Friday, May 9, 2014

Feature Friday: Robert Dawson's The Public Library

 From NPR:
Robert Dawson has been photographing public libraries across the country for almost 20 years. And now, just in time for National Library Week, he has published his photos in a new book called The Public Library. It includes reflections on libraries from Dr. Seuss, Amy Tan, E.B. White and others, but the stars of the book are the photographs, from the New York Public Library — which is as splendid as any great European cathedral — to libraries that are housed in shacks and shopping malls.

Detroit, MI

Seattle, WA

Allensworth, CA

Braddock, PA

Baker, NV

Shephardstown, W.Va.

Hudson, WI

Aren't these photos gorgeous?  Learn more about Robert Dawson's book The Public Library here


  1. I love this post! The Braddock Library is pretty close to me and it is AMAZING! It was built by Andrew Carnegie and besides the fact that it looks like an enormous castle it has a bowling alley, swimming pool, and theater inside of it!

    1. A castle library that doubles as a bowling suey, swimming pool, and theater? Um... I'M MOVING TO BRADDOCK IMMEDIATELY.

  2. I am obsessed with libraries myself. I always like to visit them when I go to a new city. Some of my favorites are the Salt Lake City library and the Kansas City Library. I just put this book on hold at the library!!

    1. I love the library in downtown Salt Lake as well, even more now that I live here. Are you Salt Lake based as well?


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