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Library Matters is a podcast by Montgomery County Public Libraries exploring the world of books, libraries, technology, and learning.
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Now displaying: June, 2018

Library Matters is a podcast of Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) in Montgomery County, MD. Each episode we explore the world of books, libraries, technology, and learning. Library Matters is hosted by Julie Dina, Outreach Associate, Lauren Martino, Children's Librarian at our Silver Spring branch, and David Payne, Branch Manager of our Davis branch and Acting Branch Manager of our Potomac branch.  

Jun 19, 2018

Summary: Retiring MCPL Assistant Director Rita Gale and Visit Montgomery Marketing Director Cory Van Horn talk about travel and tourism. Rita shares her enthusiasm for America's National Parks and highlights MCPL's travel resources. Cory discusses the incredibly diverse array things to do and see right here in Montgomery County, from the vibrant energy and restaurants of urban centers like Silver Spring and Bethesda Row, to the history and beauty of the C & O Canal. Looking for a brewery on a horse farm? Yeah, we've got one of those. You'll find years worth of local and national travel ideas in this episode. 

Recording Date: June 6, 2018

Guests: Rita Gale is MCPL's Assistant Director for Facilities and ADA. She has been with MCPL for over 30 years and will soon be retiring. Cory Van Horn is the Director of Marketing for Visit Montgomery, the official Conference and Visitors bureau of Montgomery County, MD. 

Hosts: Lauren Martino, the Head of Children's Services at Silver Spring Library and David Payne, Branch Manager of Aspen Hill Library and Acting Branch Manager of Potomac Library

Featured MCPL Resource: E-books. Customer can download popular fiction and non-fiction titles from two e-book collections, cloudLibrary and Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium (Overdrive). Our Gale Virtual Reference Library includes DK Eyewitness Travel and Pocket Rough Guides that you can read in your browser. See our E-Library Page for a complete list of MCPL e-book collections. 

What Our Guests Are Reading (or Will Be Once Their Retire!)

Rita Gale: The Once and Future King by T.H. White. The Wicked series, based on the Wizard of Oz, by Gregory Maguire. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.

Cory Van Horn: Calypso by David Sedaris. Cory also loves the book Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton. He can often be found among the magazines reading Afar, Bethesda, Conde Nast Traveler (available through the RBDigital e-magazine collection), and Saveur

MCPL Resources Mentioned During this Episode:

Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's The Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West by Shelley Arenas, et al. 

Frommers Travel Guides

Guide to the National Parks of the United States (various editions)

Language Learning Resources of MCPL: Mango Languages, Muzzy Online, Rosetta Stone, plus the Annenberg Foundation's language learning videos

Lonely Planet Guides

MCPL Branches and Hours

MCPL Building Projects

Moon Handbooks

RBDigital: Travel magazines available through this online e-magazine collection include Backpacker, Conde Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet Traveler, and National Geographic Traveler

Destinations Near and Far Mentioned During This Episode:
(Destinations in or near Montgomery County are marked local)

Arches National Park

Bethesda Row (local)

Butler's Orchard (local)

Bryce Canyon National Park

C & O Canal (local)

Canal Quarters (local) - Spend a night in a C & O Canal lockhouse. 

Canyonlands National Park

Capital Crescent Trail (local)

Capital Reef National Park

Clarksburg Premium Outlets (local)

Clydes at Tower Oaks Lodge (local)

Epcot Center / Walt Disney World Resort

Everglades National Park

Fort Sumter National Monument

Grand Canyon

Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center (local)

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Currently closed due to the eruption of Kilauea

Metrorail, AKA the Metro (local)

Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve (local)

Montgomery County Farm Tour (local): Saturday, 7/28 - 7/29

Monument Valley Tribal Park: Home of The Mittens, two prominent buttes. 

Mount Rushmore

National Park Service

National Trolley Museum (local)

Pike and Rose (local)

Smithsonian Museums, Galleries, and Zoo (local)

Taste of Wheaton (local)

Visit Montgomery Calendar of Events (local)

Waredaca Brewing Company (local)

Zion National Park

Other Items of Interest:

Bill Bryson: Well regarded humorous travel writer. 

Chatham University, Falk School of Sustainability & Environment, Master of Arts in Food Studies

Jun 5, 2018

Summary: Audiobook enthusiasts and MCPL staff members Vincent Mui, Maranda Schoppert, and Barbara Shansby share their love for audiobooks; talk about the advantages, disadvantages, and hazards of audiobooks; and recommend titles that will be music to your ears.  

Recording Date: May 9, 2018

Host: Lauren Martino

Guests: Vincent Mui is MCPL's graphic designer. Maranda Schoppert is a librarian at Germantown Library. Barbara Shansby is a Library Associate at Marilyn Praisner

Featured MCPL Resource: Award-winning author and MacArthur Foundation Fellow Dinaw Mengestu will speak about the inspiration for his book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears and his experiences as an Ethiopian immigrant. Silver Spring Library, Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 7:30 PM. Registration required

What Our Guests Are Reading:

Vincent Mui: The Divergent trilogy: Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant, by Veronica Roth.

Miranda Schoppert: Iron Gold, the fourth book in the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. The first three books are Red Rising, Golden Son, and Morning Star

Books Mentioned During this Episode:

#1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Narrated by Lisette Lecat.

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin. Narrated by Steve Martin. 

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. Narrated by Michael Jackson. 

Coraline by Neil Gaiman. Narrated by Neil Gaiman.

Crazy Is My Superpower by A.J. Mendez. Narrated by A.J. Mendez.

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon. Narrated by Jeff Woodman.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. Narrated by Ramon De Ocampo.

Dresden Files (series) by Jim Butcher. Narrated by Jame Marsters (Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin. Narrated by Gretchen Rubin. 

Ghost by Jason Reynolds. Narrated by Guy Lockard.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Narrated by Neil Gaiman.

I Must Say by Martin Short. Narrated by Martin Short. 

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Narrated by Rob Inglis.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Narrators vary. 

My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Narrated by an ensemble cast. 

Origin by Dan Brown. Narrated by Paul Michael.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians (series) by Rick Riordan. Narrated by Jesse Bernstein.

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. Narrators vary. 

Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean. Narrated by Tim Curry. 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Narrated by Will Wheaton.

Redshirts by John Scalzi. Narrated by Will Wheaton.

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick. Narrated by Anna Kendrick.

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak. Narrated by Jilly Bond.

Thrawn by Timothy Zahn. Narrated by Marc Thompson.

Uprooted by Naomi Novak. Narrated by Julia Emelin. 

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day. Narrated by Felicia Day.   

Other Items of Interest Mentioned During this Episode:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Popular American supernatural television series which featured noted audiobook narrator James Marsters as Spike. 

Brendan Fraser: Actor and narrator of the books Inkspell and Dragon Rider, both by Cornelia Funke. 

The Great Courses by The Teaching Company: A popular series of academic lectures in audio or video format covering a vast array of topics, from Victorian Britain to  Cybersecurity. 

Edward Herrmann: Actor and well regarded audiobook narrator. He portrayed Richard Gilmore in the original Gilmore Girls television series. 

Law & Order: Popular American police procedural that anecdotally has featured many people who have also narrated audiobooks.

Project Gutenberg: A vast collection of free ebooks and audiobooks. The audiobooks are mostly out-of-copyright titles read by volunteers. 

Reading Rainbow: A PBS educational television series that ran from 1983 to 2006. Each episode focused on a topic from a book or children's literature and included reading recommendations.

Tumblebooks: An online collection of animated, talking picture books. Includes story books, chapter books, nonfiction, videos, and more. 

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