Columbus Library Director Finishes a Good Run

Today is Robert Trautwein’s last day as Director of the Columbus (NE) Public Library…it’s been a good twenty-eight and a half years.

As a child, Trautwein lived on a farm 26 miles from the nearest library in Twin Falls Idaho. When his teacher gave him a book review assignment (Vanity Fair), and he’d only read about 100 pages, he headed to the nearest library where he was introduced to Master Plots, a reference set that summarizes many classic books. Later that summer, he went back to the library and read the whole book.

He has some exciting plans for his retirement, starting with a 450-mile walk across Spain.