Multnomah County Library Podcasts

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Zora and Me (Booktalk)

Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R.Simon

A fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston's childhood with her best friend Carrie, in Eatonville, Florida, as they learn about life, death, and the differences between truth, lies, and pretending. Includes an annotated bibliography of the works of Zora Neale Hurston, a short biography of the author, and information about Eatonville, Florida.

Audience: Kids and teens

Direct download: 20110524_MCLZoraMeCC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 12:23pm PST

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.

Audience: Kids and teens

Direct download: 20110524_MCLOrigamiYodaJP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 12:12pm PST

The search for WondLa (Booktalk)

The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi.

Living in isolation with a robot on what appears to be an alien world populated with bizarre life forms, a twelve-year-old human girl called Eva Nine sets out on a journey to find others like her. Features "augmented reality" pages, in which readers with a webcam can access additional information about Eva Nine's world.

Audience: kids and teens

Direct download: 20110524_MCLSearchforWondLaLC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 12:07pm PST

Where the Streets Had a Name (Booktalk)

Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Thirteen-year-old Hayaat of Bethlehem faces check points, curfews, and the travel permit system designed to keep people on the West Bank when she attempts to go to her grandmother's ancestral home in Jerusalem with her best friend.

Audience: Teen

Direct download: 20110524_MCLWheretheStreethadaNameCC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 11:56am PST


Smile by Raina Telgemeier

From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.

Audience: Kids and teens.

Direct download: 20110524_MCLSmileJP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 11:46am PST

The Secret Life of Ms. Finkelman (Booktalk)

The Secret Life of Ms. Finkelman by Ben H. Winters

Spurred by a special project from her social studies teacher, seventh-grader Bethesda Fielding uncovers the secret identity of her music teacher, which leads to a most unusual concert performance and a tutoring assignment.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20110524_MCLSecretLife_MsFinkelmanLC2.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 11:38am PST

You know you can borrow all sorts of things from the library, but how about borrowing someone else's shoes? We invite you to check out a fresh perspective and get the answer to the question, "what's it like to be someone else?"

This session's speaker is Terris Harned, 32 years old, bipolar, and a student of life. He has been experiencing houselessness off and on for 9 years.

Moderated by Emily Harris, host of Think Out Loud, OPB's daily public affairs talk show.

Recorded at Central Library: May 21, 2011

Direct download: 20010521_MCLHumanLibrary.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 3:04pm PST

Parenting from the Inside Out

Join Deborah Kass-Ray, MS, LCSW, parent educator and psychotherapist in a workshop that explores building self-esteem in children. Learn about your child’s unique temperament, strengths and challenges, and how to promote a strong parent-child relationship. Explore your own temperament and identify specific parenting strategies to help your child better manage the daily ups and downs.

Direct download: 20110130_MCL_KidsFeelSmartDeborahKass-Ray.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 5:56pm PST

Ethical Conversations with Tsipora Dimant

The roots of conflict are in the ways that we talk with and respond to each other. Learn ways to have ethical conversations to resolve conflict.

Recorded at Central library: May 12, 2011

Direct download: 20110512_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 12:17pm PST

Explore life from a different perspective in this series that allows you to hear "what it's like to be..." In this podcast you'll hear Emily Harris speaking with Muna Abshir Mohamud. Muna settled in the west 11 years ago as a refugee of her war-torn homeland of Somalia. Since then, she has worked on refugee rights and resettlement issues; post 9/11 education and advocacy work. A passionate educator, Muna believes that education through honest and respectful dialogue is an effective way to counter prejudicial and intolerant attitudes in our communities.

Recorded: May 7, 2011

Direct download: 20110507_MCLMuslim.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 2:17pm PST

Leading Through Service with Kate Dins

Explore ways to build leadership and collaboration skills that develop more effective teams.

Recorded May 5, 2011

Direct download: 20110505_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 2:14pm PST

The Secrets of Writing Well with Brent Walth

Author and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Brent Walth talks about lessons learned as a writer and teacher. Learn skills he wishes he had 30 years ago.

Recorded April 28, 2011

Direct download: 20110428_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 9:00am PST