Welcome to the home of HCPL Podcast, Using our Library Voices. This monthly podcast represents yet another way that Harris County Public Library provides information and resources to enrich lives and strengthen communities through innovative programs and services both within and beyond our walls.
Using our Library Voices creates conversation for listeners to dive deeper into the subjects we discuss. In each episode, librarians will explore a theme with the resources available to you at the library. We aim to spark a dialogue, spread a little knowledge, and add some entertainment to your day with our podcast.
NEW! Introducing Are You Afraid of the Stacks?, a monthly podcast from 2 Children's Librarians discussing the creepier side of Children's Literacy!
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Season 1 Episodes
Media mentioned in this podcast include: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cochran, Almost an American Girl by Robin Ha, No Pirates Allowed Said Library Lou by Rhonda Gowler Greene
Hosted by Tanner Adams
Featured staff in this episode include: And, featured Edward Melton, Amanda Tachibana, Melinda Brinkley, Beth Krippel, Molly McGinty, Cecilia Williams, Linda Stevens, Maria Madrid, Jennifer Finch, Anjela Martinez, Anna Weinberger, and Jason Cruz
This podcast was produced by Nancy Hu and John Harbaugh. Original Music created by Bryan Kratish. Edited by Beth Krippel and Nancy Hu
This episode was hosted by Nicole Hindmon.
Featured staff in this episode include: Gaby Prado, Molly McGinty, Jennifer Finch, Kelly Hayden, Leslie Espinoza, Nicole Hindmon and John Harbaugh
This podcast was produced by: Nicole Hindmon, Jennifer Finch, Nancy Hu and John Harbaugh. This episode was edited by Nancy Hu and Nicole Hindmon.
With a special bonus storytime of a seasonal classic-T'was the Night Before Christmas
Media mentioned in this podcast include:
Are you Afraid of the Stacks:
Creepy Carrots - Aaron Reynolds
Creepy Underwear - Aaron Reynolds
The Diviners - Libba Bray
To hear the Christmas carols mentioned in our Countdown segment please visit this link to listen along
Best Gift Book recommendations:
A Promised Land by Barack Obama
The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian by Phil Szostak
Help Wanted Must Love Books by Janet Summer Johnson
T'was the Night Before Christmas
This episode was hosted by Rachel Moir
Featured staff in this episode include: Tanner Adams , Laura Echevarria, Jennifer Finch, John Harbaugh, Ellen Kaluza, Edward Melton, Beth Krippel, Sadina Shawver, Eric Ray, Jennifer Nandlal, and Darcy Casavant with special guests, Rabbi Dan Gordon and Renee Harbaugh.
This episode was edited by Sadina Shawver, Beth Krippel, and Nancy Hu
Original Music Provided by Bryan Kratish with other music provided by Pixabay as listed below:United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps: Reveille Variation Drum Call,
JuliusH: Adventure - Movie & Animation Soundtrack, JuliusH: Snowflakes, Magic 828: Winter is Coming
Media mentioned in this podcast include:
Books to help you start bullet journaling:
Getting Things Done by David Allen
The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll
The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo
Books to help you start organizing your space:
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo,
The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals by Clea Shearer & Joanna Teplin
The Home Edit Life: The No Guilt Guide to Owning What you Want and Organizing Everything by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin
Visit our e-resources, including our health Databases here: https://www.hcpl.net/explore/research
Featured staff in this episode include: Rachel Moir, Jennifer Finch, Beth Krippel, Jennifer Nandlal, Jennifer Finch, Darla J. Pruitt, Rebecca Trent, Laura Smith, and Anna Weinberger
This episode was hosted by Beth Krippel and was edited by Loyd B. Huhn and Nancy Hu
Media mentioned in this podcast include:
RomeAntically Challenged (When in Rome #1) by Marina Adair
How to fail at flirting by Denise Williams
You should see me in a Crown by Lean Johnson
I'll be the one by Lyla lee
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
Check out Opinions While Black podcast
