Library Life

Library Life

The podcast where we talk about all things library and some things not.

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This is a bit of a departure from our usual content, but Jenna wanted to share some big news: she finished writing her book! Shaena interviews her, and Jenna shares the story of why she wrote a novel that's set in a library. The conversation gets into different aspects of the writing life and how part-time library jobs make room for creative pursuits. Jenna also gets real about self-doubt and the need for perseverance in any kind of art. To continue the conversation, reach out on social media!  This episode has no Reading Break.  Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com

Sep 23

34 min

In this "micro" episode Shaena and Jenna talk about the books they've read this summer.  They each share a highlight and a lowlight. The books that they talk about are The Underpainter by Jane Urquhart, Jo & Laurie by Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz, No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper and Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews. We hope you enjoy this shorter episode! Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com

Sep 10

19 min

Shaena talks about her anxieties surrounding the reopening of her library during the pandemic and what happened when the customers finally returned for browsing.  She also shares some of the mechanics of reopening a library and offers some words of advice. On the Reading Break, Jenna talks about how reading urban fantasy went and The Underpainter by Jane Urquhart. Shaena talks about The Custard Protocol series by Gail Carriger and Who Speaks for the Damned by C.S. Harris. Enjoy! Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com

Aug 21

47 min

In this episode, Shaena introduces Jenna to the world of Urban Fantasy through book recommendations. We also talk about the books that we are currently reading and just finished in our Reading Break. The books mentioned in this episode are: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moing, Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews, Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch, Angel Blood by Nalini Singh, Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, Moon Called by Patricia Briggs, Hounded by Kevin Hearne, Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep and A Bad Day For Sunshine by Darynda Jones. Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com

Jul 12

45 min

Jenna's gone back to work at the library! Shaena interviews her to see what it's like to work at a library during a pandemic. She talks about safety measures, having no customers in the building and curbside pick-up. In the second half of the episode, we look back at our 2020 library predictions and see if they'll still stand up in the post-pandemic world. On the Reading Break, Shaena talks about Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice and Hounded by Kevin Hearne, and Jenna talks about Undercover Bromance by Lyssa K. Adams and Locke & Key: Volume 1 by Joe Hill.  Reach out to us on social media and share your experiences with working in libraries during this time.  Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com

Jun 28

43 min

In this episode, we talk about how libraries can engage with the Black Lives Matter movement. We have a frank discussion about our own shortcomings in this area and discuss practical ways that libraries can to support people of colour. As always we have our Reading Break where we discuss the books that we have just finished, just started, and anticipate reading. The books that we talk about are: The Waking Land by Callie Bates, My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, and Wolf of the Plains by Conn Iggulden. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic so contact us on social media! Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com

Jun 7

44 min

Join us for a casual chat on the podcast. We talk about what we've been up to during quarantine, the effect it has on our reading routines, what the future might look like and the state of our mental health. During Reading Break, Shaena talks about Alone in the Wild by Kelley Armstrong and House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City) by Sarah J. Maas. Jenna talks about The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. We'd love to hear how you're doing, so reach out to us on social media! Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com

May 24

41 min

In times like these, books can be a great source of comfort. In this episode we talk about books that let you escape into another world.  There is no official Reading Break, but we talk about a number of books in this episode and our current reads towards the end. You can see the complete list here: https://bit.ly/3bKhEkP . Let us know your favourite books to get lost in! Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com 

Mar 29

41 min

This episode we read Google Reviews of libraries! We share a few laughs, and get serious about some of the issues brought up. The conversation touches on "risky play," paying for parking, being too noisy, homelessness and more. In the Reading Break, Shaena talks about When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton and Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas. Jenna talks about A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas as well as Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. (P.S. None of the reviews are about the libraries we work at!)  Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com 

Mar 15

46 min

In this episode, we begin with a little bookclub for The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, and then we talk a bit about visiting the Hemingway House in the Key West. After the Reading Break, we get into a discussion about classic books--love 'em or hate 'em. On the Reading Break, Shaena talks about The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, and Jenna talks about A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

Mar 2

49 min

In this episode we chat all about audiobooks! We talk what makes a good narrator, discuss if listening is "real" reading, our favourite/least favourite audiobook performances, the crazy people who listen to an audiobook sped up and more. On the Reading Break Shaena talks about Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice, and Jenna talks about Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas and Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman.  Contact us at: Twitter: @librarylifepod Instagram: @librarylifepod Email: librarylifepodcast@gmail.com Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com 

Feb 16

46 min

In this episode of Library Life, we talk about book clubs! We discuss our feelings and experiences with book clubs, how to start your own and some does and don'ts. On our Reading Break Jenna talks about Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas and Sheets by Brenna Thummier, while Shaena talks about the Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.  Contact us at: Twitter: @librarylifepod Instagram: @librarylifepod Email: librarylifepodcast@gmail.com Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com 

