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All I want is more
Remember when "binge" was a word we didn't take lightly? Formerly, it applied to individuals straying into saloons or meeting with bad company and succumbing to more beverages than originally intended. Despite advice from embroidered samplers...
Just wait 'til you hear
We understand why library customers ask us The Question (how we feel about “libraries going away now that we have ebooks and the internet”). Earlier this week, one such inquirer stacked her pile of library books on the Reference desk while she entered...
Which came first: the fried chicken or...?
“What was the weather like?” That’s the first question co-workers asked about New York last week (I attended Book Expo America ). Answer: “I wore my coat every day!” Ignoring the forecast for weeklong 70s, I packed light outerwear that made brisk walking...
And the hints just keep on coming
In the run-up to Book Expo America next week, I'm doing my exhibitor homework: assessing which autographed publications and advance reader copies would most interest Round Rock readers. Paula Daly , I note, has Keep Your Friends Close due out in September...
Please, thank you, and mine!
Ever worked a customer service desk? Then you're familiar with the Conflicted or I Hate to Bother You, But... Complaint. This nice library patron was even conflicted about the reason. With hands apart, palms up (the universal "this is probably...
Triple-digit scores for trio
Oh, good. The annual Triple Digit Temperature Anticipation is over. We can proceed to more vital topics, say, air conditioning and novels. On weekends when I interrupt yard work at intervals to duck inside for a hat or water, to check on the dogs or whatever...
Solid proof that readers are winners
Guess what we figured out? People of all ages appreciate free stuff (interesting, high-quality free stuff). Who knew? The library's youth summer reading programs have long been identified with favorite performers, activities, story times. Oh, and...
Heaven and Hell's Kitchen
"Such an amazing place," the customer observed dreamily. "But I don't suppose I could ever get in." Nice to know that the Book Expo America photos I posted online conveyed the energy and special-ness of the event--noted authors...
Sharing: an Empire State of mind
I don't have a photo of Dr. Ruth on my phone. But the gentleman behind me in the Sue Grafton autograph line at Book Expo America (New York City, last week) does. He'd spotted her in the cavernous Javits Center exhibit hall, asked if she could...
If you think librarians don't use four-letter words...
…you’re in for a shock. Clearly, some days are better than others here at the library, but an event we have planned for this week has inspired a whole string of brief but expressive terms. Brace yourself. FREE. That’s right, I said it. If you drop by...
At least pastrami will never go out of style
Just my luck. According to Weather Underground 's Manhattan forecast, all the days I'll be vacationing in New York City next week indicate a chance of showers. Of course, the lowest probabilities coincide with the days I'd be indoors anyway...
Cloudy with a chance of spaceships
Another chilly, rainy day--in New York City, at least. This evening, the 51 st floor view reveals Manhattan towers disappearing into lowering clouds. Three neighboring skyscrapers equipped with illuminated spikes glow eerily in the mist. I'm fascinated...