Whitman Library

Tuesday, January 9 – Message from Staff

LEAP has homework help & activities every weekday after school! LEAP hours are Monday & Tuesday 3pm-6pm and Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday 3pm-4:45pm.

Special LEAP programs:

Board games on Tuesdays

Build It! with LEGO on Fridays

Story Tower is OPEN on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month!

200 Snyder Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148-2620
2nd St. & Snyder Ave.
Closed Today
Sunday Closed
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., May. 9 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 13 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Wed., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
View all holiday closings

Facilities

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

Upcoming Events

PA CareerLinkĀ® Job Search Assistance

Mon, April 15, 2024 2:00 P.M.

Meet with a Community Workforce Connector from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for one-on-one job search assistance. Get individualized support with résumé development, career…

Crochet, Knit, and Stitch, Oh My!

Mon, April 15, 2024 5:30 P.M.

Are you a fan of crocheting, knitting, or cross stitching? Or maybe you want to learn! Feel free to bring a project or start a new one as we meet weekly with other fiber arts crafters. All skill…

Senior Strength Training Class

Tue, April 16, 2024 3:00 P.M.

This Senior Strength and Conditioning class, led by Janet Ford, combines hand weights, chair exercises along with cardio work to improve your fitness, strength and balance. All equipment is…

Yoga

Tue, April 16, 2024 6:00 P.M.

Join us for a free yoga class for adults taught by instructor Anne-Marie Mulgrew. This one-hour class is for all levels of practice, and you can bring your own mat or use one of ours. No need to…

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.