When it was announced that the Tacony Library was going to close for approximately 18 months as part of the Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative, several stakeholders rallied to find an alternative location in which to continue to serve the community. In an effort spearheaded by Councilman Bobby Henon, a nearby space was identified, a partner was selected, and necessary funds were secured. The result is the Tacony Library and Arts Building (LAB), which is right up the street from Tacony's original space.
Designed to be a hub of learning, creativity, and community engagement, it combines a temporary home for the library with studio space for two artists-in-residence from Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program. The synergy between the two organizations will allow visitors to not only check out materials and enjoy Early Literacy storytimes with their children but also attend arts-focused events and workshops, use computers, and access the free Wi-Fi, all while watching the progress of site-specific art being created.
Stop by this exciting new space!