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    DescriptionMany of us have vivid recollections of childhood visits to a public library: the unmistakable musty scent, the excitement of checking out a stack of newly discovered books. Today, libraries in America also function as de facto community centres. And yet, across the country, cities large and small are closing public libraries or curtailing their hours of operation. Over the last eighteen years, photographer Robert Dawson has crisscrossed America documenting hundreds of these endangered institutions. The Public Library presents a wide selection of Dawson's photographs- from the majestic reading room at the New York Public Library to Allensworth, California's one-room Tulare County Free Library built by former slaves. Accompanying Dawson's revealing photographs are essays, letters and poetry by some of America's most celebrated writers. A foreword by Bill Moyers and an afterword by Ann Patchett bookend this important survey.

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    The Public Library
    A Photographic Essay
    Authors and contributors
    By (photographer) Robert Dawson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 203 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 930 g
    ISBN 13: 9781616892173
    ISBN 10: 161689217X

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ARC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AMG
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Libri: ENGM4900
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    B&T General Subject: 625
    Ingram Subject Code: AP
    BISAC V2.8: PHO014000, PHO001000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 27
    B&T Approval Code: A06284000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17340
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 027.473
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 027.70973
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    B&T Approval Code: A29702500
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: BIBL6000, BUEC1500
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    BIC subject category V2: GLMB
    LC classification: Z731 .P9265 2014
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 727.824
    Thema V1.0: AJC, AMG, GLM
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, frontispiece
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    01 May 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Robert Dawson's photographs have been recognised by a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize. He is an instructor of photography at San Jose State University and Stanford University.
    Review quote
    "The Public Library is absolutely wonderful in its entirety, at once an ode to the glory of our most democratic institutions and a culturally necessary prompt to defend them like we would defend our freedom to live, learn, and be-a freedom to which the library is our highest celebration." - Brain Pickings