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Hart County Library

Hart County Library, 150 Benson Street, Hartwell, GA 30643
Phone: 706-376-4655 Fax: 706-376-1157
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Founded in 1938, Hart County Library is a charter member of the Georgia PINES Library network. The Georgia Library Public Information Network for Electronic Services, or PINES, is Georgia's public library automation and lending network for 284 libraries. PINES is an initiative of the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the University System of Georgia. It is the public library automation and lending network for 284 libraries and affiliated service outlets in 53 library systems covering 143 counties (53 of the 63 library systems in Georgia).

The PINES network creates a statewide "borderless library" that helps to eliminate geographic and socio-economic barriers and provides equal access to information for all Georgians. Georgians with a PINES library card have access to materials beyond what is available on their local shelves and enjoy the benefits of a shared collection - over 10 million items - that can be delivered to their home library with no charge to the library user, contributing to a more educated Georgia through lifelong learning.

Hart County Library also provides access to GALILEO - GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online, an initiative of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. A web-based virtual library, GALILEO provides access to numerous informational resources – over 100 databases indexing thousands of periodicals and scholarly journals – to over 2000 institutions. More than 10,000 journal titles are provided in full-text. Other resources include encyclopedias, business directories, and government publications.

Hart County Library offers Public Internet Access, a copier and fax machine, programs for children and adults, story times, and Meeting Rooms. We have the Anderson Independent and USA Today. We have one weekly newspaper, The Hartwell Sun from 1877 to the present, in paper format and on microfilm.

Hart County Library was awarded the title of Georgia Public Library of the Year for 2016 by the Georgia Public Library Service, recognizing that this library staff best exemplifies the qualities needed to positively impact the lives of residents in the communities it serves. The library has received official commendations for their award from the State House of Representatives, the Governor of Georgia, and from the United States Congress.
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Library News : Update from the AARP Tax-Aide program
Posted by rsanders on 2021/1/26 22:00:00 (50 reads)

UPDATE: Folks have been asking about the AARP Tax-Aide program for this year. We've just received an official update.

TAX-AIDE to offer Limited Contact Tax Preparation

For the safety of our clients and volunteers, the Hartwell AARP Tax preparation site is offering limited and no contact services
starting Monday February 15, 2021 at 9 am.
These services are for returning clients and by appointment ONLY, no walk-ins will be accepted. Face masks will be mandatory for all in-person contacts. Appointments may be made by calling
706-371-6058. Calls will be returned in the order received.

Limited Contact: Your return is completed while you wait on-site in your car. You will need to bring a pen, your identification and tax documents (preferably copies), and to fill out intake forms. You will give documents to intake counselor (or place in drop-box) and return to your car. You must have a cell phone to answer counselor’s questions during preparation and quality review. You will re-enter the tax site (or access drop-box) when notified for a final review and signature. If you are married and file your return jointly, both spouses must attend this appointment to review and sign your return. Tax preparation time will be 1 to 1 1/ 2 hours.

No Contact Model: There is NO face-to-face contact between taxpayer and Tax-Aide volunteers. All tax preparations are handled virtually using technology. To utilize the service: you must have an email address; be able to scan all of your tax documents into email; and have a computer or smart device capable of conferencing with a remote Tax-Aide counselor and a printer.

Do it Yourself: Another option is to prepare your own tax return using IRS’s free tax filing service at:
https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free


Please note that the official start of IRS tax season has been changed to Feb. 12, 2021.

Library News : REMINDER: Virtual events from Hart County Library
Posted by rsanders on 2020/9/22 19:04:12 (199 reads)

Online/Virtual Events from Hart County Library – posts that will be available for viewing on our Facebook page “Hart County Public Library”

Tuesdays: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays – “Storytime for Toddlers”, with children’s books/stories read by Miss Pam. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, online children’s craft demonstrations.

Thursdays: 1st and 3rd Thursdays – “Craftology with Miss Carrie”, where we follow along with Miss Carrie as she does a craft for all ages. 2nd and 4th Thursdays – Something new every month for all ages.

Saturdays: Each Saturday evening, we’ll post a new episode of “Trivialized Horror”, with readings of creepy stories, accompanied by book/author/story-related trivia.

For more information, please call the Hart County Library at (706) 376-4655, or e-mail us at hartlibrarynews@yahoo.com.

Library News : REMINDER: Library hours, etc.
Posted by rsanders on 2020/7/13 21:28:16 (383 reads)

Hart County Library is currently operating on a limited schedule. We're open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

We are open to the public during these hours (masks are required), but we're still operating our "Porch Pickup" for reserved books/materials, as well. Give us a call at 706-376-4655 for additional information.

We're not doing copies or faxes just now, but we have three public computers available for 30-minute sessions (please call to reserve a time), or, if you just need a document printed, send it in an e-mail to hartlibrarynews@yahoo.com (being sure to include your name and phone number) and we'll print the document and call you when it's available.


Library News : UPDATE: Donations
Posted by rsanders on 2020/7/3 10:00:00 (380 reads)

I hate to make this announcement, because, as a rule, we appreciate the generous book donations we get here. PLEASE HANG ONTO YOUR DONATIONS FOR NOW. I can appreciate that a lot of folks are taking this time to clean house and get rid of things, but we don't have space for them, and we don't want to have to clean and quarantine them -- and just dropping them off outside the building or leaving them in the book deposit slot isn't helpful. Thank you.

Library News : Update to (temporary) library hours and services
Posted by rsanders on 2020/5/27 21:18:17 (543 reads)

UPDATE: The library is re-opening, but – for the safety of the staff and the patrons – it’s going to be a step-by-step process. As of today, May 27th, we are open for limited services – basically just checking out books and other materials. We’ll be very glad to see our friends come back, but there are going to be a few rules in place for a time.

• We’ll be open for service from 10:00 – 2:00 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to begin.

• Porch Pickup will still be in operation – you can still reserve books for pickup in the library vestibule. Reserves can be placed through the PINES hold process, or you can phone in requests, or e-mail us at hartlibrarynews@yahoo.com.

• Only 6 patrons will be allowed in at a time, for 15-20 minutes for browsing and checkout.

• Masks and social distancing are required.

• The public computers will not be available quite yet, but we can do printouts for you – e-mail your document(s) to hartlibrarynews@yahoo.com and include your name and phone number. We’ll call you when the printouts are available to be picked up. (We’re sorry, but we will not be doing faxes and photocopies at this time.)

• Please continue to return books in the book deposit slot – even when we’re open. Books will be cleaned and then isolated for 72 hours before being returned to the shelves, so some books may not be available for checkout immediately.

• If you have any questions, please call us at (706) 376-4655.

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