As a printer, Franklin knew books were very expensive, but he wanted all citizens to have the ability to read and appreciate books. So Franklin and a group of other printers known as the Leather Apron Club pooled their money and purchased books that would be loaned out to people. Their Library Company was the first lending library in America (1731). In 1789, it served as the first Library of Congress, as well, when it offered its services to the delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. For over one hundred years, the Library Company was the largest public library in the United States. Today, it is a research library.
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Describe the scene in the photograph and evaluate the impact of Benjamin Franklin's life on the development of American society.