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PODCAST – Hartland Library READS

Episode 7 – May 2021 (the library podcast RETURNS in FEBRUARY 2022!)

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.

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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 director@hartlandlibraryvt.org. 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).


Episode 2 – December 2020

Nancy talks about some women’s adventure fiction, Amy revisits the Shadowhunter YA series by Cassandra Clare, Kelly tells us why uplifting books are so important now, and Dennise shares the book she has put on the staff picks shelf more than a few times. **Special note: You may hear a phone ringing in the background during Dennise’s section. Not to worry, we weren’t ignoring patrons, we had a fax coming into the library!

Here is a list of all the books we talked about. There are direct links to the library catalog. Thanks to Wowbrary for providing a place for our lists of books.

Episode 1 – October 27, 2020

Hartland Public Library (Vermont) staff talk about new and not-so-new staff favorites. This month Nancy talks about three books that all center around journeys, Amy has some favorites for kids, teens, and parents with a special nod to Sandra Boynton for Halloween. Kelly has listened to a few of her picks and dips into the non-fiction section of the library, and Dennise talks about one of her favorite books to recommend this year and a title that we all wanted to read next – but we’ll let our patrons be first in line. Click below for our show notes and to listen on your favorite podcasting app.

Here is a list of all the books we talked about. Click on the link to request your favorites.

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