*The Public Library: A Photographic Essay

Bay Area Book Launch and Program with Robert Dawson
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An abiding love and respect for the role of libraries in the community is the central theme of photographer Robert Dawson’s new book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay (Princeton Architectural Press, April 2014).

A project conceived here in the Bay Area, Mr. Dawson spent eighteen years documenting and photographing hundreds of libraries in 38 states across the country, large and small, urban, rural and remote, from the grand reading room of the New York Public Library to Allensworth, California’s one-room Tulare County Free Library. Essays, letters, and poetry by distinguished writers and librarians complete this impassioned tribute to a vibrant but threatened American institution, including a foreword by Bill Moyers and afterword by Ann Patchett. Other contributors include Amy Tan, Philip Levine, Barbara Kingsolver, Isaac Asimov, and San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera.

Robert Dawson is an Instructor in Photography at San Jose State University and Stanford University.

Upcoming Events

Fairmount School Art Opening
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Bernal Heights, Bernal Heights Children's Area
4th Anniversary Merced Branch Library Open House
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Merced, Merced General Floor Area
Scapegoat: the 1871 to 1906 San Francisco City Hall
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Main Library, Koret Auditorium

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Manga Drawing With Oliver Chin
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Ortega, Ortega Meeting Room

Current Exhibits

Primitive No More:
Through Thursday, July 9, 2015
Main Library, African American Center
Wide Angle:
Through Friday, July 31, 2015
Main Library, Skylight Gallery Exhibit Area
Potrero Branch 57th Annual Art Exhibit
Through Sunday, August 2, 2015
Potrero, Potrero General Floor Area

*Funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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