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Hallstead-Great Bend


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:
Valerie Burdick, L
ibrary 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

  • President's Day

  • Good Friday

  • Memorial Day

  • Juneteenth

  • Independence Day

  • Labor Day

  • Columbus Day

  • Veteran's Day

  • Thanksgiving

  • Christmas Eve

  • Christmas Day

  • Facebook Long Shadow

History of the Hallstead-Great Bend Branch

Click here for the 100-Year Anniversary video!

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

Librarians and Branch Managers:

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  

1997-2024            Angelia Hall


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