Books…Glorious Books!

Posted May 23 2017, 5:17 pm

Y’all know me & history, right?…Well, New York City is crammed full of the good stuff. By the second half of the 19th century, the Big Apple had already surpassed Paris in population & was nipping at London’s heels [then the world’s most populous city], but on THIS May 23rd day in 1911, the largest marble structure ever built in the U.S. opened to the public: THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY…with more than one million books slid on the shelves for the official dedication.

Books, glorious books!

And nearly 50,000 visitors streamed through the front doors that first day to touch ’em. And what was the first thing checked out you may wonder? Well, ’twas author N. I. Grot’s “Ethical Ideas of Our Time, a study of Friedrich Nietzsche and Leo Tolstoi.” Today, NYC libraries are 92 strong & include 4 research centers & dozens of neighborhood libraries throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. AND today, over 18 million patrons walk through its front doors annually; plus, the NYC Library’s website has 32 million visits each year from more than 200 countries. And everything stuffed inside this building, listed at #7 on the prestigious list of Top Ten Libraries in the world, is absolutely free to look at! In fact, the Library has just one criterion for admission: CURIOSITY! Yep, that’s it…& all built upon the foundation of a love for reading — Indeed, how very glorious…

 

 

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