Tacony Library

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance.

Tuesday, May 31 – Message from Staff

Tacony Explorers free summer programming for children entering grades 1-7 returns on Monday, June 13, 2022. Join us for Literacy programming from 11:00-12:00, STEM programming from 1:00-2:00, and Crafts/Enrichment programming from 3:00-4:00. All children who participate in Literacy programming will receive free books for their home library. Tacony Explorers is sponsored by the Tacony Community Development Corporation and made possible by a generous grant from the William Penn Foundation.

6742 Torresdale Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19135-2416
Torresdale Ave. & Knorr St.
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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Aug. 11 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Sep. 5 : Closed Labor Day
View all holiday closings

Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms

Upcoming Events

Tacony Explorers Literacy Programming

Tue, June 28, 2022 11:00 A.M.

Tacony Explorers Literacy Programming Mondays-Fridays 11:00am Children reading on a K-2nd grade level – Mondays & Tuesdays Children reading on a 3rd-4th grade level – Wednesdays…

Tacony Explorers: STEM Programming

Tue, June 28, 2022 1:00 P.M.

Tacony Explorers STEM Programming Mondays-Fridays 1:00pm For children entering grades 1-7 These programs are made possible by a grant from the William Penn Foundation and sponsored by the Tacony…

Tacony Explorers: Crafts and Enrichment Programming

Tue, June 28, 2022 3:00 P.M.

Tacony Explorers Crafts & Enrichment Programming Mondays-Fridays 3:00pm For children entering grades 1-7 These programs are made possible by a grant from the William Penn Foundation and…

Tacony Explorers Literacy Programming

Wed, June 29, 2022 11:00 A.M.

Tacony Explorers Literacy Programming Mondays-Fridays 11:00am Children reading on a K-2nd grade level – Mondays & Tuesdays Children reading on a 3rd-4th grade level – Wednesdays…

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.