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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.  

Aug 14, 2018

Summary: MCPL's English Conversations Clubs offer those wishing to practice speaking English a friendly, welcoming environment in which to do so. In this episode, Quince Orchard Librarian Nancy Chiu-Sillcox and Quince Orchard English Conversation Club volunteer coordinator Annie Etches describe the program and share stories from MCPL's English Conversation Club at Quince Orchard Library

Recording Date: July 25, 2018

Guests: Nancy Chiu-Sillcox is the Head of Adult Services at Quince Orchard Library. Annie Etches is a volunteer at Quince Orchard Library who coordinates the English Conversation Club meetings at the branch. 

Host: Julie Dina

What Our Guests Are Reading

Nancy Chiu-Sillcox: Vertigo 42 by Martha Grimes

Annie Etches: The flash fiction short story "Unforgettable" by David Wiseman, who recently won the Themed Flash Competition

Other Items of Interest Mentioned During the Episode:

Charles W. Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center: The Gilchrist Center offers a variety of programs, including English classes, citizenship preparation, free legal clinics, technological literacy classes, and more. 

Easy Does It! American Idioms: An advanced level drop-in English language class focused on American idioms. Offered at Gaithersburg Library

English Conversation Clubs: Regularly scheduled volunteer-led gatherings at MCPL branches throughout the county that offer people the opportunity to practice speaking and listening to English in an informal, friendly, and welcoming environment.

English for Arabic (Chinese, Farsi, etc.) Speakers: A series of English language learning resources designed for beginners with instructions in the beginner's first language. 

English Language Learners Guide: Links to and descriptions of local resources for English language learners. 

Friends of the Library, Montgomery County: A nonprofit that supports MCPL through supplemental funding, programs, and materials. 

French Conversation Clubs: Those wishing to practice speaking and listening to French can do so at the French Conversations Clubs at Germantown and Long Branch libraries. 

Literacy Council of Montgomery County: A local nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the English language proficiency and literacy skills of adults in our community. The Literacy Council offers a variety of English language and literacy tutoring services and classes. 

Montgomery College English as a Second Language (ESL): Montgomery College offers ESL classes for beginners and advanced English language learners. Some classes are offered for college credit, others are non-credit courses. 

Montgomery County Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL): A comprehensive listing of free and fee-based English language and literacy classes provided by a variety of organizations in Montgomery County.

Montgomery County Library Board: The Library Board makes recommendations to the County Executive on matters affecting the public library system, such as the location of new facilities, the adequacy of book collections, services to outlying districts, and the personnel needs of MCPL. 

Spanish Conversation Clubs: Numerous MCPL branches offer opportunities to practice speaking and listening to Spanish. 

 

Jul 31, 2018

Summary: Acting MCPL Director Anita Vassallo and Outreach Associate Sarah Mecklenburg share their love of historical fiction and recommended books they've enjoyed.

Recording Date: July 11, 2018

Guests: Anita Vassallo is the Acting Director of MCPL. Sarah Mecklenburg is a member of MCPL's Outreach team. Both are enthusiastic readers of historical fiction.

Hosts: Julie Dina and David Payne

What Our Guests Are Reading

Anita Vassallo: A Column of Fire by Ken Follett, third book in the Kingsbridge series. The first book in the series is Pillars of the Earth, the second is World Without End. Circe by Madeline Miller. Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford. 

Sarah Mecklenburg: Grave Peril by Jim Butcher, third book in the Dresden File series. The first book is Storm Front, the second is Fool Moon. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. 

Books, Movies, and Authors Mentioned During This Episode:

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel 

Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters 

American Girls series by various authors

Aubrey- Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian

Blackout by Connie Willis

Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters

Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

Dear America series by various authors

R.F. Delderfield

Doomsday by Connie Willis

The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye

The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove

Philippa Gregory

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

I, Claudius by Robert Graves

Jalna series by Mazo De La Roche

Killer Angels by Michael Sharra

Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder 

Maisie Dobbs mysteries by Jacqueline Winspear

Margaret Laurence

March by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Laurie R. King

Medicus mysteries by Ruth Downie

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

Phryne Fisher mysteries by Kerry Greenwood. Basis for the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries television series. 

Ann Rinaldi

Rick Riordan

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

The Seeing Stone by Kevin Crossley-Holland

The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood

Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell

Sherlock Holmes books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Steven Saylor

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

Kate Waters

The Year of the Hangman by Gary Blackwood

Year of Wonder by Geraldine Brooks

Other Items of Interest:

The Dreamer by Laura Innes. A webcomic about a 17 year old high school student who has intense, realistic dreams about a Revolutionary War soldier. 

