Multnomah County Library Podcasts

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Ruth and the Green Book (booktalk)

Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Ramsey

When Ruth and her parents take a motor trip from Chicago to Alabama to visit her grandma, they rely on a pamphlet called "The Negro Motorist Green Book" to find places that will serve them. Includes facts about "The Green Book.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLRuthandtheGreenBookJP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:06pm PST

Janis Joplin (booktalk)

Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel

Spreading her wings -- Out of Port Arthur -- Looking for love -- Call on me -- Monterey Pop's poster child -- Cheap thrills, drugs, and self-destruction -- Kozmic Blues -- To love somebody -- Pearl -- Love, Janis.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLJanisJoplinKH.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:02pm PST

Tell Us We're Home (booktalk)

Tell Us We're Home by Marina Tamar Budhos

Three immigrant girls from different parts of the world meet and become close friends in a small New Jersey town where their mothers have found domestic work, but their relationships are tested when one girl's mother is accused of stealing a precious heirloom.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLTellUsWereHomeCC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:57pm PST

Energy Island (booktalk)

Energy Island by Allan Drummond

It's windy on the Danish island of Samsø. Meet the environmentally friendly folks who, in a few short years, worked together for energy independence, and who now proudly call their home Energy Island.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLEnergyIslandJP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:53pm PST

Joe and Sparky, Superstars! (booktalk)

Joe and Sparky, Superstars! by Jamie Michalak

When Joe the giraffe and his friend Sparky, a turtle, see a television talent show, Joe tries to find Sparky's talent so that they can compete.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLJoeandSparkyGS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:47pm PST

The Big Book of Spy Stuff (booktalk)

The Big Book of Spy Stuff by Bart King

The secret to success? Know all the secrets! Learn how to escape tricycle-riding assassins. Find out why you can trust women more than men. Discover how squirrels can deliver top-secret messages. Learn the keys to tricking enemy agents. Create a disguise that renders you invisible in a crowd of two.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLBigBookofSpyStuffCC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:39pm PST

The Unforgettable Season (booktalk)

The Unforgettable Season: the Story of Joe Dimaggio, Ted Williams and the Record-setting Summer of '41 by Phil Bildner

Tells the story of baseball greatest heroes Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams and how during the summer of 1941 they each set records that still stand.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLTheUnforgettableSeasonKH.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:38pm PST

Super Chicken Nugget Boy vs. Dr Ned-Grant and His Eggplant Army (booktalk)

Super Chicken Nugget Boy vs. Dr Ned-Grant and His Eggplant Army by Josh Lewis

When school bully Dirk Hamstone pushes him to the dark side, Dr. Myron Ned-Grant develops an army of evil eggplants bent on world domination and it falls to Fern Goldberg's alter ego to save the world.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLChickenNuggetGS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:33pm PST

Amelia Lost (booktalk)

Amelia Lost: the Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming

Tells the story of Amelia Earhart's life--as a child, a woman, and a pilot--and describes the search for her missing plane.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLAmeliaLostJP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:28pm PST

Little Pink Pup (booktalk)

Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby

Pink, a piglet who is the runt of the litter, is adopted by Tink, a dachshund who is nursing a litter of her own, and Pink is raised in the house along with the puppies.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLLittlePinkPupGS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:17pm PST

I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat (booktalk)

I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat by Carolyn Beccia

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLIFeelBetterWithaFrogInMyThroatJP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:09pm PST

Orangutans are Ticklish (booktalk)

Orangutans are Ticklish by Steve Grubman

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLOrangatansAreTicklishJP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:06pm PST

The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh

In 1347, when fourteen-year-old orphan William Paynel, an impoverished servant at Crowfield Abbey, goes into the forest to gather wood and finds a magical creature caught in a trap, he discovers he has the ability to see fays and becomes embroiled in a strange mystery involving Old Magic, a bitter feud, and ancient secrets.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLCrowfieldCurseCC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 2:27pm PST

Clink (booktalk)

Clink by Kelly DiPucchio

While newer, fancier robots are quickly purchased, Clink, an old-fashioned robot who can only make toast and music, gathers dust and feels downhearted until a young boy enters the shop looking for something special.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLClinkGS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 2:11pm PST

Anya's Ghost (Booktalk)

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brogol

In this graphic novel, Anya, embarrassed by her Russian immigrant family and self-conscious about her body, feels like she'll never fit in with kids at school. Then she falls down a well, where she stumbles onto a skeleton. And meets a ghost. The ghost needs her help, and offers in return, to help Anya survive in school. At first, having a ghost for a friend is great. Until the ghost starts taking over...

