Whitman Library

Wednesday, January 4 – Message from Staff

LEAP (Literacy Enrichment After-School Program) at Whitman Library

Monday-Thursday 3:00-5:45 p.m. and Friday 3:00-4:45 p.m.

LEAP is free homework help and activities for students in grades kindergarten thru high school. Drop-in, no registration necessary. Children under 7 years old must be accompanied and supervised by their adult while at LEAP. LEAP does board games on Tuesdays and Build It (LEGO) on Fridays!

200 Snyder Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148-2620
2nd St. & Snyder Ave.
Open today 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Feb. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Feb. 20 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Fri., Apr. 7 : Closed Good Friday
View all holiday closings

Facilities

  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Baby changing station
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking (free)
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Scanner

Upcoming Events

Friends of Whitman Library Monthly Meeting

Mon, February 6, 2023 6:30 P.M.

The Friends of Whitman Library meets (virtually) once a month, usually on the first Monday of the month. Anyone interested in learning more about the Friends of Whitman Library is welcome to join…

Free At-Home COVID Test Distribution

Tue, February 7, 2023 2:00 P.M.

Pick up FREE at-home COVID tests from the Department of Public Health at Whitman Library. No insurance or ID is required. Please call 215-685-5488 or…

Greeting Card Crafts

Tue, February 7, 2023 4:30 P.M.

At this hands-on workshop, for teens and adults, with artist Dawn Rulli, participants will be able to design and make their own Valentine’s Day cards or greeting cards perfect for any…

Feet First

Wed, February 8, 2023 11:00 A.M.

Do you want to start moving, but don’t want to feel overwhelmed? Join our walking club. Wear comfortable shoes or sneakers and bring water. We will cancel if there is rain. We will…

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.