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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Prince: Music Legend and Library Supporter

There seems to be a connection between music legends and books.

When David Bowie died in January, I posted some information about his voracious reading habits:  http://schatjesshelves.blogspot.ca/2016/01/david-bowie-and-books.html.

Now it has been revealed that Prince, who died on April 20, was a library supporter.  Apparently, in 2001 Prince donated $12,000 to the Louisville Free Public Library to support the Western Branch, which over the years had faced threats of closure. He asked that the award be kept silent. Louisville Western Branch Library opened in 1905 as the first library in the nation to provide services exclusively for the African-American community (http://insiderlouisville.com/lifestyle_culture/music/prince-may-have-helped-save-louisville-library-from-closure?utm_content=bufferf6e43&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer).