Off the books

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February 8, 2011
The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"In 1731, members of a 'society of mutual improvement,' led by 25-year-old Benjamin Franklin, decided that if they and other men they knew pooled their modest resources to purchase books, each would have access to a larger body of volumes than they could ordinarily afford. Fifty men were quickly recruited to pay 40 shillings each, and America's first lending library, the Library Company of Philadelphia (which still exists today) was born. Soon, similar 'subscription libraries' were sprouting up all over the country." *#91;full disclosure: If not for Nashville's public library system, I could not have been posting here over the past two months - SAT] (02/08/11)

http://prospect.org/cs/articles?article=off_the_books  

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