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In 1899: According to the Tenth Report of the Free Public Library Commission, "No other community in the world enjoys to-day [sic] so universally the benefits of a free public library as the people of this Commonwealth. Practically, free books are the birthright of every man, woman and child in Massachusetts.
"The feast has been prepared. Our duty is to see that the table is kept replenished and attractive, and that every man, woman and child shall be made welcome. How to bring the library within the easiest reach of every home and scatter its treasures by every fireside is the problem of the present."1
Commissioners in 1899:
New library buildings in 1899:
(Image from Digital Commonwealth collections)
What else happened in 1899?
1. Tenth Report of the Free Public Library Commission of Massachusetts, 1900.
2. www.britannica.com [link].
3. www.massmoments.org [link].
4. www.americanheritage.com [link].
5. www.britannica.com [link].
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