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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.  

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. 

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. 

 

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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Mar 27, 2018

Episode Summary: Retro tech enthusiasts Bill Carey and Eric Carzon talk about the renewed interest in vinyl records and other older technology, the April 21 Vinyl Day at Silver Spring Library, and why the VCR will not be making a comeback. 

Retro tech collection including a vinyl record and player, an old fashioned phone, and a thumb piano.

Our guests brought along some retro tech to show the hosts during the episode. 

Recording Date: March 7, 2018

Hosts: Julie Dina and David Payne

Guests: Information Technology Specialist Bill Carey and Twinbrook Branch Manager Eric Carzon.

Featured MCPL Resource: With ArtistWorks, you can enjoy unlimited access to beginning through advanced video lessons for many musical instruments and styles, including piano, bluegrass, guitar, and hip-hop. Also includes voice lessons. 

What Our Guests Are Reading

Bill Carey: The Roosevelts: an Intimate History by Geoffrey Ward and Cars, Cars, Cars, Cars by S.C.H. Davis

Eric Carzon: Vinyl: the Art of Making Records by Mike Evans and Vinyl Freak: Love Letters to a Dying Medium by John Corbett.

Albums and Artists Mentioned During this Episode: Check Freegal for downloadable songs from these albums and artists. 

Tony Bennett

George Benson

Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd

Jesus Christ Superstar (album) - MPCL owns the movie version

Lady Gaga

Gordon Lightfoot

Pitch Perfect 

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles

Frank Sinatra

What's Going On by Marvin Gaye - MPCL has this album on CD.

Woodstock (DVD)

Other Items of Interest Mentioned During this Episode:

National Record Store Day (April 21): Inaugurated in 2007 by indepdendent record store owners and employees, this commemorative day is meant to celebrate the culture surrounding independent record stores. 

Vinyl Day: Just for the Record: Join John Corbett, author of Vinyl Freak: Love Letters to a Dying Medium, at this retro event celebrating vinyl records. Corbett will be one of several speakers discussing political and historical aspects of the vinyl record industry. Silver Spring Library, 4/21, 11a-4p. This event is hosted in partnership with MCPL, Open Sky Jazz, Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Friends of the Library, Silver Spring Chapter, and Levine Music

Voyager Space Probe: Both the Voyager 1 and 2 space probes carry a 12 inch gold-plated copper record containing sounds and images representing life and culture on Earth. 

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Mar 13, 2018

Episode Summary: Children's librarians Olivia Darrell and Christine Freeman talk about MCPL's upcoming 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. It's a fun way to help prepare your child for kindergarten and beyond, all while fostering a love of reading. Registration for this program begins Saturday, March 24, 2018. 

Recording Date: February 7, 2018

Hosts: Julia Dina and Lauren Martino

Guests: Olivia Darrell and Christine Freeman. Olivia Darrell is a librarian in our Collection Management department who selects the children's fiction for MCPL. Christine Freeman is our Early Literacy and Children's Services Manager. She also manages the Noyes Library for Young Children

Featured MCPL Resource: Bookflix, read along with classic video storybooks on this learn-to-read site, which also includes related nonfiction e-books. 

What Our Guests Are Reading Or Listening to:

Olivia Darrell: This American Life, an NPR show featuring spoken essays, memoirs, and other non-fiction narratives organized around a theme. No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts, and The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell by, well, W. Kamau Bell. 

Christine Freeman: The Selection series by Kiera Cass and Sucktown, Alaska by Craig Dirkes.

Books and Other Media Mentioned During this Episode

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

Bark George by Jules Feiffer

Families, Families, Families by Suzanne Lang

First Snow by Bomi Park

Get a Hit Mo by David A. Adler

A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards

Horn Book: A magazine filled with book reviews and articles of interest to children's librarians. It is used by librarians to select books and other material. 

I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison

In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson

Jarabi Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T. Smith

Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn

Looking for Bongo by Eric Velasquez

Malika's Costume by Nadia L Horn

Marta Big & Small by Jen Arena

My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith

Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller

Star Wars Little Golden Book Collection 

School Library Journal: A magazine filled with book reviews and articles of interest to school librarians and children's librarians. It is used by librarians to select books and other material, as well as keep up with developments in the field of children's librarianship. 

Thunder Boy Jr by Sherman Alexie

We Sang You Home by Richard Van Camp

MCPL Resources Mentioned During this Episode:

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. 

BookFlix: Read along with classic video storybooks on this learn-to-read site, which also includes related nonfiction e-books.

