October is Philly Plays Scrabble month - organized by ASAP and the Free Library of Philadelphia to promote literacy.
What started out as a series of Scrabble tournaments last year has expanded into 42 clubs with 700 children playing weekly in elementary, middle and high schools across the city.
As a result, Philadelphia is known as the nation's first Scrabble City, according to the National Scrabble Association.
This year's Philly Plays Scrabble events will take place in 17 library branches and are open to children and adults, thanks to support from Comcast, Hasbro, the Knight Foundation, the National Scrabble Association, PNC Bank and Verizon. Scrabble sets and score sheets are provided. For those who play competitively, finals will take place at the Central Branch of the Free Library in early November.