The idea for a library in
Holley began in 1945. Some of the founding members were the Reverend
Benjamin Klauser and Joseph Friedo. In May of 1946, there was a meeting
at the Holley High School to discuss the formation of a library.
From the very beginning,
the library was a community effort. The local Rotary Club sponsored
a magic show to raise money. The American Legion offered a room in its
building for the library. Mrs. Mildred Smith was appointed the first
librarian in July. Many people donated books, shelves, and their time.
The official opening was held on February 22, 1947. The library has moved three
times since it opened. In August of 1961, it was moved to 4 Thomas Street.
In this move, as well as in subsequent ones, community volunteers made
this possible. In September of 1965, the library moved to 82 Public
Square. In April of 1969, the library moved to its present location
at 86 Public Square. There have been several librarians
since its opening day. Mildred Smith was the first (7/46- 7/57), followed
by Pauline Kemp (7/57 10/60); Eleanor Ludington (10/60
4/67); Bernice Buelte (4/67 5/90); June Roeck (Childrens
Librarian 1980 1990); Margaret Moran (5/90 12/92); Marcia
McCarthy (12/92 12/98); Karen Rosolowski (12/98 08/01); and Claire Franek (8/01 7/05).
Sandra Shaw became the library director in September of 2005.
The library has seen many
changes down through the years. One major change occurred in August
of 2001. The library went online with an automated circulation system.
Access to the Internet and other online databases are now available.
One thing hasnt changed our commitment to provide the very
best possible service to our patrons. We welcome you to come in and
check us out @your library.