Whitman (200 Snyder Ave.)
• Saturday, Feb. 20 -- Philadelphia City Institute (1901 Locust St.) 
• Saturday, March 5 -- Coleman Regional (68 W. Chelten Ave.) 
• Saturday, March 19 -- Fishtown (1217 E. Montgomery Ave.)
• Saturday, April 16 -- Greater Olney (5501 N. 5th St.)
• Saturday, May 7 -- Richmond (2987 Almond St.)
• Saturday, June 4 -- Wynnefield (5325 Overbrook Ave.)

StoryUP! Series

Starting Saturday, Feb. 6
11 a.m. | Free
Whitman branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia
200 Snyder Ave.
(215) 685-1754