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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.  

Sep 11, 2018

Summary: F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival organizers Dr. Jackson Bryer and Dr. Eleanor Heginbotham, as well as Twinbrook Library Manager Eric Carzon, talk about the upcoming festival, as well as the life, work, and Montgomery County connections of jazz-era author F. Scott Fitzgerald

Recording Date: August 9, 2018

Guests:

Dr. Jackson Bryer, author of several books about F. Scott Fitzgerald and one of the founding organizers of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival.

Eric Carzon: Branch Manager of Twinbrook Library and MCPL liaison to the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival. 

Dr. Eleanor Heginbotham, Professor Emerita of Concordia University Saint Paul and one of the organizers of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival. 

Host: Lauren Martino

What Our Guests Are Reading:

Dr. Jackson Bryer: Benediction by Kent Haruf, Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

Eric Carzon: The Poet Slave of Cuba by Margarita Engle

Dr. Eleanor Heginbotham: The books of Richard Russo and Robert Olen Butler

Books, Authors, and Other Media Mentioned During this Episode:

"Babylon Revisited" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

John Barth

Bernice Bobs Her Hair (film): Based on a short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jennifer Boylan

Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo

Robert Olen Butler

Susan Coll

Malcolm Cowley

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (film): Based on a short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald

E.L. Doctorow

Empire Falls by Richard Russo 

Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo

F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Richard Ford

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This famous book has had numerous film adaptations

Garrison Keillor 

Norman Mailer  

Alice McDermott

E. Ethelbert Miller

Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo

Maxwell Perkins

Annie Proulx

Richard Russo

Trajectory by Richard Russo

Straight Man by Richard Russo

James Salter

William Styron

Margaret Talbot

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

John Updike

The Vegetable, or From President to Postman (play) by F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Other Items of Interest Mentioned During this Episode

The Elevator Repair Service Theater Company: Performs original works with an ongoing ensemble. 

F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival: This literary festival features writing workshops, panel discussions, the presentation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award to a prominent author (the 2018 recipient is Richard Russo), and much more. The festival honors the works of jazz-era author F. Scott Fitzgerald and as well as the work of current, prominent authors. The festival also supports and encourages aspiring writers and students interested in the literary arts. The festival takes place Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, MD. There is an opening lecture by National Book Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lucas on Thursday, October 18, as well as a special event Friday evening, October 19,"Readings in Tribute to Richard Russo and Literature Without Borders." MCPL will host several Fitzgerald related programs before the festival begins. 

Friends of the Library, Montgomery County: A nonprofit organization that supports MCPL by providing supplemental funding, programs, materials, and equipment. 

Kanopy: MCPL's free, online movie streaming service. Includes film festival favorites, award-winning documentaries, indie films and world cinema. 

The Writer's Center: A literary organization in Montgomery County, MD hosting writing workshops and literary events to promote the craft of writing for people of all backgrounds. 

 

Aug 28, 2018

Summary: True crime enthusiast Carol Reddan shares her love of true crime books and recounts some of the better known national and local true crime stories. 

Recording Date: August 9, 2018

Guest: Carol Reddan, Library Associate at Olney Library

Host: Lauren Martino

What Our Guest is Reading: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidyng Up by Marie Kondo. There's a graphic novel based on this book called The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story

Books and Other Media Mentioned During this Episode

The Anatomy of Motive by John E. Douglas

The Big Short by Michael Lewis

The Borden Murders: Lizze Borden and the Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller 

Fatal Vision by Joe McGinniss

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara 

The Keepers: Who Killed Sister Cathy? (film) 

The Legend of Lizzie Borden (film)

Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (film)

Making a Murderer (documentary)

The Mystery of the Moss Covered Mansion by Carolyn Keene

Serial (podcast) 

Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann

A Very Private Woman: The Life and Unsolved Murder of Presidential Mistress Mary Meyer by Nina Burleigh

Other Items of Interested Mentioned During this Episode

MCPL's Privacy Policy

Reader's Cafe, a Virtual Place for Books and Readers

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. 

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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

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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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