America’s First Library

I love history and I especially love reading interesting facts about the history of libraries. In 1787, the first library was formed in Philadelphia. Franklin and others had formed a group called the “Junto”. They discovered they needed information to discover more information for their of their political and intellectual discussions. Eventually, fifty subscribers were found to pay 40 shillings each and also promise to pay 10 shillings per year to buy materials for the library. The first librarian was Louis Timothee. Therefore, ‘the Mother of all American subscription libraries; was established, and a list of desired books compiled in part by James Logan, ‘the best Judge of Books in these parts,’ was sent to London and by autumn the first books were on the shelves.”  (Jerry Norman’s blog “Cave Paintings to the Internet” accessed January 25, 2012).


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