Episode 7 – May 2021 (the library podcast is on hiatus for the summer and will return in the fall of 2021)
In this month’s episode, Nancy’s first book is a satisfying historical fiction read about an orphan girl who is taken into the home of an eccentric and brilliant doctor and becomes his (illegal) assistant. Her second book is a non-fiction book about the natural world and why it matters to each of us. Amy talks about a charming love story between two Muslim teens and a graphic novel about being the “New Kid” in a not-so-diverse school. Dennise shares a bestselling novel that tells the story of Shakespeare’s wife and a novel that explores the lives of two sisters, their life paths, and how addiction alters their lives. Peggy shares book three of a classic children’s series and a memoir from a popular cookbook author. This is the last episode for Kelly who is leaving the library to continue her adventures with books in other places. She compares her first read to Kevin Wilson’s books and also talks about a memoir from author Ann Patchett. You can find all the books we talked on this list and at the library.
The Hartland READS podcast is taking a summer hiatus as we start to open the library building to the public. We’ll be back in September with more staff picks and a little more conversation about our favorites. Thanks for listening and if you like what you hear, please consider giving the podcast a favorable rating in iTunes or your favorite podcast app.
Episode 6 – April 2021
In Episode 6, Nancy talks about another quirky book, this time a National Book Award winner and a new debut novel about a woman who stumbles upon a secret related to unsolved apothecary murders in London, two hundred years ago. Dennise shares a book that is part history, part memoir about the myths and deeply held legends of the Civil War and a novel about friendship that takes place in 1938 at a dude ranch, often called “divorce ranches” in Reno, Nevada. Peggy shares a parenting book that takes a look at our often anxious and judgmental culture of parenting and a non-fiction book that takes us inside the world of a popular HGTV house-flipping couple.
Amy shares an author who writes books perfect for parents to read-along with kids and shares a book about the energizing life of an eel. Finally, Kelly’s is all about food this month as she shares one of her two favorite cookbooks and a food themed novel about a young woman who is a senior in high school, a mother, and a culinary arts student.
A list of all the titles we talked about can be found here and you can click on a title to request it using your library account!
Episode 5 – March 2021
The Hartland Public Library staff in Hartland, Vermont talk about new and not-so-new favorites each month. This month Nancy talks about baking, technology, and talking cats; Amy has cats too – Evil Alien Warlord Cats and more; Peggy shows her affection for all things Scandinavian; Kelly reveals how graphic novels can be both deeply touching and funny; and Dennise celebrates Women’s History Month with women scientists. Transcripts are available upon request – email email@example.com. Show notes with all the books we talked about and links to our library catalog can be found here.
Episode 4 – February 2021
Join the Hartland Public Library (Hartland, VT) library staff as they talk about staff favorites and sometimes other bookish topics. In Episode 4, Nancy is positively giddy about a book of fiction that uses words in all kinds of interesting and joyous ways, Kelly tries to describe Kevin Wilson’s quirky short stories, Amy revisits some charming works in the YA section, Dennise finds many uses for her cast iron frying pan, and Peggy talks about her affection for all things Lois Lowry. All the books we talk about are available at the library. You can find the show notes that list all the books here and click on a book cover to request!
Episode 3 – January 2021
The staff at the Hartland Public Library in Hartland, VT chat each month about some of their favorite books and other bookish things. This month Nancy chose one non-fiction and one fiction book, Dennise is into mysteries, Kelly shares two titles that are funny and touching, Amy used the Libby app to download and revisit some favorites, and our newest staff person, Peggy made us all hungry with her description of a new cookbook. Here is a list of all the books we talked about with direct links to the library catalog so you can request the titles that caught your eye (or ear).