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  • 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
  • ...and a beastly New Year

    Hi there. What's your sign? Sounds just as creepy online as it does in person, but it relates so well to a New Year observation. According to Chinese astrology, February 10, 2013 opens the Year of the Snake . Given the popularity of library mascot Rocksssanne , every year at Round Rock Public Library...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-31-2012
  • What this world needs

    ...is another version of "The Night Before Christmas". What if Santa paid a visit to downtown Round Rock the week before his annual delivery? The Night Before Christmas at Round Rock Public Library ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the shelves Resounds pitter-patter of holiday...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-19-2012
  • Up on the rooftop--but not reindeer

    Volunteering to work the 3-11:00 PM shift for Christmas Family Night (tonight) didn't seem like an awful idea weeks ago. Today, it proved to be a brilliant move. Imagine: an entire weekday morning to catch up on tasks at home while you're fresh enough to enjoy doing them. Scouting for boxes in...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-07-2012
  • Why holiday notes are even better than cards

    This time of year, surprises should arrive tied with a bow or layered in a tin with other similarly delectable items. As for the other kind of eye-opener (say, the dawning realization that the updated flower bed shape doesn't fit our Christmas lights like the old one), those can be difficult to appreciate...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-29-2012
  • Better watch out

    A certain approaching event conjures up a vivid image: busy workers frantically readying shipments of delightful items for wide, eagerly received distribution. Santa's elves are probably working overtime, too. But I was thinking of forthcoming books; yesterday I read a review for Cathy Marie Buchanan's...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-21-2012
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