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Favorite Libraries (+ Library Events) Around the Main Line

An inside look at the Main Line Parent Community's favorite libraries for kids and families. Find out what makes them great!

A favorite library is more than just a place to borrow books. It’s a community hub, a quiet workspace, a place to learn, and for parents, it’s a safe and welcoming place to bring your family. Sometimes, the hardest part of your day is figuring out what to do with your kids. On those days, the local library comes to the rescue and provides a much-needed escape from the doldrums of home.

We asked the the Main Line Parent Community about their favorite libraries for families and which ones have unique services, like a cake pan lending library. The libraries that got the most shout-outs have a regular schedule of story times and other children’s programming, from book clubs to teen code clubs. Another big plus is a cheerful, children’s section full of books for kids of all ages, comfy spaces, and kid-sized tables and chairs. Libraries that are stocked with engaging and educational toys score extra points! Luckily, the Main Line area has plenty of libraries that check those boxes. So next time you’re looking for a free and fun family outing, make a day trip to one of these outstanding local libraries.

Easttown Library

720 First Avenue, Berwyn

Easttown Library shown in this photo is one of the Main Line Parent Community's favorite libraries.
Photo courtesy of Easttown Library

Easily accessible in central Berwyn, Easttown Library is home to the expansive Hartstrings Children’s Library and gets a thumbs up from numerous parents for its story times and children’s activities.

Crista M. says it’s one of her favorite libraries because it has “an amazing children’s section and programs.” One of those programs was Miss Patsy’s Outdoor Story time, which one Main Line parent praised as “the best!” The library hosts other activities in their children’s program like Open Block (LEGO) Party, Yoga Buddies, and STEAM Saturday.

Easttown Library also provides resources for the community like meeting room space and museum passes.

Ludington Library

5 S Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr

Ludington Library, shown in this photo, is one of the Main Line Parent Community's favorite libraries.
Photo courtesy of Ludington Library

Situated in the heart of the Main Line, Ludington Library is the largest library in the Lower Merion Library System (LMLS). The striking building features two-story windows facing Lancaster Avenue. Inside the bright, spacious library you’ll find plenty of quiet spaces to read and study, and a vast collection of books and materials, including a “huge children’s department” says Dave B. What’s more, the library offers an array of educational toys in the Ludington Junior Room and Children’s Department as well as regular story times.

Some unique offerings at Ludington Library are its considerable collection of TV shows and movies and its cake pan lending library. If you’re feeling inspired to show your kids who’s the cake boss, be sure to browse their cake pans where you’ll find Elsa, Mickey Mouse, Madeleine, dinosaurs, butterflies and more.

Marple Library

2599 Sproul Road, Broomall

Children sitting in the Marple Library, which is one of the Main Line Parent Community's favorite libraries.
Photo courtesy of Marple Library

Marple Library is a sprawling, one-story building that’s home to an host of community programs and services for children, teens, and adults, plus museum passes, meeting room rentals, quiet areas for adults and more.

Inside Marple library you’ll find a wonderful children’s section. The room is open and bright with murals painted on the wall and many, many shelves of children’s books. The space is furnished with kid-sized tables and brightly colored chairs. Visitors will also find toy tables, activity cubes, and other engaging playthings.

Says Kate T., “Marple Library has amazing children’s programs.” Parents rave about the children’s librarian there, known as Miss Mel, who hosts weekly story times for little ones that usually includes a craft. Rachael M. says, “I love the Marple library. They have a huge, easy-to-navigate children’s selection, no limit on borrows, and Miss Mel is the best librarian!” For older children, there’s a dedicated teen area, with booths for hanging out and a curated selection of teen materials.

Middletown Free Library

464 S Old Middletown Road, Suite 3, Media

This is a photo of the Middletown Free Library, which is one of the Main Line Parent Community's favorite libraries.
Photo courtesy of the Middletown Free Library

Located about five minutes from downtown Media, the Middletown Free Library is a pillar in the community providing a hub with books, technology, activities, and connection. A big fan of the library, Tiffany D. says “it has so much natural night, a wonderful book and game selection, and a monthly schedule full of so many fun activities!”

One the programs at Middletown Free Library that make it a favorite is Mr. Jason’s story times. Cat A. K. says he “is the superstar in this county” for the multiple story times he hosts each week. Christina B. says Mr. Jason’s story times “is a favorite of all the kids!” and that Middletown Library does great programming for children, like the popular Dance Me a Story.

