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Initial post: Nov 13, 2013 8:38:36 PM PST
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Posted on Nov 13, 2013 8:41:50 PM PST
Dianna says:
I love to read. Looking at things that occurred on this day in history one finds in 1851 Mobey Dick by Herman Melville was published! Also in 1964 Oliver! Closes at the Imperial Theater New York City after 774 performances - I know that's not a book but was based on a book. However the most exciting thing I found happened in 1732 in Philadelphia...the first US professional librarian was hired - Louis Timothee. He was paid three pounds sterling every trimester and worked every Wednesday from two to three o'clock and every Saturday from ten to four.

The following description of the plan for the Library Company of Philadelphia was taken from HW Brands' biography of Ben Franklin: The First American: (read more at http://www.sheilaomalley.com/?p=7241)

Private libraries were common enough among men of wealth in the colonies. Franklin had taken advantage of a few himself. Nor were institutional libraries unheard of; these were usually joined to churches or other bodies heavenly bent. A secular subscription library, however, was something new. Subscribers would pool their resources to buy books all would share and from which all might benefit. Franklin floated the idea in the Junto; upon favorable reception he drew up a charter specifying an initiation fee of forty shillings and annual dues of ten shillings. The charter was signed in July 1731, to take effect upon the collection of fifty subscriptions.

Franklin led the effort to obtain the subscriptions. At first, in doing so, he presented the library as his own idea, as indeed it was. But he encountered a certain resistance on the part of potential subscribers, a subtle yet unmistakable disinclination in some people to give credit by their participation to one so openly civic-minded. They asked themselves, if they did not ask him, what was in this for Ben Franklin that made him so eager to promote the public weeal. To allay their suspicions, Franklin resorted to a subterfuge. "I therefore put myself as much as I could of sight, and stated it as a scheme of a number of friends, who had requested me to go about and propose it to such as they thought lovers of reading."

Within four months the Library Company had its requisite two score and ten commitments. Compiling the initial book order involved identifying favorite titles and consulting James Logan, the most learned man in Pennsylvania. Logan knew Latin, Greek, Hebrew, French, and Italian and was said to be the only person in America sufficiently conversant with mathematics to be able to comprehend Newton's great Principia Mathematica. Before Franklin's emergence, Logan - who was thirty years the elder and had been the personal protege of William Penn - was the leading figure of Pennsylvania letters (and numbers). Naturally Franklin cultivated him as source of advice, patronage, and civic goodwill. Logan listed several items essential to the education of any self-respecting person; between these and the titles Franklin and the other library directors chose on their own, early purchases covered topics ranging from geometry to journalism, natural philopsophy to metaphysics, poetry to gardening.

Louis Timothée, a journeyman in Franklin's shop, was hired as librarian, and a room to house the collection was rented. Franklin and the other directors of the library instructed Timothée to open the room from two till three on Wednesday afternoons and from ten till four on Saturdays. Any "civil gentlemen" might peruse the books, but only subscribers could borrow them. (Exception was made for James Logan, in gratitude for his advice in creating the collection.) Borrowers might have one book at a time. Upon accepting a volume each borrower must sign a promissory note covering the cost of the book. This would be voided upon return of the book undamaged. The borrower might then take out another, building his edifice of knowledge, as it were, one brick at a time.

I enjoyed spending Saturdays at the library and randomly picking up books, I guess one might say gaining knowledge one brick at a time. I am grateful to the directors who set up the library borrowing system and the US' first professional librarian - they made my Saturdays eventful, beautiful reads/journeys. As Hazel Rochman stated, "Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but, most important, it finds homes for us everywhere."

Do you have any special memories around time spent at a library to share with us today?

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 8:49:41 PM PST
Dianna says:
I will be in and out, feel free to enjoy the buffet and juice bar. Also, the chocolate fountain will continue to provide warmth through out the cold evening.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 8:52:59 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 13, 2013 8:54:09 PM PST
robb says:
I don't know that I have any special memories but I know I spent a lot of time in our library.

Right now I am trying to decide if I want to be good or otherwise. I am leaning towards otherwise and grabbing all the snickerdoodles while others are sleeping. Their loss, my gain.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 8:54:18 PM PST
robb says:
I think the others will be focused on the chocolate so no one will notice the snickerdoodles are gone.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 8:57:18 PM PST
Dianna says:
lol, I have a special stash I'll share. Thinking of trying to dip them in the chocolate fountain and seeing how messy I can get! Blame it on the GS I say :P or the furbaby

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 9:06:53 PM PST
Robb, We haven't had to use the Time out room for quite awhile..
But, just so you know, It is still here..

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 9:11:59 PM PST
robb says:
Out of the oven snickerdoodles are well worth time in the TO room.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 9:17:16 PM PST
Well, maybe we can come up with another batch.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 9:44:17 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 13, 2013 9:59:13 PM PST
Snickerdoodles are a favorite here in my house. They never last long and it's better if I just make a double batch from the get go. ;)

ETA... Great start Dianna... Thank you!

I have many great memories about going to the bookmobile when I was young. We didn't have a real library close and my mother didn't drive. The bookmobile came to an area about 3 miles away every 2 weeks and my mother and I would walk there every other Saturday. I was allowed to check out 10 books and I did that each time... Struggling to carry them home as those were the days before backpacks, but it was all worth it. It is a fond memory that I will always carry with me.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 9:52:15 PM PST
Sally in SA says:
Morning Dianna, thanks for the start.

I'm embarrassed to say I don't know what a snickerdoodle is! But I'm enjoying the chocolates!