"Game of Thrones Fandom Fun". An episode of the Library Matters podcast in which Game of Thrones fans Anita Vassallo Angelica Rengifo, and Susan Moritz share their love of the books and television series.  

Lackadaisy Cats by Tracy J. Butler. A webcomic about anthropomorphic cats set in St. Louis during Prohibition. 

Little House controversy. A division of the American Library Association voted to remove Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from a major children's literature award. 

Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

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Jul 17, 2018

Summary: In the last few months, kids ages 10-14 from throughout the county have come to MCPL branches to record video book talks about books they've enjoyed. We've collected the audio from 10 of these recordings to share with our Library Matters listeners. 

Book talks are brief summaries/reviews designed to convince others to read the book being described. You can see the videos of these and other Literary Explorer book talks on our YouTube channel, mcplmd. The Literary Explorer program was made possible by a grant from the NBC Universal Foundation and Washington's NBC 4. 

Check our Calendar of Events for upcoming opportunities for your 10-14 year old child to be a literary explorer. 

Host: Julie Dina

Books Loved in this Episode:
(In order of appearance.) 

Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick 

A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle

The End of Olympus by Kate O'Hearn

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Gone by Michael Grant

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling 

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

From the Notebook of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot

The Secret of the Caves by Franklin W. Dixon

Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry

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Jul 3, 2018

Summary: Digital Strategies Manager Lennea Bower and Library Assistant Supervisor Candace Hixon discuss the history of the MCPL Reading Challenge; how the 2018 challenge is going; and what they get out of reading challenges with host Julie Dina. 

Recording Date: June 6, 2018

Guests: Lennea Bower is the Digital Strategies Manager for Montgomery County Public Libraries. Her unit runs the Reading Challenge. Candace Hixon is the Library Assistant Supervisor at the Kensington Park branch. She is an enthusiastic Reading Challenge participant. 

Hosts: Julie Dina, Outreach Associate. 

Featured MCPL Resource: Librarians! We encourage customers to approach our trained information professionals at any MCPL branch with requests for reading recommendations, assistance with library resources, or other questions. Find your nearest branch.

What Our Guests Are Reading

Lennea Bower: The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin, #2 in the Broken Earth trilogy; Not that Bad edited by Roxane Gay; Beneath a Ruthless Sun by Gilbert King.

Candace Hixon: Go Ask Alice by Anonymous. 

Books, Movies, and Authors Mentioned During this Episode:

#NotYourPrincess edited by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Lisa Charleyboy

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

Octavia Butler

The Dry by Jane Harper

Grant by Ron Chernow

The Incredibles, animated movie

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Naked by David Sedaris

Prairie Fires by Carolyn Frasier

Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir, book #3 of the Ember in the Ashes series

Nora Roberts

Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh, sequel to Flame in the Mist

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce, first in a new series of prequels to her Immortals series

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

MCPL Resources Mentioned During this Episode:

Beanstack, online resource that provides book recommendations and is also the online home for some MCPL programs.

2018 Summer Read and Learn, Libraries Rock!

One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten

Readers’ Café

What Do I Check Out Next? online readers’ advisory service

Other Items of Interest Mentioned During this Episode:

Book Riot 2018 Read Harder Challenge

The Ripped Bodice, LA romance bookstore with an online reading challenge

Romance Novel Tropes

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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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May 22, 2018

Summary: Librarians Christine Freeman and Lauren Martino talk about MCPL's upcoming Summer Read and Learn program, which starts June 9 and runs through September 9. This program offers children and teens fun incentives to read and learn all summer long. There will be amazing events at MCPL branches throughout the summer as well. Join us for the fun! 

Recording Date: May 9, 2018

Hosts: Julie Dina and David Payne

Guests: Christine Freeman is MCPL's Early Literacy and Children's Services Manager, as well as Branch Manager for the Noyes Library for Young Children. Lauren Martino is a Children's Librarian at our Silver Spring branch. She is also one of the hosts of the Library Matters podcast. 

Featured MCPL Resource: MCPL offers reading lists by grade and age, including a list for adults. Find something new to read today! 

What Our Guests Are Reading

Christine Freeman

Lauren Martino

Books Mentioned During this Episode:

Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

Other Items of Interest Mentioned During this Episode

1000 Books Before Kindergarten: Prepare your child for kindergarten with this fun, effective program that will engage your child with books, songs, fingerplays, and other learning activities.

