Alexis M Waide

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Another library hero…

Benny Franks (aka Benjamin Franklin)!  Besides the usual stuff he’s known for – inventing things like lightning rods and bifocals, starting the first fire department in Philadelphia, pretending to be some guy named Richard, politicking, working on (and signing) the Declaration of Independence – he was the first Public Printer for the colonies and began the first public, albeit subscription, library.  How cool is that?

I took this in Philadelphia when I was there last week for the PLA (Public Library Association) Conference.  I’ll write more about it sometime soon!


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