The Cecil B. Moore Library will be closed through December 9, 2017. Due to building improvement. During this time we encourage you to visit the following nearby libraries:

Cecil B. Moore Library

2320 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121-2927
(Cecil B. Moore & 23rd Street)

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Words at Play - Play Party

Sat, Dec 9, 11:00 A.M.
Cecil B. Moore Library

Join the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Kimmel Center to discover featrued artwork from the museum, create your own masterpiece, and explore…

Maker Jawn

Mon, Dec 11, 3:00 P.M.
Cecil B. Moore Library

Community members of all ages are welcome to learn new skills, explore various projects, and create. Come and make stuff with us! Children under 6…

Maker Jawn

Tue, Dec 12, 3:00 P.M.
Cecil B. Moore Library

Community members of all ages are welcome to learn new skills, explore various projects, and create. Come and make stuff with us! Children under 6…

Social Justice Read Aloud

Tue, Dec 12, 4:00 P.M.
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Practice your reading skills and explore the library’s books with Miss Kayla. We will feature books and stories that showcase and reflect…

Community Storytimes

Wed, Dec 13, 10:30 A.M.
Cecil B. Moore Library

Join us for our family & community story time! Children ages 0-5, their siblings, and their caregivers are invited for stories, songs, and…

Maker Jawn

Wed, Dec 13, 3:00 P.M.
Cecil B. Moore Library

Community members of all ages are welcome to learn new skills, explore various projects, and create. Come and make stuff with us! Children under 6…

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About

Located near the intersection of 23rd Street and Ridge Avenue, this branch serves North Central Philadelphia, Strawberry Mansion, Brewerytown, Sharswood, and the Johnson Homes. Formerly the Columbia Avenue Branch, the avenue and the library were renamed in 1987.

History

Originally named the Columbia Avenue Branch, the library opened for business on April 10, 1962. This branch succeeded the Wagner Institute Branch, located at 17th and Montgomery. Wagner Institute Branch was the first extension, or branch, of the Free Library, opening on October 18, 1892. It still exists at 17th and Montgomery as a science and natural history museum.

Cecil Bassett Moore was a lawyer, civil rights activist who led the fight to integrate Girard College, president of the local NAACP, and member of Philadelphia's City Council. With the help of high school students gathering signatures for a petition, the names of the street and branch were changed in 1987 to honor Moore.

While visiting the library, you might notice the mural in the children's room, "Let Beauty Fill Their Eyes." It was painted by David Lawrence and portrait artist Rhasaan Fort in 2000. The mosaic in the vestibule, "Integration of Science and Art," was completed in 1963 by Edna Andrade. The library was renovated in 1996 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought Web access to every library.