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Hart County Library

Hart County Library, 150 Benson Street, Hartwell, GA 30643
Phone: 706-376-4655 Fax: 706-376-1157
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Founded in 1938, Hart County Library is a charter member of the Georgia PINES Library network. The Georgia Library Public Information Network for Electronic Services, or PINES, is Georgia's public library automation and lending network for 284 libraries. PINES is an initiative of the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the University System of Georgia. It is the public library automation and lending network for 284 libraries and affiliated service outlets in 53 library systems covering 143 counties (53 of the 63 library systems in Georgia).

The PINES network creates a statewide "borderless library" that helps to eliminate geographic and socio-economic barriers and provides equal access to information for all Georgians. Georgians with a PINES library card have access to materials beyond what is available on their local shelves and enjoy the benefits of a shared collection - over 10 million items - that can be delivered to their home library with no charge to the library user, contributing to a more educated Georgia through lifelong learning.

Hart County Library also provides access to GALILEO - GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online, an initiative of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. A web-based virtual library, GALILEO provides access to numerous informational resources – over 100 databases indexing thousands of periodicals and scholarly journals – to over 2000 institutions. More than 10,000 journal titles are provided in full-text. Other resources include encyclopedias, business directories, and government publications.

Hart County Library offers Public Internet Access, a copier and fax machine, programs for children and adults, story times, and Meeting Rooms. We have the Anderson Independent, Athens Daily News, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal. We have one weekly newspaper, The Hartwell Sun from 1877 to the present, in paper format and on microfilm.

Hart County Library was awarded the title of Georgia Public Library of the Year for 2016 by the Georgia Public Library Service, recognizing that this library staff best exemplifies the qualities needed to positively impact the lives of residents in the communities it serves. The library has received official commendations for their award from the State House of Representatives, the Governor of Georgia, and from the United States Congress.
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Library News : Library closing today (March 16th) at 2:00 PM.
Posted by rsanders on 2020/3/16 9:00:00 (46 reads)

We have received new information, and with Hart County Schools closing, the Hart County Library will be closing for the time being, most likely until the end of the month. As noted before, this may change, but we’re trying to do our part to keep the community healthy.

From the Illinois Library Association: “While normally public libraries may invite children to come to the library in the event of an emergency school closing, this is not the best course of action when trying to curb a contagious disease. Because containment works best when all organizations participate, many libraries and other cultural organizations are deciding to close while the schools are closed.”

As previously mentioned, we are cancelling all programming (including storytimes) and meetings until the end of March -- and all fines/late fees incurred during this situation will be waived. We will make further announcements as the situation develops.

Please remember that we do have online resources – Recorded Books and eRead Kids – available at all times with your library card. Our Wi-Fi signal (available outside the building even when we’re closed) will continue to operate 24/7.

Please stay calm, take all necessary precautions, and take care of yourselves and your loved ones. We’ll post updates as additional information becomes available.

Library News : Monthly meeting of the Library Board of Trustees rescheduled
Posted by rsanders on 2020/3/9 0:10:52 (76 reads)

NOTE: This month's meeting of the Hart County Library Board of Trustees, normally scheduled for March 10th, the second Tuesday of the month, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 11th. The meeting will begin at the regular time of 10:30 AM in the small meeting room. If you have any questions, please call the library at (706) 376-4655.

Library News : AARP annual Tax-Aide program
Posted by rsanders on 2020/2/25 18:48:55 (109 reads)

REMINDER: The AARP Tax-Aide Program continues this Monday. Volunteers will be set up to help you with your tax returns each Monday from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the Adult Learning Center (next door to the Library), continuing through April 13th.

There are no appointments -- strictly first come/first served. Thanks very much to these stalwart volunteers for the help they give to the community.

Library News : New Children’s Digital Library Launches Across All Georgia Public Libraries
Posted by rsanders on 2019/8/1 13:06:56 (1751 reads)

All you need is your public library card to access eRead Kids, which provides free access to nearly 15,000 digital books to encourage early literacy.

ATLANTA...Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) is proud to launch eRead Kids, a new digital library available through all 407 public libraries in the state. The collection of almost 15,000 electronic and audio books is for children from pre-k through fourth grade.

“Kids will build confidence and reading skills - and have fun - through eRead Kids,” said State Librarian Julie Walker. “eRead Kids will empower libraries to support young readers by offering a format convenient for traveling and entertaining kids, while growing their reading skills.”

The collection is a mix of fiction and non-fiction ebook and audio book titles that can be downloaded onto computers, tablets and smartphones.

All Georgia families now can freely check out electronic books for their devices, encouraging the early reading that is so important to educational success.

GPLS has worked with children’s librarians across the state to select titles and identify the most advantageous offerings and pricing. eRead Kids is made possible by funding proposed by Gov. Brian Kemp and approved by the Georgia General Assembly.

“At GPLS, we strive to create programs that can be shared by all of our libraries, urban and rural, large and small. We can create economies of scale by leveraging our buying power for materials and services for statewide use,” said Walker.


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Library News : REMINDER: Hart County Library Toddler Story Time (For ages 2 – 5); Every Tuesday at 10:30 AM
Posted by rsanders on 2019/7/23 21:30:00 (1038 reads)

REMINDER: Hart County Library Toddler Story Time (For ages 2 – 5); Every Tuesday at 10:30 AM
Learning the alphabet one letter at a time through Letter Knowledge, Narrative Skills, Phonological Awareness, Print Motivation, Print Awareness, and vocabulary. Please join us for singing, rhyming, and making a craft!
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