library of congress spoon
Nice enameled flag spoon with the Library of Congress engraved in the bowl

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In the days before the  computerized world-wide-web became a reality, American society had already developed an extensive system of libraries. These buildings had extensive rows and rows of books and patrons were encouraged to leisurely browse among the volumes. In case one couldn't find the information needed, then an extensive network of libraries  from all over the world was available to seek out the requested information.

The free public library system which we enjoy is a product of the Carnegie Foundation. Andrew Carnegie made a huge fortune in steel and then strove to give much of it away. His foundation arranged for over 1600 separate library buildings to be built. His money was not given gratis, however. Every community receiving funds to build a library were required to make arrangements for the purchase of books and to hire librarians on an on-going basis.

The opening of a public library in a community was the cause for great celebration. In case you would like to learn more about spoons or libraries than the WWW can provide, you are encouraged to use the "old fashioned" approach and use the facilities of your local library. Believe it or not, the average library still contains much more information than the WWW.


                              Various Hand engraved spoons commemorating local libraries.



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