Friday, March 27, 2015

The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson

The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson, 191 pages

If I had a coffee table, this book would be on it.  I love this book!!  If you love the public library, you must read this book!!  This book was 18 years in the making and was a family affair.  The author spent 18 years traveling the United States and visiting hundreds of public libraries.  The book contains a brief history of the American Public Library.  Did you know there are about 17,000 libraries in the United States?  And, that the first tax supported public library was founded in New Hampshire in 1833?  This book does not discriminate. It includes pictures of the poorest and smallest libraries in the United States, as well as architecturally beautiful buildings in more wealthier areas.  The pictures in this book are phenomenal!  Each picture tells a heart felt story of a public library.  Some of the descriptions of the libraries are as fascinating as the pictures.  From rural America to urban America, the author takes us on an adventure across the country in search of America's Public Libraries.

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