Chestnut Hill Library

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

American Red Cross Blood Drive
Wednesday August 21st 1:30- 6:30 PM

Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=CH Library to schedule an appointment.

Speech and Language Developmental Playgroup!

Tuesday, August 6th, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

All families with children ages 6 months to 4 years are welcome to join our FREE Speech & Language Play Group! The speech-language pathologist led group will focus on building vocabulary and improving speech sound production. We will be exploring colors and animals with Brown Bear, Brown Bear!

For more information, contact Samantha Aitken, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist at  (215) 882-9793 or communicateathomepa@gmail.com

Here's what we are reading for this month's Classics Book Club - Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, Thursday, September 5th  at 10:30 a.m. 

Here's what we are reading for this month's Contemporary Book Club - Educated by Tara Westover, Wednesday, August 28th at 7:00 p.m.

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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

  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Oct. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Mon., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans 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)

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Upcoming Events

ESL Conversation Group

Mon, Aug 19, 7:00 P.M.

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

Infant and Toddler Playgroup

Fri, Aug 23, 10:30 A.M.

Infants and toddlers along with their parents, grandparents or caregivers are invited to join us at the library for some fun activities. …

ESL Conversation Group

Mon, Aug 26, 7:00 P.M.

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

Chestnut Hill Library Contemporary Book Group

Wed, Aug 28, 7:00 P.M.

This group meets on selected Wednesdays.  For more information and to reserve a copy of the month's selection, please contact the library…

Infant and Toddler Playgroup

Fri, Aug 30, 10:30 A.M.

Infants and toddlers along with their parents, grandparents or caregivers are invited to join us at the library for some fun activities. …

Chestnut Hill Classics Book Group

Thu, Sep 5, 10:30 A.M.

Join us the first Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Today we'll be talking about Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Upcoming…

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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.