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.

February 6, 13 — March 6, 20

Fridays & Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

February 9, 23 — March 9, 23

February 3, 17 — March 3, 17  

 

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

Older siblings are always welcome.

Closed Today

Sunday, 2/18 Closed
Monday, 2/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 2/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/22 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 2/23 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday has hour changes – Presidents' 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., Mar. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Mar. 30 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 1 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., Apr. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Wed., Apr. 18 : Closed Professional Development Staff Meeting
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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

Kids Can Cook!

Tue, Feb 20, 4:00 P.M.

Mobile Cooking Teacher Keisha Prosser will guide us through constructing a simple, delicious family meal - from start to finish.  Learn about…

Building Bridges with Books Family Night!

Wed, Feb 21, 3:30 P.M.

Families  of K-3rd grade students from Delaplaine McDaniel Elementary School are invited to join us at Queen Memorial Library for literacy…

It’s Storytime!

Fri, Feb 23, 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…

Spoken Words Poetry | Writing Workshop

Sat, Mar 3, 3:30 P.M.

Join us for poetry writings workshops and a chance to perform your own work. For ages 12-17. For additional information please call 215-685-1899.

Kids Can Cook!

Tue, Mar 6, 4:00 P.M.

Mobile Cooking Teacher Keisha Prosser will guide us through constructing a simple, delicious family meal - from start to finish.  Learn about…

Pomades, Butters and Balms

Sat, Mar 10, 1:00 P.M.

In Jacqueline Woodson’s featured books, having one’s hair done by a family member or neighbor shapes sensory-rich memories. Join…

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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."