Senior Services

1901 Vine Street, First Floor West
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Open today 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Apr. 7 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 9 : Closed Easter
  • Mon., May. 29 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Mon., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
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Upcoming Events

"Mr. Lucky: The Life of Orson Welles Before Hollywood" | David Nasaw

Wed, April 12, 2023 7:30 P.M.

Part One of the Seven-Part Special Lecture Series: Orson Welles & The Golden Age of Hollywood David Nasaw, one of the nation’s most respected historians/biographers, explores the…

"The City of Nets and Traps: The Hollywood That Orson Welles Discovered" | Peter Decherney

Wed, May 17, 2023 7:30 P.M.

Part Two of the Seven-Part Special Lecture Series: Orson Welles & The Golden Age of Hollywood Peter Decherney is a Professor of Cinema Studies and English at the School of Arts and…

"The Struggle to Make Citizen Kane" | Michael Phillips

Wed, June 21, 2023 7:30 P.M.

Part Three of the Seven-Part Special Lecture Series: Orson Welles & The Golden Age of Hollywood Michael Phillips is the Film Critic for the Chicago Tribune . In recent years,…

"The Genius Who Couldn't Do Anything Right" | Ray Kelly

Wed, July 19, 2023 7:30 P.M.

Part Four of the Seven-Part Special Lecture Series: Orson Welles & The Golden Age of Hollywood Ray Kelly was a journalist for nearly 40 years and ended his first career as the…

Central Senior Services at the Parkway Central Library offers a variety of programs to help you thrive at any age. You can count on us to help you find reliable resources for maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. Get useful information about estate planning or filing for Medicare. Join us for one of our regular workshops to learn a new skill or reinvigorate interest in an old hobby.

We also present free public programs designed for lifelong learners. Become inspired during a seminar or take part in a lively book discussion. Find camaraderie playing bridge or learn how you can become more involved in your community through an exciting volunteer opportunity. We can even provide you with additional computer assistance so that you can email your grandchildren or use the internet to keep updated on the latest events. Of course, you can always visit us just to relax and explore our growing collection of large-print books, leisure magazines, and classic films—some things just get better with time!

Central Senior Services is generously funded by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, the Joseph Kennard Skilling Trust, and federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

Senior Services in the Community

Advanced Readers: A Senior Book Club [download printable brochure]

Let the Free Library of Philadelphia's Senior Center come to you. Host monthly book club meetings at your Senior Center. Our librarians are adept at facilitating lively discussions encompassing a broad range of perspectives.

Services include:

  • Professional book talks
  • Group read aloud sessions
  • Library card registrations
  • And much more...

To host a book club at your center, or to discuss the possibilities in greater detail, call Central Senior Services at Parkway Central Library. Ask about our "Advanced Readers" program.