MCPL's 3rd Annual Reading Challenge

Picture books that include braille

TumbleBooks: An online collection of animated, talking picture books. Includes story books, chapter books, nonfiction, videos, and more. Includes books in French and Spanish. 

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Feb 27, 2018

Episode Summary: MCPL film fans Fred Akuffo, circulation manager at Long Branch library, and David Watts, circulation manager at Silver Spring library, look at this year's Academy Award contenders, consider past award winners, and share their love for very different kinds of movies. 

Recording Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Hosts: Julie Dina and David Payne

Featured MCPL Resource: Enjoy movie night at home with one (or more) of MCPL's thousands of feature film DVDs. From Batman to Bollywood, we've got movies for every film fan. Check out our latest movies and television series today!  

What Our Guests Are Reading / Watching:

Fred Akuffo: Insecure, an HBO series starring Issa Rae. Newsroom, a behind the scenes look at a fictional cable news program. Deadwood, a Western tv series set in 1870s South Dakota. Fences, in which an African American former baseball player watches others break the color barrier in Major League Baseball.  

David Watts: All the King's Men, a 1940s film about a corrupt populist politician. David has also recently read Midnight Line, the latest Jack Reacher thriller by Lee Child and Origin, the new Dan Brown novel. 

Movies Mentioned During this Episode

American Beauty

The Artist

Awakenings

Brian's Song

The Color Purple The movie is based on a book by Alice Walker.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Darkest Hour 

Django Unchained

The Godfather

The Hurricane

Indochine

Justice League

La La Land

The Last Jedi

Malcolm X

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

On the Waterfront

Phantom Thread

The Piano

Pulp Fiction 

Rogue One

The Shape of Water

Solo: a Star Wars Story

Star Wars: a New Hope

Suicide Squad 

To Kill a Mockingbird

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

Training Day

John Wick

Actors and Actresses Mentioned During this Episode

Casey Affleck

Humphrey Bogart

Marlon Brando

Broderick Crawford

Robert De Niro

Bruce Lee

Spike Lee

Daniel Day-Lewis

Frances McDormand

Gary Oldman

Sidney Poitier

Margot Robbie

Michael Shannon

Kevin Spacey

Quentin Tarantino

Denzel Washington

Robin Williams

Other Items of Interest Mentioned During this Episode

2018 Oscar Nominees

The Academy Awards (Oscars) 

Academy Awards for Best Picture winners

AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD

B-Movies - A favorite movie genre of guest Fred Akuffo

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Feb 13, 2018

Episode Summary: Romance enthusiasts Carly Beveridge and Michelle Halber share their love for the characters, stories, and increasing diversity of romance books, movies, and TV series.  

Recording Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Hosts: Julie Dina and David Payne

Guests: Carly Beveridge, children’s librarian at Silver Spring library, and Michelle Halber, also a children's librarian at Silver Spring library. 

Featured MCPL Resource: Celebrate Black History Month with MCPL's many inspiring and informative events, books, and other resources. 

What Our Guests Are Reading:

Carley Beveridge: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth and Alex & Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz. 

Michelle Halber: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera and Endurance by Scott Kelly. 

Authors Mentioned During this Episode: 

Kristen Ashley

Jane Austen - Books and movies 

Beverly Jenkins

Susanna Kearsley

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Lisa Kleypas

Courtney Milan

Julia Quinn

Lynsay Sands

Kerrelyn Sparks 

J.R. Ward

Books, Movies, and TV Shows Mentioned During this Episode:

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

Bridget Jones Diary - The book by Helen Fielding, was made into a movie. 

Downton Abbey

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

The Outlander - First book in a series by Diana Gabaldon. The book series has been made into a TV series

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - The book, by Steve Hockensmith, was made into a movie.  

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants - The book is the first of a series. Two movies were made based on the book series. 

Stardust - The book, by Neil Gaiman, was made into a movie.  

Waiting to Exhale - The book, by Terry McMillan, was made into a movie.

Warm Bodies - The novel, by Isaac Marion, was, yep, made into a movie. 

Other Items of Interest

cloudLibrary - Collection of fiction and non-fiction ebooks available for MCPL customers to borrow. 

The Harry Potter Rule - If a series has more than 7 books in it, guest Michelle Halber is not interested.

Fabio - Ubiquitous model for romance novel covers during the 1980s and 1990s. 

Overdrive - Collection of fiction and non-fiction e-books, as well as online audiobooks, available for MCPL customers to borrow. 

Passionflix - Online collection of movies based on popular romance novels. Alas, not an MCPL resource. 

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