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History of Libraries

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Kaitlyn Robinson

on 17 February 2014

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Transcript of History of Libraries

Most Historic libraries
Importance of Libraries

Extra Resources:
Libraries in Media
History of Libraries
Libraries can be much more than simply places to store books.

Throughout the ages, the design of the greatest library buildings has celebrated the act of reading and the importance of learning. They have became emblems of culture, whether it be for an individual,an institution, or even a whole nation.
Weird & Wonderful facts
1. The Library of Congress, which was established in the 1800's, is the oldest federal cultural institution in the nation. how may miles of bookshelves there are in this historic building? 745 miles long

2. There are more library cardholders than VISA card holders. It must be because libraries help families of all sizes save money.

3. Who do you think would have more outlets McDonald's or public libraries? If you guessed that it was the all familiar Golden Arches, you would be wrong. It's actually, the blue and white library signs that point to the many library outlets.

4. Children's materials account for 35% of all circulated transaction in US public libraries.

5. Melvil Dewey invented the Dewey Decimal System which is still in use in many public libraries today.
Mr. Dewey was a true pioneer in the field of librarianship. He served as the head librarian for Columbia University for five years, and later became the director of the New York State Library.

6. Outside the New York Public Library are two library statues whose names are Patience and Fortitude.

The Wondrous World of Libraries
Sources & Extra Resources
Library of Alexandria
– The original Library of Alexandria was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This modern version, located in Alexandria, Egypt, is a memorial to that piece of history.
Libraries help revitalize struggling or depressed neighborhoods and downtowns.

Archives preserve historic artifacts, oral histories, digital history projects, and monographs relevant to the community, including minority groups.

Libraries are places where people come to know themselves and their communities.

Libraries serve as the “people’s university.”

Libraries work as an equalizer of information: anyone and everyone can access internet, recources, and books.
Library from "Beauty and the Beast" (1991)
Librarian and Matilda, "Matilda" (1996)
Library and "The Breakfast Club" (1985)
A Ghost and "Ghost busters" (1984)
"Harry Potter"
all of the movies
The Library Of Congress

This is certainly the most famous and the largest library in the world. It’s also the oldest federal cultural institution in the country, and is home to more than 32 million books and 61 million manuscripts as well as numerous unique, historical documents.
New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is the third largest in the country and houses more than 50 million items. It’s actually made up of 87 separate libraries and houses numerous major historical documents.
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