On Multnomah County Library’s 150th anniversary, leaders reflect on past, plot uncertain future

“In 1865, the first annual report from the Library Association of Portland lamented the time consumed in sending 1,400 books by sea and by land across the Panama Isthmus to stock the library’s shelves. The Panama Canal wouldn’t open for another 49 years. The books would arrive several months late, but the association’s record keeper noted the upside, in scrawling calligraphy: The books came at a discount.” (via OregonLive.com)

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