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I actually sort of lived in one, when I wasn't trying to break my little tomboy neck. I was actually in the Carnegie Public Library in my small town.I can still see the shelves. I worked my way down Nancy Drew and then The Hardy Boys and that kind of led me toward things like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Huckleberry Finn," and so I have to thank The Hardy Boys for that.I loved the little Carnegie Public Library. I can still see it now. I think the building is still there. It was just a home away from home.I can't imagine what my life would be like if I didn't have that little public library... READ MORE
Well, I was an only child in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to much older parents and I spent almost my whole childhood at the Bethlehem Public Library reading books that were older than my age group. I guess just hanging out there, I spent years, literally, years, junior high, high school at the Bethlehem Public Library.Well again, my parents weren't big readers and we had, like I think, one old chewed on copy of "The Valley of the Dolls" in our guest room, or something, which I read, of course, when I was ten.So libraries entirely influenced, entirely created my love of reading and in particular... READ MORE
Well my favorite memories of the library are in incredibly hot summer afternoons in Ann Arbor, where I was a little kid, lying on the library floor and reading book after book after after book with my Mom next to me and I read "Harriet the Spy" that way and I read "Pippi Longstocking" that way and later I read "Marjorie Morningstar" that way,rexactly what those books looked and smelled and felt like in the Ann Arbor Public Library, now the Ann Arbor  my books, which was like a thrilling childhood dream come true.Libraries fostered my love of reading because they were places I loved to go... READ MORE
Well honestly, one of my favorite memories of a library was - I used to work at one. I used to work at University of Denver's library and the best thing about working in a university library is that undergraduates never check out any books.And so, when I was doing research to write my novels, it meant that I could go into the stacks and I could check out entire sections. And so everything about Shondheim in the 1920s, I could check it all out, I could take it home and I could read all these books that I could never have access to any other way.And that informed my writing it informed my... READ MORE
My father was a reporter and he always wanted to be a writer and I remember the first time he took me to the library, he had probably taken me before, but I remember when I was about six, he took me in there and got me my own library card, and I felt like he had given me the key to the world.He would let me go to the adult section instead of the juvenile. [chuckles]Back in those days we had the bookmobile and it would come to our little small community and every Saturday I couldn't wait to get to the bookmobile and  get my library books.[Her favorite librarian?]Well I should probably say... READ MORE
The library has always been a place for me to escape, and a place that I could just disappear into another world.It was just the first place in my memories, as far back is I can remember, that I had some place I could go that I could just relax and be me, and not worry about anything, disappear into that other world.That, to me, fostered my love of reading.My favorite librarian, back then her name was Robbie Doss. She was my librarian at Mendenhall Elementary School in Plano, and I still see her.In fact she came to my book launch when I sold to Penguin/Putnam and I released "Trial by Fire" as... READ MORE
I've been a passionate reader since I was three and I wanted to be a writer pretty much since I was four or five years old.So to me libraries have always been sacred spaces and librarians were kind of like the keepers of the flames of these amazing places.So I remember going with my parents, with my mom especially, to the library and it was a ritual in our family and it was something we did every few days or at least every week.And for me it was kind of a highlight of the week.I remember the rows of books in the library and I remember being able to kind of wander through these rows as if they... READ MORE
Librarians were very important to me growing up.I grew up in the Bronx during the fifties and sixties. It was a place that we would go to on Sundays after school, but a lot during the summer.First of all, it was a cool little red building in our neighborhood that just felt like home.And the librarians were very welcoming. Youcould stay as long as you want, read all of the great books and then decide what you were going to take home.And so friends would come and we would sometimes compete over the same book. Or if you reached your limit or if your friend reached their limit, you'd try to... READ MORE
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... READ MORE
I love libraries.I think the thing that comes to mind right now is the smell. Walking into the library in Kingston, North Carolina, the public library. It was one of those wonderful hold municipal buildings, probably built in the twenties or thirties and just the smell of all those books, the paper, the smell of the card catalog.I think our sense of smell is one of the most evocative of the five senses, and that's a very powerful association for me.It was like a feast. You could walk in and just walk all over the library and whatever caught your eye was yours to explore, and for a kid of six... READ MORE