AMANDA NOLL LIBRARY LOVE
Welcome to Library Lions interviews Raising a Roar for libraries and the outstanding librarians serving youth in schools and public libraries across the U.S. Please Roar today’s Author Spotlight guest Amanda Noll. Amanda is stopping by to share her Library Love with us.
I was born and raised in Canberra, Australia. I immigrated to the United Statesas a teenager. After I married my college sweetheart, I began working in the purchasing division of a private university (ironic, since I despise shopping). I left the business world to attend to the business of raising children and concentrate on my writing. I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and four children.
A Story About Bedtime, Monsters, Imagination
For me, the library was a place of refuge. It was always quiet, full of books and people who loved them, and it was air conditioned (a real bonus when you grow up in a warm climate!) Reading was important to my family, so there were regular visits to the public library. I also spent a great deal of time in my school library. My home was (and still is) bursting with books!
I love librarians! They are my connection with schools and public libraries. They are supportive and encouraging. Librarians are passionate about reading, a quality that resonates with me! I spent many hours with librarians growing up and I find that I still spend a considerable amount of time with them as a grown up.
I see librarians struggling to redefine their role as they are required to drastically reduce their print collections. I shudder to imagine the world without librarians. They were always available to recommend books, be a friend, and be the guardians of my imagination. I sincerely hope people recognize their value in this increasingly digital world.
I was privileged to be honored as the 2011 GrandCanyon Reader Award winner in the picture book category.
Host Note: You can see the full list of Awards and Honors for I NEED MY MONSTER here !
Roar for School Visits
Children still believe they can change the world. I always meet children who are convinced that they have something wonderful to contribute to the world. They lack that inner critic that haunts my days. After a school visit I’m always exhausted but amazed at our young people, and those who choose careers to help guide them.
Thanks again for sharing your Library Love with us, Amanda!