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Melvil Dewey, born to thrifty, parsimonious parents in upstate New York on 10 December 1851, could almost be said to have been destined to devise the classification system used by 200,000 libraries around the world today. He was a man devoted to efficiency, and was an enemy of waste. At sixteen, having taught himself bookkeeping, […]more
Let me tell you a story about a young girl who loved words and big, thick books and rainy days in which to explore them both … I grew up in a small town in northern New Jersey. It is still a bucolic little town of some 3,000 people, a small elementary school, a church, […]more