Tacony Library

6742 Torresdale Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19135-2416
(Torresdale Ave. & Knorr St.)
215-685-8755

We will begin our Saturday hours on 9/22/18 from 10AM - 5PM.

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday Closed
Monday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 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., Nov. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sun., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Mon., Nov. 12 : Closed Veterans Day (Observed)
  • Thu., Nov. 22 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Upcoming Events

LGBTQ Teen Cafe

Sat, Oct 20, 1:30 P.M.

LGBTQ Teen Café 1:30-4:00 Air hockey!  Crafts!  Gaming!  Jigsaw puzzles!  Snacks! Learn something new, meet new…

English Classes

Mon, Oct 22, 6:00 P.M.

Free English Classes in Tacony for New Americans provided by the IndoChinese-American Council  Call 215-457-0272 ext 108 for information…

English Classes

Wed, Oct 24, 6:00 P.M.

Free English Classes in Tacony for New Americans provided by the IndoChinese-American Council  Call 215-457-0272 ext 108 for information…

English Classes

Mon, Oct 29, 6:00 P.M.

Free English Classes in Tacony for New Americans provided by the IndoChinese-American Council  Call 215-457-0272 ext 108 for information…

Are You Ready For ZOMBIES?!

Mon, Oct 29, 6:30 P.M.

Are You Ready For…ZOMBIES!? What is a zombie? Where did they come from? Who is responsible for foisting them on us? How have they evolved?…

Preschool Storytime

Tue, Oct 30, 10:30 A.M.

Preschool Storytimes For children ages 3-5 with an adult caregiver Enjoy stories and a themed seasonal craft Tuesdays at 10:30am Spooky Stories…

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About


We are part of the transformational Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative. To find out more about this project - http://www.21stcenturylibraries.org/about-the-project

History

Swedish records of 1677 show 51 residents of "Taokanink," an Indian word for "woods" or "small creek." Since the area was along the Delaware river, it became a sparsely settled vacation community. This changed in 1872, when industrialist Henry Disston moved his sawmill from downtown Philadelphia to Tacony, transforming the area into a thriving industrial area. Disston provided housing for his employees and funded many community projects including the Tacony Music Hall on Longshore Avenue - a building that stands today.

The Tacony Library traces its roots back to the Keystone Scientific and Literary Association, founded in 1876 by M. Louise Thomas who envisioned "a library where the people could go and get books suited to all tastes . . . and a room . . . where they could sit with the books ranged round the walls." The Association met in a small frame schoolhouse, and later in the office of the New Era, a local paper. In addition to a small book collection, the Association also offered events such as spelling bees, and provided a forum for important speakers of the day, Susan B. Anthony and P.T. Barnum among them. In 1885, the Keystone Scientific and Literary Association changed its name to the Disston Library and Free Reading Room, and moved to the Music Hall.

In 1906, the Disston family bequeathed a plot of land at Torresdale Avenue and Knorr Street for the construction of a public library. With $43,380 from the Carnegie Foundation, the Tacony Branch opened on the evening of November 27, 1906. The new library reached a circulation of 70,000 in its initial year of operation.

Since its opening, the Tacony Branch has undergone extensive renovation. In 1927, the rear lecture room was remodeled and became the children's reading room. Additional renovations were undertaken in 1939 and 1959. The library was renovated again in 1998 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which brought Internet service to every branch. The Tacony branch celebrated its centenary in 2006.