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  • Solid proof that readers are winners

    Guess what we figured out? People of all ages appreciate free stuff (interesting, high-quality free stuff). Who knew? The library's youth summer reading programs have long been identified with favorite performers, activities, story times. Oh, and prizes, prizes, prizes. Adults, we reasoned, didn't...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-21-2013
  • Heaven and Hell's Kitchen

    "Such an amazing place," the customer observed dreamily. "But I don't suppose I could ever get in." Nice to know that the Book Expo America photos I posted online conveyed the energy and special-ness of the event--noted authors by the score, acclaimed presenters, book giveaways...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-13-2013
  • Sharing: an Empire State of mind

    I don't have a photo of Dr. Ruth on my phone. But the gentleman behind me in the Sue Grafton autograph line at Book Expo America (New York City, last week) does. He'd spotted her in the cavernous Javits Center exhibit hall, asked if she could spare a minute, and--voila! (See my celeb photos on...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-05-2013
  • Butch Cassidy and the Goblet of Fire

    People are so quick to draw conclusions. So what if The Sting, The Natural, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid top my "10 Best Films List"? I also love Quiz Show and Ordinary People, for which Robert Redford was behind the camera. So there. It's about film quality, really. That, and...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-24-2013
  • Go ahead, make...

    Forget Rumpelstiltskin's debtor spinning straw into gold and Cinderella's fairy godmother devising a coach from a pumpkin. This project demanded creativity. Michelle , our library director, requested that fellow reference librarian Chris and I design a giveaway flyer for the library's booth...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-17-2013
  • Support your local EM

    Boinnngggg. You could practically hear last week's topic hitting a nerve, one in-house English major at a time. After I inquired which staffers claimed English as an academic concentration, "No" replies landed in my inbox; "Yes" folks responded in person. They needed to vent....
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-10-2013
  • Not that you asked...

    Not everyone who works in the library is a librarian (technically, that's only the folks with MLS or MLIS degrees). And among the librarians, library assistants, and library associates in the building, a smaller percentage than you might think were English majors. Fortunately. Every day, questions...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-03-2013
  • Think you've heard it all?

    Quick: name the greatest country song of all time. According to a Country Music Magazine poll, honors go to "He Stopped Loving Her Today" written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putnam and memorably performed by George Jones . Listen , and you'll understand its enduring popularity. Country...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-26-2013
  • Pearls before Spam

    "You know who June Cleaver is, right?" the library customer inquired, "You remind me of her, sort of put-together and calm." So, June--AKA Barbara Billingsley in vintage TV's Leave it to Beaver -- and I can both act. At the reference desk, anyone may inquire about potentially...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-19-2013
  • Very very very fine houses

    This week, I found myself tracking former residences the way some people Google their old flames. Leave 'em and love 'em: that's my motto. Of a dozen former homes, we've owned two. We were fond of them then, but they've acquired nostalgia value over time. The soft focus of receding...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-12-2013
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