Children's Department

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Open today until 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Wed., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Wed., Jan. 1 : Closed New Year's Day
  • Mon., Jan. 20 : Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Mon., Feb. 17 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Fri., Apr. 10 : Closed Good Friday
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  • Baby changing station
  • Children's only restroom
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Computers for public use
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Street parking
  • Public restrooms
  • Scanner


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Upcoming Events

LEAP Art Club!

Sat, Dec 14, 12:00 P.M.

*Special time due to early library closing.* Come join the Children Department's new weekly club for painting, drawing, crafting, stamping,…

Chess Club

Sat, Dec 14, 1:00 P.M.

Learn to play or improve your game! Chess Club meets every Saturday, 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. in the Story Hour Room. School-age children. No…

Baby Storytime

Mon, Dec 16, 10:30 A.M.

Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, music, movement, and lots of fun! Storytime will be followed by a half hour playgroup.  For children birth…

Baby Play Group

Mon, Dec 16, 11:00 A.M.

Creative Play for children birth to 18 months old and their caregivers!  Children's Department Story Hour Room. Free. No…

Holiday Gift Crafts

Tue, Dec 17, 4:00 A.M.

Children will create a special craft that can be given as a winter holiday gift. Ages 11 & under. Children age 6 and younger must be…

Toddler Storytime

Tue, Dec 17, 10:30 A.M.

Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, music, movement, and lots of fun! For children 18 months through two years old and their caregivers. School,…

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The Central Library Children's Department represents the largest collection of children's books and special materials in the Delaware Valley. Special collections and services include children's books in 55 languages and the Marilyn Klein Preschool Center featuring furniture specially designed for toddlers.