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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
Sonia Manzano — the Emmy Award–winning actor who defined the role of Maria on the acclaimed television series "Sesame Street" remembers the libraries of her youth and speaks about the critical role of librarians in developing critical thinking skills.Learn more how libraries transform at http://www.ilovelibraries.org READ MORE
Jeff Smith, creator of the best-selling Bone graphic novel series, says that it was a librarian who opened up the entire universe for him by recommending a book on cartooning.Transcript:Librarians have been very significant to me.Especially since Bone got started and it was a graphic novel which so few people really understood or knew about, and it was the librarians who really "got it." They understood that comics were reading and were the very first kind of group of people outside of comics to embrace the art form, to embrace them as books. Because when we were starting in the late 1980s... READ MORE
Well, I was partially raised by the library, I feel. My parents used to drop me and my brother off at the library all the time, especially during the summers. I learned how to read in the library I developed a deep love of Dr. Seuss at my library. I remember going to the programs that they used to have in the common room under the...you know, downstairs. I saw my first episode of Star Trek in the library. Libraries were hugely influential on me.I did a book in 2013. It came out in 2013, called "Boxers and Saints," which is all about the Boxer Rebellion, a war that was fought on Chinese soil... READ MORE
Well, growing up in Richmond, Virginia, we would go to the library every weekend.  And I was able to check out far more than the limit because I had deals the librarians. You know, they knew which kids read books and which ones didn't. And I would go home with a stack and read them during the course of the week and take them back and you know, check another stack.And I was able to see the world, in many respects, without ever leaving my hometown. And had a profound effect on me because if you make a reader earlier, I think you make a reader for life. That certainly was the case with me.... READ MORE

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