Hello, wonderful supporters!
Thank you again for your amazing show of support in backing this project. After a month of fundraising, we're just about halfway to our goal. We still need your help: please remember to keep sharing the link to this Kickstarter page with anyone in your life who loves libraries -- whether Facebook friends, coworkers, family, or your local librarian: http://kck.st/lT1S7a. It only takes a minute, and every click matters to get this project funded.
This trip isn't just about photography, or even libraries -- it's also about meeting the people that live in our great big country. We've been doing that with gusto, often during 18-hour days. It's been over 100 degrees out for most of the time we've been on the road. So far, we've logged 6,700 miles on the odometer, eaten almost that many barbeque dinners, and purchased two cowboy hats.
In Clarksdale, Mississippi, we saw some great blues
music at the Ground Zero nightclub. The next day, I photographed the library in
town and met the reference librarian, Phillip Carter—who happened to be the fantastic
guitarist we’d seen the night before! This confirmed the saying that real
musicians have day jobs (although I’m not sure what it confirms about
In Natchez, Mississippi, a librarian turned the tables and photographed us.
We experienced the diversity of the great state of Oklahoma, home to Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, the Cherokee Nation, a thriving Vietnamese-American mall culture, and traces of Merle Haggard's legacy.
We took a spur-of-the-moment trip to Missouri, just over the border from Arkansas, and stopped in the town of Seligman, where the library, the police department, and the city hall are all in conjoined buildings.
For folks following along on the blog, you may have noticed some moving pictures being posted along with our trip photographs. My son Walker's friend, Nick Neumann, joined us in Texas and has been documenting our trip in some great video blog posts.
In the next week the Library Road Trip will be heading out of the South
and moving into the Rust Belt. We're excited to see the towns there and
continue photographing the amazingly varied public libraries. As always,
you can follow along on the blog: libraryroadtrip.wordpress.com.
And don't forget to share our link on Facebook: http://kck.st/lT1S7a. There's only 30 days left to make our goal!
Thanking you from highways and heat waves,