Everyone’s talking:  Going Green.  Reuse. Conserve natural resources.   Consider this concept using an education connection.

One of the most valuable resources in everyone’s community is a gift we owe to  Benjamin Franklin who stated the first public library in in Franklin, MA.

Taken from the Town’s website, it states:

“The Franklin Public Library is considered America’s first public library. In 1778, when the town was incorporated, the designated name Exeter was changed to Franklin in honor of Dr. Benjamin Franklin. In return Franklin was asked to donate a bell for the town’s church steeple. Acknowledging that “sense” was preferable to “sound”, Dr. Franklin responded with an offer of books for the use of the town’s residents. When the volumes arrived, a great controversy arose over who should be allowed to use them. On November 20th, 1790, those attending Franklin’s town meeting voted to lend the books to all Franklin inhabitants free of charge. This vote established the Franklin collection as the first public library in the United States. The original Franklin collection is still housed in a book case in the library’s Reading Gallery.”

A few days ago I requested from Branford’s Interlibrary loan a children’s book, How to Teach a Slug To Read. At a recent meeting with Tina, from the Branford Education Foundation, she had shown me a copy.  Loved it.  Loved the title.  Loved  the concept. Loved the illustrations.   I wanted  to read it.

The library emailed me that it had come in.  I will pick it up today and share the book with you in another blog.

Thank you Ben Franklin and Blackstone Library.  Thank you.