Discover Philadelphia's Great Trees was a virtual sell-out 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 6 p.m. 

The first event in the 2019 Soeaker Series was a virtual sell-out, with more than 100 neighbors attending as Ned 

Cyber Age Politics:  News Industry Reform 

Tuesday, January 22 at 1:30 p.m.

Local author Stan Cutler captivated the audience as he explored our polarized  condition, the commercialized news industry and Federal regulation. 

 Civil War Medicine: What Went Right 

Tuesday, January 29 at 1:30

Another virtual sold-out presentation  about  extraordinary levels of battlefield carnage during the Civil War .

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Chimpanzees, Jane & Me

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.

In the Library Community Room

Scientist Bill Konstant tells stories about training chimpanzees in America, being inspired by the work of Dr. Jane Goodall, and helping to ensure the survival of chimpanzees in their native Africa.  

He shares insights from a forty-year career as a wildlife preservationist on four continents – personal experiences with the world’s most endangered and interesting animals.

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Board of Directors Meeting

The next Chestnut Hill Library Fiends Board of Directors meeting February meeting date has not been established.

For Adults & Children (5+)

¡Spanish Club!

Fridays, December 7th, 14th and 21st, 3:30-4:15 p.m.

Join Author/Educator Cynthia Kreilick of Morning Circle Media for stories and activities in English & Spanish. Ages 5 +

For Adults

 Chestnut Hill Library Book Group

Meets the last Wednesday of every month @ 7:00 p.m.

  • December 19th*: The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott
  • *Meets the third Wednesday of the Month.

Classics Book Group

Meets the 1st Thursday of Every Month at 10:30 am

  • November 1st: Empress of the Splendid Season by Oscar Hijuelos
  • December 6th: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

ESL Classes for Adults

Mondays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

  • Chestnut Hill Library is offering a free ESL conversation and grammar class for people who want to improve their English language skills. The class is every Monday at 6:30 PM and all are welcome.

For Children & Young Families

Read to a Therapy Dog!

Tue, January 29, 2019 4:00 p.m.

  • School age kids - ages 6 to 12 - are invited to come read independently with Alex, a certified therapy dog.  Share a new book or an old favorite in a judgment free space.  Dogs love to hear stories! Space may be limited.

Speech and Language Developmental Playgroup!

Tuesday, January 8th, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

  • All families with children ages 6 months to 5 years are welcome to attend this FREE Developmental Playgroup. Led by Speech-Language Pathologist Samantha Aitken, this group will focus on building vocabulary and improving speech sound production. 
  • For more information, contact Samantha Aitken, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist at  (215) 882-9793 or

Sewing Meet-Up: Holiday Gifts!

Wednesday, January 9th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Led by the Sewing Meet-Up Group of Philadelphia & DE County.

Girl Scouts of America: Troop Chestnut Hill Library

Every other Monday, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

  • Did you know there is a Girl Scouts Troop that meets at the Library?!  Now registering Daisies (K & 1st grade) and Juniors (4th grade/first year only).
  • Call Ms. Prather, Children's Librarian, for more information. 215.685.9290

Infant & Toddler Playgroup. 

Every Friday, 10:30 - noon. 

  • For infants and toddlers and their parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Play, talk, read & listen to music as the kids explore and interact with one another.

Build It Club! 

Every Thursday, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

  • Legos, Magnatiles, K'Nex and other STEM building toys for Free Play with kids of all ages. We also have pre-Duplo, Duplo, and big-kid Legos for kids at all stages of Lego capabilities. There is a snack at the end of Lego Club, which you can opt out of.