Queen Memorial Library

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

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**


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 until 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

  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 11 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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  • 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

Dating Discovery Workshop Series | Dating & Social Media

Wed, Jun 19, 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, Jun 20, 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,…

Drag Queen Storytime

Fri, Jun 21, 11:00 A.M.

Join special guest Navaya Shay for stories, songs, and movement that center on themes of diversity and inclusion.  

Storytime with a Super-Secret Special Guest!!

Tue, Jun 25, 10:30 A.M.

Enjoy stories, song, and movement for Pre-K kids and families, with a special appearance of a Super-Secret Special Guest!!  

New and Expectant Parents Group

Tue, Jun 25, 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…

Dating Discovery Workshop Series | Recognizing Red Flags

Wed, Jun 26, 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…

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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.


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."