Whitman Library

200 Snyder Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148-2620
(2nd St. & Snyder Ave.)
215-685-1754

Immigration Resources Fair | New Americans

Sat, September 23, 2017 | 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at South Philadelphia Library

Are you a new immigrant to the Philadelphia area? Would you like to learn about resources available to you? Stop by and you can learn about employment, housing, health, English classes, and more! This event is free and no registration is required. For more information click here or  call Abbe at 215-685-1758.

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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

  • Mon., Sep. 4 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 9 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Nov. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Facilities

  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Change machine
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking (free)
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

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Upcoming Events

Storytime

Tue, Aug 22, 10:00 A.M.

Join us for rhymes, songs, movement activities, and stories!  This program is intended for children 0-5 years old and their caregivers; older…

Play Group

Tue, Aug 22, 10:30 A.M.

Socialize and play with the library's toys after storytime! This program is intended for children 0-5 years old and their caregivers; older…

Edible Alphabet: English as a Second Language

Thu, Aug 24, 12:00 P.M.

Learn English at the Whitman Library with Edible Alphabet, a FREE class that teaches English through cooking.  This class runs on Thursdays,…

Storytime

Tue, Aug 29, 10:00 A.M.

Join us for rhymes, songs, movement activities, and stories!  This program is intended for children 0-5 years old and their caregivers; older…

Play Group

Tue, Aug 29, 10:30 A.M.

Socialize and play with the library's toys after storytime! This program is intended for children 0-5 years old and their caregivers; older…

Edible Alphabet: English as a Second Language

Thu, Aug 31, 12:00 P.M.

Learn English at the Whitman Library with Edible Alphabet, a FREE class that teaches English through cooking.  This class runs on Thursdays,…

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About

Serving the diverse communities of Whitman and Pennsport, this neighborhood library is located on Snyder Avenue between 2nd Street and S. Philip Street. It is close to several shopping areas, including Snyder Plaza and Whitman Plaza, I-95, and Columbus Boulevard.

History

The neighborhood of Whitman and its library branch derive their names from the nearby Walt Whitman Bridge. In 1854, the community was included in what was then Passyunk Township. It was marshland, and many of the inhabitants raised pigs. The area south of Moore and between the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers was known as "the Neck."

Growing out of European customs, the famous Philadelphia Mummers originated in the Neck. "Neckers" formed social clubs and visited each other in pop-in style and dressed in outlandish costumes for the fun of it. Out of this grew the "pea-shooters" who shot in the New Year.

The first official city parade was sponsored in 1901. Every year on New Year's Day, mummers dressed in elaborate costumes strut their stuff down Broad Street and later on 2nd Street or "Two Street." Mummery is particularly associated with Two Street, where a number of Mummers clubs are located.

The Whitman Branch of the Free Library opened on January 24, 1977. The library was renovated in 2000 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought Internet service.

When you visit the library, look in the meeting room to see scenes of South Philadelphia painted by well-known Philadelphia watercolorist Howard N. Watson.