Audience: Teens

 

Direct download: 20111220_Anyas_Ghost_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 9:13am PST

Bink and Gollie (Booktalk)

Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

Two roller-skating best friends--one tiny, one tall--share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion.

2010 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220__MCL_Bink_and_Golly_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 1:12pm PST

I Spy Fly Guy (Booktalk)

I Spy Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

While playing hide-and-seek with Buzz, Fly Guy is taken away by a garbage man.

2010 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_Fly_Guy_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 1:06pm PST

We Are in a Book (Booktalk)

We Are in a Book by Mo Willems

Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?

2010 Theodore Seuss Geisel Award

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_We_Are_in_a_Bk_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 12:41pm PST

How Oliver Olson Changed the World (Booktalk)

How Oliver Olson Changed the World by Claudia Mills

Afraid he will always be an outsider like ex-planet Pluto, nine-year-old Oliver finally shows his extremely overprotective parents that he is capable of doing great things without their help while his class is studying the solar system.

A 2012 Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Nominee

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_How_Oliver_Olson_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 12:22pm PST

Flight of the Phoenix; Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist Book One (Booktalk)

Flight of the Phoenix; Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist Book One By R.L.LaEvers

In 1928, when timid ten-year-old Nate learns that his parents have been lost at sea, he joins his father's cousin on a flight to Arabia where they must oversee the death and rebirth of the phoenix, thus beginning his training as a "beastologist."

A 2012 Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Nominee

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_Nathaniel_Flood_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 12:13pm PST

Judy Moody and Stink; The Mad Mad Mad Treasure Hunt (Booktalk)

Judy Moody and Stink; The Mad Mad Mad Treasure Hunt by Megan McDonald

During a weekend trip to Ocracoke Island, siblings Judy and Stink Moody take part in a pirate treasure-hunting game, in which various clues lead them to silver coins, or "pieces of eight," hidden across the island.

A 2012 Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Nominee

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_Judy_Moody_Pirates_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 12:07pm PST

Magical Ms. Plum (Booktalk)

Magical Ms. Plum by Bonnie Becker

The students in Ms. Plum's third grade class soon learn that there is something very special about their teacher and her classroom's mysterious supply closet.

A 2012 Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Nominee.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLMag_Ms_Plum_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 11:51am PST

Calvin Coconut; Trouble Magnet (Booktalk)

Calvin Coconut; Trouble Magnet by Graham Salisbury

Nine-year-old Calvin catches the attention of the school bully on the day before he starts fourth grade, while at home, the unfriendly, fifteen-year-old daughter of his mother's best friend has taken over his room.

A 2012 Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Nominee

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 2011220_MCL_Calvin_Coconut_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 11:40am PST

Nubs; The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle (Booktalk)

Nubs; The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle  by Brian Dennis

The story of a wild dog who befriended Marine Major Brian Dennis in Iraq, and, when they were separated, trekked seventy miles through the desert winter to rejoin his friend.

A 2012 Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Nominee.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_Nubs_Mutt_Marine_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:11pm PST

Baseball is one of America's central institutions, and it has long reflected the complicated and painful history of race in the United States. Pride and Passion is an exhibition that tells the story of black baseball players over the past century and a half. Dr. Thabiti Lewis, Associate Professor of English at Washington State University Vancouver and author of the book Ballers of the New School: Race and Sports in America offers an engaging look at the content of this exhibition.

Exhibition open: December 3, 2011 - January 22, 2012

Direct download: 20111203_Pride_and_Passion.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 2:24pm PST

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