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  • Would you like a film with that?

    For someone who pokes fun at shallow social networking relationships (one click and you're a "friend") I am awfully quick to claim comradeship with noted authors. Without demonstrating equal talent, one can still bask in the approbation of kindred opinions. Masterfully expressing viewpoints...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-28-2014
  • Do you have a good reimagination?

    Perhaps we should make TCM 's Robert Osborne an honorary library staffer . He enhanced a customer interaction this week. The caller queried, "I don't owe any fines, right?" Extra-busy recently, she'd lost track of time and required confirmation that nothing was overdue. Well, you...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-14-2014
  • Self-help on many levels

    We don't operate within Downton Abbey-like social strata, and no impenetrable physical barrier (that we know of) seals off the library's first floor from the second. Still, top-floor reference librarians go for long stretches of time without speaking to first-floor youth librarians. And we like...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-28-2014
  • The ghost who got a warm reception

    In Valerie Martin's new The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, famed British author and Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle is touring the United States. Though gracious among his fans, Doyle finds every dinner, interview, lecture, or appearance to be wearyingly predictable: the American penchant...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-14-2014
  • Over there and back again

    For this significant anniversary, choose when you wish to observe it. (Don't try this at home; a wedding date is a wedding date.) With World War I's centenary , the approach makes sense. Nations entered into the conflict over time, and some locales are noted for one definitive event. The city...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-31-2014
  • A tale of two

    Jennifer Lawrence and I face different challenges. I worry about income tax filing and furry rooftop intruders at home and maxed-out Fiction shelving at work. Poor Jennifer, on the other hand, is tasked with maintaining her ever-increasing trove of award statuettes, determining which enviable film roles...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-17-2014
  • Just when you think you've heard it all

    ...someone writes another version of that classic holiday poem. This one celebrates downtown Round Rock ( don't forget Christmas Family Night on Dec. 6) and Rocksssanne , the library's beloved (and intrepid) snake mascot. *** Rocksssanne's Christmas Eve Ramble *** ‘Tis the night before Christmas...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-04-2013
  • 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
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