"Operation Tiles" - The Milton Public Library's walls feature tiles drawn by the community's children.1
TODAY: In order to participate in the State Aid to Public Libraries program, libraries must extend privileges to holders of cards issued by other certified public libraries (M.G.L. Chapter 78, section 19B; 605 CMR 4.01 ).
In 1959: Dorothy Nyren, librarian at the the Concord Free Public Library, sent surveys to 50 libraries to ascertain how similar size libraries handled non-resident use.
Of those responding, almost 25% didn’t know. Ten indicated no charge was made for an out-of-town library card and 25 indicated various fees, ranging from fifty cents to five dollars. One charged the current per capita cost.2
What else happened in 1959?
1. Bay State Librarian (Bulletin of the Massachusetts Library Association), Winter 1959.
2. Bay State Librarian (Bulletin of the Massachusetts Library Association), Spring 1959.
3. www.thepeoplehistory.com [link].
4. www.pbs.org [link].
5. www.barbiemedia.com [link].
6. www.history.com [link].
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