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  • 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 he'd recommend even to those who don't favor...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-23-2011
  • Arriving shortly

    Pssssst! Have I got a reading group tip for you: at least an hour of animated give-and-take practically guaranteed, and it's less than thirty pages long. Leading a discussion for Ryunosuke Akutagawa's short story "Hell Screen" is a dream job. That text was June's topic for the Baca...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-16-2011
  • 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 concluding that you wandered into a children's...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-09-2011
  • 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 America 2011, it's generating the most buzz. Despite...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-31-2011
  • 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, and not just because the precipitation is more...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-23-2011
  • 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", he predicted I'd love the quotation cited...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-10-2011
  • 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 same title. Honestly, we believed that Outlander's...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-03-2011
  • Poetic license--or learner's permit?

    Advance apologies go out to William Shakespeare (whose birthday it is this week) and all other real poets. In celebration of National Poetry Month , I borrowed some poetic forms to convey a few thoughts. Haiku: April Weather Verdant but brown-edged Summer larks behind Spring's mask We're not...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-25-2011
  • 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-profit business, actually any venture whose success...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-19-2011
  • 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 thousands of resources for your convenience...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-12-2011
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