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1813

Buffalo Creek Farmer's Library of Monongalia County was established

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1826

Wheeling, Morgantown, Romney, Harpers Ferry, Lewisburg and Martinsburg had libraries

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1859

A library company in Wheeling was chartered by Virginia

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1883

The Wheeling Public Library was created

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1903

Carnegie library was established in Huntington

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1905

Carnegie library was established in Parkersburg

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1914

The West Virginia Library Association was organized

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1915

Legislature passed bill to empower cities and towns to levy taxes for public libraries and reading rooms

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1924

Carnegie library was established in Hinton

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1929

Legislature created the West Virginia Library Commission

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1935

Governor Kump declared he wanted to see a library within reach of every citizen

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1938

Report by Paul A. T. Noon and Mildred W. Sandoe showed 88% of West Virginia were without library services

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1941

The first funds were allocated by legislature for libraries

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1942

Gordon L. Bennett was the first executive secretary of the Library Commission

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1943

Clara Johnson became the executive secretary of the Library Commission

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1945

Dora Ruth Parks became the executive secretary of the Library Commission

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1952

Library service was improved with creation of regional library systems

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1953

The Library Commission moved to Charleston from Morgantown

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1956

The Library Services Act by Congress enabled the Library Commission to acquire federal funding for public libraries in West Virginia

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1964

The U.S. Library Services Act was amended to provide funds for library education and library construction

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1965

Blasingame Report recommending improved library service was completed

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1966

The Library Commission adopted a plan for implementing the Blasingame Report proposals

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1969

State legislation was passed to allow the Library Commission to make direct grants for operating expenses to libraries complying with its administrative rules

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1971

Dora Ruth Parks retired

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1972

Reported 80% of states population had some sort of library service

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1973

A program was established between the Library Commission and Marshall University to train library personnel in small and remote libraries

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1996

State per-capita funding of libraries raised to $4

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1997

David Price was hired as Library Commission executive secretary

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2001

David Price resigned as executive secretary of Library Commission

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2002

J. D. Waggoner became executive secretary of West Virginia Library Commission

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2002

Public libraries in West Virginia owned 5,02,976 books, 143,499 audios, 143,392 videos and maintained 7,567 periodical and newspaper subscriptions

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2003

West Virginia had 97 public library systems serving from 175 facilities and 7 bookmobiles

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