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  • 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
  • Over there and back again

    For this significant anniversary, choose when you wish to observe it. (Don't try this at home; a wedding date is a wedding date.) With World War I's centenary , the approach makes sense. Nations entered into the conflict over time, and some locales are noted for one definitive event. The city...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-31-2014
  • A tale of two

    Jennifer Lawrence and I face different challenges. I worry about income tax filing and furry rooftop intruders at home and maxed-out Fiction shelving at work. Poor Jennifer, on the other hand, is tasked with maintaining her ever-increasing trove of award statuettes, determining which enviable film roles...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-17-2014
  • In all likelihood

    As of this writing, IRS' Facebook page has been "Liked" 17,878 times. Surely it's OK to express surprise. Noting that Round Rock Public Library has 1,687 Likes and we're SO much nicer wouldn't be quite as appropriate. And of course further speculation (e.g., how improbable it...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-03-2014
  • How the Grinch Stole the One Ring to Rule Them All

    Thankfully, this malady is easier to cure than flu. I refer to CPF (Cookie Press Fixation, sometimes diagnosed as SCPA--Spritz Cookie Production Addiction). Having achieved nifty results with the dough-filled cookie gun, no baker can stop with a single batch. The affected individual is driven to mix...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-19-2013
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