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1. Criticism of 'pulp fiction' (books, not the movie) has been around for a long time. See if you can complete this disdainful comment made in the seventeenth century: "Some books, like the City of London, fare the better for being ________".
2. You've time-traveled to Beijing University Library in 1927 and are ready to check out a book. The librarian behind the counter looks familiar and you know you remember him from a picture in one of your 21st century history books. Who is he?
3. The world's largest public lending library is located in what city?
4. You've all heard of the Library at Alexandria, but Alexander the Great was inspired to build it after seeing the incredible library that King Ashurbanipal had built in the 7th century. Where was this remarkable storehouse of books made of clay, wood, and papyrus? (Hint: Allen Drury used the name of the city in one of his novels)
5. Unfortunately, many people consider the theft of a library book to be a minor offence. They might have thought differently in medieval Europe. People fortunate enough to be able to borrow books were given this little ditty to remind them of their duty to return it:
"Steal not this book my honest friend
For fear the gallows should be your end.
And when you die the Lord will say...
(Complete the last line)
6. In the 2011 film "J. Edgar", Leonardo DiCaprio (portraying future FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover) takes his lady friend, Helen Gandy, on an after-hours tour of the Library of Congress. He grandly tells her that the classification system used in the Library was partially his creation. Was he telling the truth?
7. Books about how the Dewey Decimal System works might not send you into a paroyxsm of excitement, but just in case you want to curl up with something from the 025.4 section, which one of these titles is NOT a real book?
8. Presidents often make lofty statements about the importance of libraries, especially when they are tasked with coming up with a proclamation for National Library Week (yes, Virginia, there is such a thing...in April). What president said the following: "Nothing would do more extensive good at small expense than the establishment of a small, circulating library in every county, to consist of a few well-chosen books, to be lent to the people of the county, under such regulations as would secure their safe return in due time".
9. In the little town of Allegheny, Pennsylvania, a 14 year old boy avidly read the many books in the library of Col. James Anderson. The year was 1850 and Col. Anderson had made his collection available to the working boys of Allegheny. Who was the boy who would go on the become a millionaire and spend a great deal of his fortune on the construction of public libraries throughout the United States?
10. The parking garage of the Kansas City (Missouri) Public Library is architecturally fascinating. Why?
Source: Author lompocjoe
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