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November 30, 2017

Check out the inside of these newly renovated neighborhood libraries

There's so much natural light, perfect for reading

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We found the perfect place for you to read all day. It's your job to find the perfect book.

As part of the Free Library of Philadelphia's Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative, the Lillian Marrero, Logan, Lovett Memorial and Tacony libraries received extensive modernization and expansion.

Both the Lillian Marrero and Logan libraries reopened in November. The Tacony library will reopen Saturday, Dec. 2 and the Lovett Memorial library will reopen Saturday, Dec. 16.


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The Free Library collaborated with architect James. R. Keller, who specializes in design and planning for libraries, to reimagine the neighborhood spaces. 

The updates were made possible by a historic $25 million gift from the William Penn Foundation – the largest private gift ever received by the Free Library – as well as a number of private individuals, institutional funders and the City of Philadelphia.

Below are photos of some of the new, state-of-the-art spaces.

Lillian Marrero (601 West Lehigh Ave.)

Its programming emphasizes early-childhood literacy. There's also a focus on resources for new Americans, including expanded bilingual resources.

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The updated Lillian Marrero library.


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Lots of natural light inside the updated Lillian Marrero library.


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Inside the Lillian Marrero library.


Logan (1333 Wagner Ave.)

This library has a focus on family literacy and includes a new reading garden.

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The Logan library.


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Inside the updated Logan library.


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The updated Logan library has plenty of comfy spots to read a book.


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A wide view of the inside of Logan library.


Tacony (6742 Torresdale Ave.)

There will be a new Small Business Resource Center. It was developed in response to the work of the Tacony Community Development Corporation, which has been working to establish the neighborhood as a quality destination for shopping and dining.

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The Tacony library.


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Read a book by the window at the updated Tacony library.


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Inside the updated Tacony library.


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Another view of the inside of the updated Tacony library.


Lovett Memorial (6945 Germantown Ave.)

This library’s programming will emphasize Mt. Airy's community. Renovations were developed in close collaboration with Mt. Airy USA, which provided landscaping and a new garden for the community to enjoy.
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Outside the Lovett Memorial library.


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