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  • 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
  • Never enough awards for "Best Supporting..."

    I spotted Wonder Woman in the library a couple of days ago. Or maybe it was Super Mom; there's scarcely any difference. The first clue to her identity was the adorable napping baby nestling in a handmade sling tied jauntily around her shoulders. Without apparent effort, she managed a reading list...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-22-2013
  • Living in the Sticks-and-Stones Age

    I should appreciate my colleagues in City of Round Rock's Communications division more. Sure, they've been kind and supportive of this blog all along, but now it appears that they've been bravely fostering a risky venture. Consider the case of a university librarian in Canada who's being...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-15-2013
  • My kingdom for a repair estimate

    If a significant artifact on the order of Richard III's skeleton is ever unearthed around here, I like to believe that the find wouldn't instigate an internationally publicized squabble between,say, Round Rock and Pflugerville. Emotions run high when honor and tourism are at stake. Couldn't...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-08-2013
  • Maggie Smith's Bacon number: 2

    Did you know that the library's getting a new webpage? Watch for it this spring. We're already generating content ideas, including more "If you like.." features: additional reading options inspired by favorite authors or themes. Susan from Youth Services suggested a brilliant one--recommendations...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-01-2013
  • Try our 2 percent solution

    Could have been the caffeine: twenty ounces of home-brewed latte consumed in a brief commute produces an adequate jolt. But I suspect that NPR's "2 percent" story (thank you, Neda Ulaby) was the real morning brightener. Pop culture blogger Linda Holmes cited "an axiom of television...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-25-2013
  • Do you really want to be timeless?

    Topic for the day: Time Travel. It’s due to Round Rock Antique Mall and the vintage necklace I bought there. A 1950’s European accessory in an unusual color, it features beads cleverly made of Lucite; they look like glass but weigh almost nothing. Admiring it, colleague Carolyn discerned its most salient...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-16-2013
  • Moonlight in old Austin

    Resolution someone should make for 2013: solve the question of acceptable vs. inconsiderate digital multitasking. Before the term came into being, we felt virtuous when accomplishing things simultaneously. Haven't we heard the stories about pioneer women sitting fireside, stirring the soup with one...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-08-2013
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