The knowledge expedition

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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leakynews:

LeakyNews’ LeakyCon Swag Giveaway!

One of our editors was kind enough to bring back some awesome merch from Leaky this year and we’re giving it away to some lucky Tumblr users!
This year we have 4 bundles, with TWO Grand Prizes:

1st Grand Prize: LeakyCon

- LeakyCon, Let’s Geek Out! Bag
- LeakyCon 2014 Official Programming Guide
- LeakyCon NotePad
- LeakyCon Temporary Tattoo
- STICKERS: 5 STARE Stickers, 2 LeakyCon Stickers, 1 READ Sticker, 1 Maureen Johnson - The Name of the Star Sticker, 1 I Ship. Sticker, 1 Sheet of Stephanie Perkins’ Stickers (4 per page)
- 1 “Let’s Geek Out” Ribbon and 1 “I’m a Rockstar” Ribbon
- 1 The Book of Life Pin and 2 Clockwork Pins
If I Stay Poster
- Sneak Peak Copy of The Young Elites by Marie Lu
- Online Code to start reading The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Three Chapter Preview of Atlantia by Ally Condie
- Hannah Hart “You Butter my Biscuit” Bookmark
- Souvenir Pass from Open at the Close Event
- Pamphlet of Postcards (6) by Kazu Kibuishi (Illustrator for the 2013 Paperback Editions of Harry Potter)

2nd Grand Prize: LeakyLit

- Hardcover copy of The Finisher by David Baldacci
- Sneak Peak Copy of The Young Elites by Marie Lu
- Online Code to start reading The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Three Chapter Preview of Atlantia by Ally Condie
- Preview of Half Bad by Sally Green
- Hannah Hart “You Butter my Biscuit” Bookmark
- LeakyCon NotePad
- STICKERS: 5 STARE Stickers, 1 LeakyCon Stickers, 1 READ Sticker, 1 Maureen Johnson - The Name of the Star Sticker, 1 Sheet of Stephanie Perkins Stickers (4 per page)
- “I’m a Rockstar” Ribbon
- 1 The Book of Life Pin, 1 Clockwork Pin, 3 Stephanie Perkins Pins
If I Stay Poster

2nd Prize:

- LeakyCon 2014 Official Programming Guide
- LeakyCon NotePad
- LeakyCon Temporary Tattoo
- STICKERS: 5 STARE Stickers, 1 LeakyCon Stickers, 1 READ Sticker, 1 Maureen Johnson - The Name of the Star Sticker
- 1 “Let’s Geek Out” Ribbon and 1 “I’m a Rockstar” Ribbon
- 1 Clockwork Pins
- Pamphlet of Postcards (6) by Kazu Kibuishi (Illustrator for the 2013 Paperback Editions of Harry Potter)

3rd Prize: (The Sticker Pack)

- 10 Maureen Johnson STARE Stickers
- 3 I READ Stickers
- 2 LeakyCon Stickers
- LeakyCon NotePad
- LeakyCon Temporary Tattoo
- 1 Clockwork Pins

RULES:

1. You can reblog this as many times as you’d like
2. You can also like it
3. You must be following LeakyNews
4. The winners will be randomly selected using a random number generator
5. The first winner will be messaged before the others are announced to ask if they would prefer the LeakyCon or LeakyLit Grand Prize.

That’s it!

The giveaway will close on August 31st and we will send the prizes to anywhere in the world.

Thanks, and may the odds be ever in your favor. 

(Source: geeky-news, via youngadultread)