I took Benny to the library Tuesday after camp. Actually, we tried to go, but it was closed. I had completely forgotten that the new library schedule took affect this week. Bummer.

Like so many towns and cities, Charlotte's facing budget cuts that mean libraries are closing or cutting back hours. We are big library supporters; my late fees alone are probably keeping the North Regional branch open. Now we're putting our money where our mouth is. mouths are? Whatever. Really, we hope it's your mouth. Here's why:

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My husband and I own Rotelli – a family Italian restaurant in South Charlotte.  This weekend, we'll donate 10% of proceeds to the Charlotte Libraries. That includes food or beverage (including the new full bar).  I wanted to call it Libations for the Library, but Slade went with Rotelli Wine & Dine for the Library. Fine.

My kids are both enthusiastic readers, but my schedule makes it hit or miss these days. I feel like I'm always reading last year's books. Just started The Big Love by Sarah Dunn and just finished the Guernsey Literary and Sweet Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  I've recently become a huge fan of Michael Chabon and I raced through Robert Parker's second-to-last Spenser novel.  I've been reading Parker since I was 18 and was so sad to hear about his death this past January.

Two older books I really enjoyed this year are Julia Child's My Life in France and Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale (yes, that's the movie).  I'm also sort of embarrassed to tell you that I finally read Pride and Prejudice. Don't know what took me so long for that, but I can tell you why I'm waiting to read the second and third Stieg Larsson books.  Like everyone else, I read and loved The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  My mom has the others on her Kindle, so I'm waiting until we see her later this summer!

I hope you can join us this Friday, Saturday or Sunday at Rotelli to help out our libraries. I'd also love to know, what's on your reading list?