March 12, 1997 New Photo Exhibit Features Libraries and Their Users

Contact: Craig D'Ooge (202) 707-9189

"Library: The Drama Within," an exhibition of 26 photographs that celebrate libraries and their users throughout the world, will be on view in the Mumford Foyer on the sixth floor of the Library's James Madison Memorial Building from March 21 through May 31. The work of photographer Diane Asseo Griliches, the photographs are from the book Library: The Drama Within, which was published in 1996 by the University of New Mexico Press in association with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The book contains an introduction by Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole and an essay by Librarian of Congress Emeritus Daniel J. Boorstin.

The captions in the exhibition are also by Ms. Griliches. The photographs are accompanied by quotations about libraries and reading by authors and library users. Following the exhibition, the photographs will become part of the collections of the Library's Prints and Photographs Division.

"Libraries are at the heart of the reading enterprise," said Dr. Cole. "Diane Asseo Griliches' engaging photographs and succinct descriptions remind us that there is nothing quite so powerful as the magic combination of library, book, and individual reader. The exhibition depicts libraries and their inhabitants in all kinds of wonderful, often poignant ways: We encounter research libraries and local literacy centers, serious scholars and not-so-serious citizens and students, busy public libraries, and curious readers and learners of all ages."

The exhibition was developed by the Center for the Book in cooperation with the Library's Interpretive Programs Office. Martha Hopkins of that office is the exhibit director. It was designed by James Symons and Sheila Harrington of Studio Five, Washington, D.C.

The Center for the Book was established in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries. This exhibition marks the beginning of "Building a Nation of Readers," a national reading promotion campaign that will run through the year 2000. For information, contact the Center for the Book, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave., S.E. Washington, DC 20540-4920; (202) 707-5221 (telephone); (202) 707-0269 (fax); or visit the center's web site at:


PR 97-044
ISSN 0731-3527