Free for All: Inside the Public Library Documentary & New Media Project

4 Ways Libraries are Essential to Democracy

Did you know more than 200 libraries are on ballots across the country this election? In some communities, a failed ballot measure means their library will permanently close.

This is a tragedy because, beyond the library, no other civic institution exists solely to promote the free exchange of information and ideas. 


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East Baton Rouge Needs Your Support – Updates from Louisiana

We are in Louisiana with librarians from the East Baton Rouge Parish Library documenting their experience and their outreach efforts in the wake of this month’s devastating flooding, which the Red Cross is calling the country’s worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy.


(Left to right) Free for All Director Dawn Logsdon films with Chaundra Johnson and Tameka Roby of the East Baton Rouge Library outreach team in front of their bookmobile. (August 21, 2016)


Tameka Roby’s home was gutted after this month’s flooding destroyed most – if not all – of her belongings. She is gracious and let us film there.


Here’s a list of what the library’s outreach team is asking for and where to send these items:

  • Rubber boots
  • Masks for mold
  • Gloves
  • Tarps
  • Rubbermaid bins, or plastic bins for storage
  • Underwear (only new)
  • Socks (only new)
  • Pinesol
  • Baby Wipes
  • Sunscreen
  • Clorox disinfectant wipes
  • Bug repellant


3434 North Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

NEH Funds Film About America’s Public Libraries


Beloved and endangered institution examined
in first major documentary on the subject

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Back on the Road for Free for All Filming

This May, our team traveled to Boston and New York City to film in a couple of the oldest and grandest libraries in the nation.

In Boston, we spent a day in awe at the main Boston Public Library, while capturing some beauty b-roll and footage of some programs happening in the space that shows its grandeur and daily bustle.


Boston Public Library. Photo via Timothy Neesam on Flickr (

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