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  • 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
  • What can you say about a 70s hit?

    It's like a dare in reverse. Assure me that "you have to read this book", and a little neuron deep within my gray matter commences to flash in a no-I-don't- you-can't- make-me sequence. Not coincidentally, I'm often the last in my crowd to pick up trendy titles-- The Hunger...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-26-2012
  • Birdbrains, unite!

    It's true what they say--tweeting on the job is sooo distracting. But the dove, sparrow, and grackle families outside the library windows intent on nest arranging and procreation are definitely in twitter mode. One of the two dove nests currently defies several laws of physics by somehow accommodating...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-19-2012
  • The good, the bad, and the literate

    While brooding about our Western Problem this week, it's been easy for me to imagine Sam Bass and A.W. Grimes finding some aspects of downtown Round Rock--just a few blocks from the Chisholm Trail --pretty familiar. You can still mosey in off the street through a set of double doors for music, relaxation...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-28-2012
  • This old thing? I only wear it when I want to feel uninformed.

    "So, you guys are still in it, then? Way to go!" The kind gentleman in the queue at Walgreens was addressing me--why? A quick self-survey revealed that I was sporting a favorite T-shirt, emblazoned with the image of a smiling mythical bird wearing buckled shoes . The giant letters proclaiming...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-21-2012
  • Award-winning silence not reserved for the Oscars

    Did you catch the article about Girl Scouts' 100th anniversary in last weekend's Parade magazine? My favorite change-is-good reference was the singularly 21st-century merit badges. According to the GS website, Scouts can now achieve recognition for geocaching, entertainment technology, digital...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-14-2012
  • Where everybody knows your name

    Is it right that I appreciate bad book reviews more than good ones? By "bad", I mean uncomplimentary assessments, not poorly written texts. Book selectors aren't glass-half-empty folks, but we need to be pragmatists, given that library budgets can't accommodate all forthcoming titles...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-24-2012
  • The case of the cold blooded co-worker

    Well, if the rest of us hadn't already known who the Favored Employee around here is, we'd figure it out this week. One of our group has been lavished with attention--photos and videos online, a front page article in the Round Rock Leader , and parties. We see how the public adores her and how...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-17-2012
  • Entering the resolution-free zone

    For all I know, the Twilight Zone marathon (original 1950s-60s iteration) on Syfy Channel could still be broadcasting. It certainly underscored many of our household activities on New Year's weekend. As I stirred blackeyed peas, unhooked tree ornaments, and dragged boxes of lights back up the attic...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-03-2012
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