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Here’s Why We Need to Protect Public Libraries

We live in a “diverse and often fractious country,” writes Robert Dawson, but there are some things that unite us—among them, our love of libraries. “A locally governed and tax-supported system that dispenses knowledge and information for everyone throughout the country at no cost to its patrons is an astonishing thing,” the photographer writes in the introduction to his book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay. “It is a shared commons of our ambitions, our dreams, our memories, our culture, and ourselves.”

But what do these places look like? Over the course of 18 years, Dawson found out. Inspired by “the long history of photographic survey projects,” he traveled thousands of miles and photographed hundreds of public libraries in nearly all 50 states. Looking at the photos, the conclusion is unavoidable: American libraries are as diverse as Americans. They’re large and small, old and new, urban and rural, and in poor and wealthy communities. Architecturally, they represent a range of styles, from the grand main branch of the New York Public Library to the humble trailer that serves as a library in Death Valley National Park, the hottest place on Earth. “Because they’re all locally funded, libraries reflect the communities they’re in,” Dawson said in an interview. “The diversity reflects who we are as a people.”

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I just finished reading Nest byEsther Ehrlich, and what a beautiful story! I was in tears almost the entire time, this book is crazy good. It hits shelves September 9th, and I highly recommend checking it out, but make sure you have a box of tissues by your side. 

I just finished reading Nest byEsther Ehrlich, and what a beautiful story! I was in tears almost the entire time, this book is crazy good. It hits shelves September 9th, and I highly recommend checking it out, but make sure you have a box of tissues by your side. 

I loved these books growing up, so glad I found a version with this cover art. Total trip down memory lane.

I loved these books growing up, so glad I found a version with this cover art. Total trip down memory lane.

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Spread from The Great Big Car and Truck Book, A Big Golden Book. Pictures by Richard Scarry, 1951

Spread from The Great Big Car and Truck Book, A Big Golden Book. Pictures by Richard Scarry, 1951

From the delightful Snail, Where Are You? by Tomi Ungerer, 1962

From the delightful Snail, Where Are You? by Tomi Ungerer, 1962

My weekend reading

My weekend reading

emilylaurelharris:

This pretty much sums up my summer so far, and I never want it to end.  

emilylaurelharris:

This pretty much sums up my summer so far, and I never want it to end.  

Opening spread from I Saw The Sea Come In, by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin, 1954

Opening spread from I Saw The Sea Come In, by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin, 1954