In this interview, author Laura Moriarty said she is grateful to libraries for inspiring her as a writer.
In fact, she said the information she gleaned about orphan trains led to her writing her novel The Chaperone, which is an imaginative recreation of a true-life event, the journey to New York taken by silent film star Louise Brooks and her chaperone - who had been one of the children on an orphan train - in the 1920s.
She wouldn't have known about that era if she hadn't found a display in the Lawrence (Kan.) Public Library informing her about the orphan trains, she said.
Moriarty said she and her daughter use the library frequently.
"Between me and my young daughter, I probably check out 250 library books a year, easily," she said.
She speaks out against library budget cuts, noting her pride that her community voted for improvements to its library.
"I think they're the heart of the community," she said. "It's so important to have one."
According to goodreads.com, "Laura Moriarty earned a degree is social work before returning for her M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. She was the recipient of the George Bennett Fellowship for Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. She currenly lives with her daughter in Lawrence, Kansas, and is at work on her next novel."