Library Chat Podcast: May 2021

May’s Library Chat discusses the topic of gardening and the books and a podcast that help us to enjoy are gardens, flowers, yards and more. This episode we invited a special guest, library patron, and Master Gardner Roger Erpelding, to share his knowledge with us.  We also discuss an episode from the podcast Let’s Argue about Plants brought to you by the editors of Fine Gardening.  Episode 84 titled Underappreciated Plants for Spring discusses those plants that maybe are overlooked when we are planting.  Check out the library blog for a book list and more from the Library Chat May episode.

Library Chat:  May 2021 Book List

Animal, vegetable, miracle: a year of food life DB64800 by Barbara Kingsolver

The beginner’s guide to starting a garden: 326 fast, easy, affordable ways to transform your yard one project at a time DB87665 by Sally Roth

Climate-wise landscaping: practical actions for a sustainable future DB91615 by Sue Reed and Ginny Stibolt

Container gardener’s handbook: pots, techniques, and projects to transform any space DB96682 by Frances Tophill

Food lover’s garden: growing, cooking, and eating well DB88596 by Jenni Blackmore

Grow your own herbs: the 40 best culinary varieties for home gardens DB95988 by Susan Belsinger and Arthur O. Tucker

Grow: stories from the Urban Food Movement DBC03274 by Stephen Grace

Kitchen garden revival: a modern guide to creating a stylish small-scale, low-maintenance edible garden DB101179 by Nicole Burker

Roots, shoots, buckets & boots: gardening together with children DB78475 by Sharon Lovejoy

A way to garden: a hands-on primer for every season DB99339 by Margaret Roach

The bee-friendly garden: design an abundant, flower-filled yard that nurtures bees and supports biodiversity DB96127 by Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhn

Fiction books about gardens, but not gardening how-tos

The secret garden DB23638 by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The language of flowers: a novel DB74148 by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The forgotten garden: a novel DB70900 by Kate Morton

Prodigal summer: a novel DB51048 by Barbara Kingsolver

Also, check out the library’s monthly Library News podcast and Braille Bits podcast.  Check out the library’s Podcast Page for information on all the library’s podcasts and episodes.

Library Chat Podcast: April 2021

April’s Library Chat celebrates National Library Week by reviewing books and a podcast about libraries and librarians. Library staff also discuss an episode from the podcast 99% Invisible hosted by Roman Mars.  Episode 415 titled “Goodnight Nobody” explores the complex figure of Anne Carroll Moore, a New York Public librarian, and her role in making libraries accessible to children.

Library Chat:  April 2021 Book List

The bodies in the library DB97038 by Marty Wingate

The giver of stars DB96907 by Jojo Moyes

Her perfect affair DB100847 by Priscilla Oliveras

Information hunters: when librarians, soldiers, and spies banded together in World War II Europe DB98976 by Kathy Lee Peiss

The Library of the Unwritten DB96922 by A.J. Hackwith

Reading behind bars: a true story of literature, law, and life as a prison librarian DB96548 by Jill Grunenwald

Upright women wanted DB98684 by Sarah Gailey

The midnight library DB100906  by Matt Haig

Syria’s secret library: reading and redemption in a town under siege DB97420 by Mike Thomson

The library book DB92869 by Susan Orlean

The midnight library DB100906 by Matt Haig

Ink and Bone: the Great Library DB85432 by Rachel Caine

The time traveler’s wife DB57102 by Audrey Niffenegger

Dewey’s nine lives:  the legacy of the small-town library cat who inspired millions DB72898 by Vicki Myron

Children’s Titles

The boy who was raised by librarians DBC06351 by Carla D. Morris

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s library DB77918 by Chris Grabenstein

Goodnight moon DB24603 by Margaret Wise Brown

Also, check out the library’s monthly Library News podcast and Braille Bits podcast.  Check out the library’s Podcast Page for information on all the library’s podcasts and episodes.

Library Chat Podcast: March 2021

March’s Library Chat focus is on true crime. Join members of our Library Staff as they discuss the vast genre of true crime, including books and podcasts.  They also discuss the true crime podcast, Today in True Crime a Parcast original.  Each day the Today in True Crime podcast examines a true crime event with the same date from years ago.  Check out the book list below for the books mentioned during this month’s Library Chat podcast.

Library Chat:  March 2021 Book List

Titles with Iowa or Midwest Ties

The Drake Diner Murders by Pete Hale and Jim Rowley  DBC01711

Midnight Assassin: A Murder in America’s Heartland by Patricia L. Bryan  DBC015556, BRD23320

Morning Ran Red:  the Villisca Axe Murders by Stephen Bowman  DBC15042

The man from the train: the solving of a century-old serial killer mystery by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James  DBC15034, Bridges

Other True Crime Titles

All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward DB50574, BR13143, Bridges

American predator: the hunt for the most meticulous serial killer of the 21st century by Maureen Callahan  DB95743

Catch Me If You Can: the amazing true story of the youngest and most daring con man in the history of fun and profit! by Frank Abagnale  DB55517

The Devil in the White City: murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America  by Erik Larson  DB55748

