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Going up?
Right now, our new library building exists in that ideal theoretical dimension in which all things are possible and nobody's dreamed-of architectural vision clashes with anyone else's (or with functionality, for that matter). Once the project...
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...
The art and (mad) science of summertime
On those first Tuesdays when the library opens an hour later for all-staff meeting, we're almost never discussing what you'd think. Literary chat would be fun, but other priorities rule the agenda. Administering an information/access/community...
A-twitter over e-books
Ever had an unflattering photo making the rounds on social media? This happens to libraries, too. A valued (and justifiably frustrated) customer tweeted an image of the library's copy of Flowers for Algernon open to display facing pages, both thoroughly...
Would you like a film with that?
For someone who pokes fun at shallow social networking relationships (one click and you're a "friend") I am awfully quick to claim comradeship with noted authors. Without demonstrating equal talent, one can still bask in the approbation...
Do you have a good reimagination?
Perhaps we should make TCM 's Robert Osborne an honorary library staffer . He enhanced a customer interaction this week. The caller queried, "I don't owe any fines, right?" Extra-busy recently, she'd lost track of time and required...
Self-help on many levels
We don't operate within Downton Abbey-like social strata, and no impenetrable physical barrier (that we know of) seals off the library's first floor from the second. Still, top-floor reference librarians go for long stretches of time without speaking...
The ghost who got a warm reception
In Valerie Martin's new The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, famed British author and Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle is touring the United States. Though gracious among his fans, Doyle finds every dinner, interview, lecture, or appearance to...
Over there and back again
For this significant anniversary, choose when you wish to observe it. (Don't try this at home; a wedding date is a wedding date.) With World War I's centenary , the approach makes sense. Nations entered into the conflict over time, and some locales...
A tale of two
Jennifer Lawrence and I face different challenges. I worry about income tax filing and furry rooftop intruders at home and maxed-out Fiction shelving at work. Poor Jennifer, on the other hand, is tasked with maintaining her ever-increasing trove of award...
In all likelihood
As of this writing, IRS' Facebook page has been "Liked" 17,878 times. Surely it's OK to express surprise. Noting that Round Rock Public Library has 1,687 Likes and we're SO much nicer wouldn't be quite as appropriate. And of...
How the Grinch Stole the One Ring to Rule Them All
Thankfully, this malady is easier to cure than flu. I refer to CPF (Cookie Press Fixation, sometimes diagnosed as SCPA--Spritz Cookie Production Addiction). Having achieved nifty results with the dough-filled cookie gun, no baker can stop with a single...
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