Multnomah County Library Podcasts

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My Rotten Life by David Lubar (Booktalk)

My Rotten Life by David Lubar

Tired of continually having his feelings hurt by popular students and bullies, fifth-grader Nathan agrees to try an experimental formula, Hurt-Be-Gone, and becomes a half-dead zombie, a condition which, he soon discovers, has some real advantages.

Speaker: Joaquin Sampson


Direct download: 20110322_MCL_My_Rotten_Life.JS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 9:30am PDT

My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen (Booktalk)

My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen

The author describes some of the dogs that have had special places in his life, including his first dog, Snowball, in the Philippines; Dirk, who protected him from bullies; and Cookie, who saved his life.

Speaker: Joaquin Sampson

Direct download: 20110322_MCL_My_Life_in_Dog_Years.JS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 9:05am PDT

The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy

The only boy in Superopolis with no superpower, Ordinary Boy discovers there are some talents even better than superpowers.

The Big One-Oh

Charley makes new friends, meets his neighbor, and scares his new friends.

Direct download: 20110310_MCL.Big_One-Oh.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 5:36pm PDT

Allie Finkel's Rules for Girls

Allie Finkel tries to sabotage her family's planned move.

Direct download: 20110310_MCL.Allie_Finkels_Rules_for_Girls.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 5:26pm PDT

Babymouse Burns Rubber

Babymouse enters the Downhill Derby with the help of her friend, Wilson.

Direct download: 20110310_MCL.Babymouse_Burns_Rubber.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 5:17pm PDT


No one appreciates one little girl's sincere help.

Direct download: 20110310_MCL.Clementine.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:43pm PDT

The Dodgeball Chronicles by Frank Cammuso (Booktalk)

The Dodgeball Chronicles by Frank Cammuso

Artie King's hopes for easing into life at Camelot Middle School are dashed when he opens a mysterious locker filled with useful, wonderful items and is pulled into a do-or-die dodgeball game that pits Artie and his friends against the school's toughest kids.

Speaker: Joaquin Sampson



Direct download: 20110322_MCL_Dodgeball_Chronicles.JS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:20pm PDT

How to Draw 101 Things that Go by Dan Green

Learn how to draw 101 things that go! It’s easy! Follow the simple step-by-step drawings and you will soon be amazing all your friends with your newfound art skills!

Speaker: Joaquin Sampson

Direct download: 20110322_MCL.How_to_Draw_101_Things_that_Go.JS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:01pm PDT

Miss Daisy is Crazy

When A.J. tells his teacher that he hates school, his teacher tells him that she hates school, too.

Direct download: 20110310_MCL.Miss_Daisy_is_Crazy.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:58pm PDT

Broken Bike Boy & the Queen of 33rd Street

Queen learns not to be so bossy from a new and surprising friend.

Direct download: 20110310_MCL.Broken_Bike_Boy.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:51pm PDT

Half Brother (Book Talk)

Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel

In 1973, when a renowned Canadian behavioral psychologist pursues his latest research project-- an experiment to determine whether chimpanzees can acquire advanced language skills-- he brings home a baby chimp named Zan and asks his thirteen-year-old son to treat Zan like a little brother.

Audience: Teen

Direct download: 20110322_MCLHalfBrotherLC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 1:32pm PDT


Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Sixteen-year-old Gemma, a British city-dweller, is abducted while on vacation with her parents and taken to the Australian outback, where she soon realizes that escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed.

2011 Prinze Honor Award

Audience: Teen

Direct download: 20110322_MCLStolenJP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 1:27pm PDT

Revolver (Book Talk)

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

Finland, 1910: Fifteen-year-old Sig is shocked to see a hole in the frozen lake outside his family's cabin and to find his father's corpse nearby. Why did Einar steer his dog sled across the lake instead of taking the safer land route? Sig's sister and stepmother go for help, leaving Sig alone with Einar's body in the cabin. Soon after, an armed stranger barges in, demanding a share of Einar's stolen gold.

2011 Prinze Honor Award.

Audience: Teen

Direct download: 20110322_MCLRevolverJP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 1:19pm PDT

Ship Breaker (Book Talk)

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

2011 Prinze Award Winner

Audience: Teens

Direct download: 20110322_MCLShipbreakerCC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 1:14pm PDT

Moon Over Manifest (Booktalk)

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past. She discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos, including some old letters that mention a spy known as the Rattler. These mysterious letters send Abilene and her new friends, Lettie and Ruthanne, on an honest-to-goodness spy hunt. The more Abilene hears, the more determined she is to learn just what role her father played in that history.

2011 Newbery Award winner.

Audience: Teens and Kids

Direct download: 20110322_MCLMoonOverManifestCC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 1:05pm PDT

A Sick Day for Amos McGee (Booktalk)

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day--'Ah-choo!'--he woke with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn't make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.


2011 Caldecott Award Winner

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20110322_MCLSickDayAmosMcGeeLC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 11:30am PDT

Central Library hosts readings and presentations commemorating Oregon's late poet laureate.

Host: Joseph Soldati
Featured Speakers: Greg Simon,
Donna Henderson, Elizabeth S. Johnson, Willa Schneberg, Don Colburn

Recorded January 30, 2011

Direct download: 20110130_MCL_WilliamStafford.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 3:33pm PDT

Reference Training: Financial Literacy

Multnomah County is excited to have a two year grant to promote financial literacy among at-risk families and seniors. Over the past six months, we have been busy enhancing our collection, building a web site, and offering workshops. In December, we started distributing promotional materials about the Smart Saving program. This presentation talks about the Smart Saving program and also includes short talks from representatives from non-profit and community organizations that are providing financial services to the public. Given by Joanne Kahn and guest speakers

Direct download: 20110126_MCLFinancial_Literacy.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 10:22am PDT