The feather thief: beauty, obsession, and the natural history heist of the century by Kirk Wallace Johnson  DB90801, Bridges

The five: the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold  Bridges

Helter Skelter: the true story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi  DB36994, BRN2670, Bridges

I’ll be gone in the dark: one woman’s obsessive search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara  DB90637, Bridges

In Cold Blood: a true account of a multiple murder and Its consequences  by Truman Capote  DB22726

Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI by David Grann  DB87767, Bridges

The midnight assassin: panic, scandal, and the hunt for America’s first serial killer by Skip Hollandsworth  Bridges

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: a Savannah story by John Berendt  DB38077, BR11463, LT4644, Bridges

Mindhunter: inside the FBI’s elite serial crime unit by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker  DB43669, Bridges

The Poisoner’s Handbook: murder and the birth of forensic medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum  DB72307

The road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn  DB88119, Bridges

Say nothing: a true story of murder and memory In Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe  DB94329, Bridges

The stranger beside me: Ted Bundy: the classic case of serial murder by Ann Rule  DB29031, LT6194, Bridges

Also, check out the library’s monthly Library News podcast and Braille Bits podcast.  Check out the library’s Podcast Page for information on all the library’s podcasts and episodes.

Library Chat Podcast: February 2021

February’s Library Chat focuses on braille. Library staff discusses the programs the library offers for our braille readers and those who would like to know more about braille.  They also discuss the library’s own podcast Braille Bits by Youth Services Librarian, Denise Bean.

Also, check out the library’s monthly Library News podcast and Braille Bits podcast.  Check out the library’s Podcast Page for information on all the library’s podcasts and episodes.

Library Chat Podcast: January 2021

January’s Library Chat focuses on the New Year and setting goals (or New Year’s resolutions). Members of the Library staff discuss all types of books that have to do with setting goals, personal and professional growth, and more. They also discuss an episode from the podcast Happier With Gretchen Rubin which is co-hosted by one of the popular voices on the subject of happiness, habits, and human nature, she’s the author of several New York Times bestsellers.  The Happier With Gretchen Rubin episode discussed is Podcast 307:  We Reveal Our “21 for 21” Lists.

Check out the book list below highlighting the books we discussed during the podcast.

Library Chat:  January 2021 Book List

The 4 disciplines of execution: achieving your wildly important goals by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, Jim Huling (Bridges)

The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss (Bridges)

Best self : be you, only better by Mike Bayer  DB94722

Crucial Conversations: tools for talking when stakes are high by Kerry Patterson  DB55247

Everything is negotiable: the 5 tactics to get what you want in life, love, & work by Meg Myers Morgan, PhD  DB93263

The path made clear: discovering your life’s direction and purpose by Oprah Winfrey  DB94349

Pick three: you can have it all (just not every day) by Randi Zuckerberg  DB97701

Sorry I’m late, I didn’t want to come: one introvert’s year of saying yes by Jessica Pan  DB96264

What would Dolly do? [sound recording] : how to be a diamond in a rhinestone world by Lauren Marino  DB95006

Year of Yes by Shondra Rhimes  DB83604

Titles by Gretchen Rubin

Better Than Before  DB81121  BR20894

The Four Tendencies: the indispensable personality profiles that reveal how to make your life better (and other people’s lives better, too)  DB89131

Happier at Home:  Kiss more, jump more, abandon a project, read Samuel Johnson and my other experiments in the practice of everyday life  DB75542  BR19637

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent A Year Trying To Sing In The Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, And Generally Have More Fun  DB70275  BR18710

Outer Order, Inner Calm: declutter and organize to make more room for happiness  DB94115

Also check out the library’s monthly Library News podcast and Braille Bits podcast.  Check out the library’s Podcast Page for information on all the library’s podcasts and episodes.

Library Chat Podcast: December 2020

December’s Library Chat focuses on one of our favorite topics – food. Library staff discusses all types of books that have to do with food, from recipe collections to mysteries. They also discuss an episode from the podcast The Sporkful which is hosted by Dan Pashman of Cooking Channel’s You’re Eating It WrongThe Sporkful episode discussed is called “LeVar Burton Even Reads Recipes Dramatically“.

Check out the book list below highlighting the books we discussed during the podcast.

Library Chat:  December 2020 Book List

Some Non-Fiction Titles:

I’m Just Here for the Food:  food + heat = cooking by Alton Brown  DB60619

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen  Bridges

The Best American Food Writing 2019  DB97578

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: mastering the elements of good cooking by Samin Nosrat  Bridges

Memories Cookbook:  collection of recipes used in the Iowa Department for the Blind Orientation Center  BRD20286

Some Mystery Titles:

Agatha Raisin Mystery Series by M.C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, Book 1  DB38163

Goldy Bear Mystery Series by Diane Mott Davidson
Catering to Nobody, Book 1  DB68789

Pennsylvania-Dutch Mystery Series with Recipes by Tamar Myers
Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth, Book 1  DB49800

Hannah Swenson Mysteries by Joanne Fluke
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, Book 1  DB54603

Also check out the library’s monthly Library News podcast and Braille Bits podcast.  Check out the library’s Podcast Page for information on all the library’s podcasts and episodes.