Yes, we've come a long way from that chilly evening in January of 1938 when the professional women of the town met in the home of Burla Snyder and, over warm coffee cups, discussed the need for reading material for Hennessey's children.  Nonetheless, that same will to provide still empowers the Library and drives us into technologies those forward-thinking ladies could never have envisioned.  Not then.

The 1938 Book Drive powered by the dynamo that was Carrie Hutoka Ortman brought in far more books than the organizers anticipated and, instead of a bookcase in Dr. Violet Sturgeon's office, they requested a room in the Memorial Hall--a library room.  It was the depression.  There was no Andrew Carnegie to fund their dream.  They did what Hennessey people have always done, they found their own way, and this library was born.

The Library today fulfills the classic mission of providing reading and reference materials to the public, but there is now so much more.  There are business services including typing, copying, faxing, binding, and scanning.  There are literacy programs for preschoolers and homework help for after-school students.  There are computers free to the public and WiFi both in and out of the building.  There are large print books and audio and video and books en espanol. The automated catalog, website, social media presence, eBooks, and WiFi make it possible for the Library to be 24/7 with or without dedicated librarians.Winking emoji

So, check us out.  We are still looking forward and changing with the culture in our society. We aren't your grandmom's library anymore (though you will find her checking out eBooks on Overdrive!).