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Read On Episode 15 (Creepy Reads Edition)

Be afraid, be very afraid...you're about to hear a very special Creepy Reads edition of the Read On podcast! Recorded in our very own Bookmobile of Terror, this episodes features Trevor in conversation with bookmobile librarian Christina.

After talking about what to do while waiting impatiently for the latest Walking Dead season, they move on to discuss similar chillers like Locke & Key by Joe Hill, Revival by Tim Seeley, Handling the Undead by John Lindqvist, and The Dog Stars by Peter Heller.

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Trevor and Christina board the Alameda County Bookmobile and talk about what to read while you're waiting for the next season of The Walking Dead.

 

Read On, the podcast: Episode 14

In this episode, Natalie tries Anthony Trollope on Kate's recommendation, and likes it! But Can You Forgive Her for saying he writes old fat books about ladies in dresses? You decide. Next, Trevor discusses some new books he hasn't read yet, but wants to, including A Field Guide To Lies by Daniel Levitin, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd: A Flavia de Luce Novel, and The Young Bride by Allesandro Baricco. Finally, Natalie is intrigued by the premise of but ultimately bored by the excessive literariness of The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan.

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Try it, you’ll like it: Can you Forgive Her? By Anthony Trollop Discussed by Kate and Natalie

Books We Haven’t Read: A Field Guide to Lies by Daniel Levitin, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d: A Flavia de Luce Novel, and The Young Bride by Allesandro Baricco discussed by Trevor.

Forthcoming books: The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jennifer Fagan. Tried by Natalie.

 

 

Read On, the podcast: Episode 13

In Episode 13, Chris takes a heartbreaking historical journey through Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel Homegoing, Trevor and Alice get excited about Siracusa by Delia Ephron and Underground Airlines by Ben Winters, and Alice and Natalie try finding joy by color coding socks with Marie Kondo.

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Forthcoming Books: Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi. Reviewed by Chris. 

Books We Haven’t Read: Siracusa, by Delia Ephron, and Underground Airlines, by Ben Winters. Discussed by Alice and Trevor. 

I Tried It: Spark Joy, by Marie Kondo. Tried by Alice and Natalie. 

 

Read On, the podcast: Episode 12

In episode 12, Kate explores the concept of 'sunk cost' in series fiction, Trevor and Alice get to know Sergio Y by Alexandro Vidal Porto, and Chris expresses her appreciation for the depth and complexity of the latest novel by Adam Haslett.

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Forthcoming Books: City of Mirrors, written by Justin Cronin and lamented by Kate -- who would like to state for the record that it improves toward the end! 

Books We Haven't Read: Trevor and Alice discuss Sergio Y by Alexandro Vidal Porto. 

Forthcoming Books: Imagine Me Gone, written by Adam Haslett and appreciated by Chris. 

Musical interludes produced by Paul Straghalis. 

 

Read On, the Podcast: Episode 11

In Episode 11, Kate and Natalie discuss Gwyneth Paltrow and debate the merits of homemade granola in mason jars, we get an up-close auditory look at the creepy world of Preacher, and Trevor explores the beautiful but disquieting pages of Brecht Even’s Panther.

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I Tried It: It's All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook, by Gwyneth Paltrow. Merits debated by Kate and Natalie.

Books to Screen: Preacher: gone to Texas, by Garth Ennis. Discussed by Natalie and Trevor. 

 Books We Haven’t Read: Panther, by Brecht Evens. Discussed by Trevor. 

Musical interludes produced by Paul Straghalis. Other sounds from Freesound and Soundbible.

 

Read On, the podcast: Episode 10

In our latest episode of Read On, our bookbuyer Trevor discusses more books he hasn't read, and Kate and Natalie discuss some books that everyone should read. Also: What's it like to be a Squirrel Girl?

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Try It, You'll Like It: the work of Anthony Trollope, discussed by Kate and Natalie

Books I Haven't Read: Among Strange Victims and A Natural History of Hell, discussed by Trevor

Let's Get Graphic: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1, discussed by Natalie and Kate.

Musical interludes produced by Paul Straghalis. Other sounds from Freesound and Soundbible.

 

Read On, the podcast: Episode Nine

Welcome to the latest episode of Read On! Chris reviews the latest from Graham Swift, our new bookbuyer introduces some titles he's keeping an eye on, and Kate asks why there are no rich people worth writing about in California.

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Books I Haven't Read:  Patience, by Daniel Clowes; and The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone, by Olivia Laing. Discussed by Trevor.

Forthcoming Books: Mothering Sunday, by Graham Swift. Reviewed by Chris.

Book to Screen: Recovery Road, discussed by Natalie and Blaine.

Notes from the Stacks: Everybody Rise, by Stephanie Clifford, discussed by Kate.

Musical interludes produced by Paul Straghalis. Other sounds from Freesound and Soundbible.

 

Read On, the podcast: Episode Eight

Read On, the podcast: Episode Eight

In the latest episode of Read On, we visit Mars with Matt Damon, discuss the benefits of being a conjoined twin, and discover a new definition of success. 

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Book to Screen:  The Martian by Andy Weir. Discussed by Christianne Selig and Kate Eppler

Forthcoming Books: One by Sarah Crossan. Discussed by Natalie McCall and Blaine Wentworth

We Need Diverse Books: Most Likely to Succeed by Jennifer Echols. Discussed by Natalie McCall and Blaine Wentworth

Musical interludes produced by Paul Straghalis. Other sounds from Freesound and Soundbible.

