Recording Date: April 25, 2017
Guest: Rita Gale, Public Services Administrator for Space Management, ADA, and Collections
Summary: Guest Rita Gale discusses MCPL's innovative refresh project initiative, which allows MCPL branches to be updated to meet customers' changing needs while minimizing the time a branch is closed.
MCPL resources and services mentioned during this episode:
Branch Refresh Project: A “refresh” project is a new Capital Improvement Program process approved by Montgomery County Council and the County Executive to allow library buildings to get significant and timely updates without having to close for the lengthy time it takes for a full renovation. The Library Refurbishment CIP funds programmatic, cosmetic, and service impact updates to two to three libraries every year.
Charging Stations: Free, lockable charging stations for charging phones, tablets, or laptops. Available at every branch except Noyes.
Collaboration Rooms: Sometimes called group study or tutor rooms, these rooms fit 2 to 8 people and can be reserved, for free, from the MCPL website.
Loanable Laptops: Laptops can be borrowed for in branch use at select locations. Laptops checkouts are for three hours or until closing time.
Design Excellence Award for Silver Spring Library: The Montgomery County Planning Department awarded their 2nd Annual Design Excellence Award to Silver Spring Library for the building's dynamic design and commitment to public transportation (the library was built to accommodate a planned light rail station.)
Wheaton Library Renovation: In contrast to a refresh, which is limited to the interior of a library, the Wheaton branch has been torn down and will be replaced by a completely new building.
Books and other media mentioned during this episode:
Fodor's 2015 Alaska by Teeka Ballas, et al.
Fodor's the Complete Guide to Alaska Cruises by Teeka Ballas, et al.
The Wicked series - A series of four adult books reinterpreting the story and characters from the Wizard of Oz.
Other items of interest:
NACo Award - In 2016, MCPL received an award from the National Association of Counties for quickly adapting to the changing needs of Montgomery County residents in a cost effective manner through the branch refresh initiative.
Top Innovators Award 2016 - Organizational Change and Strategic Management - Urban Libraries Council: In fall of 2016, MCPL received this prestigious award from the Urban Libraries Council for its branch refresh initiative, which "implements improvements to library construction and enhances information services and technologies based on changing community needs."
Funding sources for MCPL's Branch Refresh projects include the Library Refurbishment Level of Effort and the 21st Century Library Enhancements Level of Effort.
Recording Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Guests: Theresa Kolacek and Carol Reddan, both Library Associates who assist customers at MCPL branch information desks.
Note: Our guests spoke of their personal nutrition and health journeys. Listeners looking for professional nutrition or health advice should seek the guidance of a nutritionist or other health professional.
Books and other media mentioned during this episode –
Real Food: What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck. This is the book Theresa Kolacek noted as having inspired her on her healthy eating journey.
Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott. This is the book Carol Reddan said prompted her to try to slow down her hectic life and celebrate ordinary moments of the day.
The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz
Sirius: a Novel About the Little Dog Who Almost Changed History by Jonathan Crown. Theresa Kolacek identified this novel as her latest read. This tragicomic novel follows the life of Sirius, a dog, who helps a Jewish family escape Nazi Germany, becomes a Hollywood star, and eventually contributes to the downfall of Hitler.
Tinseltown by William Mann. This was Carol Reddan’s current favorite. It is a true crime book about the 1922 murder of William Desmond Taylor, a famous silent film director.
Daily Connnoisseur – This author Jennifer Scott’s video blog, about the “fine art of living,” that Carol Reddan mentions several times during the episode.
Notable Quote -
"Dove' la cucina, ce' famiglia" – "Where there’s a kitchen, there’s family.” This is the Italian quote that host Alessandro Russo mentions.
Other items of interest mentioned during this episode –
Ancel Keys - He was an American physiologist known for his hypothesis that saturated fat causes heart disease and should be avoided. His hypothesis has been questioned by some in recent years.
Recording Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Guests: Susan Moritz, Program Manager for Virtual Services and Lisa Navidi, Librarian at Davis Library
Items of interest mentioned during this episode -
NovelistPlus - Online tool for discovering new books. Includes adult and children's books.
Readers Cafe - MCPL website for discovering you next favorite book.
What Do I Check Out Next? - Personalized book suggestions based your preferences.
Notable Quote: Reader's advisory is "connecting the right reader to the right book at the right time.
Books, movies and television shows mentioned during this episode -
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall. Librarian Susan Mortiz referred to this book as a "cozy mystery." Cozy mysteries tend to downplay sex and violence, and the stories often take place in a small, interconnected community.
Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
Downton Abbey (DVD)
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
Rogue One (in theaters)
Rogue One (the novelization) by Alexander Freed
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
This Must Be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell
Where'd You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Montgomery County Public Libraries
Recording Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Guest: Parker Hamilton, Director of Montgomery County Public Libraries
Books and authors mentioned during this episode -
Around the Way Girl: a Memoir by Taraji P. Henson. Henson is an American actress, singer, and author.
Eudora Welty – 20th century American known for her short stories and novels about the American South.
Henry Fielding – 18th century English novelist known his humor and biting satire.
Piers Plowman – A 14th century Middle English narrative poem by William Langland.
Other items of interest mentioned during this episode -
The comic con, MoComCon, mentioned in this episode took place at Silver Spring Library on Saturday, January 21, 2017.
Library Link - Library Link is a partnership between Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). This initiative is part of a national program to ensure every child enrolled in school receives a library card.
When Director Hamilton mentions "having worked on the 2nd floor," she is referring to the County Executive's offices, where she served as an Assistant Chief Administrative Officer.
A transcript of this episode is forthcoming.