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

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group S-96414

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

Worth A Visit

The Ben Franklin Books are still on display!

Franklin Library Info, Hours, Location, Etc.


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Comments (12)

Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

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.

Dec 12, 2012 09:41 PM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

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

Dec 12, 2012 09:49 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

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?"

Dec 12, 2012 10:17 PM
Al Raymondi
Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida - Ormond Beach, FL
Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales

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

Dec 12, 2012 11:09 PM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

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..

Dec 13, 2012 03:14 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

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

Dec 13, 2012 05:41 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

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!  

Dec 13, 2012 05:43 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

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.   

Dec 13, 2012 05:46 AM
Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker - Naples, FL

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

Dec 13, 2012 10:38 AM
Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA

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!

Dec 13, 2012 11:19 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Christine O'Shea.   Thanks for reading.  

Dec 13, 2012 08:32 PM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

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

Dec 13, 2012 08:33 PM

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