My friends outside the library world look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them how I spent the last year. There were several wonderful, almost-relaxing family vacations (I spent too much time worrying about the mountain of books I'd brought along and hadn't read), a little time in the garden (with an audiobook playing) and an occasional peek at the Olympics or election news (book still open on lap), but really, when I wasn't working or sleeping this year, I was reading.
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author John Updike died yesterday of lung cancer at the age of 76. Best known for his "Rabbit" novels, he was an extremely prolific writer, penning over 20 novels, as well as poetry, short fiction, essays, and criticism. The CRRL owns 56 titles by Updike.
Libraries are my passion in life. Before I became mayor, I used to sneak out here during lunch time...and I'd go to a corner and take a book -- any book almost -- and read it for a while, and then feel rejuvenated.