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Richmond Library

2987 Almond Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134-4955
(Indiana Ave. & Almond St.)

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Preschool Storytime & Playtime

Tue, Apr 7, 10:30 A.M.
Richmond Library

Join Ms. Meghan for stories, songs, and activities. Stay after to play, learn, and get to know each other in our play area. Recommended for…

Saturday STEAM

Sat, Apr 11, 1:00 P.M.
Richmond Library

Art projects, science experiments, engineering challenges, and more. Text @ricschool to 81010 for reminders.

Paint and Plant

Mon, Apr 13, 4:00 P.M.
Richmond Library

Decorate a flower pot then plant seeds to take home with you. Space may be limited. Pick up a ticket in the children's section at 3:00 p.m.

Preschool Storytime & Playtime

Tue, Apr 14, 10:30 A.M.
Richmond Library

Join Ms. Meghan for stories, songs, and activities. Stay after to play, learn, and get to know each other in our play area. Recommended for…

Construction Club

Fri, Apr 17, 3:30 P.M.
Richmond Library

Build with LEGO, MagnaTiles, KEVA planks, Straws and Connectors, and more. Text @ricschool to 81010 for reminders.

Preschool Storytime & Playtime

Tue, Apr 21, 10:30 A.M.
Richmond Library

Join Ms. Meghan for stories, songs, and activities. Stay after to play, learn, and get to know each other in our play area. Recommended for…

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About

Serving the Richmond and Port Richmond communities.

History

William Ball settled in the area in 1728. Thus, Balltown was the first name given to Port Richmond. Mr. Ball gave the name Richmond Hall to the main house on his farm.

In 1830, William Cramp began shipbuilding in Port Richmond, and by 1840 established Cramp's Shipyard, which built fighting ships for both world wars. By the last half of the 19th century, Port Richmond was the busiest port along the Atlantic seaboard. When the city consolidated in 1854, Port Richmond was incorporated into the city of Philadelphia.

The first incarnation of the Richmond Library was in 1897 as a "Traveling Library" of 300 books in a flour and feed store located at 2965 Richmond Street. It was open two nights a week.

In 1897, Protestant ministers rallied the community to establish a neighborhood library. The following years, the library was moved to the second floor of the Mutual Hall Association at the corner of Richmond Street and Neff (now Indiana). Featuring expanded hours, it was called the Port Richmond Branch and housed 3,000 books.

The cornerstone of the current branch was laid in 1908 as a result of Andrew Carnegie's financial gift to the Free Library, and also Anne W. Penfield's donation of land for the purpose of a library. At the time, Penfield was considered the wealthiest woman in America; her father William Weightman had founded a chemical company in East Falls.

The library opened on March 15, 1910. It was renovated in 1994 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which brought Internet service to every library.