History

The Hillcrest Free Library was started by a handful of interested citizens in the late 1930’s. It struggled along for years on bake sales, card parties and door-to-door solicitations. In the early 1950’s it moved from its original location in the Ford Grocery on Chenango Street to the second floor of the Wolfinger Building. The Chenango Valley Central School System opened its doors and agreed to allow the public library to share quarters in the Hillcrest Elementary School Library in 1957. This enabled the library to purchase books instead of paying rent and utility bills. The name was changed to the Fenton Free Library in 1961 when the Town of Fenton consented to give financial support. The library was then chartered by the New York State Education Department. Soon both the school and the library were bursting at the seams. So the Fenton Free Library moved to rented quarters on Chenango Street in May 1967. In November of that same year, Mrs. Raymond Moody and her late husband gave their home to the Town of Fenton to be used as a library. The building was named the Moody Memorial Library Building in gratitude to them.