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  • The kindness (and efficiency) of strangers

    From the "that was awkward" memory file: I'm applying for a driver license in another state. Peering into the hood of the vision screening device, I focus on the foggy surface and announce, "OK, you can turn it on now." Brief pause. "It is on." I could have told them...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-28-2012
  • Bedtime stories got your goat?

    Raise your hand if a youngster of your acquaintance ever fixated on an unlikable bedtime story, demanding this resented volume to be read nightly for weeks on end. Now, raise your hand and say "Hmmmm" if you ‘ve ever pondered pithy questions inspired by a story for three-year-olds. I'm...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-14-2012
  • Party clothed

    When this year's political conventions began, I considered information gathering my priority. But it's hard to claim any responsible-citizen cred when these events are so entertaining. The eclectic (but never random) mix of soaring rhetoric, artful film, celebrities, statistics, vision, and dramatic...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-07-2012
  • Why 7 is our lucky number

    "Cool!" my husband announced, displaying a missive from Saturday's mail. "It's addressed specifically to you; sounds like a ransom note." Fortunately, my cute sunroofed hatchback had not actually been taken captive, but someone clearly wishes to wrest it from my ownership...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-29-2012
  • Hooked on funny

    Have you produced any amigurumi lately? Do you know what that is? What's great about this question is that your chances of answering correctly are about equal no matter which side of the generational divide you inhabit. Amigurumi (translation: "knitted stuffed toy") denotes a crafting trend...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-22-2012
  • If you think librarians don't use four-letter words...

    …you’re in for a shock. Clearly, some days are better than others here at the library, but an event we have planned for this week has inspired a whole string of brief but expressive terms. Brace yourself. FREE. That’s right, I said it. If you drop by Readers Extravaganza this Thursday and are on hand...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-14-2012
  • 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
  • Finders, keepers

    That tip about foregoing grocery shopping when you're hungry is smart, if unrealistic. And evidently I wasn't the only ravenous post-workday customer dashing into Sprouts on the way home yesterday. When an enticing parcel of treats not even remotely suggested by my shopping list dived off the...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-24-2012
  • 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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