Library Chat Podcast: December 2021

Clip art image of headphonesIn December’s Library Chat Podcast, we continue our new format where we invite a different library staff member to join us as a special guest.  They will choose the topic to be discussed during Library Chat and we will talk to them about what they do on the library team, as well as books and podcasts around their chosen topic. 

For December’s Library Chat Leland Smith, Instructional Materials Center Service Specialist joins us to talk about the topic of Stoic philosophy, being mindful and finding focus.  Leland shares with us about his work in the library and Instructional Materials Center, books, and braille.

Books we discussed during the podcast:

  • Tiny Habits;  the small changes that change everything by B.J. Fogg  DB98294
  • Designing Your Work Life:  how to thrive and change and find happiness at work by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans  DBC19897
  • Crucial Conversations:  tools for talking when the stakes are high by Kerry Patterson  DB55247
  • Radical Candor:  be a kick-ass boss without losing your humanity by Kim Scott  DB90667
  • Why We Sleep:  unlocking the power of sleep and dreams by Matthew Walker  DB86978
  • Breath: the new science of a lost art by James Nestor  Bridges
  • Atomic habits:  tiny changes, remarkable results: an easy & proven way to build good habits and break bad ones by James Clear  DB92857
  • Laugh Again by Charles Swindoll  DBC01569

Podcast we discussed:

Stoic Coffee Break by Erick Cloward
A weekly meditation on how Stoic principles can help you be a better human.

Happy Holidays!

A Poem for December

snowflake imageLibrary staff member, Jodi, shares a poem with us each month honoring our volunteers, the library, and reading. Here is her poem for December.  Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

Tis’ the Season

It’s finally December,
The last month of the year.
It’s the Holiday season,
And time to spread cheer.

We’ll be trimming the tree,
And making some treats.
Cookies and candy,
And everything sweet.

Shopping for presents,
To place under the tree.
I wonder which one,
Will be given to me?

The gifts will be wrapped,
With ribbons and bows.
The pile under the tree,
Grows and it grows.

Soon the ground will be covered
In a blanket of white.
Shining like diamonds
All through the night.

Making snowmen and snowballs,
And having oodles of fin.
How are we
To get any reading done?

At the end of the day,
when sleep is on your mind.
It’s the perfect time to read,
To relax and to unwind.

By Jodi Aldini-Zepeda

Happy Holidays!!

Book Reviews from Deena

Heart shape filled with books on shelvesCheck out these book reviews from Deena.  Deena was a member of the Library’s Patron Service Team who recently retired.  She has generously continued to share book reviews with us.  Thank you, Deena!

Let us know if you would like any titles added to your booklist or head over to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) to download the titles now.  Need more information about BARD?  See our BARD Page.

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger   DB96864
It is 1932, and three boys leave Lincoln Indian School in Minnesota when circumstances become unbearable.  Before leaving the area, they rescue their friend, Emmy, who was recently orphaned from the evil heads of the school, the Brickmans.  The foursome head down the river in a canoe.  Each boy is searching for something. Albert, the oldest is ever the protector, trying to keep everyone safe and together.  Mose, who cannot speak and is the only Native American of the bunch, is searching for who he is and where he came from.  Odie who is almost 13, is looking for a home. As they journey down the river they face danger, as they are pursued by the Brickmans.  They meet a cast of unique characters some helpful and some not so helpful.  Follow their adventures as they move towards the Mississippi River and finally find what they are looking for.

Five Days at Memorial: life and death in a storm-ravaged hospital by Sheri Fink  DB77656
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Louisiana. Memorial Hospital prepared for the worst, but the area remained dry until water from other flooded areas was released.  As the water rose, systems failed and generators lost power.  Memorial was left in the dark, and the building became unbearably hot.  The staff worked tirelessly to keep critically ill patients cool and comfortable.  As days passed, conditions worsened.  The staff was able to evacuate many patients.  Despite calls to the hospital owners, the national guard and the coast guard, patients remained waiting evacuation and several who were evacuated were left on a corner or just off the interstate with no food, water and no way of getting anywhere. The elevators in the building were not working and patients needed to be carried to a spot to be flown out.  After Katrina, an investigation was started and a doctor and two nurses were accused of giving a number of patient’s fatal doses of medication.  This chronicles all that took place after the storm and the ensuing charges against the three women.  Many are to blame for this disaster, the city of New Orleans, the owners of the hospital and the CEO’s of the hospital. The lack of disaster preparedness is appalling.

I am the Central Park Jogger: a story of hope and possibility by Trisha Meili  DB56125 , LT6959
In 1989, Trisha Meili went for a run in Central Park at night.  She was assaulted and beaten.  She was in a coma for nearly two weeks. Trisha explains due to a traumatic brain injury she had to relearn everything. Through therapy she had to relearn to walk, to do simple math, and other things, so she could return to her job as an investment banker. She kept her identity a secret for 14 years, because of extensive publicity and she was reluctant to tell anyone she was the Central Park jogger.  She came to believe in spiritual healing and how prayer can make a difference in the recovery process.  If you like survival stories this book is for you.

Join the Friends of the Library for a Holiday Benefit Concert

Friend Your Library LogoTime to Get in the Holiday Spirit!

Join the Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped for their annual Jolly Time Benefit Concert.  This year’s event features musical performances by Barbershop Quartets, Antique Harmony and Off the Cuff.  Sing along as they harmonize with your holiday and Barbershop favorites.

When: Friday, December 3rd from 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where:  Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA  50309
Only $10.00 per ticket, available at the door.
Refreshments will be available for purchase during the concert.

More information about the Friends of the Library