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!


November 30, 2023 20 mins

It's that time of year once again! Join us as we chat about some of the great holiday films we have available here at MCPL. Remember we have CDs, vinyl records, cookbooks, and more to get you into the holiday spirit. Plus...Nicole has some info on some of our Library of Things items for the kids...browse it here: https://www.mcplibrary.org/educational-collection-library-of-things/

And for those of you who would like to revisit our ...

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Happy Thanksgiving to all! You know what we are thankful for? YOU! We appreciate you listening, and now, watching our show!

This week we are coming to you a day early to celebrate Thanksgiving Day and to have some fun with some trivia about the history of Thanksgiving.

Our questions this year come courtesy of House Beautiful. Check out their website at https://www.housebeautiful.com/

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We're delighted to have a special guest on today's show...the one and only Abraham Lincoln! Not really...it's just our History Buff in Residence, Jim Ward. We discuss some of the things that happened this week in history...from Stalin to Ellis Island to the Channel Tunnel, and of course Jim's favorite: the Gettysburg Address.

Our podcast is now a Video Podcast! You can watch along and see all the things we spoke about on this episo...

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We've made it to 300 episodes of the podcast! Thanks to everyone who's listened every week. We are thrilled to introduce video to our weekly podcast. You can listen as you usually do on your favorite podcast app, listen via our web page (www.mcplpodcast.com) or watch here on YouTube!

This week Nicole has your November horoscopes and book recommendations. Plus Sara wants to remind everyone that Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks...

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November 2, 2023 18 mins

Now that spooky season is over, we can concentrate on the wonderful autumn season that is upon us. Nicole has a list of 13 great kids books that are all about the fall. You can view the list here: https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/13-childrens-books-for-celebrating-fall

Sara has a list of the upcoming DVD releases for the month...there are some big films here! You can view and reserve your copies with your MCPL card here: https://...

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We wrap up our "Spooktober" series this week with a spooky song playlist for the kids plus a creepy short story for the grownups. Happy Halloween!

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This time of year is great for some scary and not-so-scary stories. Nicole and Sara have a thoughtful list of books that are age appropriate and appropriately spooky!

PLUS we are once again recording from our beautiful Media Studio inside the Innovation Space in Centereach. Want to learn more about it? Visit https://www.mcplibrary.org/innovation-space/.


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We're lucky to live in such a great place where we can experience so many wonderful things this "Spooky Season." From haunted houses, pumpkin picking, and enjoying seasonal flavors to our very own Trunk or Treat here at the library, there's a lot to chat about on this week's episode. We are thrilled to have a new voice on the pod this week, our very own Kelley Gould is here to let us in on some of these great things to experience t...

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October 5, 2023 21 mins

Welcome to..."Spooktober!" It's that time of year when we dedicate a series of episodes to all the great things happening in October that are spooky, a little scary, and tasty as well! Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for episodes about great books to read during "Scary Season," as well as the great things to do on Long Island this autumn. We start out with a bit of trivia...can Nicole and Sara answer these spooky questions about b...

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We have a packed show for you this week. Nicole chats about our great Story Times to Go kits for the kids; Sara has a list of the newest DVDs coming to our collection; and Elizabeth stops by for a visit to talk about this year's Women's EXPO. We recorded this week's episode in our beautiful, new Media Recording Studio inside the Innovation Space in Centereach. If you are interested in starting your own podcast, you might want to ch...

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It’s time for another Movie Chat! This week, Nicole spins the wheel and comes up with 1964's comedy, "Dr. Strangelove, or, How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb" starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott. Get your copy here : http://mcpac.mcpl.lib.ny.us/record=b1516626 and watch before listening to this week’s episode as there will be spoilers. Then comment and let us know what you thought!

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September 14, 2023 22 mins

September is National Self Care Month, and we have some great books that you can use to help you meet your self improvement goals. Sara has a list of 8 aspects of self-improvement that everyone should focus on, plus the books you can use to do it, and Nicole has another fantastic podcast that you should be listening to help you succeed.

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It's a new month and Nicole has your September Book Horoscopes! What should you look out for...how should you handle things...what should you READ? It's all here: https://bookriot.com/september-2023-horoscopes-and-book-recommendations/

With the US Open happening this week, Sara is here to try her very best to explain the game of Tennis. Hold on to your rackets, it's a wild ride.

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This week, Sara discusses an article downloaded from our vast array of science databases regarding hurricanes: how and where they form, and what we can expect this year. It's also the first day of school for many next week, and if you know someone who is a little anxious about their first day, Nicole has a list of books that you can check out to help ease students into the new school year.

We are also very happy to have Greater Mid...

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Our resident history buff Jim is back to chat about the amazing things that happened This Week in History! From the introduction of the motion picture machine, to the Lincoln - Douglas Debate, and then on to the 19th Amendment and the release of Dirty Dancing, so much happened this week throughout history. And if you are really interested in history and want more, check out our YouTube series History Bites here.

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This week we do a little trivia with Sara and Marlene that spans 50 years of movies! Can you guess the movie from 10, 25, or 50 years ago just by the description? And do you agree or disagree that movies were so much better "back then...?" Listen and find out...then visit our vast collection of films on DVD at Centereach and Selden to take out some of the flicks we discussed.

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Suffolk County is a hotbed for Alpha-gal Syndrome, an allergic reaction to meat caused by a bite from a Lone Star Tick. Sara is here to chat about the latest updates on the allergy. It's also that time of the month when Nicole regales us with stories of horoscopes and books. What should you be reading while Mercury is in retrograde? Listen and find out. 

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August 3, 2023 39 mins

We have a supersized episode filled with knowledge, tips, and trivia about seeing a Broadway show with our very own Broadway enthusiast Elizabeth! Learn about how to get the best prices for tickets, the best way to get into the city, what to expect at a show, and much, much more.

For a list of links and resources on Broadway shows, along with a list of our cast recordings available at the library, visit the blog at http://blog.mcpl...

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July 27, 2023 21 mins

We are joined this week by special guests Officer Casey Berry and Officer John Efstathiou of the Suffolk County Police Department 6th precinct COPE Division, Brookhaven Town Councilman Neil Manzella, and Brookhaven Town Clerk Kevin LaValle. They are here to talk about this year's National Night Out, taking place on Tuesday, August 1st from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Centereach Pool Complex. It's going to be packed with fun including f...

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The team chats about how they handle social situations after Nicole's been listening to a podcast from the Atlantic. To check out that article, head over here : https://www.theatlantic.com/podcasts/archive/2023/05/how-to-make-small-talk/674049/

Plus Sara is in the market for a dishwasher and she's looking for reviews...and the best place to get those are Consumer's Reports...which is available for free with a MCPL library card. Wan...

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