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Hartland Public Library Annual Report 2004The Hartland Public Library offers free library services to residents of Hartland and St. Albans. The library provides access to information through a variety of sources, including books, movies, serials, interlibrary loan, online databases, and the Internet. The librarian is available to assist with reference questions, and the library has several computers and a photocopier available for public use. There is also a story hour for children on Monday afternoons during the school year. The library's collection can be searched online at http://solar.maine.edu.
There has been a library collection in Hartland since 1903. Materials were originally housed in the Hartland Town Hall. From 1935 to 1990, the collection was located on Commercial Street, in the building now occupied by the Irving Tanning Outlet. In 1991, the library moved to its current location. Thanks to a generous donation from the Irving Tanning Company, a 2,880 square foot addition was completed in 1995 to provide space for a community room and children's materials.
There were many changes for the Hartland Public Library in 2004. After eighteen years as the librarian in Hartland, Sally Sargent retired in August. She had a wonderful rapport with the patrons and has been missed. The library received one new computer from the Gates Foundation and three new computers from the JTG Foundation. The library has also received a $5,000 New Century ADA Grant award to provide better access to the community room through the installation of a wheelchair lift. As required by grant guidelines, the library will be raising local funds to match the award. In addition, the library purchased a new photocopier and reduced the price of photocopies to 5 cents per copy.
The library collection is growing with the addition of more books on tape, videos, mysteries, young adult books, and children's books, and continues to make available the latest bestselling books and current magazines. Currently, there are approximately 18,000 items in the collection. Just inside the door and in the basement, the library has hundreds of books for sale at 10 cents for paperbacks and 25 cents for hard cover books. The library welcomes donations of books, books on tape, videos, and cash. Patrons who donate $100 or more will receive an engraved leaf on the library's Giving Tree.
The library is currently working on a web site: www.hartland.lib.me.us
Kerry Baldwin, Librarian