Chestnut Hill Library

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

Infant & Toddler Playgroup!

Fridays, Starting 4/6/2018! 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.

Chestnut Hill Library Book Group

Meets the last Wednesday of every month @ 7:00 p.m.

 

Classics Book Group

Meets the 1st Thursday of Every Month at 10:30 am


May 3rd: Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentas
June 7th: Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas
July 5th: Telex from Cuba by Rachel Kushner
August 2nd: Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
September 6th: What is the What by David Eggers
October 4th: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
November 1st: Empress of the Splendid Season by Oscar Hijuelos
December 6th: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Wed., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 3 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 13 : 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

Queer Discoveries Film Series | Paris is Burning

Wed, Jun 20, 6:00 P.M.

Join us for a screening of Paris is Burning .  This documentary focuses on drag queens living in New York City and their "house"…

Build It Club

Thu, Jun 21, 4:00 A.M.

We'll have all sorts of building toys available for free play.  For kids of all abilities.

Summertime Concert

Thu, Jun 21, 10:30 A.M.

Enjoy a summertime-themed concert for toddlers.

Playgroup for Infants and Toddlers

Fri, Jun 22, 10:30 A.M.

Play, talk, read & listen to music while kids explore, play, and interact with one another.

Minecraft Mondays

Mon, Jun 25, 6:00 P.M.

We'll play at all levels.  Beginner and advanced players are welcome to join us.  From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Build It Club

Thu, Jun 28, 4:00 A.M.

We'll have all sorts of building toys available for free play.  For kids of all abilities.

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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.