135 Franklin Ave.
Hallstead, PA 18822
phone: 570-879-2227 fax: 570-879-0982 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours of Operation
Due to budget cuts, until further notice, the Hallstead-Great Bend location will close at 5 p.m. most days, 1 p.m. on Friday, and will be closed on Saturday.
Monday/Wednesday/Thursday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Closed on New Year's, MLK Day, President's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Election Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas
We close at 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and 1 p.m. on New Year's Eve.
Hallstead-Great Bend Library Staff:
Angie Hall, Librarian
Valerie Burdick, Library Assistant
Andrea Shoemaker, Library Assistant
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