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David Cohen Ogontz Library
Tuesday, August 3 – Message from Staff
HOURS: We are now open to the public from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, we are also open 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Friday for computer use and browsing!
SAFETY PRECAUTION NOTICE: Customer safety is a priority at all times at the David Cohen Ogontz Library. If you are NOT currently vaccinated we ask that you wear a double mask and practice a general rule of 6 feet between yourself and other patrons. Individuals who ARE vaccinated should still wear a mask and practice the social distancing rule of 6 feet between yourself and others. Computer reservations are available on a first come, first serve basis for all cardholders.
STORY TIME: Outdoor story time is held every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the backyard with Mr. Tom. We include free book giveaways that you never need to return to the library, water bottles, snack cups, activity books, and much more!
FACEBOOK ANNOUNCEMENTS: Check out our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/OgontzLibrary
MATERIALS PICK UP: We also continue to offer Materials Pickup on Mondays through Thursdays, from noon – 5:30 p.m. by appointment. Give us a call at 215-685-3566 to schedule your pickup.
BOOK DROP: As always our book drop is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience!
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Tuesday, March 9 – Message from Staff
Do you know that the David Cohen Ogontz Library has a book club? Please check us out here:
Join us for a storytime, outside, with Mr. Tom. During this time we will also have some giveaways which can include books, and other goodies. Look for us in the parking lot, or the playgound next door. Feel free to bring a blanket. Weather permitting.
Serving the communities of Ogontz and Belfield, this branch is located at Church Lane and Ogontz Avenue.
Ogontz is named after the Oak Lane mansion of Jay Cooke, a Civil War financier. As a young boy, he met Chief Ogontz in Ohio and later named his home for the Indian leader.
The community first requested a library in 1961, but due to problems with sites, funding and construction, the library was not opened until 1997. David and Florence Cohen helped get the community organized by circulating petitions and even hosting a meeting at their home. In the 1960's and 70's the area was served by a bookmobile, and various sites were considered, and even purchased, but the plans were rejected and funding was rescinded.
In 1984, the neighborhood association requested a library on the site of the former Ogontz Theatre and the library applied for library construction funds from the state. In 1994, groundbreaking was held at 6017 Ogontz Avenue, next to the site of the theatre. The library was to be a pre-engineered modular building, with carousel book shelves.
On February 10, 1997, the new library was finally opened, with a special poem written and recited by Nikki Taylor, who fondly remembered the weekly bookmobile visits and considered the new library a blessing for the entire community.