07/21/2014 - 11:30

In June, at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas we spoke with Michelle Luhtala, winner of the 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award, about the impact that winning had on her career and her local community.

Luhtala explained that in addition to the boost to her career, winning the award turned out to be a valuable...

07/15/2014 - 16:07
 Library of Congress Packard Campus

Everyone at one time or another gets a "desert island" question.

"If you could take 10 records to a desert island, what would they be?"

I would prefer receiving that question in a slightly different form.

"If you had a choice, where would your desert island be?"

I would answer, the Library of...

07/15/2014 - 13:49

In this video, author Lisa Genova discusses the many services available through the local library.

She says it is a place she visits every week with her children, where they take part in such activities as yoga, singing and crafts.

"My 12-year-old is a voracious reader, and I have a hard time keeping up with the books that she is reading," she says.

Speaking as a...

07/08/2014 - 16:11

In this interview, author Ruth Ozeki says that when she was a little girl, her mother would take her to the library almost every day.

She says she would take home a stack of books and read them in virtually one night.

She also remembers that her local library would have a contest that would involve writing book reports.

“I remember this was a terribly inspiring thing...

06/27/2014 - 19:11

In this video interview, Jane McGonigal, author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World (Penguin Press, 2011), shares her favorite memories of libraries.


05/13/2014 - 13:23

In this video interview, author Wiley Cash talks about his love for libraries.

He shares an especially warm memory of returning to his hometown library in Gaston County, N.C. for an event revolving around the publication of his first novel.

“It was an amazing homecoming of sorts for me,” he says, noting that some of his favorite librarians from his childhood were...

05/06/2014 - 14:45

In this video interview, Larry Kane, author of When They Were Boys: The True Story of the Beatles' Rise to the Top, discusses the critical importance of libraries.

He remembers growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y. in...

04/30/2014 - 17:21

The theme for this year's National Library Week celebration was Lives change @ your library, so we asked library patrons across the country to tell us how the library had changed their lives.

04/30/2014 - 16:40
Dia: Diversity in Action

Starr LaTronica, president, Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, writes in the Huffington Post about  ‘Libraries Working To Bridge The Cultural Divide’

“Unfortunately too often children in the United States are not exposed to print or digital materials that reflect themselves or their culture. This can have...

04/29/2014 - 15:13

In this interview, author Lyndsay Faye traces her relationship with libraries from the time she haunted public libraries as a child to today, when she uses them for historical research.

She says she grew up in the small mill town of Longview, Wash., where the local library's children's book department featured "...