Beanstack: A fun site for logging books and more. MCPL uses Beanstack for many programs, including 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, our Reading Challenge, and our Summer Read and Learn programs. Customers can also opt to receive weekly emails with suggested books for their readers.

Collaborative Summer Library Program: A consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children, teens, and adults at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries.

Eric Energy: An energetic scientist who will amaze children during his hands-on, interactive science show. 

Jacks Are Wild: Don't miss Mario and Bella, a pair of spirited Jack Russell terriers who perform amazing tricks that will delight children of all ages. 

Libraries Rock! Dance Party: Put on your best pop star outfit or wear your craziest hair and come join us to dance! dance! dance! We will have photo props, a bubble machine and a music playlist to keep you moving.  

Milkshake: Join us at Damascus Library for an interactive show filled with fun, silliness, and dancing led by the Grammy-nominated duo Milkshake. 

Nature on Wheels - Raptors!: Learn about raptors. like bald eagles and hawks, while surrounded by your favorite books! 

Reptile Rangers: Join us at Maggie Nightingale Library and meet a live king snake, a corn snake, a terrapin, and more! Presented by a park ranger from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. 

Summer Read and Learn Kickoff Events: Several MCPL branches are celebrating the start of our Summer Read and Learn program June 9. 

Video Games at the Symphony: The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra will present family-friendly events at Silver Spring Library on 6/23 and Rockville Memorial Library on 8/11.  

Zoomobile: Discover some of the amazing adaptations animals have for life in the wild and try some challenging activities to compare those adaptations to our own abilities. 

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May 8, 2018

Summary: Senior Librarian Adrienne Miles Holderbaum and Children's Librarian Maranda Schoppert discuss their experiences as expectant and new mothers, as well as the pregnancy and new baby resources MCPL offers. 

Recording Date: April 11, 2018

Hosts: Julie Dina and Lauren Martino

Guests: Adrienne Miles Holderbaum, co-producer of Library Matters and Senior Librarian at Germantown Library. Adrienne has a 3-year-old daughter and is pregnant with her second daughter. Maranda Schoppert is a Children's Librarian at Germantown Library and has a 5-month-old daughter. 

Featured MCPL Resource: MCPL's online health resources include:

  • Health & Wellness Resource Center, which offers magazine and journal articles on health, medicine, and wellness. 
  • Washington Consumers' Checkbook (In Library Access Only), which rates local doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, and more. 
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library: Includes searchable, browsable health e-books. 

What Our Guests Are Reading

Adrienne Miles Holderbaum:

Maranda Schoppert:

Books and Movies Mentioned During this Episode

The Birth Partner: a Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions by Penny Simkin

Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman

Bumpology: the Myth-Busting Pregnancy Book for Curious Parents-to-Be by Linda Geddes

The Business of Being Born (DVD)

Call the Midwife (BBC TV series)

The Expectant Father: the Ultimate Guide for Dads to Be by Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

The Happiest Baby on the Block: the New Way to Calm Crying Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer by Harvey Karp 

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May

Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

Impatient Women's Guide to Getting Pregnant by Jean M Twenge

Mayo Clinic Guide to a Health Pregnancy ed. by Roger Harms and Myra Wick

What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Muroff and Sharon Mazel

What to Expect When Your Wife is Expanding (mentioned, but not recommended) by Thomas Hill

Other Items of Interest:

1000 Books Before Kindergarten: Prepare your child for kindergarten with this fun, effective program that will engage your child with books, songs, fingerplays, and other learning activities.  

Discovery Rooms: Available at Gaithersburg, Germantown, Praisner, and Quince Orchard, Discovery Rooms are designed for children from newborns to 8 years old and their caregivers to encourage learning through play. 

The Farm Midwifery Center: A center in Tennessee focused on providing women supportive, empowering, safe, and fulfilling prenatal, birth, and postnatal experiences. 

Freegal: Legally download 5 songs each week for free. 

Glow: A pregnancy app offering information on fetal development, maternal health logging, appointment scheduling, and more. 

Parents: Website of Parents magazines which offers information on many aspects of parenting, including pregnancy and infant care. 

Storytimes at MCPL: Storytimes for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and families are available at MCPL branches throughout the County.

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Apr 24, 2018

Episode Summary: Gardening enthusiast Beth Chandler, a librarian in our Collection Management department, shares her joy of and experience with gardening while suggesting books that help novice and expert gardeners grow their knowledge. 

