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Kingsessing Library

1201 South 51st Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143-4353
(5lst St. between Kingsessing and Chester Avenues)

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CANCELLED - Saving and Debt Management

Thu, Apr 9, 5:30 P.M.
Kingsessing Library

Learners are introduced to the benefits of saving and how to set reasonable and achievable savings goals. In addition, strategies for establishing…

CANCELLED - BAE Cafe: Breastfeeding Awareness & Empowerment

Tue, Apr 14, 5:00 P.M.
Kingsessing Library

BAE (Breastfeeding Awareness and Empowerment) Cafe is a free breastfeeding support group for expecting parents and breastfeeding parents led by…

CANCELLED - Nature in My Backyard

Wed, Apr 15, 4:00 P.M.
Kingsessing Library

Read with a Ranger from the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge  Photo by Lamar Gore/USFWS 

CANCELLED - Literacy Lab

Sat, Apr 18, 12:00 P.M.
Kingsessing Library

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The…

CANCELLED - Literacy Lab

Sat, Apr 18, 2:00 P.M.
Kingsessing Library

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The…

CANCELLED - Becoming a Homebuyer

Thu, Apr 23, 5:30 P.M.
Kingsessing Library

Learners are introduced to the pros and cons of homeownership and the process of buying a home. This topic will review all the steps involved in…

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About

Located nearbythe Kingsessing Recreation Center, this branch serves the Kingsessing neighborhood. The building is a half block south of Chester Avenue.

History

Kingsessing gets its name from the Indian word Chincessing, meaning "bog meadow" or "place of the big shells." This name was applied by the Dutch and the Swedes to the whole region along the west bank of the lower Schuylkill River. First officially mentioned in 1667, Kingsessing was the first village within the territory of Philadelphia.

The township of Kingsessing became a part of Philadelphia in 1854. At that time, the Belmont Cricket Club Playing Field occupied the land on which the library and recreation center now sit.

Kingsessing Branch opened on November 29, 1919, the 22nd library in Philadelphia to be constructed with Carnegie funds. The library was renovated in 1999 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought Internet service to every library.

While you're in the neighborhood, you can visit Bartram's Garden at 54th and Lindbergh Boulevard. Established by John Bartram in 1730, it’s now the oldest botanical garden in the country.