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Part of her ongoing "Meanwhile" series, illustrator Wendy MacNaughton spent a month at the San Francisco Public Library getting to know the visitors, staff, guards, and librarians, drawing the people she met and interviewing them. The result is the story of the library told through her drawings and the subjects own words. It's a moving meditation on the important and often unseen roles libraries play in the community, and how they serve they public way beyond books.

The story "Meanwhile, The San Francisco Public Library" was originally published on the literary website The Rumpus and received wide acclaim. Now, in partnership with the San Francisco Mayors Office and the SFPL, the piece has been made into a beautiful book.

It is 48 pages, 6x9 inches, matte soft cover, matte interior, full color.

It makes a great gift for anyone who appreciated libraries, reading, social issues, and visual story telling.

Part of the proceeds from each book will go to support the San Francisco Public Library.

SIGNED! The San Francisco Public Library in Its Own Words



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  • Materials: paper, watercolor, pen, ink, press, book, text
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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