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  • 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
  • Just when you think you've heard it all

    ...someone writes another version of that classic holiday poem. This one celebrates downtown Round Rock ( don't forget Christmas Family Night on Dec. 6) and Rocksssanne , the library's beloved (and intrepid) snake mascot. *** Rocksssanne's Christmas Eve Ramble *** ‘Tis the night before Christmas...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-04-2013
  • Now you see it...

    What do you get when you mix a trendy (once upon a time) yellow and chrome dinette, sleek-fronted white cabinets, your grandmother's canister set, and gaudy, what-were-they-thinking wallpaper? It was simultaneously a kitchen and a Sparkling Sixties time capsule. But the restaurant-grade stove had...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-21-2013
  • 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
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