Where The Books Are Now

Nancy Tusinski

A podcast about Vermont's Public Libraries. In each episode we visit with library staff from one public library in Vermont and learn about its history and some of the awesome resources for the community (Did you know many public libraries lend more than books? You can find snowshoes, telescopes, tables and chairs, fishing poles, portable scanners and laminators, cake pans, games, and more). But we don't forget about books and in every episode we'll give you a few of our book recommendations. These are not your grandma's libraries!

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Episode 8 - Rochester Public Library - Rochester Vermont
2d ago
Episode 8 - Rochester Public Library - Rochester Vermont
Send us a Text Message.In Episode 8 I talk with Maya Newroot, the Library Director at the Rochester Public Library in Rochester, Vermont. Every public library has a great history story. The Rochester Public Library building used to be a church and still has beautiful stained glass windows. As Maya talked, I imagined myself reading a book on the second floor, sitting on one of their comfy couches under a stained glass window. The Rochester Public Library's Summer Reading Program starts this week on June 20th and they host "Stories in the Park" at the local farmer's market every Friday from 3:30 - 4:30. Kids will also have an opportunity to "Learn How at the Library" thanks to a grant from the Winnie Belle Learned Fund.  Kids can choose a book that comes with supplies to learn a new skill. Maya talked about these and many more services and collections at the library, including one of the largest Library of Things collections I've heard of.Of course, Maya and I also offer some book recommendations. Maya's first book takes place in a natural history museum. A preserved giant squid has gone missing. There is no evidence of what happened. She says it's really cool and weird. Her second book is about the pressure of competitive sports on teens and also about mermaids. It's about feeling like an outsider and is told in an amazing way.I offer three books in this episode. My first book is by the Irish author Donal Ryan and the story centers on three generations of women and is about love and pride and all the things a family can be and sometimes isn't. I'm waiting for my second book to be made into a movie. It's a road trip book with two unlikely characters, a college drop out and an elderly woman. It's a little twisty turny, great fun and has some unexpected side roads. The final selection on today's episode is a book by Phaedra Patrick about a widow who finds a curious charm bracelet that he never knew his wife had. He finds a phone number on one of the charms and his adventure begins. Thanks for listening! Show notes for all episodes and all the books we talk about can be found at https://www.wherethebooksarenow.com/ and please visit us at Facebook for more Vermont public library tidbits. If you would like your Vermont library to be featured on an episode of WTBAnow, please use the contact information on the website or send a Facebook message!
Episode 7 - Pettee Memorial Library
Jun 3 2024
Episode 7 - Pettee Memorial Library
Send us a Text Message.In Episode 7 of the WTBAnow podcast, I visit with Kyrra Howard, Library Director at the Pettee Memorial Library in Wilmington, VT.  Kyrra talks about the long history of the library and Mr Lyman Pettee who funded the construction of the first library building in Wilmington in 1906 in memory of his parents Dr Anson and Lucy Pettee.The Pettee Library is a small, cozy library with lots going on. They are one of the few libraries in Vermont that is open on Sundays for part of the day. Kyrra shared about the cookbook club where one night everyone learned how to make pasta! The library also has a monthly poetry group and a writer's group.  And much more- check out the show notes!We talked about four books in this episode and Kyrra and I found out that we like many of the same authors. I talked about a non-fiction book about the women of the American west and a novel about the Transcendentalist leader and women's rights author, Margaret Fuller. Kyrra recommended the novel, Shark Heart which she described as sweet ( don't be put off by the title, you have to hear Kyrra's recommendation), and a lovely novel by Sarah Addison Allen. Thanks for listening! Show notes for all episodes and all the books we talk about can be found at https://www.wherethebooksarenow.com/ and please visit us at Facebook for more Vermont public library tidbits. If you would like your Vermont library to be featured on an episode of WTBAnow, please use the contact information on the website or send a Facebook message!
WTBAnow Episode 6 - Craftsbury Public Library
May 20 2024
WTBAnow Episode 6 - Craftsbury Public Library
Send us a Text Message.In episode 6 of Where the Books Are Now, I chat with Susan O'Connell, Library Director at the Craftsbury Public Library in Craftsbury, VT.  We chat about the history of the library, including a great story about the $50 that was set aside to build the first public library in Craftsbury. Susan also shares her philosophy about having a "Library of Things" collection, and surprises me with their collection of folding kayaks available for loan. I didn't know there was such a thing. And of course we talk about books. Susan and I both agree that we are liking books these days that are fun and/or an escape. I share a non-fiction book for lovers of words about the Oxford English Dictionary and a companion novel that is also about the OED. My second book is a novel called The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd that plays with the idea of place. Does a place exist because it's on a map or is it on the map because it exists. I've read this one twice and had to own it.Susan had a pile of books to share and I was very excited about that.  Her picks were all fiction and included a story set in a deaf community; an immigrant story that is both funny and irreverent; and a novel set in India featuring an Indian wife whose husband has disappeared, and the other wives who just might want their husbands to disappear as well?Thanks for listening! Show notes for all episodes and all the books we talk about can be found at https://www.wherethebooksarenow.com/ and please visit us at Facebook for more Vermont public library tidbits. If you would like your Vermont library to be featured on an episode of WTBAnow, please use the contact information on the website or send a Facebook message!
