The United States’ first public library, located just outside Boston, was founded with books from Benjamin Franklin’s private collection. It was named Franklin Public Library in his honor.
Franklin was a famous inventor, innovator, and statesman. He spent time in France helping John Adams secure France’s support in the Colonies’ War of Independence from England.
Author David McCullough won a Pulitzer Prize for his fascinating biography on John Adams and the unique circumstances of those early days in our country’s history.
It seems that Dr. Franklin was a rather cantankerous old fellow, and he and Adams did not always see eye-to-eye.
But which library is the oldest of them all?
But don’t just read about libraries, do yourself a favor and go visit one!