Brian Selznick

"The value of libraries is sort of indescribable.”

I've always loved libraries, ever since Mrs. Dickerman in elementary school used to bring us to the library and gather us around the rocking chair and read books to us.

I grew up in East Brunswick, New Jersey and used the East Brunswick Public Library all the time. I did a lot of research for my first book, "The Houdini Box" at the East Brunswick Public Library.

The value of librarians is sort of indescribable. The fact that there are people who are gatekeepers for all human knowledge in so many ways, and the fact that we can walk into a library and say, "I need to learn about this, I need to know about this, can you help me find out about this?" And that they have the tools to help us get to that information is something that we all need.

Now I'm working on a new book that's based on stuff that I learned when I was making "The Invention of Hugo Cabret." It will have words and pictures, but I'm going to try to use the words and pictures in a different way than I did with "Hugo," so the book will be structured slightly differently. It's a completely different story but inspired by things I learned in 'Hugo."

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