San Joaquin County-Stockton: Inspirational libraries

From Recordnet

“When the grant was first awarded, photographer Robert Dawson and his wife, Ellen Manchester, saw it as an assignment.They would chronicle the library and literacy efforts in San Joaquin County and Stockton, almost like an annual report, Manchester said.Two years later, in 2016, Dawson said the project had morphed into something much bigger than the Library & Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County, which sought the grant, ever anticipated.The San Francisco-based couple knew that Stockton was reportedly one of the least-literate places in the country. It wasn’t enough to show the libraries and schools where people were reading or learning to read. For Dawson, it meant showing the broader community, the economic conditions that impact a community’s literacy.”