Jenkintown Library

Children's Programs

GSK Science in the Summer

Come learn about chemistry at this free summer program for kids! Course dates: July 21–24, Level I (kids entering grades 2–3) 10:00–10:45 AM and Level II (entering grades 4–6) 11:15 AM–noon. Please stop by the library to register. Registration is open May 1–8 for Jenkintown Borough residents; May 9–31 open to all on first-come, first-served basis. See the program flyer or visit for more information.

Pop Up Paper Engineering

Jenkintown Library is happy to be offering a program on Thursday, July 24 at 3:00 PM for kids entering grades 5 through 8. Presented by the ACPPA Community Art Center, Pop Up Paper Engineering will have your artist turn a common 2D material into an unexpected 3D sculpture! Spaces are limited, so please register at the library or by calling (215) 884-0593.

Summer Art Workshop

An art program for children in grades 4–7. Attendees’ art work to be kept on display at the library. The program will run Monday, July 28 to Thursday, July 31 from 3:00–5:00 PM. Registration is required. Space is limited to 10 children. A non-refundable $25.00 materials fee is due at registration. Call the library for more information: (215) 884-0593.

Club 306

Club 306 is a useful place for parents and other favorite adults helping new young readers. Please see the program page for more information.


Adult and Teen Programs

Silent Book Auction

Select from like-new or gently used books, including cookbooks, travel books, and crafting books. The auction will be open for bids until 5:00 PM Friday, July 18. Sign up at the circulation desk to get your auction number. Then use your number to place your bid in the loose leaf notebook on the auction table. Check back often to see if you need to make another bid. You will be notified if you have the highest bid during the week of July 21.

Plein Air

Calling on all 2-D artists to create a plein air painting of the Jenkintown Library (plein air = in the open air or the act of painting outdoors). Spend the summer painting at your leisure. Choose your favorite work and we will display it at our exhibit on Saturday, September 27 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Independent judges will choose three works to be used on a series of cards to be sold at the Jenkintown Library for fundraising. One work will be chosen by popular vote to be included in the card series.

Please register at the library to participate in this creative art program limited to adults age 16 and up. A registration form may be downloaded here. Artists may submit up to three paintings, preferably from three different viewpoints. Paintings must be submitted by Monday, September 22 and must be ready to hang for the exhibit. Please call (215) 884-0593 for further information.

Jenkintown Book Club

The Jenkintown Library Book Club has been temporarily suspended. If any patron has interest in restarting the Club, please contact the library's Director at (215) 884-0593.


Fun for the Whole Family

Tangram Tales

Join us on Monday, July 21 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM for this family program. There will be a story told with tangrams. Then each child will cut out his/her own tangram and make his/her own shape with the pieces. Places are limited, so please register at the library for this program, or by calling (215) 884-0593.

The Name Game: The Science of Classifying Nature

In this exciting family program presented by the American Swedish Historical Museum, you will explore the interactive world of plant and animal classification. Hands on activities will help kids understand why taxonomy is important and FUN. Children will make a scientific journal to record their own observations of nature. Join us on Wednesday, July 30 at 7:00 PM. Please register at the library or by calling (215) 884-0593.

Cultural Passes and Tickets

Come in and check out a pass or pick up tickets to a great historical or cultural place, museum, or public garden. If you have a Montgomery County library card, you can check out a pass to Morris Arboretum, the Academy of Natural Sciences or the Woodmere Art Museum, or pick up tickets for Cliveden House.

The Morris Arboretum pass is good for 2 adults and 4 kids. The Academy of Natural Sciences pass admits 2 adults and 5 children. The Woodmere Art Museum pass is for a single household. Each pass circulates for 3 days. Six tickets per library card holder are available for Cliveden House.

A select number of complimentary tickets are also available to other local area attractions.

Community Seed Exchange

Jenkintown Library's Community Seed Exchange is offering free seed packets to any library card holder in Montgomery County. Choose from a variety of flowers and vegetables (10 free packets per library card holder). After your harvest, save some of the seeds and return them to the library for someone else to use.


Passport Facility

Jenkintown Library is an official passport facility, accepting passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. Conveniently located, the library is close to public transportation and has a large public parking lot at the rear of the building. Day, evening and weekend hours are available by appointment.

Please call the library to speak to a passport agent and to schedule your appointment, (215) 884-0593.

Jenkintown Library does not do passport photos.

Visit the State Department’s official website for application forms, information on required documentation, fees and international travel information.


Food Bank

Jenkintown Library is collecting canned goods and cereal for the Jenkintown United Methodist Church Food Cupboard, which feeds between 60-80 local families per week. Please help by placing your non-perishable food donation in the boxes located inside the front and back doors of the Jenkintown Library.

Items need most:
  Canned meals (beef stew, chili, etc.)
  Spaghetti sauce

Thank you for helping your neighbors.


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