 

Read On, the podcast: Episode Seven

Read On, the podcast: Episode Seven

Welcome to Read On Episode 7, in which Kate and Dean get Carsick with John Waters in Oddball Books, Natalie and Michael take on Holden Caulfield in Killing the Classics, and Natalie untangles her disappointment with Black Widow: Forever Red in Forthcoming Books.

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Oddball Books:                 Carsick by John Waters. Discussed by Kate Eppler and Dean Jones.

Killing the Classics:          Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Discussed by Natalie McCall and Blaine Wentworth.

Forthcoming Books:          Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl. Reviewed by Natalie McCall.

Musical interludes produced by Paul Straghalis. Other sounds from Freesound and Soundbible.

 

Read On, the podcast: Episode Six

Read On, the podcast: Episode Six

In Episode 6, we hear a review of the novel The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood. Next, we learn about the cutthroat world of elite ballet schools. And in another edition of Oddball Books we enjoy a funny horror book based in a fictional Ikea.

 

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Forthcoming Books: The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood. Reviewed by Christianne Selig.

We Need Diverse Books: Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton. Discussed by Natalie McCall and Michael Wentwood.

Oddball Books: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix. Discussed by Kate Eppler and Dean Jones.

Musical interludes produced by Paul Straghalis. Other sounds from Freesound and Soundbible.

 

 

Read On, the podcast: Episode Five

In Episode 5, we hear a review of the novel Bradstreet Gate by Robin Kirman. Next, we introduce a new segment on diversity in young adult literature. Finally, two of our staff members get to the bottom of the UFO cover up at the White House. Sort of.

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Forthcoming Books: Bradstreet Gate by Robin Kirman. Reviewed by Kate Eppler and Christianne Selig.

We Need Diverse Books: Fake ID by Lamar Giles. Reviewed by Natalie McCall.

Oddball Books: The Presidents and UFOs: A Secret History from FDR to Obama by Larry Holcombe. Discussed by Kate Eppler and Dean Jones.

 

Read On, the podcast: Episode Four

In Episode 4, we hear a review of the novel The Gods of Tango by local author Carolina De Robertis. Next, two of our staff members sink their teeth into a book about cannibalism.  Plus, find out what happened when four of our intrepid staff members try to follow the advice of organizing guru Marie Kondo.

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Forthcoming Books: The Gods of Tango by Carolina De Robertis. Reviewed by Christianne Selig.

Oddball Books: Consumed by David Cronenberg. Discussed by Kate Eppler and Dean Jones.

I Tried It: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. Attempted by Andrew Ackerman, Elisa Collacott, Natalie McCall, and Alice White.

 

Read On, the podcast: Episode Three

In Episode 3, we hear about dramatic doings in the forthcoming novel Bull Mountain, and a non-depressing Thomas Hardy book and movie. Plus, we debate the merits of that timeless classic, Jane Eyre. Is Rochester really that great a catch?

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Forthcoming Books: Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich, published 7/7/15. Reviewed by Danielle Wilson.

Book to Screen: Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy published 1874 and Far from the Madding Crowd, BBC Films, released May 2015. Reviewed by Natalie McCall and Danielle Wilson.

Killing the Classics: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Debated by Natalie McCall and Christianne Selig.

 

Read On, the podcast: Episode Two

In Episode Two, we examine the detox lifestyle of celebrities and try to decode Georgette Heyer. (Would Georgette Heyer have done a juice cleanse?)

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Forthcoming Books: Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? by Timothy Caulfield, published 5/5/15. Reviewed by Christianne Selig. 
Killing the Classics: Georgette Heyer, the unreadable trendsetter. Debated by Elisa Collacott and Kate Eppler
5 Facts for May: Presented by Christianne Selig

 

Read On, the podcast: Episode One

In Episode 1, we answer the burning questions. Is it possible to rewrite Jane Austen? Can you turn an edgy memoir into a network sitcom? And just what is so great about Hemingway, anyway?

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Forthcoming Books: Emma, by Alexander McCall Smith, published 4/7/15. Reviewed by Christianne Selig and Kate Eppler
Book to Screen: Fresh Off the Boat, by Eddie Huang – and Fresh Off the Boat, ABC. Reviewed by Natalie McCall and Kate Eppler
Killing the Classics: Hemingway, reviewed by Natalie McCall and Christianne Selig
5 Facts for April: presented by Elisa Collacott

Sound effects courtesy of Mike Koenig (Soundbible) and Joe Lamb (Soundbible).

 

San Lorenzo Library Maker Podcasts

The San Lorenzo Public Library has been awarded a Curiosity Creates grant from the Association for Library Service to Children, to support Portable Makerspaces in the Library. 

These makerspaces include motorized LEGOs, duct taping, felting, leather working, 3D Printing, Podcasting, Origami, Crocheting/knitting supplies and accessories. 

As part of the project, San Lorenzo 'makers' will be creating podcasts about their experiences. Stay tuned! 

 

San Lorenzo Library Portable Makerspaces: 3D printing

 

San Lorenzo Library Portable Makerspaces: Fingerknitting

 

San Lorenzo Library Portable Makerspaces: Duct Tape

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