This news may already be making the rounds, but hadn't seen it on this listserve yet:

America's oldest free library needs help!

"The Darby Free Library, which was founded in 1743 and is believed to be the oldest continuously operating public library in America, will be forced to close its doors at year's end if somebody doesn't write a big check or a lot of little ones. It would be a shame if this old library closed. It is not only a vital resource for its community but also a symbol, as our oldest known public library, of our country's commitment to access to knowledge and education for everybody."
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