It's no secret that we love books about libraries, but the recent arrival of The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson—published just in time for National Library Week—sent us into a swoon.
Over the past 18 years, Dawson has traveled across the country (and back), photographing hundreds of public libraries. This photographic tribute features libraries big and small, modern and historic, urban and rural, from Sutton, Alaska, to Newport, Vermont, to Key West, Florida.
Complementing the photographs are essays, excerpts and poems celebrating libraries from the likes of Barbara Kingsolver, Anne Lamott, Dr. Seuss, E.B. White and Amy Tan—as well as a foreword by Bill Moyers and afterword by Ann Patchett.
Offering up a delightful visual feast—along with thought-provoking discussion about the vital role that libraries play in communities across the country—The Public Library deserves a prominent spot on the coffee table of any and every bibliophile.