Did you know that WGRLS has a history of Bookmobiles? The first system director, Edith Foster, launched the original bookmobile in 1946. At the time, residents typically accessed books through extension services at local gathering places, such as schools and stores. A Ford Station Wagon served as the first bookmobile, driving books from town to tow. By the early 1950s, Edith acquired a more conventional bookmobile.
Also in the 1950s, while West Georgia Regional Libraries served the white population of Carroll, Haralson, Heard, Paulding, and Douglas counties, the King Street Library alone was asked with serving African American citizens across that same vast area. Though Mr. Childs had some support from the West Georgia Regional Library’s director, he and a part-time maid were the only employees at the King Street Library. This meant the renovated building could only be open two days a week, because the rest of the time, Mr. Childs would be on the road, meeting his community where they were.