Skip to content

Waiting for the air conditioning to be fixed. Click here to see if it has reopened.


New! Look here for the calendar of coming events.

Want to learn about our annual and special events – Book Sale, Plant Sale, and Winter Interlude? Click here.

Looking for past events? Click here.


Calendar of Events

Looking for latest updates? Click here for the current listing from The Free Library.

Click any colored entry for details. Click here to browse all the details.

Special Events

Mondays, June 24 through July 29, 1 PM: Visual Playwriting Workshops

Fridays, July 5 through July 26, 11 AM: Chair Exercise with Megan Do Nascimento

Fridays, July 5, 19, 26 (no session July 12), 12:15 to 1 PM: Mudras for Inner Balance

Tuesday, Sept 17, 5:30 to 7 PM   Special Talk on The Vidocq Society

Weekly Events

Every Tuesday, 2 to 4 PM: Fiber Arts Group

Wednesdays, 10:15 AM: Stories and Songs for Babies and Toddlers

June 2024

Mondays, June 24 through July 29, 1 PM: Visual Playwriting Workshops

July 2024

Waiting for the air conditioning to be fixed. Any of these may be canceled. Click here to see if the library has reopened.

Fridays, July 5, 19, 26 (no session July 12), 12:15 to 1 PM: Mudras for Inner Balance

Monday, July 22, 5:30 to 7 PM: Community Game Night

Tuesday, July 23, 5:30 PM: All About Mushrooms! with Philly Mycology Club

Thursday, July 25, 3 PM: Science in the Summer: Be a Robotics Engineer!

Friday, July 26, 10 AM to 2:30 PM: Eagles Eye Mobile at the Library

Friday, July 26, 11 AM: Chair Exercise with Megan Do Nascimento

Tuesday, July 30, 3 PM: Science in the Summer: Be a Robotics Engineer!

August 2024

Thursday, August 8, 3 PM: Science in the Summer: Be a Rocket Engineer!

Monday, August 12, 4 PM: Read with a Dog

Tuesday, August 13, 3 PM: Science in the Summer: Be a Rocket Engineer!

Thursday, August 22, 3 PM: Science in the Summer: Be a Spacesuit Designer!

Tuesday, August 27, 3 PM: Science in the Summer: Be a Spacesuit Designer!

September 2024

Tuesday, Sept 17, 5:30 to 7 PM   Special Talk on The Vidocq Society


Browse complete details below


Science in the Summer: Be a Rocket Engineer!

Thursday, August 8, 3 PM or Tuesday, August 13, 3 PM (choose one)
Falls of Schuylkill Library Community Room (Midvale Avenue entrance)

Big Question:  How can we design a rocket to fly as far as possible?

Kids entering grades 2 – 6 can be space scientists this summer at the Falls Library!  Science in the Summer is a free science education program that helps elementrary school children “grow into science’, increasing their interest and confidence in doing science, and pursuing STEM careers.  We will provide engaging, hands-on activities and exploration which models various science professions.

Each class has a max of 20 participants; participation is first-come, first served and a waitlist will be generated. Each class will be offered twice – it will be the same curriculum for each, so only sign up for one..  To sign up for the August 8 session, click here. To sign up for the August 13 session, click here.

This program is a partnership between the Free Library and the Franklin Institute.  It will take place in the meeting room downstairs, please enter through the Midvale garden door.

Back to top


Science in the Summer: Be a Spacesuit Designer!

Thursday, August 22, 3 PM or Tuesday, August 27, 3 PM (choose one)
Falls of Schuylkill Library Community Room (Midvale Avenue entrance)

Big Question: How can we design a spacesuit that protects astronauts from radiation and micrometeorides?

Kids entering grades 2 – 6 can be space scientists this summer at the Falls Library!  Science in the Summer is a free science education program that helps elementrary school children “grow into science’, increasing their interest and confidence in doing science, and pursuing STEM careers.  We will provide engaging, hands-on activities and exploration which models various science professions.

Each class has a max of 20 participants; participation is first-come, first served and a waitlist will be generated. Each class will be offered twice – it will be the same curriculum for each, so only sign up for one..  To sign up for the August 22 session, click here. To sign up for the August 27 session, click here.

This program is a partnership between the Free Library and the Franklin Institute.  It will take place in the meeting room downstairs, please enter through the Midvale garden door.

