Tuesday, April 19, 2011

WRPLS: First Regional Meeting - April 18, 1961

On April 18, 1961, the group that was to become the Western Regional Advisory Council (WRAC) conducted its first exploratory meeting to plan for the Western Regional Public Library System (WRPLS), the predecessor of WMRLS (the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System). The meeting was held at the Greenfield Public Library. On December 1, 1961, the contract for the first regional public library system in Massachusetts was signed.

Our information source? Mr. Franklin P. Taplin, first WRPLS Regional Administrator, who was attending the first formal meeting of the Western Massachusetts Library Advocates. Frank has been present at a lot of Massachusetts library history. Frank, thanks for the memories.

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