Fumo Family Library

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

Open today 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 1/15 Closed
Monday, 1/16 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 1/17 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/18 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 1/20 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1/21 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Martin Luther King, Jr. 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

  • Thu., Feb. 9: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • 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
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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

Pajama Storytime

Wed, Jan 18, 7:00 P.M.

Children seven years old and younger are invited to snuggle in with their parents or caregiver for an evening of stories and songs, with milk and…

Chess Club

Sat, Jan 21, 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.…

Soup’s On

Sat, Jan 21, 2:00 P.M.

A cookbook will be selected and put on display at the main circulation desk. You pick a soup recipe that piques your interest (or taste buds).…

Chair Yoga

Mon, Jan 23, 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…

The Challenge Club: Structured Activities for Kids with Social Challenges

Mon, Jan 23, 6:00 P.M.

A welcoming environment for kids and their caregivers to come together, foster friendships, and expand their social horizons. The Challenge Club…

Toddler Storytime

Tue, Jan 24, 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: C
Broad Street Line