Faces of Iowa is a series of photography projects by photographer Jacob Fiscus and journalist Rebecca McKinsey exploring topics such as library use, old age and sexual assault and featuring residents of western Iowa. All photographs are taken and...
Matt Hodges: â€œMy son Maddux is way into science and technology, so weâ€™re going to start getting some books on science to do different experiments, things we can do at home. This is Madduxâ€™s favorite rule â€” in order to play games, he has to read.â€
Bob Tigges: â€œI checked out some Clive Cussler today, and James Patterson â€” I swore I wouldnâ€™t read that again, but I keep reading his. All the improvements theyâ€™ve been talking about, Iâ€™m for it. I think theyâ€™re on a good course here, and theyâ€™ll just continue to do it.â€
Harrison Auge, 5: â€œI like to grab the books and check them out. I like books about owls and eagles and birds that grab some fish. I like to go to library programs in my Captain America costume. I like Batman and Superman and Captain America.â€
Julie Lueth: â€œIâ€™m an academic adviser, and I know there are a lot of students who donâ€™t have access to the Internet that need a public space to use it. I think thereâ€™s a big misconception that everybody in Carroll has Internet, which is not true.â€
Caroline Auge, 10: â€œI like reading the Warriors series. Theyâ€™re about cats â€” they have to try to survive in the winter, fall, spring and summer. They have to work together. They have to fight against the rogue cats and strive for food. I think people should go to the library a lot because itâ€™s a place where you can learn about a lot of things and have fun.â€
Donna Evans: â€œI grew up in Iowa City, and I loved my library growing up. I loved the childrenâ€™s library; I loved the places you could venture in and out of the library. As a kid, you want your imagination to run free. Then we volunteered and ran the childrenâ€™s part of the book sale. And oh my gosh, it was so fun, to see those kids coming in and getting all those books, the parents looking through all those books. It gave me a different insight into libraries. I just think a town without a great library is a shame.â€
Melissa Pietig: â€œThe library is really nice for tutoring because I can lay out all of my stuff, and have plenty of room, and itâ€™s nice, too, that we have the resources right here, right at our fingertips. Itâ€™s a nice, quiet space for tutoring â€” I donâ€™t know where else I would do it.â€
Laura Comito: â€œI got my first library card when I was 4. I learned how to write my name just so I could get a library card. That was it. Iâ€™ve never not had a library card. When I do programming with kids, I come in and I physically get books that tie into whatever classes Iâ€™m teaching. Today I picked up books for art around the world, because weâ€™re going to Ghana, Africa, Japan, Mexico and Russia. So I spend quite a bit of time crawling around on the floor and looking for books.â€
Brittany Schmehr: â€œItâ€™s a very wonderful place. I usually canâ€™t do homework when Iâ€™m at home. I always come to the library, and it makes you focus. My kids come here for the reading programs. They love it. We check books out, and they read those books like a thousand times at home, and they make up their own little stories. I think in general this library is really amazing, and I hope it can expand, because thereâ€™s so many opportunities that we have at this library that we could get more people to do if there was more space.â€
Jen Schulte: â€œThe library is used by all age groups. There isnâ€™t a single age group that is not using the library currently. Iâ€™ve been to many other libraries that have a nice space for teenagers to hang out, and there are teenagers that are not involved in sports and they want to hang out with their friends but they donâ€™t have anywhere to go. So the libraryâ€™s a great resource for them. If you create a space just for them, I know that they will use it. I think thatâ€™s the biggest thing Iâ€™d like to see for this library.â€
"People of the Library" is a photo project published several weeks before a successful referendum in Carroll, Iowa, that moved forward major improvements for the Carroll Public Library. The project sought to outline the experiences of a variety of people when they visit the library.