McPherson Square Library

601 East Indiana Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19134-3042
(Indiana Ave. & "F" St.)
215-685-9995

Teen Council Meeting on Thursday, 11/15/2018 @ 4pm

DEA Drug Prevention Present Hip Hop Fundamentals on Thursday, 11/29/2018 from 3:30pm to 5pm.

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 11/11 Closed
Monday, 11/12 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 11/13 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 11/14 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 11/15 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 11/16 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11/17 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Veterans Day (Observed)
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 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., Nov. 22 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 6 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Tue., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Thu., Jan. 3 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Feb. 7 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Facilities

  • Computers for public use
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

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Upcoming Events

PDPH Overdose Awareness & Reversal Training

Fri, Nov 16, 2:00 P.M.

With Philadelphia, and the nation, in the grips of an opioid overdose crisis, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health is now offering FREE…

Literacy Lab

Sat, Nov 17, 12:00 P.M.

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

Literacy Lab

Sat, Nov 17, 2:00 P.M.

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

Literacy Lab

Sat, Nov 24, 12:00 P.M.

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

Literacy Lab

Sat, Nov 24, 2:00 P.M.

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

First Building Bridges with Books Family Night of the School Year!

Thu, Nov 29, 3:30 P.M.

Want to make reading FUN?  Come to the library and get a jump start on summer with literacy games, free books, prizes, and fun for…

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About

Set in a small neighborhood park, McPherson Square serves the neighborhoods of Kensington, McPherson Square, and K & A. It is located near the Allegheny El station.

History

McPherson Square Branch now resides in a domed, classically designed Carnegie building centered a small neighborhood park known as McPherson Square. Over a century ago, however, the library first opened on July 5, 1898 in an old house known as the Webster Mansion. The mansion had been the home of three generations of the prominent Webster family from 1805 until 1891, when the home and grounds were sold to the City of Philadelphia for recreational purposes. The mansion was torn down in 1915 and the current library building opened on May 25, 1917.

McPherson Square Park is named for General William MacPherson, who was the original owner of Webster Manson. General McPherson— - the son of Captain John MacPherson, a famous Scottish sea captain - —joined the patriot forces in 1776. George Washington, a close friend, was often entertained in the mansion.

In the park is a statue of Charles Allen Smith, the second American killed at Vera Cruz in 1914. Smith lived at 2168 Sergeant Street, and the statue was paid for by a collection from neighbors.

Inside the library, look for sculptured reading tables with attached seating. Woodcarver Stewart Paul was commissioned to make the tables in 1972.