Author Videos

We spoke with YA author Scott Westerfeld at the American Library Association 2017 Midwinter Meeting. Here's what he had to say about libraries:I think every community winds up with the library the need.That's one of the great things about what librarians do is they adapt to what, you know, what that neighborhood needs,  what that community needs.  There are some places where libraries become social service networks. There are some places where they're job placement centers.  There are some places where they're, you know, for some children they're a way to escape from what what... READ MORE
Libraries are extremely important. I still owe some library fines for books I have out -- gotta admit it right here on camera -- in Detroit. So they probably added up to a 1.7 million dollar now fine. But I'm grateful, and I'll try to pay it, because libraries have been extraordinarily important to me. And I love to, you know, inhale the the actual papyrus. I love the physical book. I don't want to be a Luddite. I don't mind your Kindle, if you want to start some fires, but in terms of, you know, the physical text 186.7. I like going there. That's not a... young people, that's not the call... READ MORE
Libraries have impacted my life, because being able to access to information and stories has allowed me to learn a lot more, not about just myself, but about other people. And being able to really just pick up all that informationand help me discover who I am has been really important.Libraries can be a safe place, because if the community is very supportive and you know everyone is just accepting of who you are, then you could be yourself and learn more information and acquire knowledge. And I think it's important to have a library where you can just be yourself and do your thing.  READ MORE
Well I was a very early reader, but I lived up in the north woods, except in the winters when I lived in cities.And in the city, you could have a library. You could have a library at your school, and you could also have a little regional branch of the Toronto Public Library System.So I used to go to the Deer Park Library in Toronto with my little library card when I was nine, and it was still when they stamped the library card. And you could get out two books, and then you had to bring them back and get another two.So that was magic because when you're up in the woods, there are books, but... READ MORE
The libraries that I frequented were not simply places where people read books, they were community centers, organizations, outlets. Meetings were had. Local community organizations met there, addressed the issues of the community, provided an outlet for young people until their parents got home, gave them a sense of parental guidance and authority.So, libraries were really like literate churches, churches of literacy, occupying spaces in communities that gave us a sense of who we were, not only in terms of its intellectual authority that was wielded by all of those books, but also because of... READ MORE
 I haven't made a film that hasn't depended almost entirely on the generosity and willingness of librarians and archivists to share their vast collections.Sometimes it's a small public library or a tiny historical society. Sometimes it's a big massive institution like the Library of Congress. I remember getting my first library card in Newark, Delaware and visiting the library often there, and then later on in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the two places I grew up. But now we visit, somehow, hundreds of libraries every year to look for material for our films. There has not been a project that has... READ MORE
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born Dutch-American human rights activist, author, and former politician.  She was the 2015 Arthur Curley Memorial lecturer at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. We spoke with her about the importance of libraries.She was chosen as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. She is currently a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  READ MORE
Joshua Davis, author of "Spare Parts," admits that there was a period in his life when he didn't visit the library. Once he had kids, he realized "there is something important about letting a child walk through a place with a lot of books. The internet can't really provide that [experience] in the same way."  READ MORE
Cece Bell is author of the highly acclaimed graphic memoir, "El Deafo," which chronicles her hearing loss and subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.  We spoke with her about the importance of libraries during her appearance at the American Library Association's  2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. "El Deafo" was named as  a 2014 Newbery Honor book.  READ MORE
LeVar Burton is most well known as the longtime host of the children’s show "Reading Rainbow" and playing Geordi La Forge on "Star Trek: The Next Generation."  We spoke with him about the importance of libraries during his appearance at the American Library Association's  2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. READ MORE