The public library: a photographic essay
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New York : Princeton Architectural Press, [2014].
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First edition.
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191 pages : color illustrations; 24 cm.
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A gorgeous visual celebration of America's public libraries including 150 photos, plus essays by Bill Moyers, Ann Patchett, Anne Lamott, Amy Tan, Barbara Kingsolver, and many more. Many of us have vivid recollections of childhood visits to a public library: the unmistakable musty scent, the excitement of checking out a stack of newly discovered books. Today, the more than 17,000 libraries in America also function as de facto community centers offering free access to the internet, job-hunting assistance, or a warm place to take shelter. And yet, across the country, cities large and small are closing public libraries or curtailing their hours of operation. Over the lasteighteen years, photographer Robert Dawson has crisscrossed the country documenting hundreds of these endangered institutions.The Public Library presents a wide selection of Dawson's photographs-- from the majestic reading room at the New York Public Library to Allensworth, California's one-room Tulare County Free Library built by former slaves. Accompanying Dawson's revealing photographs are essays, letters, and poetry by some of America's most celebrated writers. A foreword by Bill Moyers and an afterword by Ann Patchett bookend this important survey of a treasured American institution.
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Includes essays, letters, and poetry by a collection of American writers and librarians.
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"Many of us have vivid recollections of childhood visits to the public library: the unmistakable, slightly musty scent, the excitement of checking out a stack of newly-discovered books. Today's libraries also function as de facto community centers, and offer free access to the Internet, job-hunting assistance, or a warm place to take shelter along with the endless possibilities that spark your imagination the moment you open the cover of a book. There are more than 17,000 public libraries in America. Over the last eighteen years, photographer Robert Dawson has traveled the nation, documenting hundreds of these institutions--from Alaska to Florida, New England to the West Coast. The Public Library presents a wide selection of Dawson's photographs, revealing a vibrant, essential, yet seriously threatened system. Essays, letters, and poetry by a collection of America's most celebrated writers--including E. B. White, Isaac Asimov, Anne Lamott, Amy Tan, Charles Simic, Dr. Seuss, and Philip Levine, as well as the voices of dedicated librarians working today--are woven with photographs of the majestic reading room at the New York Public Library; the one-room Tulare County Free Library built by former slaves, in Allensworth, California; the architectural wonder of Seattle's glass and steel Central Library; and the Berkeley, California tool lending library; among many others. A foreword by Bill Moyers and an afterword by Ann Patchett bookend this important survey of a treasured American institution"--,Provided by publisher.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Dawson, R. (2014). The public library: a photographic essay. First edition. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Dawson, Robert, 1950-. 2014. The Public Library: A Photographic Essay. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Dawson, Robert, 1950-, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2014.

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Dawson, Robert. The Public Library: A Photographic Essay. First edition. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2014. Print.

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