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"For book lovers, library denizens, and fans of architecture or Americana, The Public Library is a delight." - The Christian Science Monitor
"This collection of photographs and texts of and about libraries--grand or dead, faded or sumptuous--make up a narrative that combines the public sphere with private memory. Robert Dawson's work is an irrefutable argument for the preservation of public libraries. His book is profound and heartbreakingly beautiful." -- Toni Morrison
"This beautifully crafted book celebrates public libraries across the U.S. in both color and black and white images captured by photographer Dawson over an 18-year period. Artfully arranged in such chapters as 'Civic Memory and Identity' and 'Literature and Learning,' the book includes a foreword by Bill Moyers and an afterword by Ann Patchett.. Dawson goes beyond the physical structures and touches on how viscerally and nostalgically Americans feel about public libraries, and suggests that, as a culture, we depend on them more than we know." - Publishers Weekly
"The Public Library is absolutely wonderful in its entirety, at once an ode to the glory of our most democratic institutions and a culturally necessary prompt to defend them like we would defend our freedom to live, learn, and be-a freedom to which the library is our highest celebration." - Brain Pickings
"Rich imagery of libraries across the national and cultural map, from cherished landmarks of the heartland to a Death Valley trailer parked in shade to lessen the heat. Add thoughtful text from the likes of Barbara Kingsolver to Amy Tan, and Dawson's subject goes beyond buildings to celebrate the civic realm." - San Francisco Chronicle
"If you think all public libraries look pretty much the same, well, you need to take a look at this book. Oh, sure, there are plenty of grand ones, such as Philadelphia's own Central Library on the Parkway. But we also have the Fishtown Community Branch, featured in this volume, which used to be a firehouse and, before that, a stable. There's also the log cabin library in Cable, Wis. And many, many more, both grand and humble." - Philadelphia Inquirer
"A book for anyone with a deep and abiding love of libraries. Dawson's latest project is a powerful argument for the continued relevance of our public libraries as information and community centers, even as libraries adapt to changing technological and budgetary landscapes." - Library Journal
"Dawson's project makes a powerful case for how public libraries serve communities in every corner of the country." - The New Yorker's Page Turner blog
Robert Dawson's photographs have been recognized by a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize. He is an instructor of photography at San Jose State University and Stanford University.
Gave as a gift to a librarian who appreciated and is enjoying it. That it is divided into topic categories seems perfectly suited for librarians. Read morePublished 5 months ago by BuyBoo
I loved seeing the vast variety of libraries, from tiny to huge, from rustic to ultra modern and everything in between! Read morePublished 6 months ago by jill stockinger
loved this book so much, i ordered it 3 times to give to various friends.Published 7 months ago by Purse-Ho
Beautiful coffee table book depicting all types of public libraries. Excellent.Published 8 months ago by Carol J Damaso
Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation. --Walter Cronkite-- this lively book is an homage to libraries large and small, urban... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Happy Shop
This is probably the only actual paper book I have bought in years, as I read exclusively on the kindle these days. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Andie
Wonderful book, makes me happy to browse and read the literate and interesting essays, as well.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love the music from Porgy & Bess and love books with lots of information or history like "The Public Library" and the Maltin