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  • Feeling listless?

    Which of these is the wrong answer to a reference question? A. You're kidding, right? B. Sorry, no can do. C. Ummmmm.... D. All of the above I did use "C" recently--following up, thankfully, with useful information. A customer I'd assisted weeks ago with "readalike" suggestions...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-23-2014
  • That's the spirit

    This happened before Youtube and smartphones; otherwise the moment would have inevitably been shared: we're among a summertime gaggle of tourists entering the Alamo--pausing inside the threshold to consider worn, hand-fashioned walls scarred by history. A visitor farther back in line surveys the...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-05-2014
  • Going up?

    Right now, our new library building exists in that ideal theoretical dimension in which all things are possible and nobody's dreamed-of architectural vision clashes with anyone else's (or with functionality, for that matter). Once the project takes shape in more concrete ways, decisions will...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-18-2014
  • All I want is more

    Remember when "binge" was a word we didn't take lightly? Formerly, it applied to individuals straying into saloons or meeting with bad company and succumbing to more beverages than originally intended. Despite advice from embroidered samplers or wise elders, Moderation In All Things proved...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-03-2014
  • Just wait 'til you hear

    We understand why library customers ask us The Question (how we feel about “libraries going away now that we have ebooks and the internet”). Earlier this week, one such inquirer stacked her pile of library books on the Reference desk while she entered the drawing for this week’s Reader’s Bonanza tote...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-20-2014
  • The art and (mad) science of summertime

    On those first Tuesdays when the library opens an hour later for all-staff meeting, we're almost never discussing what you'd think. Literary chat would be fun, but other priorities rule the agenda. Administering an information/access/community center--the modern library model --demands customer...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-09-2014
  • In all likelihood

    As of this writing, IRS' Facebook page has been "Liked" 17,878 times. Surely it's OK to express surprise. Noting that Round Rock Public Library has 1,687 Likes and we're SO much nicer wouldn't be quite as appropriate. And of course further speculation (e.g., how improbable it...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-03-2014
  • How the Grinch Stole the One Ring to Rule Them All

    Thankfully, this malady is easier to cure than flu. I refer to CPF (Cookie Press Fixation, sometimes diagnosed as SCPA--Spritz Cookie Production Addiction). Having achieved nifty results with the dough-filled cookie gun, no baker can stop with a single batch. The affected individual is driven to mix...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-19-2013
  • This post is not cardiologist-approved

    Suspense fiction fans love to encounter surprises and mystery in books they've chosen. But not like this. Co-worker Carolyn handed me a still-new copy of a popular thriller, outlining the customer complaint: someone had taken it upon himself/herself to cross out and "revise" phrases throughout...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-29-2013
  • No time (or reason) for summertime blues

    Ah, summertime at the place across from the Main Street Plaza fountains . We're also known as Rocksssanne's home or the library, where incidentally, you can still enter the adult summer reading program if you hurry, and where we daily witness the joys of vacation time. Joy, yes. Leisure, no....
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-01-2013
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