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  • Cape ability

    If two people in your workplace showed up outfitted in superhero costumes (it's not Halloween) how surprised would you be? My sighting at the library did occur within a few days of trick-or-treat time. But the main point is that when I observed two Youth Services librarians thus attired, what first...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-07-2013
  • Second looks encouraged

    "You were right!" I told my husband Monday evening. "You're not the only person in the world who thinks Buckaroo Bonzai is a great movie. I met the other guy today." That would be Ernest Cline , author of the acclaimed R eady Player One , October's discussion choice for the...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-25-2013
  • Haunting, but not like Halloween

    No disrespect implied, but I've left witches and pumpkins behind, forging ahead to Thanksgiving mode this week. It's all due to Daniel Woodrell. The Maid's Version , his brief but masterfully done novel, was on my Don't Return Home Without It list at Book Expo last spring. Alas, I came...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-11-2013
  • May the choice be with you

    Wish someone had caught this on camera for Youtube. Scene related by reliable witness: an attentive mother and two children (daughter a couple of years older than the son) indicated the selection of puppets available for checkout at the library . "Which one do you choose?" she asked both. The...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-26-2013
  • Betwixt and between

    If you're a grownup (especially thirty-plus and a parent/guardian/aunt or uncle) you, too, may have savored a sandwich meal involving no sandwiches. A recent lunch--if that's what you call chugging a homemade smoothie--found me checking emails on my iPad. My daughter had inquired about supplies...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-13-2013
  • This post is not cardiologist-approved

    Suspense fiction fans love to encounter surprises and mystery in books they've chosen. But not like this. Co-worker Carolyn handed me a still-new copy of a popular thriller, outlining the customer complaint: someone had taken it upon himself/herself to cross out and "revise" phrases throughout...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-29-2013
  • Extra! Extra! Read all about it

    That message had no business landing in work email in the first place. I would delete it, but it represents a career path of potential interest to the library's job seekers and vocational explorers. OK, so I'm rationalizing; I kept it because it intrigues me personally. Sent by Onlocation Casting...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-15-2013
  • No time (or reason) for summertime blues

    Ah, summertime at the place across from the Main Street Plaza fountains . We're also known as Rocksssanne's home or the library, where incidentally, you can still enter the adult summer reading program if you hurry, and where we daily witness the joys of vacation time. Joy, yes. Leisure, no....
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-01-2013
  • Please, thank you, and mine!

    Ever worked a customer service desk? Then you're familiar with the Conflicted or I Hate to Bother You, But... Complaint. This nice library patron was even conflicted about the reason. With hands apart, palms up (the universal "this is probably futile" signal), she reported that a clearly...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-19-2013
  • Triple-digit scores for trio

    Oh, good. The annual Triple Digit Temperature Anticipation is over. We can proceed to more vital topics, say, air conditioning and novels. On weekends when I interrupt yard work at intervals to duck inside for a hat or water, to check on the dogs or whatever (because overtly preventing heat exhaustion...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-28-2013
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