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  • 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
  • Enjoy a steady diet of surprises

    At one time or another, parents require the reassurance of that longstanding nutritional theory (that Junior's current fixation on nothing but peanut butter or cheese or oranges or cereal, etc. merely indicates his body's pursuit of a particular vitamin or mineral). You'd think that an empty...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-21-2012
  • Name dropping is only tacky when other people do it

    Along with "New York City", several vacation experiences (last week) are three-word expressions: " Book Expo America " , " James Earl Jones" , "advance reading copies", " The Daily Show ", " The Colbert Report ", "discounted theater tickets"...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-13-2012
  • At least pastrami will never go out of style

    Just my luck. According to Weather Underground 's Manhattan forecast, all the days I'll be vacationing in New York City next week indicate a chance of showers. Of course, the lowest probabilities coincide with the days I'd be indoors anyway at the Book Expo . Rainy weather icons for the 10...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-31-2012
  • Better living and more animated discussion through 3D

    Don't let its tepid-sounding name fool you; Library Link of the Day is a source you might want to add to your RSS feeds. LLD offers great daily environmental-scanning capability with one thoughtfully selected feature each time. Though its audience is "library knowledge workers", anyone...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-17-2012
  • Does environmentalism sound fishy to you?

    Name the trend-- Hunger Games, Downton Abbey, cupcakes, social networking, recycling and eco-friendly lifestyle, financial education for kids, apps, eBooks--and you can count on us to offer enlightening resources. We know that our customers will be hungering for a full accounting. But not for lionfish...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-10-2012
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