Fumo Family Library

2437 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148-3508
Porter & Broad St.
Open today 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 8/14 Closed
Monday, 8/15 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 8/16 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed *
Wednesday, 8/17 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 8/18 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 8/19 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8/20 Closed
  • * Tuesday had hour changes – Materials pickup at the door offered 10AM - 5 PM.
Sunday Closed
Monday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Sep. 5 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Oct. 10 : Closed Indigenous People Day
  • Thu., Oct. 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
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking (metered)
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

Upcoming Events

Music & Movement with Mr. Ray

Thu, August 18, 2022 3:00 P.M.

Music & Movement is a time for the youngest children to sing, dance, and share stories!  

Preschool Storytime

Wed, August 24, 2022 3:30 P.M.

Join us for songs, stories, and fingerplays for children five and under and their families.  

Discover Art! VR with The Barnes

Tue, August 30, 2022 3:00 P.M.

The Barnes Collection, Gallery Visits, and Virtual Reality are coming to the Fumo Family Library! Join our VR workshop for world-renowned art and lively conversations. Gain access to a free…

Outdoor Storytime at Marconi Plaza

Wed, September 7, 2022 10:00 A.M.

Meet us at Marconi Plaza, located at 2800 South Broad Street. Find us on the West side of Broad, on the slope next to the stairs,  SE of the playground. Bring a towel or blanket to sit on!…

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.