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.

She...

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 "...

04/17/2014 - 11:27

By Megan McFarlane @ your library staff

Lives change @ your library every day. As an adult you can probably look back and remember how reading a special book at a particular moment in your life can change your life in ways you might never have imagined before. 

Personally for me it was reading the Harry Potter series. While I had always loved to read, I had always hated the...

04/17/2014 - 10:32
Judy Blume

This year’s Honorary Chair of National Library Week, Judy Blume knows more than a bit about censorship.  

While Blume is not on this year’s Top Ten List of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2013, a number of her books have made the list over the years, including:

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04/08/2014 - 10:00

In this video interview, Erika Robuck, author of historical fiction, says libraries whetted her appetite for research.

She remembers her dad taking her to the library to research projects – usually the night before it was due.

There, she developed a taste for researching the card catalog.

“I think that made me really want to write historical fiction, because...