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Sara Haldeman Haly

In 1896, Sara Haldeman Haly made a gift to our community that still serves as a beacon of learning today. In her will, she provided the funds needed to establish a public library for Harrisburg, something that had been attempted twice before without lasting success. Four years later her estate’s executors honored her vision by donating the plot of land at Front and Walnut streets that had been Sara’s garden for the building of a new library in her memory.  Opened on January 1, 1914, the building has been in continuous operation as a library ever since. Over the years, many people have picked up the torch lit by Sara and have expanded her little garden into a library system that now serves more than 221,000 residents of Dauphin County. These awards were established in Sara’s name to honor those who give of their time, energy and resources to make learning available to everyone.

Nominate Someone Today

Nominate Someone for a Haly Award Nominate a leader in literacy and learning and you will be automatically entered to win a free ticket to see Author Lev Grossman on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Do you know of a person or organization making a positive impact on learning and literacy in our community? Nominate them for a Haly!  If selected, your nominee will receive an award presented at the DCLS Light the Way to Learning Banquet during National Library Week in April. The 2013 keynote speaker will be writer Lev Grossman. If chosen your nominee will receive two free tickets to the dinner in addition to their recognition award. And you will have a chance to win a free ticket yourself just for submitting your nomination. Winners will be notified by email or telephone within two weeks of the nomination deadline.

Deadline for Nominations is January 15, 2013.
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