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.

April 17, 24 — May 1, 8, 15, 22, 19 — June 5, 12, 19, 26

Fridays & Saturdays* at 11:00 a.m.

April 20 — May 4, 18 — June 1, 15, 22, 29

April 14, 28 — May 12, 26 

*Saturday Storytimes conclude in May, then storytime reverts to every Friday!

 

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

Older siblings are always welcome.

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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 28 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Wed., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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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

Storytime!

Fri, May 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…

Chair Yoga

Sat, May 26, 12:00 P.M.

Janet Faulls is a Classical Vinyasa Yoga teacher who will lead a simple chair yoga program for adults and seniors.

Storytime!

Tue, May 29, 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…

Storytime!

Fri, Jun 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…

The Amazing Mr. Q!

Sat, Jun 2, 1:00 P.M.

The Amazing Mr. Q performs hilarious magic, puppets, mischief and mayhem!

Traveling Treasures

Mon, Jun 4, 3:30 P.M.

Join us for a hands-on traveling special collection of artifacts from our Rare Books Department. Families with school-aged children are welcome to…

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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."