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The public library : a photographic essay

Author: Bill D Moyers; Ann Patchett; Robert Dawson
Publisher: New York : Princeton Architectural Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill D Moyers; Ann Patchett; Robert Dawson
ISBN: 9781616892173 161689217X
OCLC Number: 856053701
Notes: Includes essays, letters, and poetry by a collection of American writers and librarians.
Description: 191 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Robert Dawson ; foreword by Bill Moyers ; afterword by Ann Patchett.

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A photographic exploration of public libraries with excerpts from those that love them.  Read more...

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"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 Read more...

 
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