Fumo Family Library

2437 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148-3508
Porter & Broad St.
Open today until 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 2/18 Closed
Monday, 2/19 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Closed *
Tuesday, 2/20 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. *
Wednesday, 2/21 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 2/23 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Presidents' Day
  • * Tuesday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage. Materials pick up services offered 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Mar. 14 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Fri., Mar. 29 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Mar. 31 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., Apr. 11 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
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Facilities

  • Baby changing station
  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Scanner
  • Street parking (metered)
  • Water fountain

Upcoming Events

Lego day!

Thu, February 22, 2024 3:30 P.M.

Build and create with the library’s Lego collection!

Chair Yoga

Fri, February 23, 2024 3:00 P.M.

Chair Yoga is a twist on traditional yoga making it accessible for all ages and abilities. The program will be taught by certified yoga therapist Kate Howell. Please wear comfortable clothing.

Not a Typical Kid

Mon, February 26, 2024 6:00 P.M.

Join us to connect with and support other parents and caregivers who understand the challenges and rewards of raising an autistic child. For more information, or to register for the Zoom…

Game day!

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

Chess, Checkers, and more!

About

Now located in a bright yellow building on South Broad Street next to South Philadelphia Charter School for Performing Arts the branch was formerly known as the Ritner Children's Branch. The new building opened in 1999, with a new name!

History

The area surrounding the Fumo Family Branch was composed of small farms and marshlands until the mid-1800's. The site of the branch was a farm owned by the same Swedish family for more than 200 years.

Broad Street was named by William Penn. The area below Morris Street was called "the Neck," and Broad Street was the spine of the Neck. Ritner Street was named for Joseph Ritner, the son of a German immigrant who went on to become the governor of Pennsylvania. Most of the streets in South Philadelphia streets south of Mifflin are named for governors who served from 1700 to 1919.

The Fumo Family Branch has had three names during its history. In its first incarnation, a brick Carnegie library was opened at Broad and Ritner on November 24, 1914 as the South Philadelphia Branch. This building was closed when the new South Philadelphia Branch was built at Broad and Morris Streets. However, neighborhood residents demanded that the old library be reopened, at least for children. As a result, the Ritner Children's Library was created, the only library exclusively for children.

On September 3, 1999, the current Fumo Family Branch opened in a new building attached to the Samuel S. Fels Community Center. City Council voted to name the new library after the Fumo Family of South Philadelphia.

A mural by Marie Garafano called "Waiting for the Train" is above the circulation desk. You can also see a bear driving the Broad Street Subway in another mural.