Another great program for children is the Maker Space Open Hours, also hosted by Mr. Jason. During Makerspace hours, kids 8+ can drop in and use the library’s tech tools and toys like 3D printing, Cricut, Edison Robots, and many more. Teens have their own space at Middletown that features lounge seating and a collaboration space for up to six people, where youth ages 12–19 are welcome to gather to work on homework or projects, watch a show on a Roku Smart TV, or play video games on the library’s Playstation 3.

Newtown Public Library

201 Bishop Hollow Road, Newtown Square

This is a photo of the children's section of the Newtown Public Library, one of the Main Line Parent Community's favorite libraries.
Photo courtesy of the Newtown Public Library

Part of the Delaware County Library System (DCLS), the Newtown Public Library is a big, brick building with plenty of windows and a bright, pleasant interior space. Lee G. G. appreciates its “great kids area and friendly staff.”

The Newtown Public Library children’s programs include story times geared for a range of ages, from toddler through preschool. Other children’s programs are the book club for early elementary school children and music classes for the littlest ones. Kate T. really appreciates the children’s librarian at Newtown. “Miss Angela is so sweet!” she says. “She is kind and passionate about reading, and provides fun and interactive lessons for the kids.”

Situated in the children’s area are two Early Literacy Station computers for young readers to enjoy. And on the Newtown Public Library website you’ll find access to Tumble Books. This is a free collection of online, interactive picture books, provided by DCLS.

Penn Wynne Library

130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

This is a photo of the children's section of the Penn Wynne Library, one of the Main Line Parent Community's favorite libraries.
Photo of Penn Wynn Library children’s area, courtesy of Garrett D.

This favorite, neighborhood library sits on a tree-lined street in Wynnewood and offers a pleasant space to spend a few hours reading and exploring. The library was renovated in 2016 to include two glass-enclosed additions. As a result, these improvements added light and space to the adult and children’s areas, more seating and work spaces, and an accessible meeting room.

The children’s area houses a sizable collection of books, plus a story room. This warm, inviting space has a vaulted wood ceiling, wood trim, and lots of windows. In addition to young children’s programs, the library also offers teen programs, like Middle School Meetup. This is a club-like activity, where kids in grades 5–8 can come to play games, make crafts, or just hang out with friends. One of the librarians comes up with a different, optional, activity each week.

Laurie B. S. says, “Penn Wynne Library has friendly staff, creative children’s librarians, and is an integral part of the community.”

Radnor Memorial Library

114 W Wayne Avenue, Wayne

Photo courtesy of Radnor Memorial Library

In 1946, the Wayne Library was renamed Radnor Memorial Library in memory of the community members who died in World War II. Since that time, the one-story building has become wheelchair accessible and grown to provide many resources to the community. You’ll find public meeting rooms, children, teen and adult programming, public access computers, and museum passes. As part of the DCLS, Radnor Memorial Library provides free access to Tumble Books. This is a collection of online, interactive picture books for beginning readers.

Danielle G. S. enthusiastically recommends Radnor Memorial Library. She says, “Their children’s section is awesome. They have a giant board book selection and the Peter Rabbit room is a great spot for my 4-year-old to sit and read books, while I scan the shelves. Their picture book selection is also great. The children’s librarians are also very kind and engaging — I’m pretty sure it’s still the same two [librarians] for the last ten years.”

The Tredyffrin Township Libraries

Tredyffrin Library, 582 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford (adjacent to Devon)
Paoli Library, 18 Darby Road, Paoli

Photo courtesy of Tredyffrin Library

The Tredyffrin Township Libraries comprise two branches: Tredyffrin Library and Paoli Library. In fact, both branches are favorite libraries in the Main Line Parent Community.

Tredyffrin Library describes itself as a “bustling community center where people of all ages come to learn, share and grow in a beautiful, spacious building overlooking Strafford Park.” In short, it truly is a community center. Not only will you find a huge collection of books and materials, but also public computers, free wi-fi, and plenty of quiet work and reading spaces. Other community resources include a robust schedule of classes for adults, teens, children, a museum passport program, meeting rooms, a book shop and more.

Paoli Library is affectionately known as “the biggest little library around” with excellent children’s programming. “Paoli Library is very small, but Miss Stephanie, the librarian, is SO fun,” says Katrina P. “She has great activities and story times.”

