Epigraph from public library and other stories by Ali Smith
This same book in a stranger’s hands, half-known.
Those readers, kindred spirits, almost friends.
You are in transition; you are on the threshold.
The library is the place that gets you. Pure gold.
O magic place it was – still open thank God.
I am a naturalized American citizen from a country with no public libraries, let alone a free public library system. Perhaps this is why I am intensely appreciative of the rare endowment, more than those to whom it is just one more permanent birthright.
This is not so. What is given can be taken away. In the sixty years I am living in this great nation, this foundation which champions free thought and good literature is under tremendous pressure to close. The shutting door is already a reality in England and it could happen here.
If not for this vibrant institution, which offers unbiased information and access to great voices of the past, my life in this country would be totally unthinkable, especially in my profession as a visual storyteller. It is my home away from home.
“Our Library” is a single candle, a reminder of how important it is for this beacon of democracy to remain vibrant in this darkened horizon of our time.
Our show is born of this concern.
Members of the Studio Collective have each created a series of work that describes their relationship to public libraries. The project includes drawing, collage, mixed media, photography and printmaking. The project is currently on display at the White Plains Public Library Museum Gallery.
Diane Brawarsky, Book Mark 1, 2018, Collage, 13” x 10”
Diane Brawarsky, Book Mark 2, 2018, Collage, 13” x 10”