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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

On this date in 1731 ...

... according to The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor ...

It was on this day in 1731 that Ben Franklin founded the first circulating library, a forerunner to the now ubiquitous free public library. He started it as a way to help settle intellectual arguments among his group of Philadelphia friends, the Junto, a group of civic-minded individuals gathered together to discuss the important issues of their day.


[from Jessamyn West's blog: librarian.net]

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