Recording Date: April 11, 2018

Hosts: Julie Dina and David Payne

Guests: Beth Chandler, who was also a guest on our December 2017 science fiction episode

Featured MCPL Resource: Master Gardener Plant Clinics. Bring your ailing plants or other gardening, lawn care, or landscaping questions to the experienced gardeners of the Montgomery County Cooperative Extension. This free walk-in service is available Saturdays, April through September, at MCPL branches throughout the county. 

What Our Guest Is Reading

The Minimalist Gardener by Patrick Whitefield

Crafting for Cat Ladies: 35 Purr-fect Feline Projects by Kat Roberts 

Plants Mentioned During this Episode:

Black-Eyed Susans

catnip

chives 

coreopsis

cucumbers

geraniums

lilacs

marigolds

mint

morning glories

oregano

pansies

pink climbing roses

parsley

salad greens

zinnias 

Books Mentioned During this Episode

Glorious Shade: Dazzling Plants, Design Ideas, and Proven Techniques for Your Shady Garden by Jenny Rose Carey

Growing Perfect Vegetables

The Mid-Atlantic Getting Started Garden Guide by Andre Viette, Mark Viette, and Jacqueline Heriteau

The New Small Garden by Peter Loewer

What Wrong with My Plant (and How Do I Fix It?) by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth

Other Items of Interest:

Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, May 5 & 6, 2018: Celebrating all things sheep, from hoof to handwoven.

Master Gardener Program of the University of Maryland Extension: Master Gardeners are volunteers who combine their love of plants, people, and the environment to help residents in their communities solve problems and make environmentally-sound decisions.  

Montgomery County GreenFest, May 5, 2018:  GreenFest is the largest, annual environmental festival in Montgomery County, MD. A free event, GreenFest is a chance for residents, businesses, nonprofits and neighbors, to come together, share ideas and learn.

Pinterest for Gardening Ideas 

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Apr 10, 2018

Episode Summary: Reading to dogs, Python coding, yoga? While MCPL still provides many much-beloved storytimes, our programming has become a lot more diverse. Assistant Director Mary Ellen Icaza and Library Associate Laura Sarantis talk about the innovative events happening at an MCPL branch near you. And don't forget, all MCPL programs are free of charge!

Recording Date: March 7, 2018

Hosts: Lauren Martino and David Payne

Guests: Mary Ellen Icaza and Laura Sarantis

Featured MCPL Resource: Yoga, Tai Chi, career workshops, computer use help, and more. MCPL offers an incredible variety of programs for our customers. 

What Our Guests Are Reading

Mary Ellen Icaza: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee  

Laura Sarantis: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough

Library Programs Mentioned During this Episode:

The Big Read: MCPL and its partners will host a series of events: book discussions, author talks, exhibits, and cultural events centered around the immigrant experience in the DC area and Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears.

Computer and Technology Classes, and One-On-One Instruction: MCPL's technology programs include downloading e-books, computer basics, and using tablets like the iPad.  

Contemporary Conversations: Join MCPL for discussions about cultural and current issues with journalists, authors, and other speakers. Our next speaker is Dinaw Mengestu, author of the book The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears.  

Conversation Clubs: Practice speaking English in a friendly, informal environment. Available at branches throughout the County. 

Girlhub: Python Programming: Teens, learn more about computer programming through fun lessons about Python, HTML, and MIT Scratch. Register up to June 30, 2018. Hosted by high school robotics team 5421 RM'd and Dangerous.

Girls in Engineering: Work with other students to build bridges, create robots, and more. 

Girls Just Want to Compute: Learn how to code, create, and work with other students interested in coding.  

Job and Career Programs and Resources: From resume writing and interviewing skills to career exploration, MCPL has programs and resources to help you get a job or advance your career. 

Knitting and Crocheting Clubs: Beginners and experienced knitters come together at branches throughout MCPL to learn about and share their love for the craft. 

Makerspace Programs: Amateur radio, blimps, origami - there are programs for all kinds of makers at MCPL. 

MoComCon: MCPL's comic convention. The second annual MoComCon took place this past January. See pictures from this event. 

Read to a Dog: School-aged children, especially beginner readers, can boost confidence in their reading skills by reading aloud to a friendly, certified therapy dog. Available at branches throughout the County. 

STEM Programs: From Archimedes to architecture, MCPL has many programs to promote interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 

Tai Chi and Yoga: Practice tai chi or yoga at a MCPL branch near you. Most of these programs are designed with the beginner in mind, so no experience is necessary.  

Other Items of Interest

Program Suggestion Form: Interested in doing a program for MCPL? Please complete this form with details of your suggested program.

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