Librarians Who Interview Authors on Television

The ALA Library recently responded to a rather specific question: What television programs consist of librarians interviewing authors? We found a good handful of librarian-hosted TV talk shows from all across the country that provide insight into the writer and writing process. We believe that all of these are current. Please do not hesitate to comment below with corrections. And let us know any that we have missed!

Also, we're aware that librarians currently appear in a plethora of media. If you're a library worker whose program airs regularly on the radio or via streaming video on such websites as YouTube and Vimeo, feel free to leave a comment.

And if you had a TV program well before YouTube, like Michael Cart and In Print and Jean Trebbi and Library Edition, or if your Friends group ever produced a program, like the Friends of the Meridien Library and Heartbeat of the City with Laura Van Wormer and Frank Donavan, or if your library had a cable channel, like the Arlington Heights Memorial Library and its Library Cable Network (1984-2009) [whose programs included What's New in Libraries hosted by former ALA President Sarah Long of the former North Suburban Library System (NSLS)], or if you regularly appeared on TV and radio in order to promote your library's programs and materials, like the late James Brown of the Newark Public Library,  also leave that information below.


Book Chat, produced and hosted by Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Township Library Director, on UMGA-TV of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.  Now in its tenth year, airs nightly at 8:00 pm ET.

Bookends: A Television Program for Teens Who Like to Read, produced jointly by the Poudre River Public Library District and the Poudre School District out of Colorado, which was one of five honorees of the 2012 Innovations in Reading Prize from the National Book Foundation. Also see Staff Achievements: Channel 10 Show Receives National Award.

Books Alive!
Barb Langridge interviews authors and illustrators on this TV program in Baltimore.

Book Lust with Nancy Pearl on the Seattle Channel -

Library Matters on Miami Dade College Television -
Nancy Kalikow Maxwell wrote about creating the Library Matters TV series in the brief article, “Lights, Camera, Libraries,” that appeared on pages 85-87 of the 2010 ALA publication, Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook, edited by Carol Smallwood. See a profile on librarian Theo Karantsalis, who appeared on the show. 

Off the Page is an author interview show sponsored by the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library in cooperation with KCCB Channel 8 Broomfield in Colorado.  Host Stacy McKenzie, reference librarian for the library, talks with local authors to find out the stories behind the stories.

Pritzker Military Library Presents is hosted by current President and CEO Ed Tracy (and previously by former President and CEO Kenneth Clarke) and airs on WYCC-TV / PBS Channel 20 in Chicago, Illinois. Programs premiere on Sunday mornings at 11:00am CT and are rebroadcast at 5:00am CT the following Sunday.


I work for the Talbot County Free Library, and I too host a TV show on our local channel for the library. It is called ‘On The Shelf’, airs monthly and is with 3 1/2 years the longest running show on our local TV.
You can check it out on our website
I recently interviewed Jack Gantos (before he received his Newberry Award), this interview can be found on YouTube as well (LibrarySabine).
Hope you will include me in your publications.
Sabine M. Simonson
Outreach Services/Volunteer Coordinator
Talbot County Free Library
Easton, MD 21601

The Bookends project that you mention as one of the Innovations in Reading Prize winners for 2012 is a show that is hosted and presented by teens (not librarians). It is truly an exciting partnership with the school district and we are very proud of our teen members of our library district’s Interesting Reader Society.

We run a governmental / educational station in the Town of Colonie, New York. One of our programs is called “Meet the Author” hosted by librarian Joe Nash.

Shows can also be seen on Vimeo: