Monday, February 12, 2018

Feb 12 is Dozen Day

We're at the 12th of February and "A Dozen a Day" pops up on google.  This is a series of books by Edna Mae Burnam for learning piano.

I would expect this series is in the Library of Congress - the centre of the library universe: The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world.  It is the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. 

How old is the Library? It was founded in 1800.  When the British troops burned the Capitol building in 1814, they destroyed 3,000 volumes.  Today there are more than 164 million items - 838 miles of bookshelves.  

Can you imagine receiving 15,000 items each working day? And they add 12,000 items to the collections daily.  They come through the copyright registration process. 

What is the purpose of having the largest historical collection of U.S. telephone (criss-cross) directories and city directories in the world? I would think it is related to genealogy.  What do you think?

One of the facts in the wikipedia entry on printed telephone directories is that the manufacture and distribution of telephone directories produces over 1,400,000 metric tons of greenhouses gases and consumes over 6,00,000 tons of paper annually.

The telephone book has sa special role in popular culture - the Guinness Work Record for ripping the most phone books within a specific time period (3 minutes) is 21 books for females, and 56 books for males.

Find out more fascinating facts about the Library of Congress HERE

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