Marlboro County Library System Chronology

1901 Twentieth Century Club conceives idea of lending library for Marlboro area. Each member donates one book. Volumes housed at home of Mrs. H. L. McColl.
1902? Library moved to office of Dr. A. S. Townsend.
1905? Library moved to Skye Hotel.
1906 Fire destroys Skye Hotel, including library.
? $400.00 insurance money used to reopen library in the Bank of Marlboro. Twentieth Century Club members act as librarians.
? Miss Jennie Crosland donated unspecified sum.
1910 $500.00 raised for library from sales at a Bazaar. A skating rink was provided and garden plants were sold.
1922 Bennettsville Library Association established, R. L. Freeman, President; Mrs. H. H. Crosland, Vice President; Mrs. R. M. Pratt, Secretary; Mrs. H. H. Newton, Treasurer.

Twentieth Century Club offers lending library to the Bennettsville Library Association for nucleus of a Public Library of Bennettsville.

1924 Lot purchased for library building on Market Street for $1800.00.
1927 Library given rent-free space in the Masonic Temple. Paid librarians in service at the library.

200 volumes and two bookcases donated in memory of Shadie Livingston Hamer by her husband.

1934 Work begins on library building on Market Street.  H. D. Harrall chosen as architect.
1937 Library building completed.  Total cost $9826.00.

Marlborough County Library officially opened August 20 with 4500 volumes.  Mrs. J. F. Kinney, first librarian.

W. P. A. assists library with purchase of bookmobile to serve rural communities.

1941 "Open houses" offered at the library for the entertainment of members of World War II Armed Forces on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons.
1942 Reading room established at the Armory for those in training at Georgia Air Service Training School in Marlboro County.  The school eventually renamed Palmer Field.
1942-43 Books donated by library for use by cadets at Palmer Field.
1945 Books donated by library to Army Services Forces stationed at P.O.W. camp at Palmer Field.

Bookmobile returned to operation, serving 20 rural schools, 42 community stops and farm homes, 3 stations at stores, and stops at the Consolidated Rural School and Community Library.

This information taken from The History of the Marlborough County Public Library by Blanche G. Hamer, Librarian, October 20, 1947.

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