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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Baldwin Library in Birmingham

A plunky lady named Martha Baldwin started a literary club in Birmingham back in 1869 with all of 48 books. The Baldwin Library, named after Martha, now has 120,000 volumes as well as many electronic gadgets and other educational toys. It is interesting that everything in the library's collection has been tagged with RFID chips (radio frequency identification) which means that using the self-checkout machines--no more waiting in line. The original building known as the Grand Hall above, was completed in 1927. The more modern entrance off Merrill St was added on in 1983. Don't you love Marshall Fredericks statue in its own little garden off to the side?

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