135 Franklin Ave.
Hallstead, PA 18822
phone: 570-879-2227 fax: 570-879-0982
Hours of Operation
Monday 9am to 1pm, 1:30pm to 5pm
Tuesday 9am to 1pm, 1:30pm to 6pm
Wednesday 9am to 1pm, 1:30pm to 5pm
Thursday 9am to 1pm, 1:30pm to 5pm
Friday 9am to 1pm
Closed on Weekends
Hallstead-Great Bend Library Staff:
Angie Hall, Librarian
Valerie Burdick, Library Assistant
Andrea S., Library Assistant
Shirley Smith, Library Assistant
Hallstead-Great Bend is closed on the following holidays:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Day
History of the Hallstead-Great Bend Branch
November 1899 -- There was mention in a local paper that there were arrangements made for a "Citizen's Library"
December 1915 -- A concrete lock-up building was constructed by Alfred E. Badgley for $1900 for the Hallstead Boro
September 1916 -- The Hallstead Women's Christian Temperance Union opened a "Reading Room" to the public
1917 -- Rented a room in the Lamb House at the corner of Susquehanna & Pine Streets, started with 40 books. Miss Vena Smith was the first librarian.
1918 -- Moved to William Richard house, outgrew the rooms
November 1920 -- The Hallstead Public Library moved to present location (201 Franklin Street), sharing facilities with local jail.
1929 -- The Civic Club formed a Book Club
1931 -- The Civic Club began sponsoring the library, and still does to the present!
April 1936 -- The Civic Club took over running the library
1976 -- Children's Room donated in memory of Alfred Hall
1999 -- Joined with the Susquehanna County Library System and became the Hallstead-Great Bend Branch Library
June 2001 -- New Addition erected with special thanks to the citizens of Hallstead & Great Bend and a Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund Grant. A Community Block Development Grant was awarded for handicap restroom and door ramp. Barnes & Noble donated furniture & Information sign.
2001 -- The desk furniture and chairs donated in Memory of Mary E. Tuttle.
2002 -- Garden donated by the Hallstead–Great Bend Civic Club in honor their 75th Anniversary
2008 -- Front Door awning was donated in Memory of Jean Gula and George Houghton
2003-2012 -- Dale and Trudy Henry’s Annual Golf Tournament was held to help with furnishings
1916-1918 Mrs. Frances McCreary
1918-1920 Miss Vena Smith (Mrs. Hutchins)
1920-1925 Mrs. Hand
1960-1972 Jessie Allen
1972-1979 Karen Wrighter
1979-1981 Cathy Dorning
1981-1983 Linda Anesi
1983-1985 Cathy Dorning
1985-1991 John McCathy
1991-1999 Rosemary Hazen
1997 - Angelia Hall and Valerie Burdick