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  • What do you mean, the library promotes ADULT reading?

    In my previous job, I never figured out how to suitably explain my duties. People understood the "reference librarian" part, but their eyes would narrow ever so slightly when I added that other responsibilities included "selecting adult DVDs". See? Whatever you just thought, they...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-21-2010
  • Shortlisted in the stacks

    Following up on last week's admission that not all my book advice is golden, I resorted to my favorite source of literary expertise: co-workers. I polled library staffers, requesting names of books they've recommended and later heard described as someone's new favorite, "best book ever"...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-29-2010
  • Sense and Similarities

    Certain phrases always catch my eye as I'm scanning book reviews: "debut author", "projected series", "only die-hard fans", "shortlisted", for example. This spring, "beach read" has been much in evidence. That's a loaded term, isn't it? Sure...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-31-2010
  • No trivial pursuits

    Reference librarianship is a green occupation. Work at the reference desk long enough, and you'll find a use for any scrap of trivia you have ever picked up. You even have opportunities to recycle; some questions present themselves repeatedly. Librarians note, too, that special nuggets of data that...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-19-2010
  • You can't take it with you

    After much debate, we finally did it. We interfiled. The library shelved reference and other nonfiction titles together, so you can locate all the volumes on your topic without traversing two different areas. Reference (non-circulating books) display purple stickers on their spines. Recognizing this...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-26-2010
  • Don't cry for me, Athelhampton

    I still own a copy of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure . I didn't burn mine--unlike a number of Victorian readers who vehemently disapproved of it back in 1896. Jude still incites controversy, as proven by today's Round Rock New Neighbors book discussion (at the La Frontera Barnes & Noble...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-15-2010
  • Moonlight Graham Rocks!

    To borrow from "Casey at the Bat", the outlook wasn't brilliant for last week's adult book club. We all liked W. P. Kinsella's Shoeless Joe- -not an ideal situation. Book group veterans will tell you that an occasional "hated it!" or "who chose this book anyway?"...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-08-2010
  • Alice's adventures in Candy Land

    We can't ask Mr. Starbuck; he's a fictional character. But I suspect that other folks bearing popular brand surnames--the Heinzes, Bayers, Disneys, Wrigleys, Ferraris, etc.--would report favorably on that situation. It's not just the money. Sharing dynastic credit for entertaining, conveying...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-01-2010
  • Lightning bolts and sirens and snakes: oh, my!

    Driving to work yesterday, I caught an NPR review of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. When a respected film critic disapproves as that one did, I can proceed in one of two ways: relegate the selection to "Netflix but not big screen" status--possibly even the dreaded "don't...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-13-2010
  • Good news: no recalls for reading acceleration

    I'm living on the edge these days. And I'm not referring to the 2009 Toyota that awaits me in the library parking lot. The book bag on the front seat bulging with selections from five different reading discussions--that's what triggers my panic attacks. Yesterday, for example, I showed up...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-10-2010
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