“The public library is a singularly American invention. Europeans had subscription libraries for 100 years before the United States was born. But on a chilly day in April 1833 the good citizens of Peterborough, New Hampshire created a radical new concept—a truly PUBLIC library. All town residents, regardless of income, had the right to freely share the community’s stored knowledge. Their only obligation was to return the information on time and in good condition, allowing others to exercise that same right.”
This is a quotation from a wonderful article published recently about a public library that has removed the word “public” from it’s name. I am including the link to the full article so that you, good reader, can read it and form your own opinion. What I have observed, working on the “front lines” here at the Manchester City Library, is that we are busier than ever. It is nice to go home after a long day’s work and feel happy that I might have helped someone or perhaps made a difference in a patron’s day. See you at the library!