When Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was young, she turned to literature to help her deal with the problems she faced. “I learned how to make books my friends,” she told an audience of more than 700 people at an event hosted by the American Writers Museum and the Chicago Public Library.

At the event, which was October 12 at the Harold Washington Library, Justice Sotomayor made everyone in attendance feel like a friend too, just like the books she read as a youngster. While answering questions and discussing her two books for young readers — Turning Pages: My Life Story and The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor — Justice Sotomayor walked through the crowd, giving hugs and taking pictures with the many children in the audience. On a cold and drizzly night, the smiles and excitement of the kids after sharing a moment with Justice Sotomayor warmed the audience right up.