“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.
Each of the 50 charter members bought an initial share into the company (40 shillings), which helped fund the buying of books, and then paid a smaller yearly fee (10 shillings) that went to buying more books and maintaining the library. In exchange, the members could borrow any of the books. Donations of books were gladly accepted.
They called their charter the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the next year, Franklin hired America’s first librarian, Louis Timothee. At first, the books were stored at the librarian’s house, but by the end of the decade, they were moved to the Pennsylvania State House, which is now known as Independence Hall.” (The Writer’s Almanac, 07.01.09)
We just got home from picking Mom up at the airport and running three protracted errands. The dogs are beside themselves with glee at her return. There’s nobody like Mommy =}
Monday night I went to Chili’s with Anna and Holly, it was a great time; we were all exuberant for various reasons and goofy just as usual, so there was no lack of entertainment. Anna even privileged us with some of her famously useful advice, such as “Don’t play leap-frog with a unicorn.” They were also both a huge encouragement to me. Their energy, piquancy, and particular nuggets of wisdom were uplifting! 🙂 Thanks you two!
Last night was hang-out-with-Dad time. We folded laundry and made it through 4 episodes of The West Wing (end of season 1 into season 2), taking little breaks here and there to accomplish more useful things. Such a hilarious and intellectually stimulating show! Aaron Sorkin is amazing.
The vacuuming, bathroom-cleaning and clothes-folding calls my name…alas, our work is never done.