Towse: views from the hill

July 2, 2009

On this date in 1731 …

Filed under: factoid,history,libraries — Towse @ 12:07 am

… 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:]

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