Al and Cal Homes and Community: Sense or Sound? The 1st Public Library, Franklin MA

Sense or Sound? The 1st Public Library, Franklin MA

Sense or Sound? The 1st Public Library, Franklin MA

A localism blog by fellow rainer Robert (Bob) Gilbert of Katy TX reminded me of how important our public library system is to the citizens of this country.    It seems that libraries are doing more  than just lending books these days.   We are lucky to have this available to us.    We can thank Ben Franklin for that!  

 
For the past 25 years, as I drove folks from home to home, during their Franklin MA home search, I have been recounting the "Story of Nation's First Public Library"  to all that have had the pleasure of being my captive audience.   How exciting it is to be in a place who's history is so very well documented and where the outcome is so easily and still seen?    The public library system has and continues to touch the lives of every American.   In Franklin MA, the library is a proud and striking structure.    One can not help notice how beautiful it is as you pass by.   Clearly the towns people value their place in this piece of American history.
The Nation's First Public Library

Did you know that Franklin, once a part of Wrentham was all set to be named Exeter?    Well that was the plan anyway, until Jabez Fisher had the great idea of naming the town "Franklin" after, yes, you guessed it, Ben Franklin.      They did this with the hopes of getting the man to give the town a meetinghouse bell for the honor!

Makes Sense to Me!                                               

But, in return, Ben sent books!  He thought that sense is better than sound!   The books he sent were available at the meetinghouse for all to share... voila!   The First Public Library!


Very Cool Story, Right?

For a detailed account of this historic event and more on Ben Franklin, read the Johnson article.   It's terrific!            
                James Johnston, Milford Daily on Ben Franklin

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The Ben Franklin Books are still on display!

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Comment balloon 12 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • December 13 2012 05:23AM

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Carol Ann: With all the Internet capabilities, it is harder for libraries to compete for people's time.  I hope they can weather the storm.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) almost 6 years ago

Hi Anita.  I know.  I wonder what old Ben would have thought of that?  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

Yes, it is a very cool story. I too hope libraries survive our technology. It would break my heart to hear kids say, "there used to be a building filled with books? You could read for free? What do you mean you checked them out?"

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) almost 6 years ago

Terrific story Cal, having those great old books for all to see should help the library compete with the internet.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) almost 6 years ago

Cal,

Thanks for the plug and also thanks for telling everyone the history of the first Library. I don't remember Ben Franklin being involved but my College History classes were a long time ago and that makes the story even more cool in my mind. These Public Libraries in the US I think make all of us unique with opportinity they provide local residents. These days the Libraries are doing more and ,more different things to help their local residents with a myraid of topics and issues. I do worry that reading is starting to brcome a lost art with today's youth. Citizens everywhere really need to sppurt our library systems in my opinion..

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) almost 6 years ago

Hi Debb.   I know, that could very well happen and what a shame that would be.   Thanks for checking it out!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

Hi Al.   It's not easy, but I know many that still like to go to the public library.   Something about being around all those books!  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

Hi Bob.  You are welcome.   Clearly the libraries in Katy do much for the communities.    It must be tough to get a kid to read these days with all the competing technology.   I know my sister Nancy, an elementary school teacher is always plotting new ways to make things interesting enough to compete.   

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

Carol Ann, The libraries are great resources for so many members of communities from children to seniors and in between!  Thanks for the post.

Posted by Christine OShea (Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker) almost 6 years ago

Carol Ann....so close and yet I never knew that story....none of it!  As for libraries, they are quite technologically advanced and I know at the Canton library you can download ebooks - so they appear to be keeping up!

Posted by Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA (Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com) almost 6 years ago

Hi Christine O'Shea.   Thanks for reading.  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

Hi Christine Smith.  I don't know about you, but there is something about holding that book in your hands.    Thanks for reading.  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

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