Multnomah County Library Podcasts

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Resolving Conflicts in Your Life, with Tsipora Dimant

Speaker: Tsipora Dimant

Discover the roots of conflict and the mediation skills needed to find effective solutions, at work and in your personal life. Learn how to have discussions that are balanced, direct and fair.

Recorded live at Central Library: April 19, 2012

Direct download: 20120419_MCL_BrownBag_Dimant.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 10:48am PST

Extreme Time Management for a 26/7 World with Brenda Buratti

Are you overwhelmed with job and family demands in an increasingly stressful world? Identify your priorities as well as time-wasters. Walk away with strategies to make the most of your valuable time.

Recorded at Central Library: April 12, 2012

Direct download: 20120412_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 4:00pm PST

VoiceCatcher Author Readings

Featured Speakers: Lisa Maier, Sue Parman, Victoria Wyttenberg, Pat West, Kristin Berger, Willa Schneberg, Mary Kibbe, and Wendy Willis

 

Celebrating new work by seven VoiceCatcher 6 authors; VoiceCatcher Co-editor Kristin Berger emcees this lively reading of prose and poetry.

VoiceCatcher is an all-volunteer nonprofit that supports and nurtures women writers and artists in the Portland Metro area.

 

Recorded live at Central Library: March 31, 2012

Direct download: 20120331_VoiceCatchers.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 10:12am PST

Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War Session 1

Session 1: Imagining War.

A scholar lecture by Dr. Richard Etulain.

Dr Etulain provides an overview of Civil War history and literature for a discussion of "March," by Geraldine Brooks and part one of the "America's War" anthology. 

Recorded live at Central Library: March 25, 2012

Direct download: 20120325_CivilWar1.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 4:37pm PST

Science and The Doctor (Who)

Speaker:Dr. John Freeouf

For all you Doctor Who fans out there: how does The Doctor do what he does? Could time travel really work? How can something be bigger on the inside? And who looks at a screwdriver and thinks, "Ooh, this could be a little more sonic"? Join Portland State University physicist Dr. John Freeouf as we explore these questions and more!

Recorded live at Central Library: March 7, 2012.

Direct download: 20120307_MCL_Dr._WhoScience.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 9:25am PST

Informational Interviews with Elizabeth Hayes

One effective strategy for getting your dream job is to conduct informational interviews. Learn how to connect with key managers and develop techniques that put you on the inside track to the job!

Recorded live at Central Library: March 1, 2012

Direct download: 20120301_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 8:55am PST

Sheconomics with Grace Antares

Understand the emotional forces and barriers that influence women's success with money. Using a clinical study from the University of Hertfordshire, speaker Grace Antares shares solutions to better spending.

Recorded live at Central Library: February 23, 2012

Direct download: 20120223_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 2:58pm PST

Writers Talking: Joe Sacco

Portland cartoonist-journalist Joe Sacco talks about his work. Sacco is author of Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde: The war in Eastern Bosnia, But I Like It, Footnotes in Gaza and other works. In 1996 he won the American Book Award, and Footnotes in Gaza is a 2012 Oregon Book Award Finalist.

This podcast was recorded live at the Central Library U.S. Bank Room, February 18, 2012.

Audience: Adult

 

Direct download: 20120218_MCLJoeSaccoCC.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 9:40am PST

HUMAN Strategies: It's All About the People with Steven Fulmer

Business is personal because it depends upon humans; and what odd creatures we can be! Come explore five key human strategies for improving leadership, communication and decision-making skills.

Recorded live at Central Library: February 16, 2012

Direct download: 20120216_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 8:54am PST

Speaker: Tasha Harmon

Learn simple, effective ways to shift your approach from a dynamic of complaint to a dynamic of cooperation

 

Recorded live at Central Library: February 9, 2012

Category:general -- posted at: 1:55pm PST

Speaker: Tasha Harmon

Learn simple, effective ways to shift your approach from a dynamic of complaint to a dynamic of cooperation.

Recorded live at Central Library: February 9, 2012

Direct download: 20120209_MCLBrownBag_Harmon.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 12:17pm PST

Central Library presents readings and presentations commemorating Oregon's late poet laureate William Stafford.

Hosted by Joseph A. Soldati.

Featuring: Jane Glazer, David Rutiezer, Kirsten Rian, Mark Thalman, Diane Holland and Bob Balmer.

Recorded live at the Central Library: January 29, 2012

Direct download: 20120129_MCLWilliamStafford.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 5:23pm PST

Selling Without "Selling" with Philip Mandel

Whether you are trying to sell a product, an idea or a point of view, the traditional hard sell may not be the most effective approach. Discover a method that encourages people to WANT what you're offering.

Recorded live at the Central Library: February 2, 2012

Direct download: 20120202_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 12:21pm PST

Anna Hibiscus (Booktalk)

Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke

Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa, amazing Africa! Read how Anna uses secret cell phone conversations to save the day for her visiting auntie, plus two more tales of adventure.

