Fumo Family Library

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

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 11 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 8 : 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

Beginner's Knitting Class

Sat, May 25, 11:30 A.M.

Leap into spring by learning how to knit! Class starts on Saturday, April 27th from 11:30-1 for 6 weeks.  Students need to supply their own…

DIY with Abigail

Sat, May 25, 1:00 P.M.

We’ll make something new that you can take home with you every time we meet, such as bouncy balls and some fun crafts that the group…

Toddler Storytime

Tue, May 28, 10:00 A.M.

Join us for stories, songs, and activities, with time to socialize and play with the library's toys after storytime! These programs are…

Walking Club

Tue, May 28, 11:00 A.M.

Exercise your body and mind. Weather permitting, we will meet outside the Fumo Library and walk two blocks to Marconi Park. We will then walk…

Literacy Tuesdays

Tue, May 28, 4:30 P.M.

Join Ms. Abigail for story-telling, letter-writing, poem-crunching, and crafty fun with words.  LEAP (Literacy Enrichment Afterschool…

STEAM Wednesdays

Wed, May 29, 4:30 P.M.

Join us for a new experiment or fun game that challenges your mind! LEAP (Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program) homework help and literacy…

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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.