Chestnut Hill Library

8711 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118-2716
(Germantown Ave. & Bethlehem Pike)
215- 685-9290

Filmmaking Info Session,  Led by Honest Artts Entertainment

Wednesday, February 21st, 7:00-8:45 pm

Join HonestArtts Entertainment as we present our self starter filmmaking-information-session. This self starter event is geared to inspire the minds of visionaries, individuals and businesses who are interested in learning about the craft of filmmaking/videography. This FREE event is a great bang for your buck. Just show up! It’s that simple. Engage, decompress, meet people, BRING A FRIEND, and ask questions. We will cover cameras, audio, lighting, video editing and much more.

For more information and to register, please visit:

http://www.honestarttsentertainment.com/infosession/

CANCELLED! Please check back for a rescheduled date! A Circus Storybrought to you by Gigi Glendinning from Animal Defenders International

Monday, February 5th, @ 6:00 pm

Children and families can learn about the treatment of wild animals used for entertainment at circuses, and the animal rescue work taking place today.  Consideration is given for the ages of the children attending when content is presented.

ESL Classes for Adults

Mondays, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Chestnut Hill Library is offering a free ESL conversation and grammar class for people who want to improve their English language skills. The class is every Monday at 7 PM and all are welcome.

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 2/18 Closed
Monday, 2/19 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 2/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Wednesday, 2/21 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/22 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 2/23 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/24 Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes – Presidents' Day
  • * Tuesday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
Sunday Closed
Monday 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Mar. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Mar. 30 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 1 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., Apr. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Wed., Apr. 18 : Closed Professional Development Staff Meeting
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Photo of Chestnut Hill Library

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)

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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.