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  • Liberty, Equality, Veterinary

    Last week was a vacation--and not. True, I was immersed in three vacation-y pursuits: inspiring view; regimen of pampering/rejuvenation; even a whimsical lapse of judgment best second-guessed in retrospect. Translation: I didn't go anywhere. Activities included re-doing the sewing/exercise/whatever...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-12-2013
  • Triple-digit scores for trio

    Oh, good. The annual Triple Digit Temperature Anticipation is over. We can proceed to more vital topics, say, air conditioning and novels. On weekends when I interrupt yard work at intervals to duck inside for a hat or water, to check on the dogs or whatever (because overtly preventing heat exhaustion...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-28-2013
  • Solid proof that readers are winners

    Guess what we figured out? People of all ages appreciate free stuff (interesting, high-quality free stuff). Who knew? The library's youth summer reading programs have long been identified with favorite performers, activities, story times. Oh, and prizes, prizes, prizes. Adults, we reasoned, didn't...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-21-2013
  • Go ahead, make...

    Forget Rumpelstiltskin's debtor spinning straw into gold and Cinderella's fairy godmother devising a coach from a pumpkin. This project demanded creativity. Michelle , our library director, requested that fellow reference librarian Chris and I design a giveaway flyer for the library's booth...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-17-2013
  • Some like it hot

    Yes, I'm overthinking this. Chances are that if a city official or Michelle, our library director (or anyone else) happened by the reference desk when I said that, they wouldn't consider it strange or inappropriate. I'm still going to disregard that professional advice. But the Library Journal...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-01-2013
  • Moonlight in old Austin

    Resolution someone should make for 2013: solve the question of acceptable vs. inconsiderate digital multitasking. Before the term came into being, we felt virtuous when accomplishing things simultaneously. Haven't we heard the stories about pioneer women sitting fireside, stirring the soup with one...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-08-2013
  • What this world needs

    ...is another version of "The Night Before Christmas". What if Santa paid a visit to downtown Round Rock the week before his annual delivery? The Night Before Christmas at Round Rock Public Library ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the shelves Resounds pitter-patter of holiday...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-19-2012
  • Why holiday notes are even better than cards

    This time of year, surprises should arrive tied with a bow or layered in a tin with other similarly delectable items. As for the other kind of eye-opener (say, the dawning realization that the updated flower bed shape doesn't fit our Christmas lights like the old one), those can be difficult to appreciate...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-29-2012
  • Better watch out

    A certain approaching event conjures up a vivid image: busy workers frantically readying shipments of delightful items for wide, eagerly received distribution. Santa's elves are probably working overtime, too. But I was thinking of forthcoming books; yesterday I read a review for Cathy Marie Buchanan's...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-21-2012
  • Got the message?

    Board meetings are like Thanksgiving; I'm much happier during and afterward than before. Wednesday's session was fine; after two years in this area of church administration the four of us can finish each other's sentences and interpret nonverbal shorthand. If you're going to serve as...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-12-2012
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