American Libraries Direct, the e-newsletter of the American Library Association, runs a feature column each week showcasing various libraries of the world and indicating what makes them so special. In a recent issue, the American Antiquarian Society of Worcestor, MA made the list. The society operates an independent research library founded in 1812 that is devoted to American history from the colonial era to the end of Reconstruction in 1876. It is the third oldest historical society in the United States and the first to be national in scope. With Worcester being such a short drive away, add this to your list of local places to visit.