Here at the bookstore, we're good, cut-throat capitalists, but as the public library system bred most of our customers into the insatiable readers that can't seem to stop exchanging their hard-earned cash for our well-worn texts, we figure even socialists deserve a shout-out. Today in 1833, the Petersborough Public Library was opened as the first of its kind, and has continued to run as a free (gasp!) service to its patrons. We don't know how they do it. Magic probably. But props to this original gateway of book addiction.
-the oracle in residence
Read the text of this postcard from 1916