Image of the south side of Hopkinton Public Library circa 1927 with Saint Paul's Episcopal church to the left and bank building far left.1
From 1890 to 1927, public libraries blossomed throughout the Commonwealth as the Commission proudly points out in the 1927 annual report. By that year, not a single town in Massachusetts had no public library to speak of:
|Number of...||In 18902||In 19272|
|Cities and towns in Massachusetts||351||355|
|Free public libraries||244||419|
|Towns having no public library||103||0|
|Towns having free libraries owned and controlled by the town||175||276|
|Towns having free libraries partly under municipal control||28||40|
|Towns appropriating money, but not represented in the management||22||31|
|Towns in which are free libraries supported and controlled by private associations||21||8|
|Towns having libraries supported by the town but not free||2||0|
What else happened in 1927?
1. Digital Commonwealth [link].
2. Annual Report of the Board of Library Commissioners for the Year Ending November 30, 1927.
3. 1927 - Wikipedia entry [link].
4. Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 - Wikipedia entry [link].