LIBRARY HAPPENINGS  by Jan Sears   (October 24, 2011)

 Here are some tid-bits from this week in history.  How things have changed!

1774 – The First Continental Congress of the U.S. adjourned in Philadelphia.  (Things have changed here — do they adjourn anymore?)

1858 – H.E. Smith patented the rotary-motion washing machine.  (Hard to live without these)

1939 – Nylon stockings were sold to the public for the first time in Wilmington, DE.  (Many of us don’t want to wear these now)

1927 – The first newsreel featuring sound was released in New York.

 1955 – The microwave oven, for home use, was introduced by The Tappan Company.

1962 – American author John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

 I’m sure some of us can remember a few of these things, but it is amazing how far we have come in a few years.  We still have John Steinbeck books on the shelves and the stories are just as good as they were then.  But now we can get them on eBooks – Kindles, Nooks, eReaders, I-Pads, etc.  Check with the library for compatible devises, OR, check at


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