Calhoun County Library to be Included in U of A Rural Library Photography Book
On Wednesday, June 12, Northwest Arkansas photographers Don House and Sabine Schmidt will be visiting and including the Calhoun County Library in their project Remote Access, which highlights small libraries and the people who rely on them across the state of Arkansas. The photographers will be documenting the library’s physical space, as well as taking portraits of all patrons who visit the library during regular business hours on June 12. As a thank-you for their participation, all library patrons photographed that day will receive a complimentary print of their photograph.
“All public libraries serve similar roles in their communities that go far beyond providing reading material. Those roles and services often don’t end up in mission statements, but they are critical in the lives of the patrons,” says Sabine Schmidt. “Small libraries in particular offer a safe, warm space with critical internet access, a research center, a home away from home. Often the librarian acts as researcher, grant writer, vocational counselor, cook, family relationship coach, child welfare monitor, community organizer, tutor, visitor information officer, living bulletin board, a friendly face, and a patient listener.”
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