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  • The ones that got away

    Sometimes it's easy to predict Future Success Stories--like the determined teen scanning the shelves for AP reading list titles a couple of days ago. She was heading out with only one; I asked whether she wouldn't like to consider taking another choice or two. That way, she'd have a backup...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-02-2010
  • Better than comfort food: comfort information

    We knew the risks when we picked up that puppy from the Scottie rescue place four years ago. She'd been found wandering the streets of Fort Worth with no collar or tag. On the ride home, she licked all the sunscreen off my face, ran several figure-eight laps inside the car, and claimed our hearts...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-19-2010
  • Love that book? Keep it to yourself!

    I volunteered to be "nominator" for the Barnes & Noble (RRNN) book group next week. The job description: bring in three promising books for consideration, after which one is voted in as the October selection. No pressure, right? Well, advising this gang on reading is rather like offering...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-12-2010
  • What do you mean, the library promotes ADULT reading?

    In my previous job, I never figured out how to suitably explain my duties. People understood the "reference librarian" part, but their eyes would narrow ever so slightly when I added that other responsibilities included "selecting adult DVDs". See? Whatever you just thought, they...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-21-2010
  • Shortlisted in the stacks

    Following up on last week's admission that not all my book advice is golden, I resorted to my favorite source of literary expertise: co-workers. I polled library staffers, requesting names of books they've recommended and later heard described as someone's new favorite, "best book ever"...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-29-2010
  • Sense and Similarities

    Certain phrases always catch my eye as I'm scanning book reviews: "debut author", "projected series", "only die-hard fans", "shortlisted", for example. This spring, "beach read" has been much in evidence. That's a loaded term, isn't it? Sure...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-31-2010
  • No trivial pursuits

    Reference librarianship is a green occupation. Work at the reference desk long enough, and you'll find a use for any scrap of trivia you have ever picked up. You even have opportunities to recycle; some questions present themselves repeatedly. Librarians note, too, that special nuggets of data that...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-19-2010
  • You can't take it with you

    After much debate, we finally did it. We interfiled. The library shelved reference and other nonfiction titles together, so you can locate all the volumes on your topic without traversing two different areas. Reference (non-circulating books) display purple stickers on their spines. Recognizing this...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-26-2010
  • Don't cry for me, Athelhampton

    I still own a copy of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure . I didn't burn mine--unlike a number of Victorian readers who vehemently disapproved of it back in 1896. Jude still incites controversy, as proven by today's Round Rock New Neighbors book discussion (at the La Frontera Barnes & Noble...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-15-2010
  • Moonlight Graham Rocks!

    To borrow from "Casey at the Bat", the outlook wasn't brilliant for last week's adult book club. We all liked W. P. Kinsella's Shoeless Joe- -not an ideal situation. Book group veterans will tell you that an occasional "hated it!" or "who chose this book anyway?"...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-08-2010
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