Monday, October 10 - Pleasant Hill Public Library
On January 3, 1982, the City of Pleasant Hill opened their first public
library in a temporary trailer behind city hall. The first year, 8,778
items were available for patrons to check out and 3,000 of those items
were donated by residents. Residents were certainly excited about their
new library because within the first year 24,500 items were checked
The first librarian for Pleasant Hill was Pat Rehder. Pat planned story
hours, films, crafts for children, nursing home services and holiday
programs for those within the community. Today, the library still has
story hours, movie night and crafts for children along with a multitude
of other organized programs and activities.
View of the first library in 1982
Inside of the first library in 1982
In the 90’s, the most popular books checked out among
children were “Where’s Waldo” and adults were “Danielle Steele” books.
Today, children enjoy books by ‘Mo Willem’ and adults ‘James Patterson.’
Over the past thirty-four years, the library’s collection has increased significantly.
53,444 items are now available for checkout.
102,034 items were checked this last fiscal year.
Online eBooks, audio books and magazines have increased 50 percent within the past year.
Longevity with the City is not uncommon and especially for those
within the library. Sue McMillen has been employed at the Pleasant Hill
Public Library since November 1990. When she began employment 25 years
ago, Howard Hanson was the City Clerk and Phil Hildebrand was Mayor.
During her employment, she has seen a variety of governmental changes;
including six Mayors. She has also helped with relocation of the library
to where it is today, hired additional staff, added additional
computers, iPads and Wi-Fi for patrons to use while at the library.
Sue remembers 1990 well because the library increased their hours
so those within the community could access materials seven days a week.
Sue said the library has always been a friendly place to work over her
twenty-five years. Her most memorable time of year is Christmas because
years ago families would decorate their homes and buses would tour
neighborhoods to view the amazing display of lights. Sue has truly come
to appreciate and enjoy the small town atmosphere.
We encourage you to stop by the library to say hello to Sue and thank her for the years of service.