Libraries are devising creative ways to encourage children into spending some of their summers by reading.
The bag of tricks includes the Medieval-themed reading programs being held at several libraries in Illinois. "A Midsummer Knight's Read" was chosen as the theme of the Illinois Library Association's annual summer reading program.
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In this video, author Kathy Reichs talks about how the library helped her develop her love of reading.
She affectionately recalls visiting the library as a child, "smelling the books" and going through the shelves to pick out "any title I wanted."
She also remembers "bonding" with her mother and other family members through books.
A forensic anthropologist, Reichs is the author of the "Temperance Brennan" novels, which were the basis for the TV series "Bones."
Since 1969, Libya has been controlled by Muammar Gaddafi. But this seemingly irrevocable grip on power has loosened with a recent uprising, and the future of this North African country hangs in the balance.
Meanwhile, a debate has swirled over the need for and the extent of foreign intervention.
Those interested in settling some of these questions in their own minds can turn to the library for a variety of resources that will keep them informed and, possibly, provide them with answers.
In this video interview, author Sharon Draper talks about the value of libraries.
Draper says that without the local library in her neighborhood, she would not likely have grown up to be a writer or a teacher.
"Books connected me to a world far beyond my neighborhood," she said, taking her to China, Paris and other places throughout the world.
According to Draper's website, "Dr. Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer.
In this video, author Sara Paretsky talks about how she grew up in a tiny town in Kansas in a family that didn't have a lot of money, so, "The library was the place that we went for books.
"The children's room was in the basement, and we would just lie on the floor with books."
The library was where she was exposed to such authors as Laura Ingalls Wilder. She recalls being particularly influenced in her writing by another Kansan, Rex Stout.
Libraries offer some outstanding public programs, expanding the cultural horizons of library visitors.
Five of those programs will receive recognition at the upcoming American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans.
They were chosen from a group that featured the Picturing America collection.
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