Shafter Branch

Shafter Branch


History of the Shafter Branch Library

In July 1915, Julia Potter established the first Shafter Library at Richland Santa Fe School. In 1925, the school donated land at James and Sunset streets for a red brick building. When sunlight poured through cracks in the walls, it was time for a new library and the current hexagon-shaped facility was built and dedicated in March 1966. Shafter was the only Kern County community recognized as an official Bicentennial City of the United States in 1976. The Shafter Branch Library played a prominent role in planning and implementing the events and hosted many programs, among a library-designed coloring book contest with 100s of entries being a huge favorite. At the branch’s 25th annivesary celebration, a time capsule was placed in a safe at the Green Hotel. It will be opened April 2016. In 2014, the Shafter Branch Library joined in the Shafter Education Partnership, which allowed the building to be remodeled and be shared with the Shafter Learning Center.

For more information, read the eBook Kern County Library, A Century of Progress.

Shafter Education Partnership 

The Shafter Branch Library is now a part of the Shafter Education Partnership, which also consists of the Richland School District and the City of Shafter. This partnership led to a remodel of the Shafter Branch Library in 2014. Now, the Shafter Learning Center shares the building and hosts classes that challenge advanced students and enriches education in Shafter. Shafter Learning Center has computers available to the public. Simply show your library card for access (a permission slip is required for anyone who would like to access social media under the age of 18).

Visit The Shafter Learning Center website.

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