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About the Hendry County Public Library System
Hendry County includes two incorporated municipalities: Clewiston and LaBelle. Clewiston Library, Barron Library (located in LaBelle, the county seat) and Harlem Library comprise the Hendry County Library Cooperative. As the result of a long-range planning process in 2005, all three libraries provide Hendry County residents with materials and general information on current topics and titles. In addition, each library has a secondary individualized area of focus. Clewiston Library serves the city residents as well as a large Hispanic population living in outlying rural areas. This year Clewiston Library has established a Florida room to house historical reference material and books pertinent to local and state history. Harlem Community Library was founded in 2000 to serve the needs of a section of Clewiston. It is located in a former school building which also houses the Harlem Academy daycare center. Harlem’s current expansion plans call for a state-of-the-art wireless computer lab and a new children’s section. Their specialty is a growing African American collection. Barron Library has experienced a large increase in circulation of 43% over last year due to a large portion of the county’s population growth. Barron Library collects genealogical materials and has a new computer workstation for area genealogists to use.
The Hendry County Public Library System received funding from the State of Florida's Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants program for the digitization of the Clewiston News. The full grant proposal is online here. Additional assistance was provided by the Digital Library Center at the University of Florida.