Episode 18: Historical Fiction and Home Internet Recommendations
Librarian Pamela and Library Assistant Jamie discuss what historical fiction is (it’s fiction), what to consider when reading the genre, and recommending some of their favorites.
Tech Guru Bryan tells you why it’s a good idea to buy your own internet modem and router instead of renting one from your internet service provider (ISP) and makes recommendations on what to buy, how to set it up, and how to keep it secure.
Episode 16: Staff Picks for 2020
Pamela and Wynter ask ten Curtis staff members to list their favorite books published in 2020 and discuss their own favorites as well.
Episode 14: Holiday Tech Buys and Meaningful Holiday Stories
Bryan offers up his technology gift buying advice – he’ll tell you what is worth buying this season, and where to get the best deals.
Pamela talks with some special guests about the meaningful memories and connections created by holiday books and stories.
Episode 12: Ghost Stories
Just in time for Halloween, Manager of Materials Management Carol Lord speaks with her cousin, John Lestock – a Lutheran Pastor, who shares some spooky stories from his time spent in Owatonna, MN.
Stay tuned until the end, where Teen Librarian and Podcast Editor Melissa Orth talks about some Halloween-y foreign movies on Kanopy, and our newest digital offering, Mango Languages.
Episode 10: Mystery Author Event Featuring Carolyn Marie Wilkins
This virtual author event was hosted by Adult Services Librarian Pamela Bobker, and was held on Zoom and Facebook Live on September 15, 2020
In this program, Carolyn discussed her most recent novel Death at a Séance and played several jazz songs on the piano, which she tied in with her description of the book. There are no spoilers in her talk, so don’t worry if you haven’t read the book!
Carolyn Marie Wilkins is an author, a musician and a psychic medium. She is the author of three mystery novels: Death at a Séance, Melody for Murder and Mojo for Murder. Carolyn’s nonfiction work includes They Raised Me Up: A Black Single Mother and the Women Who Inspired Her;Damn Near White: An African American Family’s Rise from Slavery to Bittersweet Success, and Tips For Singers: Performing, Auditioning, Rehearsing. As a musician, Carolyn has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony and represented her country as a Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. State Department. In addition, Carolyn maintains an active private practice as a psychic medium and Reiki healer.
Episode 8: Exploring Indie Presses and Poetry
Wynter talks indie publishers, why their books aren’t always found in the library, and getting books of poetry in the mail through a subscription to Ugly Duckling Presse. Links to publishers and other things in this episode can be found in this blog post.
Copyright note: “I want to live like a snail, wrapped in gauze” by Elena Fainalova, translated by Genya Turovskaya and Stephanie Sandler, was first published in The Russian Version (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009). Permission was given via the publisher, for the readings of the poem in this episode.
Episode 6: A Rising High School Senior’s Perspective on Distance Learning and Being Social During the COVID Pandemic
Teen Librarian Melissa interviews Micah Pietraho, a rising Brunswick High School Senior. They discuss the challenges and opportunities of distance learning and socializing during the COVID pandemic, and the potential historical significance of this moment in time.
Episode 4: Director Liz Doucett chats with the directors of the Topsham Public library and Merrill Memorial Library
Director Liz Doucett talks with the director of the Topsham (Maine) Public Library, Susan Preece, and the director of Merrill Memorial Library (Yarmouth, Maine), Heidi Grimm. They discuss what it’s like to be a public library director in Maine, and how our libraries are navigating he COVID-19 pandemic.
Episode 2: Kate Egan and her dog, Tony
Joyce interviews Brunswick author and editor Kate Egan, and her family dog, Tony. They talk about how Tony came to join the family, and about Kate’s editing work on the newest Hunger Games book, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, by Suzanne Collins. Check out Suzanne Collins reading from the book here.