Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library

Historical Images of Philadelphia Free Library Departments and Branches
Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library

Item Info

Item No: pdcf00371
Title: Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library
Additional Title: Dragon sculpture in children's room, at the Northwest Regional Library, ca. 1979
Historic Street Address: 68 West Chelten Avenue
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

 The Northwest Regional Library opened on July 25, 1978, replacing the former Germantown Branch. It was the third regional library in the Free Library system, providing the region with a larger collection than those of neighborhood branches. It was renamed in 2002 for Joseph E. Coleman, a 20-year Philadelphia City Councilman, and its first African-American president. He worked for the development of the Northwest Regional Library.

This is a photograph of "Regional Ricky," a painted wood sculpture of a dragon, originally installed in the children's department of the Northwest Regional Library in 1979; it was moved to the lobby in recent years. It was created by Stewart Zane Paul.

The library serves the Northwest Philadelphia communities.

Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.176034
Geocode Latitude:40.034060

Creator Name: Cox, Frances - Photographer