We decided that now would be a great time to start a podcast- something we’ve been talking about for a while. Episodes will be released every other Monday (the first one came out a few days early). You can listen right from this page, or find it on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and other podcast services. If you use a podcast player app and want to subscribe via RSS feed, use this URL: https://curtislibrary.libsyn.com/rss

Our current podcast team consists of: Diana McFarland, Melissa Orth, Pamela Bobker, Joyce Fehl, Bryan Hoppe, Zach Stegeman, Liz Doucett, and Wynter Giddings.

Suggestions? Email podcasts@curtislibrary.com

Episode 1: Why are we here? What are we doing?

The Curtis staff decided to start a podcast while we were working from home, during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have no idea what we are doing really, so this first episode is basically us kicking some ideas around and learning how to podcast together, remotely!

Episode 3: Good reads you won’t find in the library and the importance of managing your passwords

In the first segment, Wynter recommends reading you can’t find at Curtis- the magazine Lapham’s Quarterly. In the second segment, Bryan discusses the importance of passwords, and how to more easily and effectively manage them.

Episode 5: If You Liked The Martian by Andy Weir, You’ll Love…

Adult Services Librarian Pamela and Reference Assistant Jamie talk about what to read next if you enjoyed The Martian by Andy Weir, and Tech Guru Bryan recommends a few tech blogs that he reads to keep up-to-date.

Titles discussed (click to find in our catalog):

I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall

Hollow Kingdon by Kira Jane Buxton

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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.

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 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.