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  • 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
  • The advantages of being two-faced

    The second day after Christmas--time for two annual post-Yule pursuits: eating cookies and confronting my holiday hypocrisy. I have no qualms about scooping up epic post-season markdowns mere hours after The Day, yet I choose to be deeply offended by the sight of a discarded tree consigned to the curb...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-27-2011
  • We believe Yule love these

    Our family's new holiday ritual: If the Christmas lights are on when you pull into the driveway, proceed to the row of aging candle lights outlining the flower bed. Twist the bulb on the fifth candle from the end. It will come back on, which means that its neighbor will stop flickering, thus encouraging...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-19-2011
  • What's highly visible but transparent?

    Browning lawns, fuel price locators , and political debates are signs of the times. I encountered another one last Friday. Registering for the district Texas Library Association meeting in Georgetown, I was startled to spy many, many empty chairs--and I'd arrived just in the nick of time. Skimpy...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-24-2011
  • Can you take a hint?

    Recently, I read that Heloise will be appearing in Austin in November. From the sound of it--she's a columnist, author, speaker, contributing editor, etc.--Heloise doesn't have much time for novel reading, yet she would be perfectly at home in the library. She's our sort of person, offering...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-22-2011
  • Counting the minutes

    As they say, never assume. This week's email inviting City workers to a training session on "time management" sounded more ambitious than it was meant to. I envisioned the topic as tailor-made for library staffers serving increasing numbers of customers; we want to maximize productivity...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-01-2011
  • Arriving shortly

    Pssssst! Have I got a reading group tip for you: at least an hour of animated give-and-take practically guaranteed, and it's less than thirty pages long. Leading a discussion for Ryunosuke Akutagawa's short story "Hell Screen" is a dream job. That text was June's topic for the Baca...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-16-2011
  • Poetic license--or learner's permit?

    Advance apologies go out to William Shakespeare (whose birthday it is this week) and all other real poets. In celebration of National Poetry Month , I borrowed some poetic forms to convey a few thoughts. Haiku: April Weather Verdant but brown-edged Summer larks behind Spring's mask We're not...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-25-2011
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