Halsey’s Library is run by Librarian Sara Cooper, along with dedicated volunteers. Library cards are free to Halsey, Shedd and Peoria residents. We are a part of the Oregon Library Passport Program, which allows access to many other libraries across the state.
Learning Express Library Offers free access to tutorials in math, science, reading and writing, practice tests for the GED, SAT, ACT, and for career certification tests. The Job and Career Accelerator offers resume and cover letter building tools, as well as listings for over 5 million jobs and internship postings. There are resources for college preparation, and there are Spanish Language materials available. There are also tutorials on basic computer and internet skills.
Both adult and teen (age 14 and older) volunteers are needed to run the library. New volunteers will work with the Librarian to learn how the library works. Adults can run shifts by themselves, and teens can run shifts under supervision of the Librarian.
We always can use volunteers to run shifts at the Library, but we also need volunteers for events. Our summer reading program and annual 5K walk/run are great to ways to volunteer your time without needing a regular long-term commitment.
Please fill out the online interest form to find out more, or stop in during open library hours to fill out an application. We love our volunteers. The library would not be possible without the hard work of our dedicated volunteers!
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. With help from volunteers, monetary donations and supplies from foundations and organizations, and City Staff, the Library held it’s grand opening event on August 15, 2015.
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 to the following organizations for your generous gifts to our Library and our community: DLF Pickseed USA, Brownsville Community Foundation, Central Linn Lions Club, The Collins Foundation, Free Geek, Georgia Pacific Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, Pacific Power Foundation, Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, Thrivent Financial Foundation, Union Pacific Foundation.