My collection of three dimensional library artifacts is somwhat limited, but I couldn't resist the opportunity recently to pick up a device that imprints the corporate seal of the Suquamish Library Association formerly of Washington State. I haven't been able to locate any information on the library, but it was undoubtedly one of the hundreds of membership libraries that preceded and for a time competed with free public libraries. Some of these libraries passed on their assets to a free public library, but most just went out of business. There are only about a dozen still in existence. One of these is the Library Company of Philadelphia that was founded by Benjamin Franklin. Another is the Mercantile Library of Fiction in New York City. The Suquamish area/community is now served by the Kitsap Regional Library.
Miss “Public Libraries” Mary Eileen Ahern
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