Whitman Library

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

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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

  • Thu., Aug. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 3 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 8 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 11 : 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

Read to a therapy dog with PAWS for Reading!

Mon, Jul 23, 6:00 P.M.

Bella the French Bulldog will be at Whitman Neighborhood Library on selected Mondays for one-on-one reading sessions. She is a trained therapy dog…

Storytime

Tue, Jul 24, 10:00 A.M.

Stories, songs and rhymes for babies through preschoolers and their caregivers. Older siblings are welcome. Daycares and other groups should call…

Storytime

Tue, Jul 24, 10:00 A.M.

Stories, songs and rhymes for babies through preschoolers and their caregivers. Older siblings are welcome. Daycares and other groups should call…

Play Group

Tue, Jul 24, 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…

Teen Gardening Club

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

Teens, help spruce up Whitman’s yard with flowers, plants, and other natural fauna! Please wear closed-toe shoes. For ages 12-19.

Video Games

Wed, Jul 25, 4:00 P.M.

Come play video games on the big screen! Get on your feet with Wii games. For  tweens and teens.

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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.