Two Branches Built with Funds from Andrew Carnegie Celebrate 100th Anniversaries in October

By Emily RSS Fri, October 6, 2006

The Frankford Branch , which opened at Frankford Avenue and Overington Street on October 2, 1906, was the second Carnegie Branch in the city. The roots of this library date back to 1823, when the Library & Reading Room Association was founded. In 1959, the library was remodeled, replacing the neo-classic building with a modern structure of steel and glass.

On Monday, October 16, the Frankford Branch will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a day of fun and festivities.

  • 1:00 p.m. - Peter Bressi Senior Center Glee Club sings old favorites
  • 1:30 p.m. - Mixed Pickles perform dances from the early 1900s
  • 4:30 p.m. - Dave Smith: A one man sideshow of juggling and comedy
  • 6:30 p.m. - Frankford’s own Butch Ballard plays jazz drums with his trio

On Saturday, October 21, beginning at 2:00 p.m., the Tacony Branch will begin its 100th anniversary celebration with a Family Fun Day. The library began with the Keystone Scientific & Literary Association, founded in 1876. The land on which the branch was built at Torresdale Avenue and Knorr Street was given by Henry Disston, whose Disston Saw Works employed many Tacony residents.

Festivites will include a Halloween Magic Spooktacular with the illusionists, the Nelsons, who will demonstrate amazing feats, such as the Houdini tank escape, dividing a person in half, and the floating woman. There will also be face painting, storytelling for children, refreshments, prize giveaways, and raffles.

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Hi. I found your blog researching the life of Andrew Carnegie who was one of the greatest men in human history. Isn't that impressive? He donated $350,695,653 (in 2005 figures 4.3 billion dollars) for charity and founded 2.509 Carnegie Libraries worldwide. I was glad to read, that two Carnegie-Libraries have celebrated 100th anniversaries in 2006. If you'd like to hear a rare historical audio recording of Andrew Carnegie, click the link. He is reading from his famous essay "Wealth". The sound is a bit noisy since the recording was made in 1914 on Edison Kinetophone Cylinder:
Rick - Bonn, Germany
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