Collection Tour Highlighting Ben Franklin

Misc. books on shelf.
April 19, 2017 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am America/New York Timezone
The Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street
PA 19107
Library Company of Philadelphia

Benjamin Franklin founded the Library Company in 1731, when he was just 25 years old, but it was no mere youthful experiment.  He remained deeply involved with the library for the rest of his life, but more importantly, it set the pattern for all the other institutions he founded, and indeed for every public library  in America for over a century thereafter.  It was the first and best expression of his highest ideals: that knowledge is power, that books should be available to all, and that reading is key to improving our minds and our communities.   You are invited to come learn about his impact on American history from the Library Company’s Librarian, James Green, as he walks us through the treasured collections of Benjamin Franklin at the Library Company.