Happy Birthday, Ben Franklin!

Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706. To find out more about this Founding Father, here are a few free web links:

  • Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary: The official 300th birthday site. Find out about celebrations being held around the country and in the U.K.
  • Benjamin Franklin: The companion site for the PBS documentary. Includes a timeline, quiz, and a teacher’s guide.
  • Clusty’s Benjamin Franklin Portal: (From the website) “a comprehensive, one-stop site that includes carefully curated educational resources, Franklin’s own writings and proverbs, and tens of thousands of websites scattered throughout cyberspace.”
  • Benjamin Franklin Web Guide: Pottsville Free Public Library (PA) has put together an annotated list of online resources about the man who founded the nation’s first public library in 1731 (really!)

You can also find lots of books by and about Ben Franklin right here in Langsdale Library, including:

  • (1972). Benjamin Franklin: A Biography in his Own Words. Ed. by Thomas Fleming (E302.6.F7 A23 1972)
  • Brands, H.W. (2000). The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (E302.6.F8 B83 2000)
  • Franklin, Benjamin (1874). The Life of Benjamin Franklin (E302.6.F7 A2 1874)
  • Franklin, Benjamin (1976). Poor Richard: The Almanacks for the Years 1733-1758 (PS749 .A3 1976)
  • Srodes, James (2002). Franklin: The Essential Founding Father (E302.6.F8 S85 2002)

If you’d like help finding more information, you can contact the Langsdale Reference Desk.

Posted by Tami Smith to resources at 1/17/2006 12:48:00 PM

One Reply to “Happy Birthday, Ben Franklin!”

  1. I have just completed a New Portrait of Benjamin Franklin! It has been made into the New Town Seal of Franklin, MA. the first town named after Ben Franklin. You can check out the painting at my website and check out the town seal with the PressRoom link on my main page.

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