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Monday, October 10, 2016

Fun Facts About Libraries

There's more to libraries than you think. Here are some fun facts about libraries just because! Enjoy.

1) The oldest known library began around 350 BC by Clearchus, a Greek student of Plato and Isocrates.

2) At any of the 150 "human libraries" in the world, you can check out a “person” and listen to their story. This system allows people to share their stories and defeat stereotypes of judging a person by their appearance.
The human library in Toronto, Canada. Source: yongestreetmedia
3) The Library of Congress adds an average of 12,000 items to its collection EVERY DAY! The 162 million items in the library span 800 miles of bookshelves.

4) Haskell Free Library is built on the border of the US and Canada. If you enter on one side, you better have your customs form and passport to exit on the other!

5) In Norway, you can check out a book from one library and return it to any library in the country!

6) With 16,500 libraries, there are more libraries than McDonalds in the US.

7) The smallest book in the Library of Congress, “Old King Cole,” is supposedly the size of a period. Its 1/25th inches wide! Good luck reading that one.

Which facts surprised you the most? I can't believe the teensy tiny book. Hope you enjoyed learning some strange library facts! 

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Post by Katia G., Homework Assistant 

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