Library: The Drama Within, with photographs by Diane Asseo Griliches and a new introduction by John Y. Cole, the director of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, has just been reissued in an edition published by Bunker Hill Publishing.
The diverse and extraordinary black-and-white photographs range from the glorious Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress to the Biblioteca Marucelliana in Florence and the library in Sarajevo, which has since been destroyed.
Each of the photographs is accompanied by an appropriate quotation, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “In a library we are surrounded by many hundreds of dear friends… ” or Pete Hamill’s exhortation to a passerby at the New York Public Library: “Hey, young man, hurrying by… mount those steps and enter. The world awaits you.”
According to Cole, “As this compelling collection of photographs makes clear, somehow there is nothing quite as poignant—or as meaningful—as the magical combination of library, book and individual reader.”
Says the photographer Griliches: “Libraries [are] one of the very few institutions on earth where any soul may walk through its doors free and depart enriched.”
Library: The Drama Within, published in association with the Center for the Book, is available for $35.00 from the Library of Congress Sales Shop (http://www.loc.gov/shop/) or by calling (888) 682-3557. It is also available in bookstores nationwide and online.
The Center for the Book was established by Congress in 1977 “to use the resources and prestige of the Library of Congress to promote books, reading, literacy and libraries.” With its many educational programs that reach readers of all ages, through its support of the National Book Festival, and through its dynamic state centers in the fifty states and the District of Columbia, the Center for the Book has developed a nationwide network of organizational partners dedicated to promoting the wonders and benefits of reading. The center’s Books and Beyond author series brings writers of all genres to the Library of Congress to discuss their work.