Feb 3

46 min

Welcome to the first episode of Season 2! In this episode we talk about some trends that occurred in the last decade of libraries, and the trends that we hope to see in the new decade. Some of the topics we get into are maker-spaces, library layouts, roving and hiring staff without library experience. On the Reading Break, Shaena talks about finishing the Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden and Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery. Jenna talks about the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. There's some hot takes in this episode, and we'd love to hear your opinions! Contact us at: Twitter: @librarylifepod Instagram: @librarylifepod Email: librarylifepodcast@gmail.com Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com 

Jan 19

48 min

In the season finale of Library Life, Season 1, we reflect on the first seventeen episodes of this podcast. We discuss our favourite and least favourite episodes, our challenges and the process of making a podcast when you know nothing about making a podcast. There's lots of laughs in this episode, and we get real about what it's like to work on a project with family. See you in season two!  As always we want to hear from you! Contact us at: Twitter: @librarylifepod Instagram: @librarylifepod Email: librarylifepodcast@gmail.com Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Dec 2019

46 min

The purchasing of library eBooks has always been complicated, and it just got worse. In this episode we learn about library ebooks by examining the Macmillan ebook embargo. The Macmillan embargo went into effect on November 1, 2019, limiting the amount of ebooks a library could purchase in the first eight weeks of publication. Librarians and customers had a lot to say about it, and so do we! In the middle of the episode we pause for a Reading Break where we talk about Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews and Trudeau by John Ivison.  Sources referenced document: https://bit.ly/2s7YSSF As always we want to hear from you! Contact us at: Twitter: @librarylifepod Instagram: @librarylifepod Email: librarylifepodcast@gmail.com Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Nov 2019

44 min

In this episode Shaena talks about her career journey from the highs to the lows. Shaena also discusses the full time grind and how she handles working full time. As always we have our Reading Break where we talk about the books we are currently reading. On this Reading Break, we discuss The Line Between by Tosca Lee and Book Lover by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack. As always we want to hear from you! Contact us at: Twitter: @librarylifepod Instagram: @librarylifepod Email: librarylifepodcast@gmail.com Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Nov 2019

45 min

In this episode of the podcast we look at the beloved girl detective, Nancy Drew, and her appearances in television and film. This episode was prompted by the latest 2019 adaption simply called, Nancy Drew, that airs on the CW. The other versions that we chat about are Nancy Drew...Detective (1938), Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939), Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977), Nancy Drew (2007), and Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019). On the Reading Break we share the books that we're currently reading, which are The Plotters and A Court of Mist and Fury.  As always we want to hear from you! Contact us at: Twitter: @librarylifepod Instagram: @librarylifepod Email: librarylifepodcast@gmail.com Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Oct 2019

60 min

On this episode we answered your burning questions about the library. You guys asked, and we answered. We also talked about the books we are currently reading on our Reading Break. We hope you enjoy the episode; we had a lot of fun making it!   As always we want to hear from you! Contact us at: Twitter: @librarylifepod Instagram: @librarylifepod Email: librarylifepodcast@gmail.com Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Oct 2019

47 min

On this episode of Library Life we talk about the Toronto Public Library's new logo and the Seattle Public Library's controversy. We also discuss the pros and cons around library rebranding. As always, on  Reading Break we talk about the books we are currently reading.    As always we want to hear from you! Contact us at: Twitter: @librarylifepod Instagram: @librarylifepod Email: librarylifepodcast@gmail.com Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Sep 2019

44 min

On this episode we discuss why readers tend to choose between fiction and non-fiction. Jenna introduces Shaena to different types of non-fiction books to get her started on her journey into the non-fiction stacks. And of course, we talk about the books that we are currently reading during the Reading Break. Here are the books that Jenna talks about: Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent Feeding My Mother by Jann Arden Better Than Before by Gretchin Rubin The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman No Time to Spare by Urusla K. Le Guin This Is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick Hannus by Rachel Lebowitz The Life Span of a Fact by John D'Agata Blue Nights by Joan Didion  As always we want to hear from you! Contact us at: Twitter: @librarylifepod Instagram: @librarylifepod Email: librarylifepodcast@gmail.com Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Sep 2019

44 min

In this episode we discuss the issue of who gets to be called a librarian. We learn about the history of the librarian profession, the education needed, and the role of librarians and library assistants. We debate the idea that everyone who works in a library should be called a librarian. On our Reading Break we talk about the books that we are currently reading.     As always we want to hear from you! Contact us at: Twitter: @librarylifepod Instagram: @librarylifepod Email: librarylifepodcast@gmail.com Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Sep 2019

44 min

This episode we are joined by our good friend, Nathan, who has recently come back to reading by listening to audiobooks. We discuss his reading journey, the value of audiobooks, and what we are currently listening to. As always we want to hear from you! Contact us at:  Twitter: @librarylifepod Instagram: @librarylifepod Email: librarylifepodcast@gmail.com  Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 

