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.

Library Chat Podcast: June 2021

June’s Library Chat discusses the topic of humor.  This episode we invited special guest, Iowa Department for the Blind Director, Emily Wharton, to share her favorite humorous books and podcasts with us.  We also discuss an episode from the podcast Make My Day with Josh Gondelman Episode 46:  Under the Cheese with Emily Heller.  Check out the library blog for a book list and more from the Library Chat June episode.

Library Chat:  June 2021 Book List

Sick in the head : conversations about life and comedy / Judd Apatow.

What’s so funny? : my hilarious life / Tim Conway ; with Jane Scovell.

Yes Please / Amy Poehler.

Born a crime : stories from a South African childhood / Trevor Noah.

Dear girls : intimate tales, untold secrets, and advice for living your best life / Ali Wong.

I can’t make this up : life lessons / Kevin Hart with Neil Strauss.

If at birth you don’t succeed : my adventures with disaster and destiny / Zach Anner.

Keep moving : and other tips and truths about aging / Dick Van Dyke ; with Todd Gold.

Always look on the bright side of life : a sortabiography / Eric Idle.

The last black unicorn / Tiffany Haddish.

A very punchable face / Colin Jost.

Shrill: notes from a loud woman / Lindy West

Is this anything? / Jerry Seinfeld

Bossypants / Tina Fey

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: 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.