Episode 5 - Bixby Memorial Free Library - Vergennes Vermont
May 6 2024
Episode 5 - Bixby Memorial Free Library - Vergennes Vermont
Send us a Text Message.In today's episode I talk with Catherine Hays, Library Director at the Bixby Memorial Free Library in Vergennes, Vermont.  The Bixby is a library, a community center, and a museum that serves not just Vergennes, VT but the surrounding communities of Ferrisburgh, Waltham, Panton, and Addison. Catharine shared the interesting and surprising history of how this beautiful neoclassical revival library building came to be and the "rest room" that was included in the original plans from the early 1900s.We also learn about the varied historical collections at the Bixby Library which includes a large collection of books about Vermont and books by Vermont authors, a large objects collection, and a newly digitized archival collection thanks to the library's "History Team." Catharine shares some of the services the library provides, including a seed catalog, a Library of Things, and a by donation printer/copier service.After we stopped recording, Catharine invited me to the Celestial Soiree on May 31, 2024 - the library's fundraiser and party under the stained glass dome in the marble rotunda. It sounds like quite a party with food, music, and a photobooth!Like all episodes of WTBAnow, we close with a few book recommendations. Catharine and the staff at the Bixby Library focused on the sometimes unsung attributes of graphic novels, and recommend a few middle grade and young adult selections. I share two books that were published in that first pandemic year of 2020 and like many books published that year, didn't get much of a spotlight.  Thanks for listening! Show notes for all episodes and all the books we talk about can be found at https://www.wherethebooksarenow.com/ and please visit us at Facebook for more Vermont public library tidbits. If you would like your Vermont library to be featured on an episode of WTBAnow, please use the contact information on the website or send a Facebook message!
Episode 4 - Mary L Blood Memorial Library West Windsor Vermont
Apr 22 2024
Episode 4 - Mary L Blood Memorial Library West Windsor Vermont
Send us a Text Message.In Episode 4 I talk with Elizabeth Frederick, Library Director at the Mary L Blood Library in West Windsor, Vermont. This library was built in 1900 and was affectionately referred to as "The Little Library." Liz shares her excitement about the new programs and services that the library is offering, including a new public computer, museum and attraction passes, and the really big news - this library completed a very large project to catalog all of its holdings from the older card catalog, to an online catalog! This project allows the library to offer other services to the community that were previously not available - yay Liz and everyone who contributed to this project.We also talk about Friends of the Library groups and how a small, rural community can come together to complete large projects that benefit everyone in the community. And we talk about books. Liz convinced me that the YA book, Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross, set during WWII with young war correspondents, a love story, and a magical typewriter may be that next read for me. For long Vermont winters, Liz recommends Live Lagom: Balanced Living the Swedish Way by Anna Brones.My books are all set in London, England. My first book features a woman who thinks she's applying for a position as a war correspondent, but the position is at a failing women's magazine sorting letters for an advice column. Book two is historical fiction about a secret apothecary shop and the modern day woman who discovers its secrets. My third book is a non-fiction book about mudlarking (take a listen to the episode if you want to find out what mudlarking is!).Thanks for listening! Show notes for all episodes and all the books we talk about can be found at https://www.wherethebooksarenow.com/ and please visit us at Facebook for more Vermont public library tidbits. If you would like your Vermont library to be featured on an episode of WTBAnow, please use the contact information on the website or send a Facebook message!
WTBAnow Episode 2 - Rockingham Free Public Library
Mar 25 2024
WTBAnow Episode 2 - Rockingham Free Public Library
Send us a Text Message.In Episode 2, I chat with my hometown library, the Rockingham Free Public Library,  located in the village of Bellows Falls, in the town of Rockingham, Vermont. **Special Note: I apologize for some wonky sound at minute 4 and minute 8. We had some microphone gremlins for a couple of minutes. **With me today are Ian Graham, Library Director, Sam Howard, Youth Services Librarian, and Pamela Johnson Spurlock, Reference and Historical Collections Librarian. Ian talks about the library's history as one of four Carnegie libraries in Vermont and the beauty of this library building which sits on a hill overlooking the Connecticut River.  Sam takes us downstairs and beyond to the Youth Department which offers playgroups and storytime, middle school Mad Scientist time, and much more often partnering with other organizations in town.  Sam touched on a new grant funded program called "Engaging Beyond Our Walls" which will use gamification to make village history full of tech fun and educational. Pamela highlighted "Tech Time Tuesdays" where people can come to the library with they're tech questions and also learn how to use the many online services the library offers. And like many libraries, Rockingham is getting ready for the solar eclipse, which will be a partial eclipse in this area of Vermont. RFPL has eclipse glasses and lots of solar science programming leading up to the eclipse. Check out the website for more information: rockinghamlibrary.org We wrapped up with a few book recommendations which you can find in the show notes.Thanks for listening! Show notes for all episodes and all the books we talk about can be found at https://www.wherethebooksarenow.com/ and please visit us at Facebook for more Vermont public library tidbits. If you would like your Vermont library to be featured on an episode of WTBAnow, please use the contact information on the website or send a Facebook message!