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  • Out of control

    Approaching the reference desk earlier this week, the customer hesitated and did a quick left-and-right visual check before asking, "You're really controlling the whole system from right here, aren't you?" If you're familiar with the ref desk, you may concur that his impression...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-22-2011
  • A laughing matter, and one that isn't

    Not to give away secrets of our cul-de-sac, but I bet ours is not the only House Divided. I refer, naturally, to lawn maintenance. My husband selects the crew cut style, resulting in a sleeker look and ensuring the longest possible interval between sessions. I prefer more of a pixie look, neat but not...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-15-2011
  • Why the green stuff is so important

    Today's shuttle launch coverage echoes back thirty years; the first space shuttle flight headed skyward in April 1981. We know what NASA was doing then, but what about the rest of us? Flashdance didn't screen until 1983, so we weren't sporting leg warmers yet. However, as Lady Diana Spencer's...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-08-2011
  • Surprising alternative to sand castles*

    Earlier this week, a library patron stopped by the reference desk to execute the perfect 30-second book review. He displayed the actual product, cover facing out (good for us visual learners) and swiftly encapsulated its appeal: it's a mystery that he'd recommend even to those who don't favor...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-23-2011
  • Here, mystery novels are the killer apps

    Remember your first visit to Round Rock Public Library? If it occurred during the summer, you might have wondered, as some folks do, where the "library for grownups" is. There you are, surrounded by hordes of young folks and their parents, possibly concluding that you wandered into a children's...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-09-2011
  • Please don't send in the clowns

    The Big Top reigns as a big draw. With Water for Elephants filling theater seats, more great circus-themed entertainment awaits: Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus , due out in September. Of all the "forthcomings" promoted at Book Expo America 2011, it's generating the most buzz. Despite...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-31-2011
  • Cloudy with a chance of spaceships

    Another chilly, rainy day--in New York City, at least. This evening, the 51 st floor view reveals Manhattan towers disappearing into lowering clouds. Three neighboring skyscrapers equipped with illuminated spikes glow eerily in the mist. I'm fascinated, and not just because the precipitation is more...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-23-2011
  • He who laughs last probably answered first

    Write a blog long enough, and your family and friends will become content scouts. My husband handed me his May 3 issue of The Christian Century (respected, but not generally regarded as a laugh riot). Indicating the item "Preliminary Thoughts", he predicted I'd love the quotation cited...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-10-2011
  • Everything we need to know about book groups we learned in high school

    Things could have gotten ugly. The book club choice for Saturday evening fell short of unanimous favor, to say the least. Diana Gabaldon's Outlander represents the first time in this group's history that three members (I was one) nominated the same title. Honestly, we believed that Outlander's...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-03-2011
  • Should the library get real?

    You may consider yourself a major borrower, but you won't top library staffers. We don't confine ourselves to the New Fiction shelf or even the entire contents of the library. We appropriate ideas from other libraries, government agencies, for-profit business, actually any venture whose success...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-19-2011
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