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  • What's highly visible but transparent?

    Browning lawns, fuel price locators , and political debates are signs of the times. I encountered another one last Friday. Registering for the district Texas Library Association meeting in Georgetown, I was startled to spy many, many empty chairs--and I'd arrived just in the nick of time. Skimpy...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-24-2011
  • Words of a feather

    If you're lucky enough to enjoy windows and natural light at work, you appreciate any vista from the world beyond fluorescent ceilings. A couple of days ago, a colleague pointed out an especially wonderful sight. Parked across the street sat a spacious Cadillac, custom-painted a deep pink with coordinating...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-14-2011
  • I'm with the banned

    Even serious topics like Banned Books Week (9/24-10/1 this year) lend their share of humor. A fellow librarian at Saturday's book group reported that some customers responded to her Banned Books display with a horrified, "I didn't know these were outlawed at our library!" They hadn't...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-07-2011
  • All hat and no titles

    "What are you, Queen for a Day ?" The customer was puzzled. Granted, my accessory choice for yesterday--a silver plastic tiara--may have been ill-chosen; other responses included "Aww, is it your birthday?", "Theeeere she is..." and "OK, Your Majesty, I've got a...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-30-2011
  • Keys to the city include control, alt, and delete

    You've heard the same travel advice I have: take along a supply of water to prevent dehydration on a long flight; make photocopies of your passport; allow an extra hour at the airport for international trips, etc. I followed most of it, too, though unfortunately not the bit about packing an extra...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-24-2011
  • They who must not be named

    Just a guess: at some point during the past couple of weeks, has anyone at your workplace encouraged you to "think outside the box"? That phrase could become tedious if it weren't such excellent advice. It's not just about inventing entirely new concepts. Sometimes, time-tested solutions...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-06-2011
  • 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 how many younger folks got the reference. Though...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-30-2011
  • Can you take a hint?

    Recently, I read that Heloise will be appearing in Austin in November. From the sound of it--she's a columnist, author, speaker, contributing editor, etc.--Heloise doesn't have much time for novel reading, yet she would be perfectly at home in the library. She's our sort of person, offering...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-22-2011
  • 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 fiction novel title. I'm not a frequent...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-13-2011
  • 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 the priceless benefit of learning intriguing facts...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-05-2011
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