A Very Special Free Library: Tree House Books

Tree House Books is a giving library and literacy center headquartered in North Philadelphia. Founded in 2005, they provide free books to children and families, and Out of School Time (OST) programs that increase literacy skills, and promote a lifelong love of reading and writing. 

Their vision is to make sure that every child has access to books and every opportunity to fulfill their dreams and explore their passion.

Tree House Books has its roots in the belief that literacy – in its many forms -–fundamental to academic success, career readiness, and, most importantly, personal empowerment.

Their Giving Library is a true community center, as well as a by-donation bookstore. In their literacy programs, they have re-imagined the way OST programming can support children, with a 2:1 student-to-instructor ratio at every level. Finally, understanding that books in the house is the #1 indicator of a child’s potential for success, they distribute thousands of Take-Home Libraries – curated bundle of books, with whole family activity packets – to children all over Philadelphia. Free books are available six days a week at Tree House, and through their programs and community outreach initiatives.

The Literacy Studio for ages 7-12 is a montessori-model, “Choose Your own Adventure” for middle school children. Every afternoon, their space transforms into a haven for creative expression, where, through self-selected activities, students become artists, musicians, scientists, dancers, and – of course – readers, writers, and thinkers. 

They enlist the entire community – children, families, students, educational institutions, businesses, and more – to join them in a spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy, to change lives and have an impact on literacy in Philadelphia. Learn more online.