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In 1682, Thomas Holme was granted 1,646 acres in Lower Dublin as payment for his service as William Penn's surveyor-general. At one time the village was called Washington, but when some of Thomas Holme's relatives decided to sell some land, they advertised it as being in "Holmesburg."
The branch also serves the Mayfair section, which was developed in the 1920's and took its name from a resident who wanted to form a civic association. He said, "We may fare well if we get behind this community and push so why not call it Mayfair."
The Holmesburg Branch was founded in 1867 as the Holmesburg Reading Room and Library Association, a subscription library. In 1880, it was transferred to the trustees of the Lower Dublin Academy and was referred to as the Thomas Holme Free Library.
In 1899, an agreement between the academy trustees and the Free Library of Philadelphia established the Thomas Holme Branch, which opened in 1900 in the Atheneum, 8000 Frankford Ave. In 1906, the Trustees of the Lower Dublin Academy donated land and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie donated funds for a new library, which opened on June 26, 1907. The library was renovated in 1998 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and added Internet service.
Your Computer = Health Management Tool - Friday, June 7, 2013 at 10:15AM
There is so much mixed information on health available via the Internet. Learn how to make some sense out of it and use a computer to help manage your health. Basic computer skills are necessary to participate. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader? Do you know all the answers on Jeopardy? Did you always want to be on Millionaire? Assemble a team, test your brain and compete for prizes at the library! No more than 5 players on a team please. This is a Teen Summer Programming Kickoff event. Check-in at 5:45 - questions begin at 6!
Prizes are contributed by Friends of Holmesburg Library.
Join Cap'n Abby for a variety show full of jokes, magic, puppetry, and lots of audience participation.
Program is sponsored by the Friends of Holmesburg Library.
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