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1G mindsets in a 4G world
Amid last Friday's speculations about Hurricane Irene's intentions, a library customer and I applauded the spirit of those valiant New Yorkers. We chuckled at one homeowner's "Good Night, Irene" signboard. I've since wondered...
Please have a doughnut and take me to your leader
Recently, my husband was startled to witness our phone announcing "call from City of Urrrr". A co-worker was attempting to reach me, thus the voice phonetically pronounced "City of RR". We agreed that City of Urr would be a great science...
Name calling at its best
To counter envy of acquaintances employed by for-profit companies (and thus eligible for glamorous productivity incentives like Hawaiian vacations and cars) let's reflect on unique perks of working at a nonprofit institution--say, a library. Besides...
It is what it is--perhaps
Did you ever nominate a book for your reading club, then panic when it's chosen? If so, you understand my qualms about Saturday's meeting. Larry Beinhart 's The Librarian seemed an ideal choice when submitted; suddenly I could foresee my taste...
Out of control
Approaching the reference desk earlier this week, the customer hesitated and did a quick left-and-right visual check before asking, "You're really controlling the whole system from right here, aren't you?" If you're familiar with...
A laughing matter, and one that isn't
Not to give away secrets of our cul-de-sac, but I bet ours is not the only House Divided. I refer, naturally, to lawn maintenance. My husband selects the crew cut style, resulting in a sleeker look and ensuring the longest possible interval between sessions...
Why the green stuff is so important
Today's shuttle launch coverage echoes back thirty years; the first space shuttle flight headed skyward in April 1981. We know what NASA was doing then, but what about the rest of us? Flashdance didn't screen until 1983, so we weren't sporting...
Surprising alternative to sand castles*
Earlier this week, a library patron stopped by the reference desk to execute the perfect 30-second book review. He displayed the actual product, cover facing out (good for us visual learners) and swiftly encapsulated its appeal: it's a mystery that...
Here, mystery novels are the killer apps
Remember your first visit to Round Rock Public Library? If it occurred during the summer, you might have wondered, as some folks do, where the "library for grownups" is. There you are, surrounded by hordes of young folks and their parents, possibly...
Please don't send in the clowns
The Big Top reigns as a big draw. With Water for Elephants filling theater seats, more great circus-themed entertainment awaits: Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus , due out in September. Of all the "forthcomings" promoted at Book Expo...
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...
He who laughs last probably answered first
Write a blog long enough, and your family and friends will become content scouts. My husband handed me his May 3 issue of The Christian Century (respected, but not generally regarded as a laugh riot). Indicating the item "Preliminary Thoughts"...
Everything we need to know about book groups we learned in high school
Things could have gotten ugly. The book club choice for Saturday evening fell short of unanimous favor, to say the least. Diana Gabaldon's Outlander represents the first time in this group's history that three members (I was one) nominated the...
Should the library get real?
You may consider yourself a major borrower, but you won't top library staffers. We don't confine ourselves to the New Fiction shelf or even the entire contents of the library. We appropriate ideas from other libraries, government agencies, for...
NLW fever: catch it!
Sounds like a sports event, right? I hoped to suggest a more stupendous thrill ride than National Library Week . On the other hand, what's more electrifying than self-discovery and hundreds of products for pennies per day? Libraries collect and arrange...
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