A Brief History of Sally Stretch Keen Memorial Library
Library Borrowing Policies
Tuesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday - Closed
Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Monday through Thursday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday - 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.
Residents of Southampton Township are eligible
to apply for a library card and may borrow materials if they agree to
abide by the lending policies of the library. Borrowers are expected to
reimburse the library for any lost or damaged materials.
Fiction and Non-Fiction: 4
Popular Titles (Requested
Materials): 2 Weeks
Audio : 2 Weeks
Magazines: 2 weeks
DVDs : 1 Week
Browsing Collection of DVDs: 3 days
Loan Periods may be reduced if the items have holds placed on them.
Materials in the Browsing collection cannot be requested.