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.
|January 30, 1955||Report showing growth of the library 1950 - 1954||YVRL Report|
|September 25, 1957||Yakima Sunday Herald|
|November 6, 1957||YVRL document|
|July 24, 1958||YVRL document|
|January 6, 1959||Yakima Daily Republic|
|January 11, 1959||YVRL Report|
|January 11, 1959||Yakima Daily Republic|
|January 11, 1959||Yakima Sunday Herald|
|1959||1959 report to the community with information on how the regional library operated, the services provided, and service locations.||YVRL Report|
January 11, 1959
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