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By the end of the 1940's the Yakima Valley was a checkerboard of library service areas. Sunnyside and Yakima each boasted a Carnegie library. Wapato, Selah, Buena, Toppenish and Granger had all organized their own city libraries. Smaller communities throughout the valley relied on the county library. These cities and towns took great pride in having a library, even though the costs involved kept growing.

In 1951 the county library and the city library in Yakima considered a merger. Moving books from the city library's overfilled shelves out to the rural libraries and using the city library as a cental office for the combined library system would solve some pressing problems, but they had two separate library boards and two head librarians. Who would be in charge? Follow the links below to learn how the Yakima Valley Regional Library was created.
  February 15, 1951 City moves for merger of libraries Yakima Daily Republic
  February 28, 1951 Merger set for March 1 Yakima Daily Republic
  March 1, 1951 Carol Trimble heads library Yakima Morning Herald
  March 1, 1951 Board selects Miss Trimble Yakima Daily Republic
  March 2, 1951 Librarian plans regional setup Yakima Morning Herald
  March 18, 1951 New regional library director squares off at problems Yakima Morning Herald
  April 1, 1951 Yakima Valley Regional Library supplies complete library service to the Yakima Valley Yakima Sunday Herald
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