One of the unique offerings at both libraries are hands-on STEM kits. Basically, these kits feature interactive toys, games, science equipment, and books that families and kids can borrow. Both libraries have wonderful teen departments with stellar staff, too!

In fact, their Teen Librarian, Laurie Doan won the “I Love My Librarian” award a few years ago, says Rachel Kramer, a parent and employee of Tredyffrin Township Libraries. This is a prestigious award given by the American Library Association. Rachel says, “Laurie’s programming ranges from game nights, to full-size drama productions, as well as hikes and book clubs. Undoubtedly, she has made Tredyffrin’s Teen Department a hot spot for many years.”

Upper Merion Library

175 W Valley Forge Rd, King of Prussia

Upper Merion Library children's area showing wooden tables and chairs, computers and many books.
The Upper Merion Library children’s area

The Upper Merion Library is an enormous, two-story building situated in a pleasant, township park setting. This library is a Main Line Parent Community favorite because it has so much to offer kids and families. Medha P. says, “Upper Merion Library has easy parking, great programs, lots of books, and very friendly and knowledgeable staff.”

Upper Merion Library has an amazing play area that’s open and bright with plenty of space for kids to spread out. Additionally, the room is furnished with kid-sized wooden furniture and offers computers and a huge assortment of books. Not to mention shelves full of toys and play sets — a great setting for a play date!

“Upper Merion is excellent,” says Ashley K. “Their kids section is HUGE and they do an awesome job with a wide variety of diverse books.” If all that wasn’t enough to make Upper Merion Library a favorite library, she told us there is also a walking path to a playground behind the library. It’s certainly no wonder parents love this library. It’s both a place to foster a love of reading and a place to play!

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Turtle Dance Music, Dance and Comedy Show (In Person & Online)

Middletown Free Library 464 S Old Middletown Road, Media, PA, United States

Turtle Dance Music is a “turtle-riffic” musical experience that is designed to engage children through songs, movement activities, children’s stories, and interactive music technology! The show is crafted to be inclusive for all children, including children on the Autism Spectrum, and a great time for parents and caregivers! […]

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Turtle Dance Music, Dance and Comedy Show (In Person & Online)

Middletown Free Library 464 S Old Middletown Road, Media, PA, United States

Turtle Dance Music is a “turtle-riffic” musical experience that is designed to engage children through songs, movement activities, children’s stories, and interactive music technology! The show is crafted to be inclusive for all children, including children on the Autism Spectrum, and a great time for parents and caregivers! […]

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Turtle Dance Music, Dance and Comedy Show (In Person & Online)

Middletown Free Library 464 S Old Middletown Road, Media, PA, United States

Turtle Dance Music is a “turtle-riffic” musical experience that is designed to engage children through songs, movement activities, children’s stories, and interactive music technology! The show is crafted to be inclusive for all children, including children on the Autism Spectrum, and a great time for parents and caregivers! […]

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Turtle Dance Music, Dance and Comedy Show (In Person & Online)

Middletown Free Library 464 S Old Middletown Road, Media, PA, United States

Turtle Dance Music is a “turtle-riffic” musical experience that is designed to engage children through songs, movement activities, children’s stories, and interactive music technology! The show is crafted to be inclusive for all children, including children on the Autism Spectrum, and a great time for parents and caregivers! […]

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Turtle Dance Music, Dance and Comedy Show (In Person & Online)

Middletown Free Library 464 S Old Middletown Road, Media, PA, United States

Turtle Dance Music is a “turtle-riffic” musical experience that is designed to engage children through songs, movement activities, children’s stories, and interactive music technology! The show is crafted to be inclusive for all children, including children on the Autism Spectrum, and a great time for parents and caregivers! […]

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Turtle Dance Music, Dance and Comedy Show (In Person & Online)

Middletown Free Library 464 S Old Middletown Road, Media, PA, United States

Turtle Dance Music is a “turtle-riffic” musical experience that is designed to engage children through songs, movement activities, children’s stories, and interactive music technology! The show is crafted to be inclusive for all children, including children on the Autism Spectrum, and a great time for parents and caregivers! […]

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Event Series Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E. Front Street, Media, PA, United States

Join Family Storytime for stories, moving, singing and interacting with puppets. Best for children 0–5 years and their caretakers. Just drop in! The group will be upstairs.

Lead photo courtesy of Radnor Memorial Library.

Main Line Parent Writer & Calendar Editor. Email beth@familyfocus.org.

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