Children's Department

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-5369

Open today 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 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

  • Mon., Sep. 4 : Closed Labor Day
  • Mon., Oct. 9 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Sat., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 23 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Mon., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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Upcoming Events

The Birth of the Steel Drums

Wed, Aug 16, 10:30 A.M.

Rockcreek Steel Drum Band will take us on a journey through the history of steel drums, which have their roots in African talking drums.…

Board Game Bonanza!

Thu, Aug 17, 4:00 P.M.

From Chutes and Ladders to Connect 4, from Bingo to Twister, play some games and make some friends! 4 - 5 p.m., in the Children's Department…

My Art, My Voice with Mr. O

Fri, Aug 18, 4:00 P.M.

Join artist Arthur Ostroff for stories and art.  Free.  Fridays at 4 p,m, Children's Department, Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine…

Baby & Toddler Story Time

Mon, Aug 21, 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…

Preschool Storytime with Miss Leigh!

Tue, Aug 22, 11:00 A.M.

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

Thursday Crafternoons!

Thu, Aug 24, 4:00 P.M.

Join us for a short storytime and craft for the whole family! Children's Department, Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA…

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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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