A look back to libraries

Hartselle’s William Bradford Huie Library is one of its finest assets.  This library did not just “happen.”  It took a lot of work by a lot of people to make it a reality.  September has been designated as “Library Card Sign-Up Month.”

March 15, 1885—The Hartselle circulating library is now thriving.

Oct. 21, 1910—The ladies of the Hartselle Culture Club are serving refreshments today in the Knights of Pythias hall.  Quite elaborate preparations have been made for the occasion and a neat sum will undoubtedly be realized for the benefit of the public library.

June 28, 1920—A public library may be established soon in Morgan County, following an appeal to the citizens to request the board of revenue to appropriate $5,000 or less for the library.  The appeal was made by Mrs. Marie Bankhead Owens, state director of the Department of Archives and History.  Mrs. Owens is the aunt of famed Broadway and Hollywood actress Tallulah Bankhead.

Nov. 22, 1930-—Due to the untiring efforts of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Hartselle, a library and ladies’ rest room will be thrown open to the public here within a short time.  A small store building adjacent to the W. S. Poole store has been secured for that purpose and all who are interested in the project are invited to contribute books.  Already loyal members of the club, and others interested, have been giving furniture and bookcases and other articles calculated to add to the attractiveness of the place.  And, quite a number of books have been received by the Business and Professional Women’s Club. Each Thursday afternoon the club members meet at the new facility to discuss the books they are currently reading.

The club will soon sponsor a book shower and it has been promised the cooperation of other civic groups.

Oct. 30, 1932-—The Hartselle civic library has been reopened and books may be had on weekdays at a lower rate.  The library is now in its new quarters.

 

July 11, 1935—The TVA library at Mitchell’s Art Shoppe is growing more popular each week.

Sept. 9, 1935—The TVA Library has been moved from the Mitchell Art Shoppe, where it has been during the summer months, to the MCHS library.

March 11, 1937—An auditorium-gymnasium seating 600, a three-room addition to the home economics building, four classrooms, and a library at MCHS, financed with PWA funds, are now completed.

June 3, 1941—Jean Freeman is winding up her work as summer supervisor of the MCHS library.  She will return to the University soon.

July 11, 1957—The possibility of establishing a Hartselle public library is being widely discussed.

July 23, 1957—A board to direct the operations of the new library was named tonight by the city council.

Oct. 15, 1960—Loss of the Hartselle Library seems eminent.  The county board of revenue has killed the appropriation for it.

Oct. 25, 1960—The library is safe for now thanks to action by the city council.

Nov. 3, 1960—The city library has opened again. A decisive city council vote has assured its future

Dec. 12, 1960—U.S. Senator John Sparkman addressed a Friends of the Library meeting this afternoon.  Senator Sparkman has a reputation as one of the most well-read of senators.  It also began when he walked miles to school in Hartselle from his Mt. Tabor home.

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Hartselle students chosen to attend Girls State

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Hartselle Kiwanis Club continues scholarly legacy with annual golf tournament

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Heartbreaking finish: Hartselle comes up a run short in state baseball finals

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Fallen Morgan County officers remembered, families honored  

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Hartselle drops Game 1 to Hillcrest, needs two wins for state title

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Despite title loss, Hartselle thankful for state experience 

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Hartselle baseball legend dies

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Hartselle baseball legend William Booth dies at 79

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ALDOT patching area of Thompson Road tomorrow, Thursday

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Spring-time market day in Hartselle scheduled for May 18 

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New Crestline Elementary School welcomes students

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Hartselle industry closing, affecting more than 150 jobs  

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Habitat for Humanity applications for homeownership available June 3 

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State seeking death penalty for Fort Payne woman accused of pushing victim off cliff

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Pilot of ultralight dies in Hartselle plane crash

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Hartselle students to attend Boys State

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High scorers: 42 Hartselle students a part of ACT 30 plus club

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Hartselle projects budget surplus based on midyear numbers 

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Planned Hartselle library already piquing interest 

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Students use practical life skills at Morgan County 4-H competition

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After 13 years underground, the cicadas are coming 

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