Children's Department

1901 Vine Street, Ground Floor - Room 22
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Open today 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
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. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Mar. 29 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Mar. 31 : Closed Easter
  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Wed., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
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  • Baby changing station
  • Books in braille
  • Children's only restroom
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Street parking
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

Upcoming Events

Read Baby Read: Baby & Toddler Storytime!

Mon, February 26, 2024 10:30 A.M.

Join Miss Mary for stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces! Stay for playtime immediately following storytime! Intended for our friends ages 2 and under and their caregivers. Nice weather? We'll…

Chess Club for Kids!

Mon, February 26, 2024 3:30 P.M.

Join us each Monday from 3:30-4:30pm for Chess Club! Kids 12 and under are welcome to play and learn with support from a skilled chess player. All supplies provided. No experience is necessary;…

LEAP into Fun!

Tue, February 27, 2024 3:30 P.M.

Join the LEAP team for craft and construction projects in our Story Hour Room. All ages (12 and under) are welcome!   The Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program (LEAP) offers K-12…

Music and Movement!

Wed, February 28, 2024 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms Naomi for songs, dance, and fun explorations of rhythm and movement! This program is intended for our friends ages 6 and under and their caregivers. Wednesdays at 10:30am in…


Welcome, friends!

The Central Library Children's Department provides library service to children ages 0-12, families, and educators in the city of Philadelphia and surrounding region. It represents the largest collection of children's books and materials in the Delaware Valley. Special collections and services include children's books in over 50 languages and the Preschool Center featuring furniture specially designed for toddlers.

Children's Department staff provide regular storytimes, free-play programs, afterschool activities and homework help as part of LEAP, and so much more! In the warmer months many programs are held outdoors in favorable weather.

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