The Library Company of Philadelphia is creating a monthly forum of civil dialogue around civic and moral questions. It’s taking a page from Benjamin Franklin, who began a self-improvement club in 1727. Franklin organized 12 people to come together at a Philadelphia tavern to talk openly about topics in business, science, politics, and philosophy. Members of the club began pooling their money to buy books, which eventually became the Library Company. Using its resources, the library has started hosting a monthly Ben Franklin Circle to discuss his philosophy of life.
WHYY-TV, Philadelphia, Dec. 13