Fumo Family Library

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

Closed Today

Sunday, 2/19 Closed
Monday, 2/20 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 2/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/22 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/23 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 2/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/25 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday has hour changes – Presidents' Day
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

  • Mon., Feb. 20: Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 9: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 13: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 14: Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 16: Closed Easter
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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

Toddler Storytime

Tue, Feb 21, 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…

Minecraft Club!

Sat, Feb 25, 2:00 P.M.

Play, build, and create with us! Work with your friends to make a city, do Minecraft crafts, and show off your creations. Please call 215-685-1758…

Chess Club

Sat, Feb 25, 2:00 P.M.

Do you play chess? Would you like to learn how to play chess? Make the right move to our Chess Club. We meet every other Saturday to play chess.…

Chair Yoga

Mon, Feb 27, 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…

First Lego League Jr.: Creature Craze

Mon, Feb 27, 4:00 P.M.

It’s never too early to discover STEM Through exploratory research, hands-on construction, teamwork, imagination, and fun with LEGO…

Toddler Storytime

Tue, Feb 28, 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…

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About

Now located in a bright yellow building on South Broad Street next to the Samuel S. Fels Community Center, 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.

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Public Transportation

Bus Routes: 4
Broad Street Line