12/16/2013 - 17:54

In this interview, Karina Cooper, author of the Dark Mission series, which her website describes as paranormal romance with the gritty edge of urban fantasy, says she made the library her hangout when she was in school.

"I was a voracious reader when I was a kid," she says. "Utterly voracious, and I quickly ran...

12/04/2013 - 13:18

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...

11/21/2013 - 16:21

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...

11/14/2013 - 14:32

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,"...

11/12/2013 - 22:25

On Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, communities across the U.S. and around the world will celebrate the American Library...

11/12/2013 - 12:49

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.

The event is hugely popular. In 2012 there were 341,375 participants. 615 libraries opened their doors to novelists through the Come Write In program. A list of...

11/12/2013 - 12:45

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...

10/30/2013 - 11:23

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...

10/25/2013 - 15:40

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,...

10/16/2013 - 12:57
Neil Gaiman

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...