FOREST CITY LIBRARY
HALLSTEAD/GREAT BEND LIBRARY
A unique opportunity
Now, through the generosity of two local anonymous donors who recognized this ongoing need, we have a chance to not only strengthen our financial base, but also begin to plan for the future.
Seeing both the urgent need and the future value to all of Susquehanna County, these donors have created an endowment with a highly compelling twist—by offering to match, 100%, every dollar raised between now and the end of the year, up to $250,000.
That means every dollar YOU GIVE equals TWO.
Please give what you can today.
About the Endowment
Named in honor of our much beloved—and recently-retired—Administrator/Librarian for her decades of loyal service to the community, the Susan Olszewski Stone Honorary Endowment was created to help the SCHS&FLA continue its empowering work in the community.
Managed by the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains right here in Susquehanna County, the Susan Olszewski Stone Honorary Endowment will serve as an investment vehicle to help generate income, offset operating costs, and help lay the groundwork for future growth.
But to maximize the opportunity, we very much need your help.
Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association
We have a hand-painted banner advertising the last panther shot in Susquehanna County. The panther was shot in 1856 by Brushville native Samuel Brush. While we have the banner, the panther itself is on display at Penn State's All-Sport Museum as the famous Nittany Lion!
Talk about a multi-use space! The Borough Building, which houses the Forest City Branch Library, was built in 1902. Since then it’s served as a McCann Brothers clothing and shoe store, a Post Office, a jail, and the Enterprise Hose Company! We moved in in 1939, and became the very first branch of the library association in July of 1967.
GREAT BEND LIBRARY
Did you know that our building was originally built to be the Town Jail? A concrete lock-up facility was built by Alfred E. Badgley for the Hallstead Boro in 1915 for $1,900. Five years later, we moved to our present location at 201 Franklin Street to share the facilities. We sometimes had to close due to rowdy inmates!
The Susquehanna County Library headquarters in Montrose was the first library in Pennsylvania to provide countywide bookmobile service, beginning in 1924. Today the county is served by a book van which delivers materials to various locations along with a Books-by-Mail program to mail items to patrons.
We have a seven-foot-tall paper mâché elephant named Pierre! (Yes, you read that right.) He was made by a local student years ago for a performance of The Phantom of the Opera, and was donated to the library after the show. We dress him up for various holidays, including his very own giant Santa hat!