From humble beginnings VZC Library to celebrate anniversary

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The Van Zandt County Library will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Oct. 31 in its current location at 317 First Monday Lane in Canton, but the history of the library dates back to its humble beginnings in 1933.. From its modest start in a dark room in the basement of the county courthouse, the library has grown into a 10,000-square foot facility with 45,000 items available for use. 

“In 1933, the Canton area had 533 students in area schools. The library started as a resource center for rural school teachers,” said VZC Library Director Susie Pulley. “There was a county school superintendent who was the supervisor of all the common rural school districts within the county.”

 In 1940, County Superintendent Wendell P. Oliver wrote an article for the Grand Saline Sun in the Feb. 19, 1940, edition that explained the history of the library calling the library “one of the greatest help to our rural schools.” To use the library, a cost of $10 per teacher from each rural school was required. 

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