Author Neil Gaiman, Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2010 (April 11-17), will speak about his lifelong love of libraries from 6-8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on April 12 in a live Internet event. All Neil Gaiman fans and library lovers worldwide can participate by visiting UStream.tv on the day of the event. We hope you can join us, but if you can't make it, the video will be archived here, on atyourlibrary.org.
The event, which is being hosted by the Jessamine County Library (JCPL) in Kentucky and the American Library Association, has a backstory. Last fall, JCPL received international media attention for its stance against censorship. In response to questioning about the appropriateness of some materials in the library's collection, the library defended its policy. When the incident was brought to Gaiman’s attention, he wrote in support of JCPL’s stance on his blog.
Here's a bit more about Neil Gaiman:
- "Libraries are as important as anything gets," says Neil Gaiman in this audio clip, captured by New Zealand's Christchurch City Libraries.
- Want to take a peek into his own, personal home library? It's enviable by most standards.
- Finally, here's a clip with a few words for young writers. The audio sync is a little off, but it's solid advice.