The Public Library: A Photographic Essay

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Our Love for Libraries Told in Photographs


At The Marginalian, Maria Popova features Robert Dawson’s The Public Library: A Photographic Essay, a visual love letter to libraries and a testament to the power of reading. The book is full of evocative imagery of different libraries across the nation, plus essays, letters, and poetry by some of America’s most celebrated writers, including Bill Moyers, Ann Patchett, Anne Lamott, Amy Tan, Barbara Kingsolver, and more. The Public Library is perfect for book lovers and anyone with a love for learning. Popova says it 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.”

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