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The library serves as a testament to the worlds thirst for knowledge.

The collection of written knowledge is almost as old as civilization itself.

Whether private or public, the library has been founded, built, destroyed and rebuilt over time.

Parchments, tablets and plants became the first repository of thought that later evolved into the first library. 

Clay tablets found in ancient Mesopotamia date back more than 5,000 years.

Archeologists have spent centuries piecing together bits and pieces of world history. 

Early attempts at creating libraries were impressive, but as the centuries passed, new societies found ways to give order to the writings of their time and were able to improve on the institution.

Two of the first to make this effort were the Greeks and Romans.

The library serves as a testament to the worlds thirst for knowledge.

The collection of written knowledge is almost as old as civilization itself.

Whether private or public, the library has been founded, built, destroyed and rebuilt.

Parchments, tablets and plants became the first repository of thought that later evolved into the first library. 

Early attempts at creating libraries were impressive, but as the centuries passed, new societies found ways to give order to the writings of their time and were able to improve on the institution.

Two of the first to make this effort were the Greeks and Romans.

Romans not only showcased the importance of books in the home, but they expanded the concept by creating the first community center or public libraries. 

Although early collections were found in the Near East, it was the ancient Greeks propelled the idea through their heightened interest in literacy and intellectual life.

Libraries flourished through a well-established process: authors wrote on a variety of subjects, copy shops produced the books, and book dealers sold them.

Though the public library first appeared in the fourth century bc, the private library was more prevalent.

Aristotle amassed one of the largest private book collections of his time.

It was said Aristotle was the first to put together a collection of books and then taught the kings in Egypt how to arrange a library.

As time marched on, lending books became more popular. 

Throughout history, public libraries had always been significant to society.

However, with the advent of the internet, people are becoming dependent upon researching and reading on demand anywhere and anytime they want.

 Is the golden age of libraries over?

I hope my children read a bedtime story to my grandchildren from a well loved book in a library we lovingly created over the years.