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Hart County Library is now in its 42nd year of serving the

Hart County community, offering books, audiobooks, entertain-

ment movies, documentaries and educational videos (VHS and

DVD format), periodicals (including five newspapers), public

internet access (terminals and 24-hour Wi-Fi), music CDs,

meeting rooms, a reference collection (including a genealogy

section maintained as a cooperative effort with the Savannah

River Genealogical Society), copying/faxing resources, and a

variety of programming for children and adults that currently

includes: story times (on-site and outreach), the Third Thurs-

day Book Club, The Crochet Club, three exercise classes, and

the annual Summer Reading Program. The library’s enthusias-

tic staff also hosts a fundraising event – the Edgar Allan Poe

Memorial “Tell-Tale Hart” Gala, currently scheduled to be held

in October at the Savannah River Playhouse.

Hart County Library was very proud to be nominated for, and

to receive, the Georgia Public Library of the Year award for

2016. This award is presented “to an individual facility or li-

brary system whose staff best exemplifies the qualities needed

to positively impact the lives of residents in the communities it

serves.” The library has also received a state House of Repre-

sentatives resolution regarding its service to the community and

to the state of Georgia, a commendation from the Governor, and

a statement of recognition fromCongressman Doug Collins that

is now a permanent part of the U. S. Congressional Record.

The library is supported by several local agencies – the Hart

County Board of Commissioners, the Hartwell City Council, and

the Hart County Board of Education – each of which appoints

members to the library’s Board of Trustees. This board meets

on the second Tuesday of each month (except in July) at 11

a,m. and meetings are open to the public.

Hart County Library is a charter member of the Georgia

PINES system. The Georgia Library Public Information Network

for Electronic Services, or PINES, is an automation and lending

Hart County Library


network for 53 library sys-

tems covering 143 counties.

PINES card holders enjoy the

benefits of a shared collection

of more than 10 million books

around the state that can be

delivered free to

their home library.

The Hart County

Library also pro-

vides access to

Georgia’s GALI-

LEO system – GeorgiA LI-

brary LEarning Online, with

access to an array of databas-

es indexing thousands of peri-

odicals and scholarly journals,

encyclopedias, business direc-

tories, and government publi-

cations, as well as test-prepa-

ration materials. GALILEO

recently added the Mango

Languages suite of language

instruction programs.

The library’s hours are 10

a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tues-

day, and Friday; 10 a.m. to 2

p.m. on Wednesday and Sat-

urday; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

on Thursday. Telephone: 706-



Look for more

information on-

l ine a t

www. hartcountyli-, on Facebook at

“Hart County Public Library”,

on Twitter @HartCoLibrary, at

“Hart County Library” on In-

stagram and Pinterest, or you

can sign up for e-mail alerts

about library events – just

send your name and e-mail

address to hartlibrarynews@

. To receive up-

dates via text, text @99d59 to


Library Hours:

Mon.,Tues.,Fri.: 10a.m.–6p.m.

Wed.,Sat.: 10a.m.–2p.m.

Thurs.: 10a.m.–8p.m.

The Hart County Library Staff

. From Left to Right: Katina Tate,

April Adams, Carrie Mewborn, Jean Mead, Richard Sanders,

Pam Kohl and Sara Ringer

Friends of the Hart County

Library, Inc. is a 501(c)3 orga-

nization, formed to promote

the improvement of the facili-

ties and services of the Hart

County Library. Friends of the

Library purchases books, peri-

odicals, supplies, and even fur-

niture and decorative items

for the library.

Friends of the Library gen-

erates money through its

bookstore, raffles, and other

frundraisers, including the an-

nual “Wine, Cheese and a Li-

ittle Jazz” event.

The Friends bookstore is lo-

cated in the lower level of the

library and the hours of opera-

tion are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,

Wednesday through Saturday.

In the Friends bookstore, pric-

es are 25 cents for children’s

books; $1 for hardcovers; pa-

perbacks are 50 cents each or

three for $1. CDs, VHS tapes

and audio books are $1; and

magazines are 25 cents or five

for $1. Book donations (in

good condition) are accepted

during store hours and are tax


If you’re interested in join-

ing the Friends, the annual

membership dues are $10 for

an individual membership and

$20 for a family membership.

Checks may be made out to

Friends of the Library and

mailed/delivered to the Hart

County Library, 150 Benson

St., Hartwell, 30643.

Our meetings are held at

2:30 p.m. on the second Tues-

day of each month in the li-

brary. We welcome all mem-

bers to attend and newcomers

to join us. Learn about what

we are currently doing and our

plans for the coming year.