Wednesday, April 17, 2013

National Library Week

It's National Library Week! I started going to the library when I was just a little girl (and I must have read every horse, dog or wolf-dog story in existence back then). Even today, I still have a library card and it's one of the few things I don't mind paying property tax on.

Anyway, here's some library trivia I picked up here and there. Enjoy!


The Library of Congress, which was established in the 1800's, is the oldest federal cultural institution in the nation.

The largest library in the world is the Library of Congress. It houses 745 miles of bookshelves!

The world's "greatest lover" Giacomo Casanova spent the latter part of his life as a librarian for Count Waldstein of Bohemia.

During his undergrad years, Edgar Hoover supported himself by working nights at the Library of Congress.

Melvil Dewey invented the Dewey Decimal System which is still in use in many public libraries today. Mr. Dewey served as the head librarian for Columbia University for five years, and later became the director of the New York State Library.

The book that holds the record for being the most stolen from the public library is the Guinness Book of World Records.

"Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation." - Walter Cronkite.

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