Tahlequah Daily Press

September 11, 2013

Hulbert library a helpful resource

Staff Writer

HULBERT —  For fans of the Laura Ingalls Wilder book series, the Hulbert Community Library hosts an interesting event at 6:30 tonight.

“Our Friends of the Library are sponsoring a ‘Share a Book Club’ right now on her works,” said Pam Davis, librarian assistant. “They are going to discuss one of her books at each event, so they will be holding these meetings for a while.”

The book discussions are one example of Hulbert locals’ making full use of the resources at their library.

“It can get very busy here,” Davis said. “It is usually slower in the mornings, but it picks up around noon, and by 3 p.m. you can’t move from the counter. There are days when 100 people visit us.”

Pat Hurley, a library patron who lives near Norwood School, said the library staff is exceptionally helpful.

“This is the best little library in the whole area,” she said. “They have the books I want. If they don’t have it, they order it and have it within a week.”

As part of the Eastern Oklahoma District Library System, the Hulbert library can exchange books and DVDs with other sites.

“It is like having one giant library,” Davis said. “No library can hold everything, but through the system we can provide whatever our visitors need. If for any reason it isn’t in our system, we can get an interlibrary loan. I’ve brought books in from Europe.”

Though no dates are set, Davis said the library wants to hold a “very large book sale.”

“We hope to host it in October,” she said. “We’ve done them before. Most of the books for our sale are donated. If a donated book is less than 5 years old, we often put it on our shelves. If it is an old book or we have several copies of the title, we sell them. Funds raised from book sales are used to buy new books.”

Davis said the library also plans to restart its craft days and story times.

“They were put on hold because of summer projects, and we were unable to re-establish them due to shortage of staff,” she said. “But we want to resume both in the next couple of months.”

While part of a library system, the Hulbert Community Library can accept direct donations of books or funds.

Volunteers are also needed for projects and events during the course of the year.

“One requirement that has been implemented in the last six months is a background check for volunteers,” Davis said. “Anyone over 18 needs to agree to one.”

 Check it out

The Hulbert Community Library is at 210 N. Broadway St. It is open 12:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30-5 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 9 a.m. - noon Saturdays, and closed Sundays. For information about the Hulbert Community Library call (918) 772-3383 or visit hulbert.lib.ok.us.

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