20

Sep

bobbycaputo:

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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19

Sep

amandaonwriting:

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You’ve been warned.

19

Sep

fallontonight:

- Jimmy Fallon’s Monologue; September 11, 2014

[ Part 1 / Part 2 ]

19

Sep

Themed books/reading nooks is a great idea.

Themed books/reading nooks is a great idea.

19

Sep

19

Sep

Looking for some danger and excitement? Curl up with one of these dangerous novels…

Looking for some danger and excitement? Curl up with one of these dangerous novels…

(Source: helenareviews)

19

Sep

mickeyandcompany:

Happy National Read a Book Day!

What are you reading this weekend?

19

Sep


inthatlieshope:
Lit. (at The Press Book House)

Gearing up for Banned Book Week? Check out these frequently banned books!

19

Sep

For I do not want my book to be read carelessly.

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry (via treesofreverie)

Banned book week is next week. Get ready for some dangerous reading…

19

Sep