Children's Department

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Open today 9:00 a.m. – 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

  • Sat., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 23 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Mon., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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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)


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Upcoming Events

Drag Queen Storytime!

Sat, Oct 21, 10:30 A.M.

What could be more fabulous than having some favorite fairytales and other stories read by an actual queen?  (A drag queen in this…

Baby & Toddler Story Time

Mon, Oct 23, 11:00 A.M.

Books, songs, rhymes and bounces for children (birth to 23 months) and their caregivers!. Monday at 11 a.m.  Parkway Central Library…

Software Programming for Kids

Mon, Oct 23, 4:00 P.M.

Join EPAM e-Kids - Software Programming Classes for Kids! EPAM Systems joins the Free Library to host software programming classes for children…

Preschool Storytime with Miss Leigh!

Tue, Oct 24, 11:00 A.M.

Stories, songs and movement activities for children ages 2 - 5 and their caregivers.  Younger siblings are always welcome.  Free; no…

Baby & Toddler Story Time

Wed, Oct 25, 11:00 A.M.

Books, songs, rhymes and bounces for children (birth to 23 months) and their caregivers!. Wednesday at 11 a.m. (repeat of the Monday 11 a.m.…

Science Time! Science Surprises

Thu, Oct 26, 4:00 P.M.

Learn some surprising science facts, with hands-on experiments!  4 p.m. in the Story Hour Room.  Free.   Parkway Central Library…

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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.

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