Back to top


Eagles Eye Mobile at the Library

Friday, July 26, 10 AM to 2:30 PM
Falls of Schuylkill Library

This summer, the Eagles Eye Mobile – Powered by Vision To Learn – is providing no-cost eye exams and glasses to kids (in K – 12th Grade) who have previously failed a vision screening or are having vision problems. Visit this link to schedule an exam appointment for your child (between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.) https://eem.intakeq.com/booking

For more information, please contact philadelphia@visiontolearn.org, or 215-339-6770.

Back to top


Science in the Summer: Be a Robotics Engineer!

Thursday, July 25, 3 PM or Tuesday, July 30, 3 PM (choose one)
Falls of Schuylkill Library Community Room (Midvale Avenue entrance)

Big Question:  How can we design a rover’s arm to scoop up soil and rocks?

Kids entering grades 2 – 6 can be space scientists this summer at the Falls Library!  Science in the Summer is a free science education program that helps elementary school children “grow into science’, increasing their interest and confidence in doing science, and pursuing STEM careers.  We will provide engaging, hands-on activities and exploration which models various science professions.

Each class has a max of 20 participants; participation is first-come, first served and a waitlist will be generated. Each class will be offered twice – it will be the same curriculum for each, so only sign up for one. To sign up for the Thursday, July 25 session, click here. To sign up for the Tuesday, July 30 session, click here.

This program is a partnership between the Free Library and the Franklin Institute.  It will take place in the meeting room downstairs, please enter through the Midvale garden door.

Back to top


All About Mushrooms! with Philly Mycology Club

Tuesday, July 23, 5:30 PM
Falls of Schuylkill Library

Explore fungal diversity and general mushroom morphology with members of the Philadelphia Mycology Club. This talk will serve as a beginner-friendly introduction to fungal identification and ecology. For more info, check out their website at https://phillymycoclub.com/about.

Back to top


Science in the Summer: Be a Planetary Geologist!

Thursday, July 11, 3 PM or Tuesday, July 16, 3 PM (choose one)
Falls of Schuylkill Library Community Room (Midvale Avenue entrance)

Big Question:  How can we learn about landscapes on Mars where future astronauts might go?

Kids entering grades 2 – 6 can be space scientists this summer at the Falls Library!  Science in the Summer is a free science education program that helps elementrary school children “grow into science’, increasing their interest and confidence in doing science, and pursuing STEM careers.  We will provide engaging, hands-on activities and exploration which models various science professions.

Each class has a max of 20 participants; participation is first-come, first served and a waitlist will be generated. Each class will be offered twice – it will be the same curriculum for each, so only sign up for one. To sign up for the Thursday, July 11 session, click here. To sign up for the Tuesday, July 16 session, click here.

This program is a partnership between the Free Library and the Franklin Institute.  It will take place in the meeting room downstairs, please enter through the Midvale garden door.

Back to top


Chair Exercise with Megan Do Nascimento

All Fridays in July – July 5,12,19, 26, 11 AM
Falls of Schuylkill Library Community Room (Midvale Avenue entrance)

Chair exercise allows you to work out while seated or using a chair for balance, which offers the same benefits, like boosting strength, flexibility and mental well-being. We will also work on stretching, balance and relaxation. Enjoy the calm, peace, and self-acceptance that exercise brings no matter what shape you are in.  This class is taught by Megan Do Nascimento, who has taught extensively in the area. For adults of all ability and skill levels. Please dress comfortably.

Sponsored by the Friends of Falls of Schuylkill Library
For more information, please email outreachffsl@gmail.com

Back to top


Mudras for Inner Balance

Fridays, July 5, 19, 26 (no session July 12), 12:15 to 1 PM
Falls of Schuylkill Library Community Room (Midvale Avenue entrance)

Mudras are hand gestures that support physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being.  Practiced for centuries, mudras focus on energy points in our bodies that can change how energy moves, which works to promote inner balance.  In this class, we’ll learn and practice several mudras each week that promote stillness and balance.  Come and enjoy a full body reset that is available at your fingertips!

About the instructor: Toby Calandra brings more than 20 years of experience in the therapeutic fields, first as a speech-language pathologist and then as a biodynamic craniosacral therapist. She strives to offer a space where people can experience and embody the power and wisdom within themselves.

