Library Chat Podcast: November 2022

November’s Library Chat Podcast, is all about friends.  With Thanksgiving and the holiday season upon us we thought it would be a great time to talk about Friendsgiving.  Learn about our Friends of the Library group, books about friends and friendships and podcasts hosted by friends about friends.

Books from the November Library Chat Podcast (all titles can be found on BARD):

Library Chat Podcast: October 2022

October’s Library Chat Podcast, is a special “Live” episode in the spirit of October, Halloween and the spooky season.  We decided to do a ghost hunt in our Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) building.  The IDB’s building has long and rich history and there has been a lot of unexplained occurrences, sightings and feelings throughout, so we thought we should investigate.  Joining us for the podcast is a special guest Dave Coulson, former IDB Facilities Engineer, to do an investigation and tour of the building.

October Book List

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson  DB26427  BR11092  LT4028

Dracula by Bram Stoker  DB31689  BR8277

Frankenstein by Mary W. Shelley  DB25835  BR12173  LT5603

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman  DB68027  BR18241

Hallowe’en Party:  a Hercule Poirot mystery by Agatha Christie  DB97649

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury  DB44005  BR10971

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson  DB26179  LT11759

Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving  DB16731  BR08876

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King  DB62402  BR22530  LT4278

Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark by Alvin Schwartz  DB19713

The Shining by Stephen King  DB51373  BR13271  LT4276

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury DB50233  BR12583

Library Chat Podcast: June 2022

Clip art image of headphonesIn June’s Library Chat Podcast, we discuss summer reads and how to decide what to read next.  We talk about the library’s Great Reading Challenge program and great podcasts to help you pick your next book to read.   For more information about the library and our podcasts go the library’s blog.

Podcasts Discussed:

Library Chat Podcast: April 2022

Clip art image of headphonesIn April’s Library Chat Podcast, we continue our new format where we invite a different library staff members to join us as a special guest.  They will choose the topic to be discussed during Library Chat and we will talk about what they do on the library team, as well as books and podcasts around their chosen topic.  For April’s Library Chat Leslie Heinzler, Special Services Librarian joins us to talk about the 2022 All Iowa Reads titles.  For more information about the library and our podcasts go the library’s blog.

Podcast Discussed:

Unlikable Female Characters Episode 57

Books Discussed:  2022 All Iowa Reads Book Lists


Adult Title
The Butterfly Effect by Rachel Mans McKenny  BRN28392, LT13353, DBC19960

Teen Title
What I Carry by Jennifer Longo  YA BR Lon, YA LT Lon, DB103425

Children Title
The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane by Kate O’Shaughnessy  JBR O’Sh, JLT O’Sh, DBC19978

2022 All Iowa Reads Shortlists (other titles considered)

Adult Titles
How Much of These Hills is Gold by C. Pam Zhang  DB99144
Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore  DB99620
The Monsters We Make by Kali White  DBC19959
Barn 8 by Deb Olin Unferth  DB98859
The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal  DB95922
Love, Zac: small-town football and the life and death of an American boy by Reid Forgrave  DB101188

Teen Titles
Slay by Brittney Morris  DB99185
Displacement by Kiku Hughes
Camp by L.C. Rosen
Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore  DB93530
The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf  DB94195

Children Titles
Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte  BR23598, DB102083
Stand up, Yumi Chung! By Jessica Kim
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez  BR22981, DB94118
From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks  JRB Mar, DB98670
Itch by Polly Farquhar