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  • Bedtime stories got your goat?

    Raise your hand if a youngster of your acquaintance ever fixated on an unlikable bedtime story, demanding this resented volume to be read nightly for weeks on end. Now, raise your hand and say "Hmmmm" if you ‘ve ever pondered pithy questions inspired by a story for three-year-olds. I'm...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-14-2012
  • Party clothed

    When this year's political conventions began, I considered information gathering my priority. But it's hard to claim any responsible-citizen cred when these events are so entertaining. The eclectic (but never random) mix of soaring rhetoric, artful film, celebrities, statistics, vision, and dramatic...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-07-2012
  • Why 7 is our lucky number

    "Cool!" my husband announced, displaying a missive from Saturday's mail. "It's addressed specifically to you; sounds like a ransom note." Fortunately, my cute sunroofed hatchback had not actually been taken captive, but someone clearly wishes to wrest it from my ownership...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-29-2012
  • Hooked on funny

    Have you produced any amigurumi lately? Do you know what that is? What's great about this question is that your chances of answering correctly are about equal no matter which side of the generational divide you inhabit. Amigurumi (translation: "knitted stuffed toy") denotes a crafting trend...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-22-2012
  • If you think librarians don't use four-letter words...

    …you’re in for a shock. Clearly, some days are better than others here at the library, but an event we have planned for this week has inspired a whole string of brief but expressive terms. Brace yourself. FREE. That’s right, I said it. If you drop by Readers Extravaganza this Thursday and are on hand...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-14-2012
  • Who's your WFF?

    So, you've managed to avoid starring in a Youtube video or some other digital gaffe showcase that's "gone viral"? Don't congratulate yourself yet. As I was reminded this past weekend, low-tech and even no-tech modes of embarrassment lurk in the most innocuous places. As actual viruses...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-07-2012
  • Hardboiled novel, scrambled blog

    When my husband phoned from his seminar in Seattle last night, I'd already been asleep so was mostly noncommittal. Lucky for him. I'd been reading about a hardboiled private eye earlier; had I been more alert, he might have heard this: "So you wanna know the score, huh? Here's the lowdown...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-27-2012
  • Hungering for a new game?

    In an ideal society (a utopia), here's what you'd encounter just about everywhere you go: citizens reading great literature and sharing thoughtful comments--in checkout lines, in the break room at work, in the bleachers between soccer games, at the coffee shop, and so forth. OK, that's just...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-20-2012
  • Was it a vision or just a sight?

    Uh-oh. That was unquestionably a frown (which Customer Service 101 assures us is a Bad Thing) clouding the nice library patron's countenance. She even shook her head in disapproval at something I'd just shown her. And our interchange had been going so well. I'd shared lots of information...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-13-2012
  • Are tall people more energy efficient?

    Could be--and not just because they create more shade outdoors. I developed this theory following a recent local newscast (topic: Let's Avoid Blackouts) reminding us that the clothes dryer is a major electricity consumer. For those of us exceeding average stature, three-quarter length sleeves (a...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-29-2012
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