The Widener Library is temporarily closed.

Widener Library

2808 West Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19132-3296
(28th & Lehigh Ave.)

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K-5 At Home Activities

Wed, Jul 15, 12:00 P.M.
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Every Wednesday visit the Widener Facebook page for a video explaining and demonstrating a fun new science or craft activity for elementary aged…

Virtual Storytime

Wed, Jul 15, 2:00 P.M.
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Join us on the Widener Facebook page for a virtual storytime 

Virtual Storytime

Mon, Jul 20, 2:00 P.M.
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Join us on the Widener Facebook page for a virtual storytime 

K-5 At Home Activities

Wed, Jul 22, 12:00 P.M.
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Every Wednesday visit the Widener Facebook page for a video explaining and demonstrating a fun new science or craft activity for elementary aged…

Virtual Storytime

Wed, Jul 22, 2:00 P.M.
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Join us on the Widener Facebook page for a virtual storytime 

Virtual Storytime

Mon, Jul 27, 2:00 P.M.
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Join us on the Widener Facebook page for a virtual storytime 

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About

Recently moved into a brand-new glass-fronted building, the Widener Branch serves the communities of North Central Philadelphia, Strawberry Mansion, and Allegheny West. The branch has an African Plains theme. Come in and try to find the hidden elephants and giraffes!

History

In 1807, Penn Township was formed from the western portion of the Township of Northern Liberties. The area surrounding Widener Branch was usually called North Penn. In the mid 19th Century, the neighborhood was known as Swampoodle. The area developed after trolleys became electrified in 1892 and is now known as Strawberry Mansion/Allegheny West.

In 1900, the H. Josephine Widener Branch of the Free Library was opened in the Widener Mansion at Broad and Girard, a gift of Peter A.B. Widener in memory of his wife. In 1946, the Widener mansion was sold. The proceeds were used to buy and remodel a former bank building at 2531 W. Lehigh Avenue.

Designed by architects Buell, Kratzer and Powell, the current building opened on January 31, 2005. The library is based on the theme of the African Plains, with four special areas for youths: Preschool Plains, School-Age Savanna, Pre-Teen Plateau, and Teen Terrain. Abstract elephants and giraffes are hidden in the design of the library. Can you find them?