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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...
Butch Cassidy and the Goblet of Fire
People are so quick to draw conclusions. So what if The Sting, The Natural, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid top my "10 Best Films List"? I also love Quiz Show and Ordinary People, for which Robert Redford was behind the camera. So there...
Support your local EM
Boinnngggg. You could practically hear last week's topic hitting a nerve, one in-house English major at a time. After I inquired which staffers claimed English as an academic concentration, "No" replies landed in my inbox; "Yes"...
Not that you asked...
Not everyone who works in the library is a librarian (technically, that's only the folks with MLS or MLIS degrees). And among the librarians, library assistants, and library associates in the building, a smaller percentage than you might think were...
Very very very fine houses
This week, I found myself tracking former residences the way some people Google their old flames. Leave 'em and love 'em: that's my motto. Of a dozen former homes, we've owned two. We were fond of them then, but they've acquired nostalgia...
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...
...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...
This November, success is in the bag
If you hear an odd metallic noise anytime in November, just ignore it. It's the sound of literary standards being ratcheted down another notch. Under normal circumstances, we readers maintain the loftiest of expectations, which of course do not include...
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