Fumo Family Library

2437 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148-3508
(Porter & Broad St.)
215-685-1758

Open today 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday Closed
Monday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Oct. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Mon., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Nov. 28 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
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Facilities

  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Change machine
  • Computers for public use
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking (metered)
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

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Upcoming Events

Keep it Moving: A Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

Wed, Sep 18, 12:30 P.M.

Are you an adult, age 60 or older, with chronic pain that lasts months or years at a time?  Do you have arthritis, fibromyalgia, lower-back…

Construction Club

Thu, Sep 19, 10:00 A.M.

Children aged eight and younger, accompanied by a caregiver, are invited to join us as we build with wooden blocks, magnetic tiles, Lincoln Logs,…

Tai Chi

Thu, Sep 19, 2:00 P.M.

Based on Chinese soft-style martial arts, modern T’ai Chi is best known as a gentle slow-motion exercise that improves balance, leg…

Virtual Reality

Sat, Sep 21, 2:00 P.M.

Experience the latest in virtual reality with Oculus and the Free Library! Travel the world, scuba dive on an alien planet; face your greatest…

Chair Yoga

Mon, Sep 23, 12:30 P.M.

Chair yoga is a twist on traditional yoga, making it accessible for any age. This program is for adults and groups of 2 or more people, must call…

Mindfulness Meditation

Mon, Sep 23, 1:30 P.M.

Ground your mind and body with Mindfulness Meditation and Chair Yoga.

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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.