March 7

An organizational meeting for a community library is held in the IOOF reception room. Dr. H. Violet Sturgeon, President of the Hennessey American Association of University Women (AAUW), agrees to serve as temporary chairman. The AAUW, Country Club Homemakers Club, and Lions pledge cooperation.


AAUW meets in the home of Mrs. Burla Snyder and vote to gather books from their homes to be left in the office of Dr. Sturgeon for children who might wish to borrow them.

March 15

Mrs. J. R. Dale, the secretary of the State Library Commission comes to Hennessey to help organize the library and gives a speech in the high school auditorium (library is currently housed in the old high school adjacent to that auditorium).

March 19

AAUW meets and agrees to begin the library in the town hall if the bond issue passes to remodel.


The organizers set a goal of 500 books to be acquired by May 1st. Mrs. Hutoka Carrie Ortman is the driving force.

  • Book Matinee at the Ortman Theater--371 books
  • Dal's Barbershop: free haircut exchanged for good book--27 books
  • Stewart Sevice Station: a quart of oil for a good book--8 books
  • Johnston's Cafe: plate lunch exchanged for a good book--31 books
  • Mr. Brown: repaired heels in exchange for books

    1300 books are donated with no place to house them.

June 6



The W.P.A. book repair project renovates 1200 books.


The new library room is dedicated in Memorial Hall.

1939-40 Librarians

Girls from the National Youth Administration project are librarians trained, supervised and salaried by the W.P.A.

  • Norman Payne
  • Maxine Dittee
  • Mary May
  • Helen Jungle

Mrs. Faye Stanfil and Mrs. Mable Hannon

First Yearly Statistics
  • Borrowers--1,126
  • Books Borrowed--5,363
  • Patrons Visiting Library--4,244

    Vacation Reading Club organized with 75 enrolled. Reading certificates presented for readers of 10 books.

    The library is open until 9PM and on Saturday.

Bonds From Annette B. Ehler Estate

Library receives bonds totaling $4500 from settlement of Annette B. Ehler Estate.

Zoa Crosswhite

Zoa Crosswhite is Town Librarian.


Esther Staggs and Etta Rothmire are librarians


Library recieves $2000 grant for work with senior citizens in their homes and at nursing homes, and purchases large print books, cassette tapes, magnifiers.

December 4

The First Move: to a larger room in Memorial Hall.

July 2

Etta Rothmire retires.

  • Memorial Hall demolished.
  • The Second Move: Library moves to current location in the old high school.
  • New bookcases built in place and painted bright colors.--red, blue, green, yellow
July 11
  • New title for Christie Huntsberger: Director of Children's Programs.
  • Librarian Esther Staggs is honored for 20 years of service to the library.
  • Kay Campbell hired as substitute librarian.
Kay Campbell


Kay Campbell with Story Time Kids









Kay Campbell becomes Story Hour librarian. 

Nettie Racer


Nettie Racer with Children






Nettie Racer assists with children's storytime.

Nettie and Kay

Nettie Racer and Kay Campbell at work together.



The Dynamic Duo--these ladies, excellent apart, are unbeatable together.  It is the beginning of a short-lived Golden time for the children's story hour.  Kay dies in late January of 2001 and Nettie retires in August.  They set the standard to which all Children's Librarians should aspire.



FOL reorganized.

New Services
  • Oklahoma Room is opened--Oklahoma reference and representative titles from 1890-1990s by decade.
  • Paperback Book Swap begins.
  • Mr. Hart's Reading Room is opened.
  • Videos are offered for first time.
  • LSTA grant for computer system.
  • Public access to the Internet begins via dial-up connection.
  • New library shelving in expanded Young Adult reading area.
  • Athena automation system on-line.
  • Automated circulation and cataloguing with barcoded books and patron cards.
  • Retrospective conversion begins.
Music Collection

CD music collection begins with classical music selections, jazz, sound tracks, and rock 'n roll.


DVD collection begins with classic televisions series: Star Trek and Twilight Zone


Library automation complete!

  • 23,208 items in the collection
  • 1,350 patrons
  • 2,058 population
January 30-February 6

The Great Ice Storm of 2002--five days out of service...


The entire 12,545 square feet of the 1928 high school building becomes library space!


REAP grant awarded for making restrooms ADA compliant.
ODL Library Construction Grant awarded for heat and air unit replacement, renovation of front entry for ADA compliance, and air conditioning the auditorium.

Library Expansion


  • First Summer Reading program offered in air conditioned auditorium.
  • The Sam and Burla Snyder Memorial History CenterHistory Center named
  • Threats to Your Collection Grant awarded for archival safe cabinets in the Snyder Center
Collecion en espanol

Amo Leer Grant awarded for Spanish/English children's books and shelving.


Digitalization of the Hennessey Clipper begins.
Collection placed on library webpage.


eBooks Arrive! Library joins Oklahoma Virtural Libraries Consortia

West Windows Project

Before and After Windows in West End


$20,000 from Kingfisher Tax

$10,000 from Town of Hennessey

$8373.45 from Hennessey Library Friends of the Library

Project completed in September. 


                                               Before and After

East Windows Project


Before and After Windows in Children's Room



Windows in Children's Area project completed in May with $5,158.20 paid by Hennessey Library Friends of the Library.  Windows ordered for The Brick by FOL in October with project to be completed in 2018. 

Garden door ordered with Kingfisher tax money to replace sliding patio door in Middle School area.  Staff restroom window ordered with Kingfisher tax money.


                              Before and After

...and Beyond!

Still here! Lights on, doors open, and determined to be better than ever!