Sponsored by The Friends of Falls of Schuylkill Library.

For more information please email outreachffsl@gmail.com

Back to top


Visual Playwriting Workshops

Mondays, June 24 through July 29, 1 PM
Falls of Schuylkill Library

This program celebrates drawing as a form of storytelling, guiding students through the process of creating a story from beginning to end using a blend of images and words. Over the course of six classes, students will learn the different elements that make up a story (such as character, plot, and conflict), and different ways they can represent these elements using images to create a story of their own. While this program is great fit for visual learners or visual communicators, there is NO prerequisite for participating students to be artists. In fact, students will be encouraged to get ideas down on the page in clear, quick sketches which can range from single images of stick figures to drawing within storyboard panels to show the sequence of their story.

For students rising into grades 3 – 12. This Visual Playwriting session will run for six weeks on Mondays from June 24 through July 29, 2024, 1:00-2:30 pm. Please plan to attend all six. Led by Philadelphia Youth Playwrights teaching artist, Mr. Andre Jones and supported by the Friends of the Falls Library group. 

Registration required. To save your spot, click here to sign up.

Back to top


Special Talk on The Vidocq Society

Tuesday, September 17, 5:30 to 7 PM
Falls of Schuylkill Library

Howard Lebofsky, Deputy Commissioner of the Vidocq Society, and  John  “Jack” Maxwell Chief Inspector , Detective Bureau, Phila. P.D. (retired) will offer a slide presentation and talk on how the Society was formed to solve “cold case” homicides, what they do, how they get cases, and reference cases that this group of detectives, forensics experts, and law enforcement officials among others was instrumental in helping close.

The Vidocq Society sounds like something straight out of a Sherlock Holmes novel.  Once a month, the members of the (almost) 25-year-old club — mostly detectives and forensic experts — meet at an old Victorian dining room in the middle of Philadelphia to eat lunch and solve crimes that have perplexed investigators for decades.

“I think of it (the Vidocq Society) as CSI to the 10th power, but real,” says journalist Michael Capuzzo author of the book The Murder Room which details how three founding members gathered crime experts from around the world to solve cold cases. There are profilers and pathologists, experts in white-collar crime, terrorism and sadism. They have Interpol represented, and a captain from the Egyptian army — and for good measure, they even have a psychic!

Back to top


Falls Book Group

Monday, May 20, 2024, 5:30 PM: The book selection for this month will be West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge (2021).

Monday, June 24, 2024, 5:30 PM: The book selection for this month will be Before We Were Yours , by Lisa Wingate (2017).

The Falls Book Group is one of the Free Library’s longest running programs and is open to all.  Interested in joining?  For reading selections or to attend a meeting, please reach out to the adult librarian, with your name and contact info; a member of the book group will get back to you.  If you are interested in joining or have questions, feel free to call Falls and ask for the branch manager. Our Book Group meets generally on fourth Monday of the month, in the downstairs meeting room.

Back to top


Read with a Dog

Mondays, August 12, 4 PM
Falls of Schuylkill Library

Young readers can come meet Daisy, a certified therapy dog, and share a story with her. Children can practice reading out loud, in a safe, judgment free space. Daisy loves to hear stories! Space may be limited.

Back to top


Stories and Songs for Babies and Toddlers

Wednesdays 10:15 AM
Falls of Schuylkill Library Community Room (Midvale Ave. entrance)

Join Ms. Grace for stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces perfect for infants and toddlers along with their caregivers!  Free play with baby-friendly toys will wrap up the program. Siblings welcome. 

Read, Baby, Read is a series of programs focused on language and literacy development for babies and toddlers, and their caregivers.  Read, Baby, Read is made possible by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.

We will meet in the downstairs meeting room, please use the Midvale entrance through the garden.

Back to top


Community Game Nights

Monthly 5:30-7:00 PM: Tuesday, June 25; Monday, July 22. No August Meet-up
Falls of Schuylkill Library Community Room (Midvale Ave entrance)

Enjoy board games? Looking to socialize? Meet up with neighbors? The Library has many games on hand such as Scrabble, Chess, Pictionary, but feel free to bring your favorite board game –  Taboo,  Ticket to Ride – or card game –  and get set to have some fun!  Penny Scott co-hosts Game Nights.

