220 East Main Street, Hahira, GA 31632
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Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11-7 PM Friday: 11-5:30 PM
A BRIEF HISTORY
Perhaps no other neighborhood library in the South Georgia Regional Library System was built amid more controversy than the Walter R. & Dorothy S. Salter Memorial Library in Hahira, Georgia. For many years, the public library consisted of a few thousand books in a small room in City Hall, operated by Jackie Matthews and open only on Thursday afternoons. Then, the state of Georgia launched a massive grant program to its cities, promising funds that would pay 90 percent of construction and furnishings to local governments that matched funds and provided land. Hahira citizens found their population was divided down the middle, torn between serious water and sewage needs and their own public library. But, in the end, Hahira, which was known during the 1920s as the Queen Bee Capitol of the World, received a honey of a library, which opened on March 12, 1989. The library acquired its name from Walter R. Salter, a former mayor, councilman, and local business owner who had long desired a library for the community. Upon his death in 1984, the dream unrealized, his wife Dorothy came forward with a gift of $30,000. Dorothy was present at the library's formal dedication and Clara Vinson was named as the first manager.
Salter Hahira Library is widely used by educators and home school families for its outstanding programs, the Salter Hahira Library has earned a reputation of utmost friendliness and hospitality. It has become without a doubt, a true community center for Hahira’s citizens, and a touchstone for storytelling enthusiasts, well worth the miles one must travel north to visit.
The library underwent an $80,000.00 renovation (interior and exterior) during the summer of 2010. Cauthan Construction Company completed the work.
WHAT MAKES THIS NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARY UNIQUE?
Known as “the small town library with down home appeal,” its strengths lie in the contagious charm of its customer service and its professional and dramatic children’s programming!
HAHIRA - ONGOING PROGRAMS
Adult Computer Instruction
Learn everything from using a mouse to mastering Microsoft Office programs with these self-paced online tutorials. All you need is your library card to get started!
Wednesdays ~ 11:15 - Before-My-Nap Story Workshop for Preschoolers
Begin your preschooler’s path to literacy through finger plays, puppets, songs, stories, and crafts/activities. Suitable for ages Birth - 4½ years - Free
2nd Tuesday ~ 4:00 - Just-an-Hour-Workshop for Kids
Free monthly craft/activity for children.
3rd Tuesday ~ 3:30 - Lego Club
Join other Lego enthusiasts for a monthly building challenge. You bring the skills; we supply the bricks! All Ages.
4th Tuesday ~ 1:00 - Book Discussion for Adults
If you like spirited discussions about books, join us for this monthly meeting. Reading of the selection is not required. Occasional guest author/speaker.
1st Wednesday ~ 2:00 – 4:00 - Free GA Dept. of Labor Veteran Services Outreach
Learn what services are available to veterans. First-come-first-served basis.
2nd Thursday ~ 4:00 - Just-an-Hour-Workshop for Teens
Free monthly craft/activity for teens.
4th Thursday ~ 5:00 - Just-an-Hour-Workshop for Adults
Free monthly craft/activity for adults. Occasional special guest/speaker
Stay-Warm-With-Stories Kids Winter Reading Club
Two week reading club usually held near or during holiday school break; watch for announced December dates and activities. Read 20 books/chapters, pick a prize. Crafts and Movies. Designed for children, K-5th Grade.
Summer Reading Program
Late May through late July ~ Completed reading log grants access to an age appropriate treasure box. Weekly crafts/activities for children, teens, and adults. Prize Drawing at system wide end-of-summer celebration. Designed for children, teens, and adults.