*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.

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Growing Up in San Francisco's Western Neighborhoods
Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 7:00 pm
Merced, Merced General Floor Area
Growing Up in San Francisco’s Western Neighborhoods
Thursday, August 6, 2015, 7:00 pm
Sunset, Sunset Children's Area
Growing up in San Francisco's Western Neighborhoods
Saturday, August 8, 2015, 3:00 pm
Anza, Anza Meeting Room

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Friday, July 31, 2015, 3:00 pm
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Saturday, August 15, 2015, 1:00 pm
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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
Art Celebrating the ADA
Through Thursday, September 17, 2015
Main Library, Library for the Blind

*Funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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