OR  interested in Majiang (Mah Jongg)? Don’t know how to play? No problem! Come learn the basics of the game  (Chinese style) from middle school teacher and East Falls resident, La Sripanawongsa.

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned player, come join in the fun on Community Game Nights

Back to top


Ongoing Programs


Fiber Arts Group

Fiber Arts Group 1 MEETS WEEKLY – Every Tuesday, 2 to 4 PM, Main room

    

Craving for a crafts group to meet up with? Want to connect, socially, with other creatives working on portable crafts projects? Looking to share your crafts project or project ideas with other creatives?  Stop by the Library – bring a portable craft project (knitting, crocheting, hand-sewing, embroidery, jewelry, etc) that you are working on.  Don’t know how,  but want to learn to hand-craft from others who are passionate about their projects?  Stop in and watch and learn some basics.

Back to top


About our other events

The Friends have several major fund-raising events through the years:

  • The Book Sales have thousands of hardbacks, paperbacks, CD, DVDs, and audio books at very reasonable prices. Especially popular are the children’s book and games section and the rare or vintage tables. Click here for the Spring 2024 sale.
  • Holiday Greens Sale, held in early December in cooperation with Vault + Vine on Midvale Avenue.  Pick out your holiday tree and browse Vault + Vine for gifts, plants, and more – a great way to see friends and support two great organizations.
  • The Friends hold social gatherings for all of East Falls from time to time. In The Winter Interludes, the Library great room was transformed into an evening winter wonderland of blue and white. With special permission, we hosted a wine bar, a sumptuous dessert buffet and a silent auction-all donation-from gift certificates to local businesses to hand made gifts.

Free to all, the East Falls Performers is a night of sheer delight featuring a broad range of local musical talent and sponsored by the Friends. Every year the competition gets tighter and the open spots smaller.  This event is a must for understanding why we say, “our Library is the heart of East Falls.”

Having fun at the Winter Interlude – Photo by Brian Mudri

Back to top


Friends Buy-A-Brick Fundraiser a Success!

Click here to see photos!

At the May 28, 2022 Brick Dedication reception held in the Falls Library’s garden, the Friends of Falls of Schuylkill Library celebrated the completion of their Buy-A-Brick fundraising campaign with the unveiling of the brick walkways.  With live music by La Bella Nota, balloons, and refreshments, the donors of the 184 personalized bricks were feted and honored with words of thanks from Wendy Moody (Chair of the campaign), Martha Fuller (President of the Friends of Falls Library), Emily Nichols (President of the East Falls Community Council) and Caroline Davidson (former Friends President) who read The Brick Poem, which Moody wrote for the occasion. (see below).

The bricks sold quickly ($100 each) with over $14,600 raised for library projects.  Each brick was lasered with the donor’s choice of inscription, which included creative and endearing tributes to loved ones, pets, authors, and the library itself. 

Buy-A-Brick Committee members also included Frankie Jueds, Suzanne Penn, and Mimi Mather, with refreshments chaired by Marie Filipponi and Mary Jean Cunningham.  The bricks were inscribed by Lasermation Inc. and laid by Sean McCrossan.

A grateful thanks to our neighborhood donors and to our hard-working volunteers!  Stop by the tranquil library garden to treat yourself to a bit of local history.

Back to top


History and Architecture of the Falls Library
by Ellen Prantl

Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Falls of Schuylkill Library
Wednesday, November 10
, 2021 Click here to see a YouTube video of the presentation

If you have ever wondered about the imposing Gothic Tudor stone structure with its iconic cupola and catfish weather vane gracing the corner of Midvale Ave and Warden Drive, view this video.

The building in question is the 108 year old Falls of Schuylkill Library, a vibrant and important educational, social, and cultural center in East Falls. Distinguished architect and East Falls resident Ellen Prantl talked of the Library, its history as an original Carnegie Library, its architectural design and construction.

Ms. Prantl’s illustrated talk focuses on the Carnegie library program, the requirements for a neighborhood to be selected as a site, the hiring of librarians under the program and the distinctive architecture of the building.

A resident of East Falls since 1985, Ms. Prantl is an architect with Jacobs, an international architectural/engineering firm with offices in center city. She specializes in institutional architecture with a focus on medical and research facilities. Ms. Prantl has also been an adjunct professor at Temple University, Moore College of Art and at Jefferson University.

Back to top