Chestnut Hill Library

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

“A Lesson in Greyhound”  Led by Children's Librarian, Theresa Glover

Monday, November 13th, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

An interactive and engaging presentation introducing the greyhound dog breed’s history, life as a racing dog, and the qualities that make it a good companion.  Children will have the opportunity to meet and interact with one of these gentle animals.

Fall Storytimes! Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

-September 21st  

-October 5th and 26th

-November 2nd and 30th

-December 7th and 21st

Storytime Events are for infants thru preschoolers. Childcare Centers, please call Ms. Prather at 215-685-9290 for an appointment.

Build It Club! 

Every Thursday, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Legos, Magnatiles, K'Nex and other STEM building toys for Free Play with kids of all ages. We also have pre-Duplo, Duplo, and big-kid Legos for kids at all stages of Lego capabilities. There is a snack at the end of Lego Club, which you can opt out of.

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 10/15 Closed
Monday, 10/16 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 10/17 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Wednesday, 10/18 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 10/20 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10/21 Closed
  • * 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., Nov. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sat., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 23 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas 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

Create a Pop-Up Book

Wed, November 1, 2017 4:00 P.M.

An artist from Mermaid Art Studio will be on hand to show us how to make our own Pop-up book.  We'll have the supplies, you bring your creativity.  This program is for students ages 5 to 12.  Space is limited and advanced registration is recommended.

School Age Arts and Crafts Programs Art arts & crafts

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.