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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.  

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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