Tacony Library Grand Reopening Celebration!

By Julie B. RSS Mon, November 27, 2017

It’s a fest! Tacony’s annual Winterfest, of course, and this year also a library-fest! After a year and a half of undergoing extensive renovation and expansion, Tacony Library will reopen its doors on Saturday, December 2—coinciding with the neighborhood’s Winterfest celebration. This neighborhood hub, located at 6742 Torresdale Avenue, has been reimagined as part of the Free Library’s Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative, a transformational project to reshape neighborhood libraries in Philadelphia to meet the changing needs of today’s library customers. To see some before, during, and after construction images, view our Tacony Library photo album on Flickr!

Join us for a celebration of this incredible project and community, as we welcome Tacony’s Northeast Philadelphia neighbors home. From 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, neighbors can enjoy face-painting, balloon art, Santa visits, fun learning activities, snacks, giveaways, and more at the new Tacony Library. Free Library President and Director Siobhan A. Reardon and other special guests will give remarks at 12:00 p.m.

During the celebration, attendees are invited to explore the library's new, state-of-the-art spaces and features, including a vibrant Children’s Library, customized Pre-K Zone, and dedicated Teen Zone. Other enhancements include a welcoming, living-room-like space known as The Common; an improved circulation desk; updated program, meeting, and study rooms; and a computer bar. In response to identified community needs, programming at Tacony Library will focus on small business resources. Furthering this commitment, the Tacony Community Development Corporation (Tacony CDC) has relocated to the lower level of the library. The library has also been made entirely ADA accessible. The Free Library collaborated with architect James. R. Keller, who specializes in design and planning for libraries, to reimagine this neighborhood library.

Supported by the Percent for Art Program—an initiative of the City’s Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy—the library will feature a piece of site-specific, commissioned artwork created by Benjamin Volta. Titled Diligence, it is a ghost-like collage with patterns drawn from the Disston tool catalogue, part of the nationally known Disston brand, which was headquartered in Tacony. The sense of focused intention and industry throughout the composition speak to the quiet strength and energy that is needed to discover a path, follow a dream, and innovate to build something new—values Volta said he found within the Tacony community. 

The Building Inspiration initiative has been made possible in large part by a historic $25 million grant from the William Penn Foundation—the largest private gift ever received by the Free Library. Other essential support came from the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. The Free Library is also grateful to Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams, Rhonda and James Mordy, and Martha and I. Wistar Morris, who supported innovative new spaces at Tacony Library, as well as the larger Building Inspiration initiative.

Following the celebration, the hours of operation for Tacony Library will be:

Mondays and Wednesdays      12:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays         10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays             10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Henry Disston moved his Saw Works from downtown Philadelphia to Tacony in 1872, and the Tacony Library opened in 1906 on a plot of land bequeathed by the Disston family and using funds donated by the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

We can’t wait to welcome the community back to their Tacony Library!

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I am really interesting to support and many events do you have in your branch.
claudia leon - Philadelphia, PA
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Looking forward to this!
Dean Kutzler - Philadelphia
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

This library is an oasis for reading and other activities. The staff is very professional and is always willing to help. It is multi-cultural oriented. They have great books. In one word: Lovely!
alba miranda - PHILADELPHIA
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

My friend recommended this blog and he was totally right keep up the fantastic work!
Nursing Content Creation
Thursday, November 30, 2017

I guess the Branch Hopper is about to show his face here!
Anthony Ali - Philadelphia
Thursday, November 30, 2017

You have ruined my library. I have been going to this library for over 40 years and it has always given me pleasure. The staff always go out of their way to help me and still do! When it reopened in November I could not wait to go there. I was using the Holmesburg library alot while it was closed (not the same). When I walked in the first time I thought how beautiful and bright. As my visit went on I realized that there are hardly any books! Where are the books? Where there was once a vast collection of Biographies, True Crime and anything else you wanted to read there was a tiny collection of each. I was so disappointed. I managed to find a few things that I could read and I picked up a couple of DVD's and since the customer service desk was crowded I decided to use the self checkout station. A staff member showed me how to use it and it was a nightmare. I had 6 items and only 3 checked out properly and there was something that I did not have checked out on my card. I had no choice then to wait in line at the customer service desk for another 10 minutes to resolve the issue. I felt bad for the staff as they seemed embarrassed that things were not working properly. I thought ok well they just reopened and are working out the glitches but at each visit I feel more and more sad that this is just the way it is. I have brought my granddaughter and I could not believe the noise in the children's room. How can anyone concentrate! I was trying to read with her and the amount of kids throwing around the toys made it impossible. The furniture in uncomfortable and the tables are not big enough to spread out a newspaper. It seems I am not the only one who feels this way. Although it makes me sad and I will miss the girls that work there I will be going back to Holmesburg where there are still alot of books , there is more than one person at customer service able to help you when it gets busy and the tables are bigger.
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Hi Mary, We appreciate your longstanding support and taking the time to voice your concerns. We've shared them with the appropriate library staff.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

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