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Library Trivia

by UL&LS Administration on 2018-01-25T10:41:48-07:00 | Comments

Here are the answers to the Library Trivia questions. 

 

1. Who formed the first public lending library in America?

     Answer:  Benjamin Franklin

 

The first public lending library in America is considered to be the Franklin Public Library in Franklin, Massachusetts.  The town, which was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin in 1778, asked Franklin to donate a bell for the town’s church steeple.  Believing that “sense” was preferable to “sound”, Franklin decided to donate a collection of books for the use of the town’s residents.  On November 20, 1790, the Town voted that these books would be available to all town residents free of charge.  This vote established the Franklin collection as the first public library in the U.S.

 

 

                                                                                             Benjamin Franklin

 

 

2. Which superheroine works as a librarian during the day?

     Answer:  Batgirl

   

Batgirl (from DC Comics) is the alter ego of Barbara Gordon.  Barbara has a degree in library science and is head of Gotham City Public Library, considered one of the largest public libraries in the DC Comics version of reality.  By day, she is an independent library professional, and by night, she is a skilled crime-fighting martial artist with a genius-level intellect.

 

 

 

 

3. Thinking back to the ‘00s, which of these books was banned most frequently between 2000 and 2009?

     Answer:  The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

   

The Harry Potter series is one of the most challenged books on record.  J.K. Rowling’s book about the young magician 

Harry Potter has faced numerous calls for censorship from individuals who disapprove of the magical world created in

the books.

 

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

 


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