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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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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.  

Jan 2, 2018

Recording Date: December 13, 2017

Hosts: Lauren Martino and David Payne

Episode Summary: Guests JoEllen Sarff and Dianne Whitaker, who both have experience selecting books for MCPL, discuss their picks for the best books of 2017, along with a few titles from other years, because, well, we're librarians. Our book love can't be confined by something so pedestrian as time.   

Guests: Librarian JoEllen Sarff, from our Collection Management department, and Wheaton Interim Branch Manager Dianne Whitaker, former head of Collection Management. 

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What Our Guests Are Currently Reading

JoEllen Sarff: The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille and Wonder by R J. Palacio. 

Dianne Whitaker: The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy. 

Books Mentioned During this Episode

Adult Fiction:

American War (2017) by Omar El Akkad

Borne (2017) by Jeff VanderMeer

Column of Fire (2017) by Ken Follett. The previous 2 novels set in the fictional city of Kingsbridge are Pillars of the Earth and World Without End

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Lincoln in the Bardo (2017) by George Saunders, winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize

1984 by George Orwell

The Stone Sky (2017) by N.K. Jemisin. This is the third book in the Broken Earth trilogy. The first book is The Fifth Season. The second book is The Obelisk Gate

Adult Non-Fiction

The Future Is History (2017) by Masha Gessen

Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlenben

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Leonardo da Vinci (2017) by Walter Isaacson

Radium Girls: the Dark Story of America's Shining Women (2017) by Kate Moore

Children's Fiction

After the Fall (2017) by Dan Santat

Amina's Voice (2017) by Hena Khan

Beyond the Bright Sea (2017) by Lauren Wolk

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground (2017) by Rita Williams-Garcia

Dance (2017) by Matthew Van Fleet

The First Rule of Punk (2017) by Celia C Perez

Hilda Must Be Dancing by Karma Wilson

Pachinko (2017) by Min Jin Lee

The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine (2017) by Mark Twain. How can a book written by Mark Twain have a publication year of 2017? Well, it's complicated

Red and Lulu (2017) by Matt Tavares

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet (2017) by Carmen Agra Deedy

Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh (2017) by Uma Krishnaswami

Wishtree (2017) by Katherine Applegate

Wolf in the Snow (2017) by Matthew Cordell

Children's Non-Fiction

Harry Potter: a Journey Through the History of Magic (2017) The British Library

Teen Fiction

Long Way Down (2017) by Jason Reynolds

Tool of War (2017) by Paolo Bacigalupi. Tool of War is book three in the Ship Breaker trilogy. The first book is Ship Breaker. The second book is The Drowned Cities

Other Items of Interest Mentioned During this Episode:

Beanstack: An online service where users can log their reading, write reviews, and get reading recommendations. 

Books & Authors: A book discovery tool with read-alikes and suggestions, awards lists, reviews, and reader ratings. 

New in Media: Check the left column of our catalog for links to the latest film and television DVD's, as well as adult and children's books on CD, that MCPL has received. 

NoveList Plus: Find fiction by series, plot, setting, and read-alikes. Also offers book discussion guides, booktalks, and articles. 

On Order Titles: Check the left column of our catalog for links to new books that MCPL has ordered, but have not yet arrived. You can place holds on these incoming books. 

Top 4 Checkouts: See the top 4 checkouts for adult fiction and non-fiction, children's fiction and non-fiction, and teen fiction during the last several months. 

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