Author David Quammen, whose book Spillover was a finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, talks about the value of libraries to his research in this interview.
He recalls using the library at Montana State University for research when he wrote a natural science column for a magazine.
In this interview, Temple Grandin, animal science professor, author and autism advocate, speaks to the importance of libraries.
"I talk to lots and lots of parents of children with autism," she says. "And for many of our low-income parents, the library is the only way they can get books. They cannot afford a $15 paperback. They have to wait for it to come into the library."
The same holds true, she says, for low-income people in need of Internet access.
She says that school libraries are important.
Giada De Laurentiis moved to the United States from Italy when she was 8 years old, without knowing any English.
Finding that she was different from the other children, she wound up spending a lot of time alone. Much of that time was spent reading in the library.
In addition to discovering reading, she also found cooking.
"Those are the two things that found," she says. "Between the reading and the cooking, I sort of built my self-confidence."
She said school libraries were key in her development.
On Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, communities across the U.S. and around the world will celebrate the American Library Association’s sixth annual International Games Day @ your library. This year there will be participants from all over the world on all seven continents (Antarctica!) playing a wide variety of games.
It’s National Novel Writing Month, the yearly event that encourages aspiring authors everywhere to write a 50,000-word novel during the course of just one month.
Spending quality time with our kids and teens is critical to their growth and development—and it fosters strong bonds and relationships. But, in our fast-paced lives, finding opportunities for quality time together can be a daily challenge.
We’re working and commuting longer hours. Our kids’ schedules are packed. Budgets are tight. And planning even small outings takes time and energy.
Fortunately, there are a variety of things to do, new adventures to begin, and amazing things to learn—right at your library.
In this interview, children's author Margaret Read MacDonald talks about her perspective on libraries from the viewpoint of a librarian.
"I am a children's librarian," she says. "So my favorite memories are (from) working in a library for 35 years."
She said she enjoyed every minute of it, exclaiming, "Libraries are the most wonderful places in the world to be!" She said libraries are a one-stop-shop for knowledge.
In this video interview, author Ivan Doig says his high school library in Montana opened up a world of reading to him.
Later, libraries played a pivotal role in the research for his novels.
"Libraries are my life, when it comes to research like that," he says.
He says he still uses the University of Washington library.
"I'm still going in there, as I was as a grad student, 35 years ago, I guess, going to the stacks, pulling things down," he says.
Reading and Libraries: Popular Author Neil Gaiman Says Why It Is Important for People to Use Their Imagination and Read
Popular author Neil Gaiman recently spoke out about why it is important for people to use their imagination, and encourage others to do so as well. Gaiman, winner of the American Library Association’s Newbery Medal for The Graveyard Book, also served as 2010 Honorary Chair of National Library Week,
In this video, Steven Johnson, renowned popular science author, talks about the meaningful experiences he has found at the library.
He remembered researching for his story The Ghost Map, based on the London cholera epidemic in 1854. He wanted to find evidence of a friendhip between two of the characters, the Rev. Henry Whitehead and Dr. John Snow, who were based on real people, who were investigating the epidemic.
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