Morning Robb and Sandy.

I also don't have any special memories but I have spent hours and hours in my life in the library. I remember as a yound child going to our local library, choosing my books and then getting books for my dad who was an avid reader but refused to go to the library. My mother was not a reader so the librarian would choose my dad's books. He seldom read books with a female author! Said they just were not as good. A chauvenist perhaps?! I haven't been to a library since I've had my kindle but this makes me realise that I miss it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 9:54:02 PM PST
redandwhite says:
@ Dianna
Thank you for the very interesting start - fascinating info about Libraries.
Luckily I got to have some of those snickerdoodles from yesterdays thread, all warm and gooey, never had them before so I am glad that I got there before Robb's hand reached the stash - they are good :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 10:08:47 PM PST
Sally,
A snickerdoodle is a type of cookie made with butter or oil, sugar, and flour rolled in cinnamon sugar. Eggs may also sometimes be used as an ingredient, with cream of tartar and baking soda added to leaven the dough. Wikipedia

Dianna, thanks for starting, very informative.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 10:08:58 PM PST
KayKay says:
Dianna .Thanks for a very interesting start today. I
I remember I would spend the night at my grams and walk to the library - get a book read it and take it back to the library for another book. they had a policy that students could only check out 1 book at a time - I made them hate that policy

LOB - From yesterday, Thanks for asking I am struggling through a masto flare this week. It is so very frustrating to have hives, anxiety attacks, facial swelling and an unstoppable itch from head to toe.
However, I am glad that you are going to get more injections - hoping for a better result this time

Hi y'all to everyone, hope you are having a great day ! ! !

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 10:12:05 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 13, 2013 10:12:41 PM PST
Here is my favorite recipe for Snickerdoodles Sally . . .

Snickerdoddles

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose or unbleached flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Heat oven to 400ºF.

Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar, the butter, shortening and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.

Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

~ I bake my cookies on parchment paper.
~ I also allow the dough to rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour before baking.
~ I use a scoop to portion my cookies so they are the same size.
OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/snickerdoodles/7ffc92a9-d847-4869-9ecb-99de3b751b14

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 10:12:39 PM PST
robb says:
http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/snickerdoodles/7ffc92a9-d847-4869-9ecb-99de3b751b14

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 10:13:22 PM PST
redandwhite says:
Waving hi to the 'nightshift' folks

I do not have any particular memories of libraries from childhood, probably because there were always masses of books readily available in our home, stacks in every room, piles on the stairs and a mother who always read to us at bedtime when we were small and therefore reading has always been connected with being in bed for me - that is where I enjoy books best.
I have tried to instil a love of libraries in GS1 by taking him to my local which is just around the corner, when he was small it was good to take a walk and introduce him to the pleasures to be found there, books, toys and other kids and games to play with others - always a good place to visit when it is a rainy day. He also loves to snuggle up in a chair with me whilst I read to him.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 10:18:32 PM PST
redandwhite says:
@ KayKay
So sorry to hear that you are having such a hard time of it right now - hope you feel better - and soon ((Hugs))

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 10:21:49 PM PST
KayKay, I'm so sorry you are going through such a difficult time. I had a feeling all was not well. You rarely say anything about these challenges and they obviously make you so miserable. You have such fortitude it is an inspiration Karen. I'm sending you prayers that this flare passes quickly. You're in my thoughts. ♥

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 10:23:19 PM PST
Good morning red. Nice to see you this morning. I hope the weather is good to you today.... And work as well. ♥

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 10:28:54 PM PST
redandwhite says:
@ LoB
Looks like I am to be lucky with the weather sounds like there will be lots of rain in other parts of the country but not here (though I always have my rainwear with me just in case)
Thanks for posting the recipe for Snickerdoodles - I had to google what them to find out what I am missing, well not really Dianna's virtual ones are great, I have heard many of you mention them before and had always imagined them to be something completely different - more along the lines of confectionery actually :-)

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 10:29:54 PM PST
KayKay says:
If someone will add me to the starter list I will take the 24 and 30. I will do the Tuesday also if Sandy doesn't want it.

Also, I was wondering if we should add some info to the book discussion. Like after what we are posting maybe add something like - keep in mind that if you find a book that would make a good discussion book come and nominate it and then something like nomination begin on the friday after the discussion til whenever it ends. Just like an open invitation, of course not this time but whenever the next nomination is.Just a thought - B-)

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 10:33:47 PM PST
I really don't remember going to the library, buying books or anything else. I just remember reading..
I don't even remember what I read.. The Happy Hollisters, Something about a camping trip or something..
Laura Ingalls Wilder, The President's Plane is Missing (from my dads bookshelf)

Childhood memories are somewhat lost for me.. I have very few of them.. But the ones I do have, at least for the most part a good.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 10:37:13 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 13, 2013 10:54:01 PM PST
redandwhite says:
Today I am thinking of
♥ Kathleen ♥
It is Thursday for her and payday, I do hope that she has been able to hang in there and make that sales bell ring - but I am worried about her, don't like that she has not checked in for such a long time.
I do hope that she reads the threads and I wish that just someone has had some sort of contact with her - perhaps via facebook (I am not a member) .
The last time she posted she asked me to contact her - the only way I know how, is here.
Please everyone send positive vibes her way.
{{{Hugs Kathleen}}}
ETA
Her email is not on her profile :-(

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 10:40:04 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 13, 2013 10:42:27 PM PST
Here you go KayKay.... Do I have the Start Time correct? Thanks for picking these up. ;)

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