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  • 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
  • Here's your hat; what's your story?

    Like all parents, I ponder the Generational Divide some days more than others. And this week? Well, it occurred to me that J.K. Rowling's great gift to humankind-- the Sorting Hat --might represent the issue nicely. If the hat assigned generational membership, it might still consider age, but it...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-22-2013
  • Oh, don't be so modest (just be accurate)

    The customer isn't always right. On those rare occasions, it's fortunate if someone else has already said so. That's what happened with the recent job hunter who slid his resume across the reference desk, sighed, and related his situation. After applying three times to an area employer with...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-15-2013
  • The quality of mercy

    Not an ardent reader of Science Fiction, I approach it like a child lectured that eating vegetables is a Good Thing and should be undertaken frequently: I'm always glad afterward but rarely pursue the experience. Predictably, when an advance copy of Ariel Djanikian's The Office of Mercy arrived...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-08-2013
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