*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

Book talk: Reporting Inequality
Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 6:00 pm
Main Library, Learning Studio
Documentary film: Space, Land and Time (2011)
Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 6:30 pm
Richmond, Richmond Meeting Room
Waves of Beans
Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 7:00 pm
Merced, Merced General Floor Area

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Upcoming Classes

Mission Photography Group
Thursday, August 22, 2019, 6:30 pm
Mission, Mission General Floor Area

Current Exhibits

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty
Through Thursday, August 22, 2019
Main Library, Art, Music & Recreation Center
The Stuff of Life:
Through Thursday, September 26, 2019
Main Library, Skylight Gallery
Creating Resilience
Through Thursday, September 19, 2019
Main Library, General Collections

*Funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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