John Green

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

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 of the world's information through public libraries.

When I was growing up, I went to the Orlando Public Library almost every weekend with my family, and it was a huge part of our lives, a huge part of how I found out about books.

And it's still very important to me to go to libraries. I discovered my love reading in libraries.

The books were free. I couldn't get over it. They would give you as many as you wanted as long as you're trying them on time. And so it was hugely important to me.

My high school library was really important to me.  The school librarian at the boarding school that I attended, in addition to being a great librarian, was also a really wonderful person and a mentor to me and someone who took really good care of me.

I take my son to the library a lot. He's two and he loves, loves, loves going to the library. But I also go to the library on my own quite a bit for research, particularly when I was writing my new book.

I did a lot of research, medical research, about the kinds of cancer that the characters in my novel had.

Library budget cuts have been devastating to the health and well-being of communities, and it makes me really sad. It's been devastating to see book budgets get cut
so much.  It's also been devastating to see staff budgets get cut so much, because 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 of the world's information through public libraries. And to see that stripped away, really to see one of the core facets, the cornerstones of the idea of America stripped away.

Well it always disappoints me to see books censored
in libraries and schools. It happens to my own books, it also happens to some of the books that I love the most.

I believe that some people should not be able to make
decisions for all people about what constitutes appropriate content. And that the responsibility of us as
individuals and as parents is to make decisions about
ourselves and our children,  not about other people and their children.

Well my new book, "The Fault in Their Stars," just came
out twelve days ago, so i'm still pretty focused on that. At some point I'm sure that I'll write another book, but right now I can't think about anything other than
this one.

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Book Title: 

Looking for Alaska & An Abundance of Katherines

Library Name: 

Orlando (Fla.) Public Library