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  • 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 of a university librarian in Canada who's being...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-15-2013
  • 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 when honor and tourism are at stake. Couldn't...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-08-2013
  • 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 from Youth Services suggested a brilliant one--recommendations...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-01-2013
  • 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 Linda Holmes cited "an axiom of television...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-25-2013
  • ...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 Rocksssanne , every year at Round Rock Public Library...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-31-2012
  • 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 cliché's, repetitive word choices, or plot...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-15-2012
  • We must be counter intuitive

    You've heard that caution about never asking a question to which you don't know the answer; it's generally referenced in legal contexts but could be dicey for public services, too. Ever since Michelle, our director, announced that a consulting firm would conduct focus groups and surveys for...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-06-2012
  • Yes, Yoda, there is a "try"

    Those Texas Book Festival planners are geniuses. Imagine not only producing a weekend of superb literary presentations but also conjuring up October weather that feels like October? I, however, am not brilliant and consequently found myself at TBF with 25 precious minutes available for reading--and no...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-30-2012
  • What's in a meme?

    Statistics can really class up a blog, but let's avoid those undecided voter polls (too changeable). This data is rock solid: 1 television, 3 people, 2 dogs,1 crockpot full of barbecued brisket--our household's inventory for an evening of Presidential debate viewing. Add to that 1 laptop on,...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-20-2012
  • The kindness (and efficiency) of strangers

    From the "that was awkward" memory file: I'm applying for a driver license in another state. Peering into the hood of the vision screening device, I focus on the foggy surface and announce, "OK, you can turn it on now." Brief pause. "It is on." I could have told them...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-28-2012
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