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  • THE BOND PASSED, NOW WHAT?

    Congratulations, your new library is underway! Let's review what happened in November since we've all just recovered from our turkey comas and shopping marathons. The majority of citizens approved the use of $23.2 million in bond proceeds to build a new main library, and renovate the existing...
    Posted to Library Master Plan (Weblog) by Michelle Cervantes on 01-09-2014
  • Scooping the relocation market

    Call me a concerned citizen: this issue has been on my mind ever since its mention on the Colbert Report. It touches on two subjects close to my heart: ice cream and Round Rock. Stephen Colbert boasts of his own Ben & Jerry's ice cream variety: AmeriCone Dream--vanilla with fudge-covered waffle...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-14-2012
  • ...And a squirrel in a live oak tree

    I have elected not to heed the holiday gift suggestions from major advertisers (i.e., buy everyone on your shopping list a car, big-screen TV, or smartphone.) But here's a prime reading tip for you or for a guest who arrives at your house having already finished all his/her bestsellers while languishing...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-06-2011
  • Gambling on the perfect book

    For someone who's not a big risk-taker, I venture possible rejection and failure on a daily basis. I can't decide which is the more serious gamble--recommending books to total strangers, or assuring friends and family that I have just the title for them. People near and dear to you generally...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-22-2010
  • Plant a tree for Arbor Day

    The Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department will hold an Arbor Day Tree Planting event at Kensington Park (1891 Oxford Blvd., Round Rock) from 9 to 11 a.m. this Saturday, May 1 . Bring gloves and a willingness to work. We will plant 55 trees in Kensington Park north of the Dell campus. Volunteers...
    Posted to Special Events (Weblog) by Roger Heaney on 04-27-2010
  • Book of virtue?

    I don't own any of the "So Many Books, So Little Time" paraphernalia marketed to librarians and other book lovers. I'm not sure whether it's because those items are so common as to be no longer fun or because they sound a little boastful. A love of reading belongs in the same category...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-27-2009
  • Movies better than books? Not inconceivable

    A couple of expert movie watchers have shared their views (see comments for If Film Viewing is Wrong... ), even raising this question: Are we allowed to believe that some movies are better than books? I hope so, because a couple instantly came to mind. Surpassing the quality of an excellent book is a...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-23-2009
  • Come to Clay Madsen to learn about the opportunity for free personal training

    The Sports Capital of Texas Ambassadors will be at Clay Madsen Recreation Center on Wednesday, July 22 from 12 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. promoting the new Round to Rock fitness program. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Who are these Ambassadors and what do they do?” The Ambassadors are a group of Round...
  • Getting a Reputation

    It's a momentous week to launch a new blog. Michael Jackson's death has inspired all sorts of musings regarding what his music meant to whom and when. His legions of fans include so many in our area, and yet I heard someone on KUT radio observe that "Austin isn't really Michael Jackson...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-26-2009
  • Juneteenth is over and done, hope you didn't miss the fun

    If you didn’t go to the Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs Celebration you missed out. Although the heat was sweltering hot the atmosphere of the event was cool. There were moon walks, a rock wall, food vendors, games, contests, barbeque cook-off and entertainment. I went to check out the action Saturday and...
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