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Here's your hat; what's your story?
Like all parents, I ponder the Generational Divide some days more than others. And this week? Well, it occurred to me that J.K. Rowling's great gift to humankind-- the Sorting Hat --might represent the issue nicely. If the hat assigned generational...
Oh, don't be so modest (just be accurate)
The customer isn't always right. On those rare occasions, it's fortunate if someone else has already said so. That's what happened with the recent job hunter who slid his resume across the reference desk, sighed, and related his situation...
The quality of mercy
Not an ardent reader of Science Fiction, I approach it like a child lectured that eating vegetables is a Good Thing and should be undertaken frequently: I'm always glad afterward but rarely pursue the experience. Predictably, when an advance copy...
Never enough awards for "Best Supporting..."
I spotted Wonder Woman in the library a couple of days ago. Or maybe it was Super Mom; there's scarcely any difference. The first clue to her identity was the adorable napping baby nestling in a handmade sling tied jauntily around her shoulders. Without...
Living in the Sticks-and-Stones Age
I should appreciate my colleagues in City of Round Rock's Communications division more. Sure, they've been kind and supportive of this blog all along, but now it appears that they've been bravely fostering a risky venture. Consider the case...
My kingdom for a repair estimate
If a significant artifact on the order of Richard III's skeleton is ever unearthed around here, I like to believe that the find wouldn't instigate an internationally publicized squabble between,say, Round Rock and Pflugerville. Emotions run high...
Maggie Smith's Bacon number: 2
Did you know that the library's getting a new webpage? Watch for it this spring. We're already generating content ideas, including more "If you like.." features: additional reading options inspired by favorite authors or themes. Susan...
Try our 2 percent solution
Could have been the caffeine: twenty ounces of home-brewed latte consumed in a brief commute produces an adequate jolt. But I suspect that NPR's "2 percent" story (thank you, Neda Ulaby) was the real morning brightener. Pop culture blogger...
Do you really want to be timeless?
Topic for the day: Time Travel. It’s due to Round Rock Antique Mall and the vintage necklace I bought there. A 1950’s European accessory in an unusual color, it features beads cleverly made of Lucite; they look like glass but weigh almost nothing. Admiring...
Moonlight in old Austin
Resolution someone should make for 2013: solve the question of acceptable vs. inconsiderate digital multitasking. Before the term came into being, we felt virtuous when accomplishing things simultaneously. Haven't we heard the stories about pioneer...
...and a beastly New Year
Hi there. What's your sign? Sounds just as creepy online as it does in person, but it relates so well to a New Year observation. According to Chinese astrology, February 10, 2013 opens the Year of the Snake . Given the popularity of library mascot...
What this world needs
...is another version of "The Night Before Christmas". What if Santa paid a visit to downtown Round Rock the week before his annual delivery? The Night Before Christmas at Round Rock Public Library ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all...
Up on the rooftop--but not reindeer
Volunteering to work the 3-11:00 PM shift for Christmas Family Night (tonight) didn't seem like an awful idea weeks ago. Today, it proved to be a brilliant move. Imagine: an entire weekday morning to catch up on tasks at home while you're fresh...
Why holiday notes are even better than cards
This time of year, surprises should arrive tied with a bow or layered in a tin with other similarly delectable items. As for the other kind of eye-opener (say, the dawning realization that the updated flower bed shape doesn't fit our Christmas lights...
Better watch out
A certain approaching event conjures up a vivid image: busy workers frantically readying shipments of delightful items for wide, eagerly received distribution. Santa's elves are probably working overtime, too. But I was thinking of forthcoming books;...
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