LIBRARY ON WHEELS Fraser Valley Regional Library, 1930’s – 1945 Part 1 of 2

Brief historical footage of the experiment which was this: A survey was conducted by the Government of British Columbia, through its Library Commission and the professional body, aided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, as a result of which it was decided that this province was ideal ground for the establishment of a library demonstration. The Fraser Valley was eventually chosen as the field of operation, and in August 1930, there was set up machinery for the carrying out of a five-year plan of rural library work, the Carnegie Corporation giving $100,000 for this period and for this work.

At the end of the five years of operation, under its present auspices, it is the hope that the people of the Fraser Valley, whether they reside in large or small centres, or in the out-of-way places, will want the library so much that they will decided to take it over as their own, to be maintained as a municipal service. The success which has already attended the experiment indicates that the Fraser Valley library will become a permanent institution.

~ Excerpt taken from The Vancouver Sunday Province – November 27, 1932, By Mary A. Barber

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