It all began in 1810 when Daniel Hoyt, grandfather of Governor Henry Hoyt (18th PA Governor, 1879 to 1883) met with his friends at his home to form a library group so that their community on “this side of the Endless Mountains” could have the mutual benefits of books.
Ninety-nine years later, his grandson, Mr. Frank Weston Hoyt (1st cousin of Governor Henry Hoyt) donated the family homestead, where that very meeting was held, to the Kingston Borough to be a library. People on the west side of the river certainly were interested in a new library which would be more accessible to them; but, Kingston officials were totally unprepared for the enthusiasm demonstrated on that cold morning in January.
When the doors of the Library were opened for the first time, hundreds of people were waiting in a line that extended from the entrance to encircle the entire city block.
However, quite a bit has changed since 1928. The Hoyt has continued to flourish and expand to meet the needs of its patrons. In 1963, through the concentrated effort of many local benefactors, funds were raised for the refurbishing of a major portion of the library with emphasis on both enhancing the historical building and adding to the library’s collection.
It was at this time that a prominent attorney, William P. Brewster, donated The Brewster Collection to the Hoyt, significantly increasing the reference materials at the library.
In 1987, a capital campaign was successfully completed enabling the library to add a Children’s Wing. This beautiful new addition allowed the Hoyt Library to be all inclusive in its service to all age groups.
On Valentine’s Day 2007 there was a snow storm that led to a roof collapse of the late 1980’s addition. The community came together and provided funds needed to rebuild the Library. The Library re-opened in 2009 enabling the community to “access the world” in much more modern and streamlined fashion.
In addition to the books, magazines, newspapers, audio books, DVDs and reference materials, the Hoyt provides 30 computers to access the Internet for reference and research. Wi-Fi is also available. The Library also offers an online catalog capacity that facilitates finding and borrowing books from any library in Pennsylvania.
The Hoyt Library has been honored as the Best Library in Luzerne County for 5 years in a row by the Times Leader Readers.
The Hoyt Library has also received the Gold Daisy Award as the Best Library by Macaroni Kid Wilkes Barre for 2 years in a row.