Edith L. Foster named Director
Raised in Carrollton, GA, Foster served as Head of English departments in four schools in Alabama and Georgia before being tapped by state officials to helm an experimental regional library devoted to serving residents in rural counties
Haralson County joins the system
It was quickly evident service needed to grow to serve the needs of the region. Haralson County joined the system in 1946 and the system name changed to West Georgia Regional Library System.
Leroy Childs succeeds Foster as Director
Leroy Childs was a local African American teacher in Carrollton who pursued a degree in Library Sciences with encouragement from Edith L. Foster. When Foster retired in 1977, Childs assumed the position of director, working tirelessly to tout the importance of libraries to state and federal legislators.
Under Child’s leadership, the library system opened new libraries in Franklin in Heard County plus Lithia Springs and Douglasville in Douglas County.
Two new libraries established
James P. Cooper became the third library director in 1987. Two more libraries were established in Paulding, one in New Georgia, the other in Hiram. The latter was named after Maude P. Ragsdale, a favorite teacher of the citizen who donated the land for the library construction project. Villa Rica in Carroll County also opened a branch.
Launch of courier service
A courier service was launched in 1987 to provide more efficient delivery of materials to branch libraries and school media centers seeking material to support curriculum. The courier service today consists of two vans and four drivers who make daily runs Monday through Friday.
Arrival of the Digital Age
Computer technology was installed to circulate books in the early 1990s. As the public became more aware of the internet, all system libraries began installing public use computers that provided free internet access along with a variety of other applications such as Microsoft Office products.