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  • 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
  • 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
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