*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

Joyce Carol Oates and Jonathan Santlofer
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 6:30 pm
Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Lunar New Year: The Traditions and Symbolism
Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 6:30 pm
North Beach, North Beach Meeting Room
The Making of Mapping
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6:00 pm

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Upcoming Classes

Freezer Paper Stencils
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 2:00 pm
North Beach, North Beach General Floor Area
Mission Digital Photography Group
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 6:30 pm
Mission, Mission General Floor Area

Current Exhibits

Asian Brush Painting Sumi-e
Through Wednesday, February 28, 2018
West Portal, West Portal General Floor Area
We’re Just People
Through Thursday, February 1, 2018
Main Library, LGBTQIA Center Exhibit Space
First Second Books:
Through Sunday, March 4, 2018
Main Library, Jewett Gallery

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*Funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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