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! Theme music is courtesy of the Paris-based Jazz band Dazie Mae.... Show More

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February 25, 2021 19 min

Sara has exciting news about the upcoming renovations happening in Centereach. Nicole has some podcast recommendations for Black History Month. Stephanie is here to give us an update on what's new with our Library of Things collection.

Take a look at renderings of the renovations here.

Here's where you can listen to and subscribe to the podcasts Nicole discussed:

https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2021/02/black-history-mon...

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Jim Ward is back to discuss our YouTube series, History Bites. In honor of Black History Month, we present a listen to the History Bites episode celebrating the rise of civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr., narrated by our very own Sara.

To watch this episode of History Bites on YouTube, visit https://youtu.be/IszM2ig4dgs

Browse other History Bites episodes here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtHm7OODwmnZOdhMYzxT...

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Happy Valentine's Day...and Happy President's Day!

It's that time of year again... Nicole is soooo happy to talk about romance novels and romantic movies. Plus our own in-house history buff Jim Ward is tested on his knowledge of Presidential trivia by Sara. Will he prevail? Listen to find out.

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This week we are kicking off this year's Black History Month with some suggestions of movies, books, and music highlighting African-American authors, actors, musicians, and more.

Here are links to what we discussed in this episode:

Kevin Hart's guide to black history [DVD-videorecording] / directed by Tom Stern

I am not your Negro [DVD-videorecording] / Magnolia Pictures presents ; directed by Raoul Peck. And still I ri...

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January 28, 2021 26 min

After our Little Women movie chat, Sal got to thinking what the original was like so he watched... and loved it. Even moreso than the remake. So this week we talk about movies that should not have been remade. (Plus we will throw a book or two that should not have been made into a movie in there for good measure)

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With the inauguration of our new president and vice president, Nicole has some great book selections for kids about the White House, Presidents of the United States, and more. Plus Sara has a sneak peak of next month's new DVDs.

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Sara spins the Wheel of Movies and lands on 2019's Little Women. Prepare yourself for a lively discussion on this unique version of the classic story.

Little Women stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Louis Garrel, Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper.

Here's the IMDb listing: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3281548/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

MCPL cardh...

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January 7, 2021 21 min

Sara and Nicole have some ideas to support your New Year Resolutions for 2021!

Lose weight like crazy even if you have a crazy life! : life lessons and a breakthrough 30-day nutrition and fitness solution! / Autumn Calabrese

https://mcpac.mcpl.lib.ny.us/record=b2029682

Stay positive : encouraging quotes and messages to fuel your life with positive energy / Jon Gordon, Daniel Decker

https://mcpac.mcpl.lib.ny.us/record=b1...

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December 30, 2020 13 min

There's lots to look forward to in 2021 right? Let's see what the podcast team is looking forward to in terms of movies, music and more.

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The podcast team picks their "favorite" things of 2020. It's a strange episode. Stick with us.

Here are pictures of Sara's "interesting animal facts":

Wombats

Parrot Fish

Sloth

Okapi

This is not a snake

Venezuelan Poodle Moth

Tenrec

Panda Ants

Nicole's Favorite Things:

Love Island

The Undoing

Megan Thee Stallion

Sal's Favorite Things:

Onward

Over the Moon

Hamilton

Star Trek: Picard

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In this very seasonal movie chat, we discuss 1989's holiday classic, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation!

MCPL cardholders can reserve their copy here: http://mcpac.mcpl.lib.ny.us/record=b1366526

 

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December 10, 2020 14 min

Sara and Nicole have some book recommendations to wrap up your 2020.

Sara's picks:

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow https://mcpac.mcpl.lib.ny.us/record=b2016627 Little bookshop of murder / Maggie Blackburn https://mcpac.mcpl.lib.ny.us/record=b2005930 The last story of Mina Lee / Nancy Jooyoun Lee https://mcpac.mcpl.lib.ny.us/record=b1998246 Earthlings / Sayaka Murata ; translated from the Japanese ...

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It's that time of year when you may feel like watching a holiday or winter-themed flick...this is the episode to hear Sara and Nicole's picks!

Holiday DVDs are now available to browse and check out for MCPL cardholders. Ask a librarian for details.

Nicole's picks came from Common Sense Media. For those lists, go to https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/best-holiday-movies-for-kids or https://www.commonsensemedia.org/...

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November 25, 2020 24 min

What's become a bit of a tradition here at the podcast...Sal asking Nicole and Sara silly questions about food and such.

Listen to our other Thanksgiving episodes, including the infamous first trivia episode where Sara questions the veracity of our data and the true cost of a Thanksgiving Day meal.

Episode 41 (2018) Episode 94 (2019)

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Nicole's turn to pick a flick! This week it's our first "documentary," 2001's Winged Migration. It's about birds. And migration. But is this your typical documentary? Listen to find out.

Reserve your copy here with your MCPL library card: https://mcpac.mcpl.lib.ny.us/record=b1393767

IMDb listing here : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0301727/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

A fantastic article about making the film ...

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November 12, 2020 21 min

Imagine this. You are stuck on a desert island. Not because you are banished. Being banished is bad...

Maybe a plane crash? We don't know. What book, music, movie, thing would you hope to have with you? The podcast team tells us what they would want.

 

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Want another fun trivia episode? Sure, why not! And this time we are talking cell phones. It's that time of year when Apple introduces a new line of phones...but are they the most popular? Do you know what the average cost is for the alternative, and Android phone? Listen and find out.

As usual, Sal's questions come from one of our fabulous resources here at the Miller Business Center, Statista! You can access a plethora o...

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We wrap up this special series of podcasts highlighting the library's 31 Days of October with a few suggestions from Sara and Nicole to satisfy your Spooky Movie cravings!

Sara's Picks are listed here, along with links to reserve for MCPL cardholders:

Crazies:

The Strangers- 2008

Scream- 1996 Wes Craven

Summer of 84- 2018

Pyscho- 1960 Alfred Hitchcock

Ghosts:

The Shining- Stanley Kubrick 1980

Beetlejuice- 1988 Tim ...

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Sara and Nicole read some scary stories to get you into a spooky mood. Part of MCPL's 31 days of October series.

Salem's Lot

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

This week's music credits:

The Chamber by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4486-the-chamber

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Past The Edge by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4997-past-t...

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Sara has just the right movie for us to watch on this week's Movie Chat... 1982's The Thing, starring Kurt Russell and directed by horror legend John Carpenter. Be warned! There are spoilers ahead...

MCPL card holders can reserve the DVD here

Listen to Ennio Morricone's soundtrack via Hoopla Digital instantly here

Check out the IMDb listing

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