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!

Library Chat Podcast: November 2021

In November’s Library Chat Podcast, we begin a 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 November’s Library Chat, Tim West, the library’s Digital Recording Specialist/Studio Manager, joins us to talk about the topic of music.  Tim discusses his work producing digital audio books for the library collection, working with our volunteer narrators and his love of music.

Books we discussed during the podcast:

  • Your Song Changed My Life: from Jimmy Page to St. Vincent, Smokey Robinson to Hozier, thirty-five beloved artists on their journey and the music that inspried it by Bob Boilen DB85362
  • Off the Record: an oral history of popular music by Mitchell Fink and Joe Smith DB31730
  • Walk This Way: the autobiography of Aerosmith by Stephen Davis  DB45032
  • Man in Black by Johnny Cash  DB58372

Podcast discussed  during the podcast:
By Song Exploder produced and edited by host and creator Hrishikesh Hirway.

Music Resources from the Nationa Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled:

 

 

 

Library Chat Podcast: September 2021

In September’s Library Chat library staff discuss Banned Books Week and more.  We also discuss two podcasts focusing on banned books.

Library Chat Podcasts:  September 2021

Library Chat Booklist:  September 2021

Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2020

  1. George by Alex Gino DB82273 
    It was challenged, banned, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content, conflicting with a religious viewpoint, and not reflecting “the values of our community” 
  2. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds DB98926 and BR23102 
    It was banned and challenged because of the author’s public statements, and because of claims that the book contains “selective storytelling incidents” and does not encompass racism against all people 
  3. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely  DB83370 
    It was banned and challenged for profanity, drug use, and alcoholism, and because it was thought to promote anti-police views, contain divisive topics, and be “too much of a sensitive matter right now” 
  4. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson DB49958 and BRN27713 
    It was banned, challenged, and restricted because it was thought to contain a political viewpoint and it was claimed to be biased against male students, and for the novel’s inclusion of rape and profanity 
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie DB65403 and BR21549 
    It was banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and allegations of sexual misconduct by the author 
  6. Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin DB100015 
    It was challenged for “divisive language” and because it was thought to promote anti-police views 
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee DB77672BR12850 and LT10965 
    It was banned and challenged for racial slurs and their negative effect on students, featuring a “white savior” character, and its perception of the Black experience 
  8. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck DB48515, BRN19107 and LT4820 
    It was banned and challenged for racial slurs and racist stereotypes, and their negative effect on students 
  9. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison DB49914BR12618 and LT5895 
    It was banned and challenged because it was considered sexually explicit and depicts child sexual abuse 
  10. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas DB101117BR21874 and YA LT Tho 
    It was challenged for profanity, and it was thought to promote an anti-police message

Every year the Office for Intellectual Freedom, a part of the American Library Association, compiles a list of the 10 most challenged books of the previous year. 

Library Chat Podcast: August 2021

In August’s Library Chat library staff discuss some great summer reads that are perfect for vacation or staycations.  We also discuss various podcasts all about books that can help us find our next great read.

Library Chat Podcasts:  August 2021

Library Chat Booklist:  August 2021

Library Chat Podcast: July 2021

In July’s Library Chat we discuss the vast topic of sports and the books that go with them.  We also discuss the podcast Sports? With Katie Nolan, Episode Better Than Space Jam.  Check out the library blog for a book list and more from the Library Chat July episode.

Library Chat:  July 2021 Book List

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander  DB79528

Ghost (Track #1) by Jason Reynolds  DB85921  BR21669

Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica  DB71012

The Jordan Rules by Sam Smith  DB34711

24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid by Willie Mays  DB99789  BR23250

Moneyball: the art of winning an unfair game by Michael Lewis  DB56245

The Blind Side: evolution of a game by Michael Lewis DB63689  BR21589

Friday Night Lights: a town, a team, and a dream by H.G. Bissinger DB32152

A Good Walk Spoiled: days and nights on the PGA tour by John Feinstein  DB40694

The Sports Gene: inside the science of extraordinary athletic performance by David Epstien  DB77479

Ali: a life by Jonathan Eig  DB89738

The Art of Fielding: a novel by Chad Harbach DB73791

Seabiscuit:  an American legend by Laura Hillenbrand  DB51968   BR14930

The Natural by Bernard Malamud  DB10717

Into Thin Air: a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster by Jon Krakauer DB44525

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.