Well actually, it was only a snow day, but we’ll call it a mini-vacation for the purposes of this blog post. Like many of you, I spent a hefty part of yesterday shoveling snow. But, before and after that, I had time for a few other activities as well: watering plants, transplanting a couple of orchids that have been neglected for far too long, scratching the cat’s belly (it’s amazing how much our cat enjoys that), surfing the web, signing up for “Buzz,” Google’s new online social media feature (kind of like Facebook in your GMail inbox), and a few other home-bound type activities, that only seem to get done when I have an unexpected day off.
Unsurprisingly, like many of my colleagues here at John Jermain, I also spent a good part of the day reading. And that got me thinking. Do library staffers typically take a busman’s holiday and spend their day reading when they have time off? Granted, working in a library and reading a book are not the same thing. Still, we do spend an inordinate amount of our lives surrounded by, working with and thinking about books, so when we have some free time, we might be excused if we chose to devote it to other pastimes. Jigsaw puzzles anyone?
So this morning, in an effort to answer this pressing question, I did a quick survey of my fellow employees to find out how many of us spent at least part of our snow day engrossed in a good (or bad, or indifferent) book. I also compiled a list of what we’re currently reading — I just thought you might like to know. Of the ten staffers working at the library this morning, it turns out the nine of us spent at least part of yesterday reading books, and the tenth devoted herself to catching up on old magazines and newspapers. I can’t say I didn’t expect as much.
Here, in no particular order, is what we’re reading. Each book has been linked to it’s entry in our catalog in case you would like to find our more about it.
River of Doubt by Candice Millard (2 readers – This book is the “Long Island Reads” selection for 2010)
Many of you will no doubt have noticed that there are more than nine titles listed here. Which means that some of us read more than one book at a time. (My hand is up here, and I was glad to find out that I’m not the only one.)
In addition to all the worthy titles above, a few of us were also perusing some really fine cookbooks at one time or another throughout the day, either planning the evening meal or a menu for a future gathering.
The last one is my particular favorite. Last night I cooked up a Sweet Potato and Chick Pea Stew. It did not disappoint.
— Eric Cohen