You know librarians, they're always trying to give away books (provided people agree to return them). Nothing newsworthy there . . . except that at the Free Library of Philadelphia, they've done a rather spectacular job of giving out books in the last 12 months.
Library officials report that the central library and 53 neighborhood branches circulated some six million volumes during the fiscal year ending June 30. That's the highest count since 1966, the period city librarians reverentially refer to as the Free Library's "heyday," when 6.2 million tomes were borrowed.