Audience: kids and teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_Anna_Hibiscus_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:14pm PST

Trash (Booktalk)

Trash by Andy Mulligan

Fourteen-year-olds Raphael and Gardo team up with a younger boy, Rat, to figure out the mysteries surrounding a bag Raphael finds during their daily life of sorting through trash in a third-world country's dump.

Audience: Teen

Direct download: 20111220_Trash_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 4:10pm PST

Me and Rolly Maloo (booktalk)

Me and Rolly Maloo by Janet S. Wong

An unpopular girl cheats on a math test when the most popular girl in school asks her to give her answers.

 

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_Me_and_Rolly_Maloo_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:04pm PST

White Crow (booktalk)

White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick

Sixteen-year-old Rebecca moves from London to a small, desolate village crumbling into the sea, when her policeman father is involved in a scandal at his job.  She becomes friends with Ferelith, a Goth girl who likes "things that are frightening." They spend the summer together exploring the village's sinister history. Back in 1798, the town's local priest was involved in a devilish experiment, one that suddenly also involves the two girls. Warning: you will have to finish this book, if you want to be able to sleep without nighmares!

Audience: Teen

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_White_Crow_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 2:19pm PST

A Tale Dark and Grimm (Booktalk)

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_Tale_Dark__Grimm_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 2:07pm PST

I am J (booktalk)

I am J by Chris

J, who feels like a boy mistakenly born as a girl, runs away from his best friend who has rejected him and the parents he thinks do not understand him when he finally decides that it is time to be who he really is.

Audience: Teen

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_I_Am_J_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 2:03pm PST

Poop Happened (book talk)

Poop Happens  by Sarah Albee

Throughout the ages, the most successful civilizations were the ones who realized that everyone poops and they'd better figure out how to get rid of it! From the very first flushing toilet (invented way earlier than you would think) to the efficient Roman aqueducts (possibly inspired by the goddess of sewers!) to castles in the Middle Ages whose moats used more than just water to repel enemies, Poop happened! traces human civilization through this revolting yet fascinating subject.

Audience: Kids and Teens

 

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_Poop_Happ_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:31pm PST

No Passengers Beyond this Point (book talk)

No Passengers Beyond this Point by Gennifer Choldenko

With their house in foreclosure, sisters India and Mouse and brother Finn are sent to stay with an uncle in Colorado until their mother can join them, but when the plane lands, the children are welcomed by cheering crowds to a strange place where each of them has a perfect house and a clock that is ticking down the time.

Audience: kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_No_Passng_beyond_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:14pm PST

Grand Plan to Fix Everything(booktalk)

Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami

Eleven-year-old Dini loves movies, and so when she learns that her family is moving to India for two years, her devastation over leaving her best friend in Maryland is tempered by the possibility of meeting her favorite actress, Dolly Singh.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_Grand_Plan_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:54pm PST

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

Stress Less This Holiday Season with Sarai St. Julien

Author and life-coach Sarai St. Julien helps you cope with holidays and crazy days, year-round. Experience a quick and simple relaxation technique you can do anywhere, anytime.

Recorded live at Central Library: November 3, 2011

Direct download: 20111103_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 3:52pm PST

Three Keys to Difficult Conversations with Berry Kruijning

We often avoid difficult conversations out of fear of conflict, being misunderstood or that the issue won't be resolved. Join Berry Kruijning to learn the three keys to starting and having these difficult conversations.

Recorded live at Central Library: October 27, 2011

Direct download: 20111027_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 2:23pm PST

Matt de la Peña talks about growing up in National City, poverty, Mexican and White, going to college and becoming a famous author.  Absolutely hilarious!

Direct download: 20111017_MCL_MATTDELAPENA.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 2:12pm PST

Conflict Ain't So Bad with Chris Sheesley

Examine any part of your life and you will find conflict. This presentation will help you develop a more constructive outlook on this phenomenon.

Recorded live at Central Library: October 20, 2011

(Parts of the audience group discussions deleted)

Direct download: 20111020_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 9:09am PST

Zinesters Talking: Martha Grover and Nicoles Georges

Night of Sharing. Martha Grover (Somnambulist) will discuss her hilarious zine about family meetings. Families are downsizing and sharing households, and this phenomenon is reflected in her zine.

and. . .

Nicole Georges will present her work Tell It Like It Tiz, a zine that shares anecdotes and stories of the elders at the Marie Smith senior center in Portland. Georges will also discuss her upcoming graphic novel Calling Doctor Laura.

Recorded Live October 11, 2011 at Hollywood Library

Target Audience: Adult

Direct download: 20111011_MCLNGeorgesMGroverCC.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 5:05pm PST

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? with Jennifer Anderson

It's never too late to start again. Speaker Jennifer Anderson will identify tools to help you find the perfect career for this time of your life.

Recorded live at Central Library: October 13, 2011

Direct download: 20111013_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 9:46am PST

Leaks, Tweets & Deletes: Intellectual Freedom in a Digital World

Join us for a discussion of the notion of freedom of information in a rapidly changing digital landscape. Panelists will discuss the Wikileaks disclosures, the uprisings in the Arab world spurred by Facebook and Twitter, media censorship and freedom of the press in places like China, Turkey and elsewhere.

