Queen Memorial Library

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

Queen Memorial Library offers Pre-K storytimes every week: 

Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Fridays at 11:00 a.m. 

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

**For children ages 0-5 and their families**

FREE MEALS ALL SUMMER LONG!

Lunches and a snack will be available for kids and teens (18 and under) at our library throughout the summer. People over age 18 who are enrolled in school programs for persons with disabilities may also receive meals. No sign-up required, just stop in and enjoy!

Lunch: 12pm-2pm

Snack: 3pm-4pm

**Monday, June 10 through Friday, August 30 (weekdays only)**

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Oct. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Mon., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
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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

Pre-K Storytime

Tue, Aug 20, 10:30 A.M.

Join us as we read, sing, dance, and learn together! Playtime following storytime. Older siblings are always welcome. For additional information,…

New and Expectant Parents Group

Tue, Aug 20, 1:00 P.M.

New & Expectant Parents & Caregivers Group Led by a new mom in the neighborhood, this group provides snacks, socializing, and support for…

Theater Workshop

Tue, Aug 20, 2:00 P.M.

Learn the fundamentals of theater in an ASAP Drama workshop for children, 3rd-6th grade! Imagine, create, improvise, collaborate, and have fun!…

Theater Workshop

Wed, Aug 21, 2:00 P.M.

Learn the fundamentals of theater in an ASAP Drama workshop for children, 3rd-6th grade! Imagine, create, improvise, collaborate, and have fun!…

Dating Discovery Workshop Series | Recognizing Red Flags

Wed, Aug 21, 4:30 P.M.

What drives you? When do you feel most alive? What makes you feel heard, understood, and cherished? Join facilitator Missy of Millennium…

Chair Yoga

Thu, Aug 22, 2:00 P.M.

Ground your mind and body with a full hour of FREE chair yoga, led by certified yoga instructor Janet Faulls. This is a twist on traditional yoga,…

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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."