Tacony Library

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

Family Movie Night at the 15th District (2831 Levick St. Philadelphia PA  19149)! Please join us for SHAZAM! Monday, August 19 at 7:45PM.

Open today until 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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Aug. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Oct. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Columbus Day
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Upcoming Events

3-D Printer Make and Take

Fri, Jul 19, 1:00 P.M.

3-D Printer Make, Take & Decorate Let’s get together and make your own figurine with our 3-D printer Select your own figure, schedule…

English Classes

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

Learn how to speak English! Rolling admission/Walk-ins welcome! Taught by IndoChinese American Council. For more information, please…

Science in the Summer 2019 - Science of Me!

Tue, Jul 23, 10:00 A.M.

GSK Science in the Summer™  is a fun and free science education program sponsored by GSK and administered by The Franklin…

Computer Boot Camp: Week 1B

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30 A.M.

Computer Basics-Week 1B: Mouse and Keyboard Join us on Tuesdays from 10:30AM - 12:30PM REGISTRATION IS A MUST! *Please register in advance…

Techie Tuesdays

Tue, Jul 23, 2:00 P.M.

Tuesday afternoons are the time to explore technology, including iPad Pro, Raspberry Pi, Midi Keyboards, and more! Ages 8 - 13.    

Wednesday Crafternoons

Wed, Jul 24, 2:00 P.M.

 Join us every Wednesday from 2-4 for a new craft! Ages 10 and up.    

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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.