Aug 2019

45 min

We watched 10 films and TV shows, all featuring librarians and libraries, and talked about how realistic the librarian was, their presence in the film/TV show, and how much we enjoyed the film/TV show overall. Due to the length of the episode we decided to forgo the Reading Break. We hope you enjoy the episode. As always we want to hear from you! Contact us at:  Twitter: @librarylifepod Instagram: @librarylifepod Email: librarylifepodcast@gmail.com  Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 

Jun 2019

57 min

This is the podcast where we talk about the books that shaped us into the readers that we are today. It's basically one big Reading Break! Oh, and don't mind the thumps and bumps; it's just the sound of our books hitting the desk. Our bad. We would love to hear about the books that you loved at the different stages of your life. Contact us at:  Twitter: @librarylifepod Instagram: @librarylifepod Email: librarylifepodcast@gmail.com  Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 

Jun 2019

48 min

Impostor Syndrome what is it? Listen as Jenna discusses her experiences with it at the beginning of her career. Find out what we are currently reading in the Reading Break. As always we want to hear from you. Find us at: Twitter: @librarylifepod Instagram: @librarylifepod Email: librarylifepodcast@gmail.com  Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 

May 2019

45 min

In this episode we have a very special guest on the podcast--our mom! We talk about child literacy, reminiscence about childhood and some of our favourite books that we read while growing up. Happy Mother's Day! If you have any suggestions on what we should talk about or if you just want to say hi, you can find us on: Twitter: @librarylifepod Instagram: @librarylifepod Email: librarylifepodcast@gmail.com    Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 

May 2019

35 min

In this episode we look at some of the history behind Reader's Advisory, with a special focus on Joyce Saricks and the Downers Grove Public Library. After the Reading Break, where we discuss what we're reading, we share some of our own experiences with R.A. and offer some helpful tips.  If you have any suggestions on what we should talk about or if you just want to say hi, you can find us on: Twitter: @librarylifepod Instagram: @librarylifepod Email: librarylifepodcast@gmail.com  Additional Links:  SOLS website:  https://www.sols.org/index.php/interlibrary-loan-and-delivery-service-changes  SOLS petition:  https://www.change.org/p/doug-ford-stop-the-cuts-to-the-southern-ontario-library-service-and-ontario-library-service-north-4e77e695-b7c5-46ae-a869-ae40c0b049a3  Complete episode source material and attribution list: https://bit.ly/2H6b1vt

May 2019

44 min

Find out what mistakes we made in our library careers and what we learned from them. Also find out what books we're currently reading in Reading Break. If you have any suggestions on what we should talk about or if you just want to say hi, you can find us on: Twitter: @librarylifepod Instagram: @librarylifepod Email: librarylifepodcast@gmail.com  Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 

Apr 2019

45 min

This is episode three of Library Life, and in this episode we talk about the possibility of abolishing library fines. We also share some of our own stories about fines and look at some libraries who have already made the leap to eliminate the dreaded library fine.   If you have any suggestions on what we should talk about or if you just want to say hi, you can find us on: Twitter: @librarylifepod Instagram: @librarylifepod Email: librarylifepodcast@gmail.com  Here are the links to sources that Shaena referenced in this episode: https://princh.com/the-latest-trend-in-libraries-eliminating-fines-interview-with-beth-crist-and-meg-depriest/#.XJ227vdKjIU  https://princh.com/4-reasons-why-removing-fines-could-be-the-next-breakthrough-for-your-library/#.XJ23GPdKjIU https://www.ted.com/talks/dawn_wacek_a_librarian_s_case_against_overdue_book_fines/transcript?language=en https://oppl.org/visit/loan-rules/ https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/whistler-public-library-closing-the-book-on-late-fines-1.3559949 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/whistler-library-axes-late-fees-experts-urge-others-to-do-the-same-1.4263036 http://www.windsorpubliclibrary.com/?p=3975  Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 

Mar 2019

53 min

Welcome to our second episode, where we talk about the concept of a public library being open 24 hours--good idea or not? Prompted by a recent twitter discussion, Jenna decides to do some research to figure out if a night library would work and if any public library is currently doing it. Find out what Jenna and Shaena think about the idea, the execution, and some of the obstacles involved with night libraries.  If you have any suggestions on what we should talk about next or you want to say Hi. You can find us on: Twitter: @librarylifepod Instagram: @librarylifepod Email: librarylifepodcast@gmail.com  Here are the links to the articles and the interview that Jenna mentioned in the episode: http://www.sirsidynix.com/news/ https://www.slcpl.org/24hours https://youtu.be/opMIUr8qcBw https://twitter.com/erinroseglass/status/1099429250979979265?s=07  Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 

Mar 2019

46 min

Welcome to our first episode of our brand new podcast where we talk about how we got started in the public library system, the books we are currently reading and why libraries matter. We plan on releasing an episode on a bi-weekly schedule. Bare with us as we learn the ins and outs of creating and producing a podcast.  If you have any suggestions on what we should talk about or if you just want to say hi, you can find us on: Twitter: @librarylifepod Instagram: @librarylifepod Email: librarylifepodcast@gmail.com  Music Used: Thorn Horn by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 

Mar 2019

33 min

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