In 1907, a group of Halsey women organized to form a book club. This organization was first known as the “Gleaners”. The purpose of the group was “diffusing knowledge among the members, to become familiar with the best authors of the day, and the promotion of sociability.”In 1908, the Gleaners became the Halsey Study Club, adopting the motto: “No nation can rise higher than its women.” In addition to reviewing books, the Study Club also promoted the betterment of the community. Among its causes was the establishment of electrical power in Halsey in 1911. In 1925, the Study Club decided that Halsey needed a library building. Funds were solicited and raised by bake sales, plays, and socials. Land north of the M.V. Koontz store was donated for the library building by Clyde Koontz. Cleo Jenkins, and Albany architect, volunteered to design the building.
The City of Halsey moved into the new City Hall Building in December of 2012. In February of 2013, the Halsey City Council formed a Library Committee to research the possibility of refurbishing the old City Hall Building and turning it into a Library. In August of 2013, the City Council approved the proposal from the Library Committee to move forward with the Library Project. The Library Committee began raising funds and writing grant applications. In early 2014, they planned and executed two fundraising events: a Saint Patrick’s Day dinner and a Breakfast and Booksale.
MEMORIAL WALL INSTALLEDThe donor memorial wall has been installed on the inside porch wall. There are plaques honoring the ladies of the Halsey Study Club, and Grants, Donations and Volunteers who helped with the project. The “book” plaques were sold as a fund raiser for the Library. They bear memorials, family names, individual names and quotes. There are a few “books” unfilled, so if you would like to purchase one you haven’t yet missed your chance. There are several mediam and small spaces. If you need an application, please contact the Library or City Hall. Proceeds go to support the Library.
Thank you to the Central Linn Lions Club for their initial support for the Library Project, and their ongoing support for the Halsey City Library!
THE LIBRARY PROJECT
Thank you, DLF
In the Halsey City Council meeting on Tuesday May 13th, DLF Pickseed USA donated $8,000 to the Halsey Library Project. On presenting the check, Casey Stutz said, “I’m very proud of the library committee members and this City Council for its commitment to seeing the [library] move forward.”The donation from DLF not only helped to pay for the new roof, it also showed a substantial, tangible community support for the project that helped the City to be successful in it’s grant applications.The Halsey City Council, staff, and Library Committee are extremely grateful for DLF Pickseed USA’s donation to the Halsey Library Project.
Breakfast & BooksalePhotograph by Don Ware
Rebuilding the Interior
In January 2015, Councilor Ken Lorensen and several volunteers began the work of framing in the interior of the building. They firred out the outer walls and framed the new bathroom and office walls. Insulation was installed in the outer walls. A contractor also installed insulation above the ceiling and in the crawlspace under the floor. Contractors installed new electrical wiring and plumbing for the bathroom.
The Halsey City Council and Staff, the Halsey Library Committee, and the library volunteers are all grateful to the foundations and organizations that have given grants of funds and materials to the Halsey Library Project. This project would not be possible without you. Thank you for your generous gifts to our Library and our community.Brownsville Community FoundationThe Collins FoundationFree GeekGeorgia Pacific FoundationMeyer Memorial TrustPacific Power FoundationSiletz Tribal Charitable Contribution FundThrivent Financail FoundationUnion Pacific Foundation
The Halsey City Library opened to the public for the first time at 6:00 pm on August 25, 2015.
The Halsey Library Committee, March 2014
The St. Patty’s Day Dinner
Start at the Top
During the first half of 2014, the Library Committee wrote letters to businesses, did two events, wrote grant applications, and approached other organizations to raise funds for the project. DLF Pickseed USA gave the project a huge boost with an $8,000 donation, which also helped to win grants by showing tangible community support for the project. In July of 2014, work on the building began with a new roof, and volunteers also spent their first “work party” day painting the exterior of the building in August. Public Works staff replaced rotted wood trim on the exterior of the building, and rebuilt the porch on the south side of the building.
In November and December of 2014, community volunteers tore out the old plaster and carpet from the interior of the building. Two small walls were also removed: the wall seperating the tiny bathroom from the slightly larger “hallway,” and the wall that seperated the bathroom and the hallway from the office. This was necessary to allow space for the construction of a larger, ADA bathroom.
Drywall was then installed, textured and painted. The old wood floors were sanded and refinished. Inserts were installed in the front windows to help increase the efficiency of the building and reduce heating costs. The original trim was repainted and reinstalled. Fixtures, hardware, and cabinets were installed, followed by furniture, bookshelves and computers.
Sorting and Processing Books
Book donations had been accepted since late 2013. During construction, Grace Bible Community Church offered to store the donated books -- and they filled up an entire room. In May of 2015, computer software was installed, and volunteers were able to begin sorting and processing books. The Bookmobile collection was sorted and re-processed into the Library. New books were purchased, and these were processed as well. While many donations were sorted and processed, at the time of opening, library staff and volunteers still have many more boxes of books to sort and add to the collection. This work will be ongoing, and new and donated books will be added to the collection continuously.
In May of 2015, the city hired TJ Gillson to be the part time Librarian for the Halsey City Library. In addition to over 15 years experience, TJ had also volunteered her time for several years as a Librarian to operate the Bookmobile for Halsey residents. She also volunteered time in the demolition and refurbishment of the Library building. Once hired, Librarian TJ Gillson began to train and organize volunteers in how to process books.
New Sign Installed
In August 2015, HSRFPD Captain Travis Hewitt helped Public Works Andy Ridinger to install the new sign on the front of the library building. The Halsey City Library opened on August 15, 2015 with a Grand Opening Celebration from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. For information about the Library, including hours, policies, and upcoming events, please visit our new library page HERE.