Whitman Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

Monday, November 22 – Message from Staff

There's a new StoryWalk® in front of Whitman Library! Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell is a picture book about family, togetherness and food, perfect for this time of year. On view until November 29.
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a
registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

200 Snyder Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148-2620
2nd St. & Snyder Ave.
Closed Today
Sunday Closed
Monday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Dec. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Sat., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Thu., Jan. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Feb. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
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Facilities

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

Upcoming Events

Sew What? Virtual Stitch Meetup for Adults

Wed, December 1, 2021 6:30 P.M.

Want to share what you're making with other crafters from the comfort of your own home? Sign up to participate in our new weekly meetup! All forms of "stitching" are welcome…

Friends of Whitman Library Meeting

Mon, December 6, 2021 6:30 P.M.

The Friends of Whitman Library’s monthly meeting will be held after-hours inside the library. Space is limited to 10 people so please register by emailing WhitmanReads AT gmail.com.  …

Sew What? Virtual Stitch Meetup for Adults

Wed, December 8, 2021 6:30 P.M.

Want to share what you're making with other crafters from the comfort of your own home? Sign up to participate in our new weekly meetup! All forms of "stitching" are welcome…

Sew What? Virtual Stitch Meetup for Adults

Wed, December 15, 2021 6:30 P.M.

Want to share what you're making with other crafters from the comfort of your own home? Sign up to participate in our new weekly meetup! All forms of "stitching" are welcome…

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.