Britian\'s oldest public library just turned 150 years of age.
Manchester\'s pioneers took advantage of the 1850 Libraries Act which allowed local authorities to spend a penny in the pound on establishing a library.
The act provided no funds for books, so John Potter, the mayor, had a collection and raised £13,000 that included contributions from 22,000 working people.
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I guess this one in the States beats out the UK! U-S-A! U-S-A!