John Green: 'Free and open access to all of the world's information through public libraries.'


In this video interview, author John Green shares his views on libraries. He remembers the important influence of the librarian at the boarding school he attended. 

It was his experience at the Indian Springs School that inspired his first book, Looking for Alaska.

According to the website, "John Green is the New York Times best-selling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, and Paper Towns. He is also the coauthor, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. He was 2006 recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award, a 2009 Edgar Award winner, and has twice been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize." His recent book, The Fault in Our Stars, was one of 24 books selected as a finalist for YALSA's Teens Top Ten list.  Teens are encouraged to read all books from the list and vote for their favorites.

With his brother Hank, he also has a popular YouTube channel,vlogbrothers.

In addition, his book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review and Booklist, where he worked as a publishing assistant and production editor while writing Looking for Alaska.

"Library budget cuts have been devastating to the health and well being of communities, and it makes me really sad," he says in this video interview.

It has been especially devastating to see staff budgets get cut, since, "One of the things that makes the United States the United States is the fact that all people in our country have access, free and open access to all the world's information through public libraries."



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