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The public library : a photographic essay / Robert Dawson ; foreword by Bill Moyers ; afterword by Ann Patchett.

Moyers, Bill D., (writer of supplementary textual content.). Patchett, Ann, (writer of supplementary textual content.). Dawson, Robert, 1950- Photographs. Selections. (Added Author).

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General Note:
Includes essays, letters, and poetry by a collection of American writers and librarians.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (page 190).
Formatted Contents Note:
Foreword / Bill Moyers -- Introduction / Robert Dawson -- The American Public Library. The library spirit / Stuart A.P. Murray -- Economics. A country without libraries / Charles Simic ; All hail the public library / David Morris -- Civic memory and identity. What the library means to me / Amy Tan ; Letters to the children of Troy, New York / Isaac Asimov, Dr. Seuss, and E.B. White -- How Mr. Dewey decimal saved my life / Barbara Kingsolver -- Urban and rural libraries. The northeast Nevada regional bookmobile / Kelvin K. Selders ; Practicing Seva / Dorothy Lazard ; Spreading enlightenment / Luis Herrera -- Art and architecture -- Evolving libraries. Enriched by what we share / Chip Ward -- Literature and learning. Library days / Philip Levine ; Steinbeck country / Anne Lamott ; Maps and stats / Walker Dawson -- Afterword / Ann Patchett.
Summary, etc.:
"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.
Subject: Public libraries > United States > Pictorial works.
Public libraries > United States.
Libraries and society > United States.
Libraries and community > United States.
Library users > United States.
Genre: Illustrated works.

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