Libraries in Vincentown:
The Sally Stretch Keen Memorial Library
The Sally Stretch Keen Memorial Library, also known as The Vincentown Library, is housed in two buildings. The original library built in 1923 in memory of Sally Stretch Keen (see history below) now houses the Adult collections. Members are welcome to come to browse the collection of books, dvds, audio books and magazines. Wireless access in the library allows patrons to use their own devices or use one of the computers with Internet access and equipped with Microsoft Office software.
Need Help? One on one computer assistance is available. Call ahead (609-859-3598) to schedule an appointment.
Hours for the Adult Library:
Monday – Thursday 10 – 6
In 1976 the firehouse next door to the library in an agreement with the Township Committee was converted into a Children’s Library to expand the collections and allow space for programs. Today the library houses the children’s book and dvd collections downstairs and a New Jersey collection and adult non-fiction titles upstairs (most titles can be requested if the facility is not open).
Today, Wednesday morning story hour is a popular weekly event but other programs are planned. Be sure to check our our Events listing.
Hours for the Children’s Library:
Monday – Thursday 12-5
Friday – Sunday Closed
The Sally Stretch Keen Memorial Library of Vincentown, New Jersey, was incorporated in 1898 to establish and maintain a free public library for the use and benefit of the residents of Southampton Township. Its mission was and is to help, aid, and encourage the reading of good literature and the promotion of the general education of the residents of the township and surrounding area.
The Sally Stretch Keen Memorial Library of Vincentown was built and endowed by Mary Stretch Irick Drexel (Mrs. George W. Childs Drexel) of Bryn Mawr, Pa., in memory of her mother, Sally Stretch (Irick) Keen, a resident of Vincentown, in 1923.
The library building is located at the corner of Main and Race streets, on the “old saw-mill lot”. Its architects were Stewardson & Page, Philadelphia, Pa.; the builders, George W. Shaner & Son, Palmyra, N.J.
On Tuesday, June 18, 1923 the dedication of the library took place, a real social event for the quiet village of Vincentown. On this occasion Mrs. Drexel formally presented the library to the town. The title to the property was given to the Board of Trustees of the library which is to hold and manage it for the use of the people of Vincentown and vicinity. Martha Branson (Mrs. Wm. Ewen) was the first librarian and was succeeded by Helen Elbert. William J. Irick was the first president of the Board of Trustees.
With the growth in the population it was necessary to expand the library. In 1976, in an agreement with the Township Committee, the firehouse next door was converted into a Children’s Library. The library celebrated 90 years of service to the community in 2013.