Learn more about the Asia Society of Texas
Special thank you to our guests: Rebecca Becerra, Oz Longworth, Dee Randall
Featured staff in this episode include: Sadina Shawver, Jennifer Finch, Nancy Hu, Loli De Llano, Ellen Kaluza, Laura Echevarria, Jennifer Bacall and Laura Smith
This episode was hosted by Sadina Shawver and was edited by Loyd B. Huhn and John Harbaugh
Media Mentioned in this podcast:
Craftivism Books mentioned in this podcast:
Fesity Felties by Missy Covington
Be the Change by Eunice and Sabrina Moyle
Crafting the Resistance by Lara Neel and Heather Marano
Special thank you to our guest: Raquel Ortiz
You can find Dr. Raquel Ortiz's books here and please join us for our bilingual virtual program
this month on Facebook or on our virtual programs website www.hcpl.net/services/virtualprograms
Learn more about her here: Arte Publico Press
Sofi Paints Her Dreams teaching guide: Sofi-Paints-Her-Dreams_4-08-19.pdf (artepublicopress.com)
Featured staff in this episode include: Elizabeth Burton, Darcy Casavant, Nicole Hindmon,Jennifer Finch, Ellen Kaluza, Lauren Peters, Rebbeca Trent, and Sadina Shawver
This episode was hosted by Ellen Kaluza and was edited by Nicole Hindmon and Beth Kripple
For Further Reading about the women mentioned in this podcast:
Eleanor of Aquitaine
- Gilded Cages the Trials of Eleanor Aquitaine, a Novel
- The Captive Queen: a Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine
- A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver
- Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Four Kings
- She Was the First!: the Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm
- Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All
- Unbought and Unbossed
- Kings & Queens of Ancient Britain: a Magnificent Chronicle of the First Rulers of the British Isles, from the Time of Boudicca and King Arthur to the War of the Roses, the Crusades and the Reign of Richard III
- Hideous History: Death & Destruction: the Grim, Gruesome, and Gory Parts of History's Dark Side
Featured staff in this episode include: Jennifer Finch, Darcy Casavant, and Rebecca Trent
This episode was hosted by Jennifer Finch and was edited by Nicole Hindmon and Beth Kripple
Learn more here about autism here: https://autism.wikia.org/wiki/ActuallyAutistic
For the works mentioned in our Gabbing with the Librarians segment listed below:
Eminem. Angry Blonde. ReganBooks, 2002.
Gorman, Amanda. Amanda Gorman, 2021, www.theamandagorman.com/.
Matejka, Adrian. The Big Smoke Poems. Penguin Poets, 2013.
Matejka, Adrian. Map to the Stars. Penguin Books, 2017
Poe, Edgar Allan. The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. Modern Library, 1992.
Siegel, Matthew. Blood Work. The University of Wisconsin Press, 2015.
“Taylor Swift.” YouTube, YouTube, www.youtube.com/c/TaylorSwift/featured.
Wordsworth, William, et al. LYRICAL BALLADS; edited by Michael Mason, LONGMAN, 2007. https://www.hcpl.net/title-record/1033786
Items mentioned in the Neurodiversity Book list are listed below:
The New Social Story book by Carol Gray
NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman
Sincerely Your Autistic Child edited by Emily Paige Ballou, Sharon daVanport, Morénike Giwa-Onaiwu
Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! By Sarah Kapit
Many Mysteries of the Finkel Family by Sarah Kapit
A Room Called Earth by Madeleine Ryan
If you would like to join the conversation, email firstname.lastname@example.org
This podcast was produced by Nancy Hu, Beth Krippel, and Darla Pruitt. Edited by Nicole Hindmon and hosted by Jennifer Nandlal. Featured presenters were Suellen Dunn, Jennifer Finch, Darla Pruitt, Beth Krippel, Israel Favela, Laura Echeverria, and William Purdy
We kick off this month's episode with John and Jason from Parker Williams as they give us the lowdown on Anime for beginners. In our Are You Are Afraid of the Stacks segment, we will explore two horror books in Children's literature written by Asian authors. Discuss their themes, and why we recommend them. After living in Hawaii for 3 years, Jennifer from the Spring Branch Memorial Branch Library developed a love and appreciation for Hula. She joins us this month for a special interview with Nani Kamali’i-Chang of Ka Pa Hula Na Pua o Kamali'i – Houston.
