Fumo Family Library

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

Join us all month and add a line to our Poetry Project. We borrowed a 1927 Typewriter from Philly Typewriter and South Philly Poet Maria Fama wrote the first line of our Spring Poem. Please add your voice to our Community Poem. At the end of the month we will show the video of everyone reading their lines! Click this link to read more about the project.

Closed Today

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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., May. 11 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., May. 29 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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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

Chair Yoga

Mon, Apr 24, 2:00 P.M.

Ground your mind and body with chair yoga. Chair yoga is a twist on traditional yoga making practicing yoga accessible to those who cannot stand…

Help us Write a Fumo Family Library Community Poem

Mon, Apr 24, 2:00 P.M.

Each Monday, a vintage Royal Typewriter will sit at the Reference Desk. South Philly's own Maria Fama will kick off the program and write one…

Spinning Yarns – for those who knit and crochet

Mon, Apr 24, 6:30 P.M.

Bring your latest project and relax at the Library for a low-key evening of crafting every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.. All fiber arts are…

Toddler Storytime

Tue, Apr 25, 10:00 A.M.

Join us for stories, songs, and activities.  These programs are intended for children three years old and younger, accompanied by a…

How to contact your elected officials

Wed, Apr 26, 6:00 P.M.

Do you want to voice your opinion to elected officials, but are unsure of how to contact those in power? Attend this  workshop to learn how…

Knitting with Jenn

Sat, Apr 29, 12:00 P.M.

Do you want to learn how to knit? Now is your chance. Jenn will guide you step by step. We have all the materials you need, but feel free to bring…

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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.