The Franklin Collection of Books

The original collection of books for the Franklin Public Library in Franklin, MA came as a gift from the famous US statesman, scientist and patriot Benjamin Franklin in 1778.

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The original Franklin Collection still exists and is prominently in an antique wooden book case in the Library.

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Franklin made the gift to the town in appreciation of the town naming itself after him.  Asserting that “sense” was preferable to “sound”, Franklin gave books instead of money for a church bell the town fathers were seeking.

Just think of the enduring benefits that Ben Franklin’s far-seeing donation of books (in lieu of money for that church bell) gave to generations of town residents.  I have read that Horace Mann, famous educator who was born in Franklin, MA in 1796, furthered his own education as a boy with the Franklin Collection of books.   Sense certainly can be better than sound!

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