Chestnut Hill Library

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

Infant & Toddler Playgroup!

Select Fridays: Jan 10th & 24th, Feb 7th & 21st, March 6th & 20th, April 3rd & 17th

10:30- noon. 

For infants and toddlers and their parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Kids can play, talk, read & listen to music as they explore and interact with one another.

Girl Scouts of America: Troop Chestnut Hill Library

Every other Monday, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Did you know there is a Girl Scouts Troop that meets at the Library?!  Call Ms. Prather, Children's Librarian, for more information. 215.685.9290

 

Open today 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Jan. 20 : Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Thu., Feb. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Feb. 17 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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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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Upcoming Events

Family Story Play!

Sat, Jan 18, 11:00 A.M.

Join us for stories, songs and rhymes followed by a fun, family-friendly activity.  Young children msut be accompanied by an adult. Also…

Infant and Toddler Playgroup

Fri, Jan 24, 10:30 A.M.

Play, talk, read and listen to music as the kids explore and interact with one another. For youngsters along with their parents, grandparents or…

ESL Conversation Group

Mon, Jan 27, 7:00 P.M.

This group is a great way to practice speaking everyday English.  For adults.

Friends Speaker Series | Civilian experiences of the American Revolution in the Delaware Valley

Tue, Jan 28, 1:30 P.M.

Within the war zone of the American Revolution, civilians were killed, maimed, raped, and their property and public buildings were…

ESL Conversation Group

Mon, Feb 3, 7:00 P.M.

This group is a great way to practice speaking everyday English.  For adults.

Infant and Toddler Playgroup

Fri, Feb 7, 10:30 A.M.

Play, talk, read and listen to music as the kids explore and interact with one another. For youngsters along with their parents, grandparents or…

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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.