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  • Cape ability

    If two people in your workplace showed up outfitted in superhero costumes (it's not Halloween) how surprised would you be? My sighting at the library did occur within a few days of trick-or-treat time. But the main point is that when I observed two Youth Services librarians thus attired, what first...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-07-2013
  • Second looks encouraged

    "You were right!" I told my husband Monday evening. "You're not the only person in the world who thinks Buckaroo Bonzai is a great movie. I met the other guy today." That would be Ernest Cline , author of the acclaimed R eady Player One , October's discussion choice for the...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-25-2013
  • Haunting, but not like Halloween

    No disrespect implied, but I've left witches and pumpkins behind, forging ahead to Thanksgiving mode this week. It's all due to Daniel Woodrell. The Maid's Version , his brief but masterfully done novel, was on my Don't Return Home Without It list at Book Expo last spring. Alas, I came...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-11-2013
  • May the choice be with you

    Wish someone had caught this on camera for Youtube. Scene related by reliable witness: an attentive mother and two children (daughter a couple of years older than the son) indicated the selection of puppets available for checkout at the library . "Which one do you choose?" she asked both. The...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-26-2013
  • Betwixt and between

    If you're a grownup (especially thirty-plus and a parent/guardian/aunt or uncle) you, too, may have savored a sandwich meal involving no sandwiches. A recent lunch--if that's what you call chugging a homemade smoothie--found me checking emails on my iPad. My daughter had inquired about supplies...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-13-2013
  • Extra! Extra! Read all about it

    That message had no business landing in work email in the first place. I would delete it, but it represents a career path of potential interest to the library's job seekers and vocational explorers. OK, so I'm rationalizing; I kept it because it intrigues me personally. Sent by Onlocation Casting...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-15-2013
  • Please, thank you, and mine!

    Ever worked a customer service desk? Then you're familiar with the Conflicted or I Hate to Bother You, But... Complaint. This nice library patron was even conflicted about the reason. With hands apart, palms up (the universal "this is probably futile" signal), she reported that a clearly...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-19-2013
  • Heaven and Hell's Kitchen

    "Such an amazing place," the customer observed dreamily. "But I don't suppose I could ever get in." Nice to know that the Book Expo America photos I posted online conveyed the energy and special-ness of the event--noted authors by the score, acclaimed presenters, book giveaways...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-13-2013
  • Sharing: an Empire State of mind

    I don't have a photo of Dr. Ruth on my phone. But the gentleman behind me in the Sue Grafton autograph line at Book Expo America (New York City, last week) does. He'd spotted her in the cavernous Javits Center exhibit hall, asked if she could spare a minute, and--voila! (See my celeb photos on...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-05-2013
  • 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
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