Celebrating 110

Marcus Gibson plays checkers at the Tacony Branch Library. DONNA DIPAOLO / FOR THE TIMES

Dozens of children and adults helped the Tacony Branch Library celebrate its 110th birthday on Wednesday, March 30, with a kids party in the afternoon, followed by an evening reception and historical program by Lou Iatarola Jr. City Councilman Bobby Henon presented a special Council citation to Branch Manager Suzin Weber.

The Disston family of Disston Saw Works fame donated the land for the library, which was constructed with funding from steel magnate Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropic organization. The library, at Torresdale Avenue and Knorr Street, is configured in the traditional Carnegie model and is undergoing a multi-million-dollar restoration and renovation. It is expected to remain closed for the next 18 months. A temporary library will continue to serve the neighborhood in the interim at 6918 Torresdale Ave. It is expected to open by June 1.

On March 16, the Northeast Times published an article detailing the restoration and renovation project. It can be accessed online at www.northeasttimes.com. ••

Nhu Nguyen reads to Linda Yang, 8, during the celebration at the Tacony Branch Library. DONNA DIPAOLO / FOR THE TIMES

Jiacai Yang reads Pete the Cat at the Tacony Branch Library. DONNA DIPAOLO / FOR THE TIMES