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  • All I want is more

    Remember when "binge" was a word we didn't take lightly? Formerly, it applied to individuals straying into saloons or meeting with bad company and succumbing to more beverages than originally intended. Despite advice from embroidered samplers or wise elders, Moderation In All Things proved...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-03-2014
  • Just wait 'til you hear

    We understand why library customers ask us The Question (how we feel about “libraries going away now that we have ebooks and the internet”). Earlier this week, one such inquirer stacked her pile of library books on the Reference desk while she entered the drawing for this week’s Reader’s Bonanza tote...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-20-2014
  • Which came first: the fried chicken or...?

    “What was the weather like?” That’s the first question co-workers asked about New York last week (I attended Book Expo America ). Answer: “I wore my coat every day!” Ignoring the forecast for weeklong 70s, I packed light outerwear that made brisk walking in that unexpectedly cool, windy spell a pleasure...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-06-2014
  • And the hints just keep on coming

    In the run-up to Book Expo America next week, I'm doing my exhibitor homework: assessing which autographed publications and advance reader copies would most interest Round Rock readers. Paula Daly , I note, has Keep Your Friends Close due out in September. Her suspenseful fiction debut, Just What...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-23-2014
  • The art and (mad) science of summertime

    On those first Tuesdays when the library opens an hour later for all-staff meeting, we're almost never discussing what you'd think. Literary chat would be fun, but other priorities rule the agenda. Administering an information/access/community center--the modern library model --demands customer...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-09-2014
  • A-twitter over e-books

    Ever had an unflattering photo making the rounds on social media? This happens to libraries, too. A valued (and justifiably frustrated) customer tweeted an image of the library's copy of Flowers for Algernon open to display facing pages, both thoroughly scribbled with blue ink. Any parent would recognize...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-24-2014
  • Would you like a film with that?

    For someone who pokes fun at shallow social networking relationships (one click and you're a "friend") I am awfully quick to claim comradeship with noted authors. Without demonstrating equal talent, one can still bask in the approbation of kindred opinions. Masterfully expressing viewpoints...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-28-2014
  • Do you have a good reimagination?

    Perhaps we should make TCM 's Robert Osborne an honorary library staffer . He enhanced a customer interaction this week. The caller queried, "I don't owe any fines, right?" Extra-busy recently, she'd lost track of time and required confirmation that nothing was overdue. Well, you...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-14-2014
  • Self-help on many levels

    We don't operate within Downton Abbey-like social strata, and no impenetrable physical barrier (that we know of) seals off the library's first floor from the second. Still, top-floor reference librarians go for long stretches of time without speaking to first-floor youth librarians. And we like...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-28-2014
  • The ghost who got a warm reception

    In Valerie Martin's new The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, famed British author and Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle is touring the United States. Though gracious among his fans, Doyle finds every dinner, interview, lecture, or appearance to be wearyingly predictable: the American penchant...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-14-2014
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