Support the Tool Library’s IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign!

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https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/west-philly-tool-library/
Since we opened in 2007, we have loaned over 30,000 tools to our members, including 1,200 last month. We need your help to ensure that we can keep growing to meet this demand. Contribute to our Indiegogo campaign today (and get some cool WPTL swag along the way)! Visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/west-philly-tool-library/

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Tool Library tools used for depaving project at Gold Star Park

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Some friends of Gold Star Park, in conjunction with the Water Department, removed about 455 square feet of pavement and replaced it with top soil.

Awesome work!

Check out the full photo set at https://www.flickr.com/photos/philadelphiawater/sets/72157644244714689

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Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see us at May Fair on Saturday

And for all of you who played our Name That Tool Game, here are your answers. We had a:

Big old rusty Pipe Wrench
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Basin Wrench (use it to for those hard to reach water line nuts under your sink)
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Suction Cup used for picking up sheets of glass or metal
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And, the one that stumped almost everyone, a Watch Case Back Remover
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Meet us at the May Fair tomorrow!

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What better way to spend your Saturday than among neighbors in the park!  The Tool Library will be hanging out at the Spruce Hill May Fair at Clark Park from 10-4 tomorrow.

Even better, Saturday is the first day of Love Your Park Week!

Stop by, say hello, and play “Name That Tool!”

 

 

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No more late fee tabs

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We announced back in March that we would soon be implementing a new policy that bars members from carrying a late fee “tab.”

That day is here.

Starting today, our computer database will not allow members to borrow new tools if they owe more than $5 in late fees (just like at the Phila Free Library.) We know this might be a pain, but like a lot of non-profit orgs, our budget is a little tight these days. (Remember: membership & late fees still account for less than 50% of our budget.)

Thanks.

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Have an old Android phone, iphone, or ipad you’re no longer using?

The Tool Library needs to get a hold of a couple of Android phones, iphones, or ipads so that we can begin accepting credit card payments. Have one you’re not using? Shoot us an email at info@westphillytools.org. Donations to the Tool Library are tax deductible.

Thanks!

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Thanks for making the Spring Tool Sale and Drive a success!

Refresh your toolbox while supporting your favorite Tool Library!
We’ll be holding our semi-regular tool sale and drive on Saturday, April 5th from 9am to noon.

Come pick up some very inexpensive tools and support the West Philly Tool Library while you’re at it. We’ll have coffee and Tastykakes to get you going.
Tool Library Spring 2014 Tool Sale Flyer

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New Late Fee Policy Effective 4/15

Effective April 15th, we’ll be implementing a new late fee collection policy. If you have $5 or more in unpaid late fees you won’t be able to borrow tools.

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It’s that time again – Spring Tool Sale and Tool Drive – Saturday, April 5th

Refresh your toolbox while supporting your favorite Tool Library!
We’ll be holding our semi-regular tool sale and drive on Saturday, April 5th from 9am to noon.

Come pick up some very inexpensive tools and support the West Philly Tool Library while you’re at it. We’ll have coffee and Tastykakes to get you going.
Tool Library Spring 2014 Tool Sale Flyer

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We’re on Instagram!

 

alonThanks for the idea, Alon!

Tag us on instagram with @westphillytoollibrary. A great way to share your projects!

Here’s one that Alon posted of his basement excavation.

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When are we open?

We are open every Monday through Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm and Saturdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Where are we?

We are located at 1314 South 47th Street, Philadelphia, PA. We are in a warehouse on the west side of South 47th Street about 200 feet south of Woodland Ave.
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Who are we?

The West Philly Tool Library loans tools to community members so they can perform simple home maintenance, tend their yards and gardens, build furniture, start projects, and learn new skills in a safe and affordable manner. We aim to be a community resource to provide home owners, tenants, long-time residents, and newcomers with the tools (and the knowledge to work the tools!) they need.