Middle Country Public Library Podcast

Middle Country Public Library Podcast

Join the librarians of Middle Country as they chat about upcoming programs and events, hear entertaining discussions on what to read, what to watch, and what to do at Middle Country Public Library!


July 29, 2021 13 min

National Night Out is a community-police awareness-raising event in the United States, held the first Tuesday of August. We are pleased to have our colleague and Coordinator of Outreach Services Deborah Hempe here to chat with us about this year's event taking place on Tuesday, August 3rd from 5:30-8:30pm at the Centereach Pool.

The local NNO event is a partnership between the 6th Precinct of the SCPD, Councilman Kevin LaValle...

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Another movie chat, and this time Nicole has spun the wheel to land on a new flick, The Birthday Cake. Is it delicious or deadly? Listen to find out. PS - there will be spoilers, obviously!

MCPL patrons can reserve a copy here: http://mcpac.mcpl.lib.ny.us/record=b2064580

Here's the IMDb listing: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10719958/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

That scene from Family Guy : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Evp...

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Nicole's been watching Ragnarok and Loki which has piqued her interest in Norse Mythology...she has some interesting books to check out next time you are at the library.

Check out these books on Norse Mythology:

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Treasury of Norse mythology stories of intrigue, trickery, love, and revenge by Donna Jo Napoli

Plus some Norse God-themed fiction:

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard - Sword of Summ...

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Where else can you hear about new DVD releases at the library plus interesting info on composting?

Sara has an update on new DVD releases this month. If you'd like to view the current list, click here.

Nicole has started a new project at the library: a worm composting bin. While it's currently in the beginning stages out of view, it will soon be available to see at our Nature Explorium.

If you'd like to start your ow...

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July 1, 2021 20 min

It's the time of year when many folks go camping...so why not we take a look at interesting facts from Statista on camping in the U.S. Just a reminder... Statista is an amazing online resource that gives you access to statistics and demographics on market and consumer data from around the world. It's available to all MCPL cardholders as well as our Miller Business Center members. For more information, visit http://www.stati...

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We are so happy to let you in on some amazing programming coming this summer, both in person and virtual, for our patrons. Plus did you know we have discount tickets to some great attractions? Listen and find out.

Read about all the programs mentioned in this episode here: http://www.mcplibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/MCPL_Quarterly.pdf

See where you can get discounted attraction tickets here: https://www.mcplibrary.org/discount-t...

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The 2021 MCPL Summer Reading Club starts next week! We are happy to have Jessica, Michelle, Amber and Alex join us to talk about what to expect for this year's club throughout the library.

Get all the details as well access Beanstack to sign up for this year's event here: https://www.mcplibrary.org/summer-reading-club/


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Summer is upon us and so are opportunities to cool down in either a pool or at the beach. Nicole has some information on water safety along with sobering facts.

Here are some resources to check out before diving in:

National Drowning Prevention Alliance

Red Cross Water Safety

Watersports Safety and First Aid reserve it here

Make my World Safe - Around Water reserve it here

PLUS: Sara has a new coming soon DVD list to share......

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June 3, 2021 13 min

Sara has some interesting history on how Pride Month came to be; Nicole has some resources for you to check out.

History of Pride Month: https://www.them.us/story/the-complete-history-of-pride

LGBTQ+ Children's Literature: https://csulb.libguides.com/childrens/lgbtq

Stonewall Book Awards: http://www.ala.org/rt/rrt/award/stonewall/honored

Great LGBTQ+ Books for kids and teens: https://www.readbrightly.com/9-great-lgb...

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Did you know patrons of the library have access to almost 200 online resources and databases to help with homework, research, business building, trivia and so much more? What better way to showcase some of them by having Sal ask Sara and Nicole another round of trivia questions? Can you guess the answers before they do? Listen and play along!

Patrons of MCPL can browse our extensive list of resources here.

Listen to Part I of our...

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Happy Museum Day (or day after Nicole's birthday day)!

On this episode, Sara has some unique New York City museums you might be interested in visiting; Nicole has a list of museums that will be doing virtual online events for today; and Sal reminds listeners about a fantastic resource to MCPL patrons, Museum Passes.

Here's the list Nicole was mentioning regarding virtual events:


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"Did you actually watch this movie, Sal?!"

That... plus much more from the podcast team as we discuss 2019's Dreamland, starring Margot Robbie and Finn Cole!

If you haven't seen the film yet and want to know what we are talking about (and confirm whether or not Sal actually WATCHED the film), you can reserve it with your MCPL card:

DVD http://mcpac.mcpl.lib.ny.us/record=b2041216

BluRay http://mcpac.mcpl.lib....

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Nicole has some great movies you can watch with mom this Mother's Day.

Here are some ideas: https://parade.com/1204242/stephanieosmanski/mothers-day-movies/

Sara has a list of Horror Books that you may (or may not) have missed reading last year.

You can click on the link and use your MCPL library card to reserve a copy:

Vampires never get old : tales with fresh bite / edited by Zoraida Cordova and Natalie C. Parker http://m...

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Next month's new DVD release list actually sounds pretty good this time...Sara has the details.

You can view and reserve the new DVD list (when it's published) here

And once again Nicole reaches out to her "friends" at Book Riot for another quiz...this time, find out what great new nature themed children's book we should be reading...

Take the Book Riot Quiz here

And hey...have you registered to comment yet?...

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In housekeeping this week: Lynda.com, one of our most popular resources here at the library, is now LinkedIn Learning. Check out the amazing online video classes you can take with your library card or Miller Business Center membership.

Nicole has a great list of community service opportunities for MCPL teens. Plus Sara has a couple of great books to prepare you for getting out there again in the world as the pandemic restrictions ...

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April 15, 2021 21 min

Nikola Tesla was a brilliant man whose research and inventions led the way to the pleasantries in life we take for granted today. We spun the Movie Chat Wheel and it landed on Tesla (2020) starring Ethan Hawke and Eve Hewson. Was it everything we hoped for? Eh...not so much, but it's worth a listen to this week's discussion and you can decide for yourself.

If anything, this week's episode will perhaps pique your intere...

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April 8, 2021 15 min

It's National Poetry Month!

Nicole and Sara have some great resources for you to check out this month. Plus we get Sara reciting some poems about wine and dogs...how much better can it get? Listen and find out.

Check these out:

The Poetry Foundation

Academy of American Poets

Columbia Granger's World of Poetry (Use your library card to access)

10 of the Best and Most Famous Opening Lines in English Poetry

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A reminder that the Library Budget Vote takes place on April 6th, 2021 from 9:30am to 9:00pm at the Centereach building.

April is here and we have new theme song...no foolin'!

On this episode: Sara lets everyone know why Kanopy is such an amazing service for our patrons! Click here for details.

Nicole gets us into the warm-weather mood to discuss bike riding and how to be safe...plus we have a great program coming up that...

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March 25, 2021 17 min

It's awards season once again, and Sara and Nicole are chatting about the Oscars and the Audie Awards.

To see the Audie winners for 2021, visit https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/awards-and-prizes/article/85874-2021-audie-award-winners-announced.html

To see a list of Oscar nominations, visit https://www.oscars.org/oscars/ceremonies/2021

A reminder that the Library Budget Vote takes place on Tuesday, A...

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Sara and Nicole go head-to-head for an Ultimate Trivia Showdown! Who will win this round? Listen to find out.

We did something different this time, as there is no single subject. Let us know in the comments what you think of this format. This is the first Showdown...stayed tuned for Part II coming up soon.

Sal uses Statista to create his trivia questions. Statista is an excellent resource for small business owners, students, and ...

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