Queen Memorial Library

1201 South 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146-4316
(Federal St. between 22nd & 23rd)
215-685-1899

Queen Memorial Library offers storytimes every week: 

Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

November 7, 14, 21, 28 — December  5, 19, 26 — January 2, 16, 21

Fridays & Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

Friday: November 3, 10, 17 — December 1, 15, 29 — January 12, 26

Saturday: November 25 — December 9 — January 6, 20  

 

Join us as we read, sing, dance, and learn together!

Older siblings are always welcome.

Open today until 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, 11/19 Closed
Monday, 11/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 11/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 11/22 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.*
Thursday, 11/23 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Friday, 11/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11/25 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Wednesday has hour changes – preparation for the Thanksgiving Day holiday
  • * Thursday has hour changes – Thanksgiving Day
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. 23 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Dec. 22 : Open 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM preparation for the Christmas Day holiday
  • Sat., Dec. 23 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Sun., Dec. 24 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
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Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking
  • Street parking (free)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Baby changing station
  • Scanner
  • Water fountain

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Upcoming Events

It’s Storytime!

Sat, Nov 25, 11:00 A.M.

Young children and their caregivers are invited for weekly storytime. Join us as we read, sing, dance and learn together! Older siblings are…

It’s Storytime!

Tue, Nov 28, 10:30 A.M.

Young children and their caregivers are invited for weekly storytime. Join us as we read, sing, dance and learn together! Older siblings are…

It’s Storytime!

Fri, Dec 1, 11:00 A.M.

Young children and their caregivers are invited for weekly storytime. Join us as we read, sing, dance and learn together! Older siblings are…

AAUW Work Smart: Salary Negotiation Workshop for Women

Sat, Dec 2, 11:00 A.M.

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It’s Storytime!

Tue, Dec 5, 10:30 A.M.

Young children and their caregivers are invited for weekly storytime. Join us as we read, sing, dance and learn together! Older siblings are…

It’s Storytime!

Sat, Dec 9, 11:00 A.M.

Young children and their caregivers are invited for weekly storytime. Join us as we read, sing, dance and learn together! Older siblings are…

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About

Located on the lower level of the Landreth Apartments, the Queen Memorial Branch serves all ages. The entrance is on Federal Street between 22nd and 23rd streets.

History

With a name dating back to 1895, Point Breeze was designated as one of the original Green Countrie Towns sponsored by Philadelphia Green, a program dedicated to increasing planted urban spaces. Important neighborhood institutions include the YMCA at 17th and Christian Streets, which has served African Americans since 1889, and the Point Breeze Performing Arts Center, which was founded in 1984.

Named in honor of a Philadelphia optician, pioneer microscope maker and philanthropist, the James W. Queen Memorial Library was founded in 1907. It was originally housed in the Hope Presbyterian Church at 33rd and Wharton Streets. This library became the Queen Memorial Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia on December 13, 1912. In 1945, it was relocated to a rented building at 1313-15 Point Breeze Avenue.

Queen Memorial Branch opened on Tuesday, January 17, 1995 in the Landreth Apartments, a residence for seniors. The building, built in 1889, is a renovated elementary school - —the former Landreth School. Mamie Nichols, Executive Director of the Point Breeze Federation, was a prime leader behind the renovation of the school into a "multi-purpose achievement center."