Chestnut Hill Library

Wednesday, June 16 – Message from Staff

 

Summer Reading Calendar of Events & Activities: Chestnut Hill Library: July 12th -August 20th 2021

 

Summer Reading Check-Ins!

Beginning Monday, July 12th- Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday afternoons from 2-4 

Kids and families, stop by once a week on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoons from 2-4 pm to talk with library staff and volunteers about your favorite summer reads, and pick up new give-away books and art packs to stay cool & creative this summer!

 

Bird Lovers Club!

Select Tuesdays, 4:00pm- July 13th, 20th, 27th / August 3rd, 10th, 17th

Each week children will learn about bird behavior through hands on activities, stories & crafts.

For children ages three and older, siblings welcome. Groups must call ahead to reserve space. Takes place in the Library’s garden, weather permitting.

 

Garden Storytimes

Select Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. -July 15th, 22nd, 29th /August: 5th, 12th, 19th

Stories, songs & rhymes celebrating all things summer.

For children ages three and older, siblings welcome. Groups must call ahead to reserve space. Takes place in the Library’s garden, weather permitting.

 

Star Wars, Star Trek, & DC/Marvel Comics Quizzo for Kids! Zoom In and Ask an Expert.

Is there a child in your life who just loves to talk about Star Wars, Star Trek, or DC & Marvel comics? We’ve got you covered! In each session, kids will have the chance to ask questions of our library’s resident experts on all things Star Wars, Star Trek, & DC/Marvel comic book related topics. Stump our experts and win prizes!

Star Wars session w/ Jerell Smith: Wed., July 21st, 3:00 pm

Star Trek session w/ Commander McLean: Wed., July 28th 3:00 pm

DC & Marvel Comics session w/ Jerrell Smith: Wed., August 4th 3:00 pm

Program held via Zoom: link will be posted day of program.

 

Fairy, Gnomes, & Trolls Garden Kingdom House-Building Workshop!

Wednesday, August 11th, 4 pm.

Do you love building fairy houses? Do you know all about the differences between boggarts, hobgoblins, elves, fairies, trolls, gnomes and all the other magical itty -bitty creatures living in the library’s garden? They need new homes, and YOU can design and build them at our workshop!

Please register in advance so we can be sure to have adequate supplies.

Takes place in the Library’s garden, rain date August 18th, 4pm.

 

Tuesday, April 27 – Message from Staff

Plant Cuttings Swaps!

Most Wednesdays, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Bring a plant cutting to our newly installed swap station, then stay to browse the Horticulture Collection and explore the library's garden. Bring home something new every week from our children's Take-and-Make Family Activity Station.

Monday, March 29 – Message from Staff

 

Our book drop is open Monday- Friday, 24 hours. Staff are available to answer questions by phone M-F 10 - 4 pm.  Call us at 215-685-9290.

Materials Pickup for HOLDS are available on M/W/F from 10 - 12  and 1:30 - 4 - please contact the branch to schedule a pickup time for your holds.

 

Thursday, February 4 – Message from Staff

Chestnut Hill Library Contemporary Book Discussion Group

Fourth Wednesdays of the Month @ 3:00 p.m. (Meetings temporarily held on Zoom)

Please email Dick Goldberg, at dickjgoldberg@gmail.com for an invitation link.

January 27: The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John Le Carre

February 24:The Good Lord Bird  by James McBride

March 24:  Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

April 28: Clementine, The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell 

May 26: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart 

June 23: The Magus by John Fowles

 

8711 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118-2716
Germantown Ave. & Bethlehem Pike

Upcoming Closures

  • Sun., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Jul. 5 : Closed Independence Day (Observed)
  • Mon., Sep. 6 : Closed Labor Day
  • Mon., Oct. 11 : Closed Indigenous Peoples' Day
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Facilities

  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking (metered)
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

Upcoming Events

Bird Lover's Club for Kids

Tue, July 13, 2021 4:00 A.M.

Each week children will learn about bird behavior through hands-on activities, stories and crafts.  For ages 3 and up, siblings welcome.   Groups must call ahead to reserve space.…

Bird Lover's Club for Kids

Tue, July 20, 2021 4:00 A.M.

Each week children will learn about bird behavior through hands-on activities, stories and crafts.  For ages 3 and up, siblings welcome.   Groups must call ahead to reserve space.…

Bird Lover's Club for Kids

Tue, July 27, 2021 4:00 A.M.

Each week children will learn about bird behavior through hands-on activities, stories and crafts.  For ages 3 and up, siblings welcome.   Groups must call ahead to reserve space.…

Bird Lover's Club for Kids

Tue, August 3, 2021 4:00 A.M.

Each week children will learn about bird behavior through hands-on activities, stories and crafts.  For ages 3 and up, siblings welcome.   Groups must call ahead to reserve space.…

About

Located a half-block north of Bethlehem Pike in the middle of a lovely garden, the library is just beyond the end of the 23 route. facebook.com/FLPChestnutHill/

History

The first inhabitants of the Chestnut Hill area were the Delaware Indians. One of their leaders, Chief Tedyuscung, is immortalized in a statue in nearby Fairmount Park overlooking Wissahickon Creek. The Indians sold this section of their territory to William Penn on July 14, 1683.

The area's first white settlers were religious dissenters from Holland who were attracted to Penns Woods by the tolerance of its gentle leader. The name Chestnut Hill first appeared in a deed of 1711. Although there were no more Chestnut trees on the hill than anywhere else, the now almost extinct trees gave the town its name.

To serve the schools and the community, philanthropist Henry Williams built the Christian Hall Library in 1872 at 8711 Germantown Avenue. Williams named the library Christian Hall because he did not wish anything to go on in the two-story building and subsequent annex that would be inconsistent with the word "Christian." Singing, elocution classes, magic lantern shows, art lectures, church fairs and temperance meetings were permitted.

At first the library was only a reading room, and books were issued only to subscribers. But after 1876, Mr. Williams was persuaded to allow anyone to take books without charge. In 1897, the trustees of the Christian Hall Library decided that the library would be of greater benefit to the community as a branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, and so they granted the grounds to the city.

A new library building was built in 1907, funded by Andrew Carnegie and on the same site as the Christian Hall Library. In 1991, a modern meeting room addition was added. The library was renovated in 1999 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which brought Internet service to every branch. Active support is provided by the Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library, founded in the 1970s.