Adult Services Librarian, Southwest
I started reading fairly early and devoured everything I could find. My family used the library because there was no way we could afford the amount that I read. In fact, when I was 14 years old, my mother made me give away 500 of my own books (I still had about 2000 left). Nowadays my personal collection is much smaller, in part because I only keep books that are important to me, and also in part because I know how heavy 40 boxes of books are to move from place to place! In spite of that I still manage to have more books than shelf space. Which is just one of the reasons the library is so important to me.
I probably read about 50% non-fiction, 50% fiction. I enjoy cooking, history, and all of the craft books. I have also been known to read offbeat non-fiction books on esoteric subjects. When I'm at home, you can catch me baking bread, reading to my kids, or playing video games. I'm firmly stuck in the generation that grew up with Atari and Nintendo and have graduated to the Xbox 360. My kids say I'm a clean freak, but only by a boy's definition of clean. At work, I am acknowledged as knowing a bit about science fiction, genealogy, and romance novels. Above you can see me in one of two gardens at the Southwest Branch.
by Jude Deveraux
by Neil Gaiman
by Charlotte Bronte
by Mark Kurlansky