Whitman Library

Whitman Library is temporarily closed.

Tuesday, November 17 – Message from Staff

We will be doing curbside holds pickups only on Tuesday 11/17, Wednesday 11/18, and Thursday 11/19. Call us at 215-685-1754 to schedule a time to pick up your holds, and we will bring them to you right outside the front door. Please wear a mask.

Staff is available by phone 10 am-4:30 pm. 

Our drop box located outside the front door will be open for returns until Thursday 11/19 at 4:30 pm. Due to the systemwide Free Library closure, it will be unavailable Friday 11/20 through Sunday 11/29.

We anticipate reopening for curbside pickups and returns on Monday 11/30.

Thursday, November 12 – Message from Staff

Check out our new StoryWalk® (featuring Feast for 10, by Cathryn Falwell) starting at the corner of 2nd and Snyder. A StoryWalk® is a fun way to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time!

200 Snyder Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148-2620
2nd St. & Snyder Ave.

Upcoming Events

Virtual Storytime on Facebook Live

Fri, November 27, 2020 10:30 A.M.

Weekly storytime for toddlers and preschoolers with Whitman’s Children’s Librarian on  facebook.com/WhitmanLibrary  

Virtual Storytime on Facebook Live

Fri, December 4, 2020 10:30 A.M.

Weekly storytime for toddlers and preschoolers with Whitman’s Children’s Librarian on  facebook.com/WhitmanLibrary  

Virtual Storytime on Facebook Live

Fri, December 11, 2020 10:30 A.M.

Weekly storytime for toddlers and preschoolers with Whitman’s Children’s Librarian on  facebook.com/WhitmanLibrary  

Virtual Storytime on Facebook Live

Fri, December 18, 2020 10:30 A.M.

Weekly storytime for toddlers and preschoolers with Whitman’s Children’s Librarian on  facebook.com/WhitmanLibrary  

About

Serving the diverse communities of Whitman and Pennsport, this neighborhood library is located on Snyder Avenue between 2nd Street and S. Philip Street. It is close to several shopping areas, including Snyder Plaza and Whitman Plaza, I-95, and Columbus Boulevard.

History

The neighborhood of Whitman and its library branch derive their names from the nearby Walt Whitman Bridge. In 1854, the community was included in what was then Passyunk Township. It was marshland, and many of the inhabitants raised pigs. The area south of Moore and between the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers was known as "the Neck."

Growing out of European customs, the famous Philadelphia Mummers originated in the Neck. "Neckers" formed social clubs and visited each other in pop-in style and dressed in outlandish costumes for the fun of it. Out of this grew the "pea-shooters" who shot in the New Year.

The first official city parade was sponsored in 1901. Every year on New Year's Day, mummers dressed in elaborate costumes strut their stuff down Broad Street and later on 2nd Street or "Two Street." Mummery is particularly associated with Two Street, where a number of Mummers clubs are located.

The Whitman Branch of the Free Library opened on January 24, 1977. The library was renovated in 2000 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought Internet service.

When you visit the library, look in the meeting room to see scenes of South Philadelphia painted by well-known Philadelphia watercolorist Howard N. Watson.