Independence Library

18 S. 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(7th Street between Market & Chestnut)
215-685-1633

WHAT YOUR ADHD CHILD WISHES YOU KNEW: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life by Dr. Sharon Saline

Author Program at the Independence Library on ADHD: Saturday, October 6, 1:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reading from the book and a discussion of this most important and relevant topic. In this book veteran

psychologist Sharon Saline shares the words and inner struggles of children and teens living with ADHD and creates a blueprint for

achieving lasting success by emphasizing cooperation and compassion. Based on more than 25 years of experience

counseling young people and their families, Dr. Saline’s advice and real-world examples reveal how parents can shift the

dynamic and truly help kids with ADHD succeed.  "We have many effective treatments and strategies to help kids

with ADHD better manage daily life, but this book will provide  that equally important intervention: feeling understood. I love

how this book helps parents create a deeper relationship with  their kids so that the whole family can thrive." --Ari Tuckman,

PsyD, MBA, Author of More Attention, Less Deficit: Success   Strategies for Adults with ADHD

Open today 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 9/16 Closed
Monday, 9/17 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 9/18 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 9/19 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 9/21 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9/22 Closed
  • * Thursday has hour changes – Due to staff development.
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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Oct. 8 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 18 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sun., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 15 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Nov. 22 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
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Facilities

  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Screen-reading software (JAWS)
  • Self-service checkout
  • Street parking (metered)
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

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Upcoming Events

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Wed, Sep 26, 5:00 P.M.

Join us for a weekly conversation hour and build your confidence in speaking English. Topics may include: small talk, holidays, customs, and…

The Wagner Free Institute of Science presents:A History of Cartography: From Antiquity to Longitude

Wed, Sep 26, 6:15 P.M.

When we interact with maps through our in-dash GPS systems or on Google Earth on our phones, we rarely think about how maps actually work. Maps…

Toddler Storytimes

Tue, Oct 2, 10:30 A.M.

Miss Margaret for stories (new and classic), cheery songs, and an adorable “make and take” craft activity!  Register your…

Let’s Speak English! | For International Adults

Wed, Oct 3, 5:00 P.M.

Join us for a weekly conversation hour and build your confidence in speaking English. Topics may include: small talk, holidays, customs, and…

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About

Named for its proximity to Independence National Park, this branch serves people who live in Society Hill, Old City, Queen Village, Washington Square West, and Chinatown. Independence Branch also houses the Barbara Gittings Gay/Lesbian Collection.

History

For almost thirty years, residents of the eastern part of Center City had been asking for a branch. In 1997, the East Philadelphia Coalition for a Free Library Branch was formed. The coalition's carefully planned and well-presented case enabled the library to successfully persuade City Council to fund a new branch library serving residents in Society Hill, Old City, Chinatown, Washington Square West, and Queen Village.

Space for the new branch was found in what was then the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies. Architect Ignatius Wang led the renovation of the former exhibit space into a library. Meanwhile, representatives from the communities served on a fundraising committee to raise money to build the library collection. The names of the major donors are currently listed on a Chinese moon gate at the library.

Independence Branch opened on February, 28, 2001. The library serves as a community center for Chinatown and the other nearby neighborhoods. The name "Independence" recognizes the proximity to Independence National Historic Park.

The children's area features a mural of changing seasons by Jing-Xiang Liang, and also a multicolored carpet, which is a tribute to the architect's favorite children's book, Elmer the Multicultural Elephant.

Facts about the neighborhoods served by Independence Branch:

  • Society Hill is the southern portion of the original settlement by the Free Society of Traders in 1681.
  • Old City was the city's first commercial district. The area includes Elfreth's Alley, the oldest continuous residential street in America.
  • Chinatown's first residents arrived in the mid-1840's, and the first business was established in 1850. Today's Chinatown is the cultural and commercial hub for Asian-Americans in Philadelphia.
  • Washington Square is one of the original squares laid out by William Penn. The Unknown Soldier from the Revolutionary War is buried there.
  • Originally named Southwark, Queen Village was the city's first neighborhood, taking its name from an area of London, and replacing the Swedes' community of Wicaco. The name "Queen Village" dates from the late 1960's.