Fumo Family Library

2437 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148-3508
Porter & Broad St.
Open today until 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, 6/16 Closed
Monday, 6/17 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 6/18 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. *
Wednesday, 6/19 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed *
Thursday, 6/20 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 6/21 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6/22 Closed
  • * Tuesday has hour changes – preparation for the Juneteenth holiday
  • * Wednesday has hour changes – Juneteenth
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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 11 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Aug. 8 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
View all holiday closings

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

Infant and Toddler Storytime and Playgroup

Wed, June 19, 2024 10:00 A.M.

Join Mr. John for stories, songs, and play! All programs are subject to change.

Celebrity Memoir Book Club | Born a Crime : Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Tue, June 25, 2024 5:30 P.M.

Join us for a new book club at Fumo Library! Each month we will discuss a different celebrity memoir. This program will be held every 4th Tuesday. June 25: Born a Crime: Stories from a South…

Infant and Toddler Storytime and Playgroup

Wed, June 26, 2024 10:00 A.M.

Join Mr. John for stories, songs, and play! All programs are subject to change.

Paper Bag Kite

Wed, June 26, 2024 3:30 P.M.

Students will make their own simple kite using paper bags, tissue paper, and string. Materials will be provided.

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.