The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson
If you enjoy libraries and photos, this book is a pleasant diversion and offers food for thought on the role of libraries in America. The author/photographer Robert Dawson, traveled the United States for eighteen years capturing hundreds of public libraries. Initially, he focused on rural and inner city libraries which were under threat of closure. Eventually Dawson added more affluent libraries to round out the selection. In between the photos are essays by authors such as Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett, and Amy Tan. All of course, are outlining the ways in which the public library has made a difference in their lives.