Salter Hahira Library

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.

Salter Hahira Library

Kimberly
Library Manager

Salter Hahira Library
220  East Main St. Hahira, GA 31632
 229-794-3063

HOURS
Mon - Thurs: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Fri: 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sat & Sun: CLOSED

Status: Branch Library
County: Lowndes
PINES Code - SGRL-HAHIRA

 

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!

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  • GDOL Veterans Services Outreach
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  • Teen Crafts
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  • Kids Crafts
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  • LEGO Fun
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  • Adult Book Discussion
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WEEKLY

 

Wednesdays ~ 11:30 - Preschool Story Time

Begin your preschooler’s path to literacy through finger plays, puppets, songs, stories, and crafts/activities.  Suitable for ages Birth - 4½ years - Free

 

MONTHLY

2nd Tuesday ~  Crafts for Kids

Drop by anytime to complete a free monthly craft/activity for children

3rd Tuesday ~ Lego Fun

Drop by anytime to complete 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 ~ Crafts for Teens

Drop by anytime to complete a free monthly craft/activity for teens.

4th Thursday ~ 5:00 - Crafts for Adults

Free monthly craft/activity for adults.

 

YEARLY

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.