Jenkintown Library

Children's Programs

Block Party – Free Play Time

Calling all children and their favorite adult to join us on Thursdays from 10:00 AM to noon for free play with our wonderful blocks, animals, dinosaurs, and people figures. Use your imagination to create a great play experience.

Parent info: Building with blocks can be a great, fun learning experience for your child. When children play with blocks, they engage in play that builds understanding of math and science concepts and are developing numeracy – the understanding of numbers in everyday life, just like literacy is the understanding of letters and words!

Club 306

Club 306 is an early literacy program for children ages 4-8 and their favorite adult. This program works best for beginning readers ages 4-6, or older readers ages 7-8 who need a little more help with developing reading skills.

We meet the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM from February through May. We have an activity, and the family goes home with a FREE goody bag of paperback books, laminated sight words, and some other kit or activity. Child and adult promise to spend 10 minutes a day 4 times a week on a fun literacy activity. In May, we will have a party and children will receive their reading trophies.

For more information, see the Club 306 page or call (215) 884-0593 and ask for Bonnie.


Adult and Teen Programs

Intro to Mind and Body Awareness

We often miss, ignore or override the subtle signals from the body and mind that are rich with information about how we are doing. This 6-part series will introduce you to tools to help you to notice how your inner experience impacts your behavior, often outside of your conscious awareness. Each workshop will include didactic information, experiential exercises, and time for discussion and questions. You will learn how entering into your inner world with mindful awareness can be a doorway to personal transformation.

Join us in the Community Room Tuesday evenings (dates below), 7:30-8:30 PM. The cost is $10 per session, plus a small registration fee. 50% of revenue benefits Jenkintown Library. Register for one, some, or all.

You may register at Please direct any questions to

Book Discussion – Orphan Train: A Novel

Jenkintown Library presents its fourth book discussion, featuring Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline. Join us Monday, April 3, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the library’s Community Room.

Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?

Library copies may be requested.


Fun for the Whole Family

Cultural Passes

Visit a great historical or cultural place, museum, or public garden for free! If you have a Montgomery County library card, you can check out a pass to the Morris Arboretum, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Woodmere Art Museum, the Independence Seaport Museum, the Elmwood Park Zoo, or Glencairn Museum.

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 and Pearl S. Buck House and Garden passes are for a single household. The Elmwood Park Zoo pass is good for 2 adults and 6 kids. The Glencairn Museum pass is for 6 people. Each pass circulates for 3 days. Passes may be checked out once every three months per household to an adult library card holder of Montgomery County.

Community Seed Exchange

Jenkintown Library Community Seed Exchange is now offering two free seed packets to any Montgomery County resident. Additional seed packets can be taken with a one to one exchange. For example: you bring in two seed packets. You may exchange one to one for the two seed packets and take an additional two packets for free. So the total would be four packets. Thank you Primex Garden Center in Glenside for donating seed packets to support this program.

If you have extra starter plants for the garden you would like to give away for free, please feel free to bring them in to the library.


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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