There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the US - a total of 16,541 including branches68 percent of Americans have a library card75 percent of library card holders used their library cards in 2008.Americans check out more than 2 billion items each year from their public libraries; the average user takes out more than seven books a year
"It's the suggestion that the Wright Brothers and the architects of the Panama Canal and the emigrés who invented nuclear warfare and Sam Goldwyn all made a sort of sui generis contribution to humanity, and that, try as they might, all the other pioneer aviators of the early 20th century, the Bletchley Park computer scientists, the eradicators of smallpox, the discoverers of vaccination, anaesthesia and penicillin, the builders of the pyramids, the Parthenon, Angkor Wat and the Great Wall, the diggers of the Suez Canal, the liberators of India and South Africa, and all the other members of the human race who have ever dared to dream of something great and succeeded, were somehow, try as they might, never quite able to attain your ennobled heights."
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