Books in our book recommendations:
Simeon, Sheldon. Cook Real Hawai'i https://www.hcpl.net/search/books?search=cook+real+hawai%27i
Amano, Hugh and Sarah Becan. Let's Make Ramen! https://www.hcpl.net/title-record/988217
Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen: Traditional and Creative Recipes for the Home Cook. Hingle, Richa. https://www.hcpl.net/title-record/574516
Other materials mentioned in this podcast:
Surfer of the century: The life of Duke Kahanamoku. Crowe, E., & Waldrep, R. https://www.hcpl.net/title-record/204348
Kai goes to the Farmers Market in Hawaiʻi , & Merritt, M. https://www.hcpl.net/title-record/1057667
Ho'onani: Hula warrior Gale, H., & Song, M. https://www.hcpl.net/title-record/591805
Juniors. Speak. Hemmings, K. H https://www.hcpl.net/title-record/311149
Rani Patel in full effect. Patel, S. https://www.hcpl.net/title-record/413977
Non-Fiction: Fodor's Travel. with Molokai & Lanai Apana, L., Ellison, K., Leon, C., & Stallings, D. https://www.hcpl.net/title-record/519755
Aloha kitchen: Recipes from Hawai'i Kysar, A., & Dombroski, B. https://www.hcpl.net/title-record/524002
DVD: Hawaiian Quilting with Nancy Lee Chong https://www.hcpl.net/title-record/145111
Freegal Playlist: https://hcpltx.freegalmusic.com/browse/playlists/library-playlists/426381
This podcast was edited by Loyd Huyn and hosted by Jennifer Nandlal. Podcast presenters were Darcy Casavant, Jason Cruz, Jennifer Finch, John Harbaugh, Jennifer Nandlal and Sadina Shawver
BONUS Episode: This year we'll be celebrating Tails and Tales, with virtual events, curbside crafts, and author visits all Summer long.
Learn how to sign up, log reading to earn prizes and the fantastic virtual and outdoor programs our libraries have in store for our patrons!
Voices in this special bonus episode include: Beth Krippel, Anjela Martinez, Jennifer Bacall, Jennifer Schwartz and Nancy Hu
FULL Episode: We interview with the University of Houston- Special collections-LGBTQ research collection archivists Vince Lee and Marus Jenkins about the work their team has been doing to preserve and showcase Houston's LGBTQ history.
We also listen in on a conversation about Dungeons and Dragons and it's popularity with the LGBTQ community, especially how the RPG game has helped players with exploring their identities.
Host: Nicole Hindmon
This episode features: Rachel Moir, Elizabeth Burton, Ellen Kaluza, Merry Johnson, Casey Froehlich, Jake Sikinger, Brandon Crisp.
Edited by Beth Krippel.
How can the library help you get your creativity flowing ?
We'll hear our crafty, fiber artist librarians gab about the resources, books and websites that help them be inspired and create their projects.
We'll also check in with our Database Drill to learn more about the Craft and DIY Databases available to our library patrons.
If you need more crafting, we have a few suggestions for Crazy crafting books from our resident Maker Central specialist, Lauren.
Crafting not your preferred way to fight boredom? To find all the materials mentioned and new ways to fight boredom, please visit www.hcpl.net/explore
This episode was hosted by Sadina Shawver, Edited by Jennifer Nandlal