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The shelves of MCLD come to life! Join librarians each week to connect with books, music and apps available at your library. Find your next favorite read, discover a new album, or connect with your community.

Episode 25, published Monday, February 8, 2021.

Everybody knows Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, and Betsy Ross, but do you know Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer? On this episode, we will be discussing Katherine Johnson and Shirley Chisholm.

Episode 24, published Monday, February 1, 2021.

Seinen is a genre written with a target audience of men roughly from the ages of 18-45. While there certainly can be some crossover with its younger counterpart shounen, seinen manga tend to deal with more adult themes or more prominently feature adult main characters as opposed to teenagers. Seinen, much like shounen, can focus on being sci-fi, fantasy, sports, comedy, or anything from a wider genre list. For this podcast we will focus on "Vinland Saga", "Parasyte", and "The Way of the House Husband".

Episode 23, published Monday, January 25, 2021.

Join Caroline and Travis as they begin their 2021 PopSugar Reading Challenge journey. Part 1 of this 3 part mini-series will discuss the 2021 PopSugar Reading Challenge, how you can join the challenge and some of their book choices to get you started. Part 2 will air midway through the year as Caroline and Travis tackle the challenge and Part 3 will air at the end of the year to see how they did with the challenge. Some of the books discussed: “Les Misérables” by Victor Hugo; “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry; “The Turn of the Key” by Ruth Ware; “Holes” by Louis Sachar; “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine; “We Need to Talk About Kevin” by Lional Shriver; “Slay” by Brittney Morris; “Over the Garden Wall: Benevolent Sisters of Charity” by Sam Johns; “The Library at Mount Char” by Scott Hawkins; “Ninth House” by Leigh Bardugo; “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman; and many more.

Episode 22, published Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Join Caroline, Jere and Travis as they discuss Disney soundtrack music and try to choose just 10 of their favorite Disney songs. Spoiler alert: They (mostly) chose completely different songs. Movies to check out: "Hercules" (1997), "Alladin" (2019), "Princess and the Frog" (2009), "Mulan" (1998), "Mulan" (2020), "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993), "Frozen" (2010), "Frozen II" (2019), "Big Hero 6" (2014), "Moana" (2016), "Zootopia" (2016), "Tangled" (2010), "Coco" (2017), "The Little Mermaid" (1989). Music to check out: "Disney Villains: Simply Sinister Songs" (on Hoopla and CD), "Disney Classics" (on Hoopla), "Disney: Timeless Classics" (on CD).

Episode 21, published Monday, January 11, 2021.

Explore four books written by authors who promote the view that superstition, religion and irrationalism should be countered, criticized, and exposed by rational argument wherever their influence arises. Books discussed include: “The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason” by Sam Harris (2004); “Infidel: My Life” by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (2006); “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins (2006); “God Is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything” by Christopher Hitchens (2007).

Episode 20, published Monday, January 4, 2021.

If you enjoy sci-fi listen in as Tim and Caroline discuss episodes from lesser known sci-fi television shows available from the library collection. The shows discussed are “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.”, “Timeless”, and “Babylon 5”.

Episode 19, published Monday, December 28, 2020.

Juvenile Fiction isn't just for kids! Join Caroline and Travis as they discuss some of their favorite juvenile fiction, perfect for kids and adults. Books discussed are: "Appleblossum the Possum" by Holly Goldberg Sloan; "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkein; "Other Words For Home" by Jasmine Warga; "Ikenga" by Nnedi Okorafor; "Applesauce Weather" by Helen Frost; "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" by Kate DiCamillo; "The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary" by Laura Shovan; "Winnie-the-Pooh" by A. A. Milne; "Dear America: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady- Voyage on the Great Titanic" by Ellen Emerson White; "The Westing Game" by Ellen Raskin; "Doll Bones" by Holly Black; "Scary Stories for Young Foxes" by Christian McKay Heidicker; "Duke" by Kirby Larson; and "Book Uncle and Me" by Uma Krishnaswami.

Episode 18, published Monday, December 21, 2020.

Join Nicolas and Travis as they discuss the science fiction books "Ready Player One" and the new "Ready Player Two" by Ernest Cline. We will also discuss the popular film "Ready Player One" directed by Steven Spielberg. Make sure to place your library request for these titles today!

Episode 17, published Monday, December 14, 2020.

Shounen manga (Japanese graphic novels) is roughly defined as manga targeted at young men ages 12-18, but the genre is enjoyed far outside that specific demographic and is one of the bestselling genres in Japan. Shounen manga focus on high octane plots in almost any setting – fantasy, sci-fi, martial arts, etc. – with elements of humor and friendship/teamwork heavily present. Tune in this week to listen to us drill down in detail on a few of our favorite series: Haikyuu!!, Black Clover, and One Punch Man. We’ll discuss what makes them special in the shounen genre, what we loved and did not love, and how their anime adaptations turned out. And of course we have a whole list of honorable mentions to get through!

Episode 16, published Monday, December 7, 2020.

Join Travis and Nicolas as they venture through some of their favorite action movies that you’ll find while channel-surfing. Make sure to add them to your library list! Movies discussed: “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018), “Twister” (1996), “Geostorm” (2017), “Olympus Has Fallen” (2013), “London Has fallen” (2016), “Angel Has Fallen” (2019), “Cold Pursuit” (2019), “The Commuter” (2018), “The Big Lebowski” (1998).

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