By Steve Tawa

By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Haddington Branch Library in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia celebrated a momentous occasion — it opened on this very day, December 3, in 1915.

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Library manager Frank Bonifante says Haddington has been a “cornerstone in the community” at 65th Street and Girard Avenue.

“Pretty good for 100, huh?”

Then, they cut a cake for everyone, including elementary school age children on up to retirees, who use its books, reference material, computers and games.

Nine-year-old Kareem talks about his visits to Haddington.

“I like to play here and meet some people here.”

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(Tawa:) “What are some of your favorite things in the library to look at?”

“I like fiction, like Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”

Free Library President and Director Siobhan Reardon says it “embodies the best of what a neighborhood library can be.”

“And it’s clear that it will continue to impact its citizens for decades to come.”

 

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