Moderator: Tim DuRoche, Director of Programs at the World Affairs Council of Oregon.

Panelist: David Wolman, author of Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to Email, the Tangled Story of English Spelling.

Panelist: Jeff Golden, political activist, radio personality, politician and author.

Panelist: Peter Laufer, author and the James Wallace Chair in Journalism at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.

Recorded live at Central Library: October 1, 2011

Direct download: 20111001_MCLLeaksTweetsDeletes.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 8:36am PST

Zinesters Talking Ebin Lee and Aron Nels Steinke

Comics and Art Coming Together. Ebin Lee, cartoonist and student at Pacific Northwest College of Art, talks about getting started in comics. Does going to art school improve your art? Which school is the right one? And how do you make your way as a person of color in the mainly white world of comics and art?

and. . .

Aron Nels Steinke, cartoonist and teacher, talks about his comics. How does writing for kids, adults and oneself fit together? How important is it to maintain a life outside of art and where does inspiration ultimately come from? What is the difference between self-publishing and working with a larger book publisher? Steinke will also discuss his two new comics Super-Duper Dog Park and Big Plans, No. 5.

Recorded live at Central Library, U.S. Bank Room, October 18.2011

Target Audience: Adult

Direct download: 20111018_MCLEboneeLeeAronSteinkeCC.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 12:52pm PST

Zinesters Talking - Gay Genius and Asian Pacific Islander Pride Zine

 

Annie Murphy, editor of Gay Genius, a comics anthology, explores just what it means to be exceptional and LBGT in the past, present and future,

and...

 Asian Pacific Islander Pride Zine presenter Sally Moon Lee shares the diversity of Asian gay culture in Portland through this compilation zine.

Recorded live at North Portland Library, October 4, 2011.

Target Audience: Adult

Direct download: 20111004_MCLGayGeniusCC.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 3:33pm PST

Glee-mail: Writing Emails That Sing! with Gabriel Boehmer

Put humor into your messages without jeopardizing your career. Gabriel Boehmer will include real-life examples from his career as a Fortune 500 communications consultant and local author.

Recorded live at the Central Library: October 6, 2011

Direct download: 20111006_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 12:10pm PST

Besides snakes, spiders and heights, a fear of public speaking is one of the most common phobias. Join author and presenter Donn Rocklin as he addresses the cause of this human fear and poses creative solutions that apply in all public speaking situations. In this program, participants will learn how to: capture and hold the attention of the audience, prepare for improvisation, and interact with and involve the audience.

Presented at Hollywood Library on September 26.

This program was presented as a workshop and has been edited for listening.

 

Direct download: 20110926_MCLFearlessPublicSpeakingHollywoodDonnRochlin.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 5:32pm PST

Face to Face: The Original Social Networking with Hannes Geiger

Grow your business successfully and enhance your interactions by building better relationships. Discover the real value of networking through the art of conversation.

Recorded at Central Library: September 29, 2011

Direct download: 20110929_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 10:25am PST

This Zine will Rock You!

Zines rock! PORTLAND rocks! ...and on August 3, your library rocked! Zinesters present their rock'n' roll publications for your enjoyment, edification and rock-ification. Featuring:

Music from Growler

Roz Ballard - Rozine

John Isaacson Ride the Lightning and Feedback

Jen Sbragia Diary of a Metal Girl

Kevin Cross Radio and Truly Crucial Rock n Roll

Recorded live at Central Library, U.S. Bank Room, August 3, 2011

Target Audience: Adult

Direct download: 20110803_MCLRockZinesCC2.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 9:22am PST

About 300,000 youths are trafficked for sex each year nationwide, according to the U.S. Justice Department. When Jessica Richardson was 17 years old she became a victim of this illegal industry and was trafficked throughout the west by her pimp. She's since escaped the life and is a Gresham businesswoman, teaching people how to save money on groceries.

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

Recorded at Central Library: June 5, 2011

Direct download: 20110605_MCLRichardson.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 8:34am PST

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

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

Srsly Big Deal: Making & Being Comics in Portland

From self-published mini-comic zines to traditional comic books, manga and graphic novels, comics are a seriously big deal in our community, home to big-time publishers, small presses and independent artists. Speakers Dylan Williams, of Sparkplug Comics, Dark Horse Executive Editor Diana Schutz, PSU Special Collections Librarian and Archivist Cris Paschild, and independent comics creator Julia Gfrorer discuss the cultural and economic significance of comics. The panel discussion was followed by Julia Gfrorer reading her comics Too Dark to See and Ariadne auf Naxos, with the assistance of Jesse Reklaw.

Recorded live at Central Library, U.S. Bank Room, April 14, 2011.

Target Audience: Adult

 

 

Direct download: 20110414_MCLSrslyBigDealCC.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 10:27am PST

Listen Up! with Berry Kruijning

Speaker Berry Kruijning leads an exploration of internal barriers to listening. Gain practical tips to improve your listening skills, equipping you to build authentic and dynamic relationships.

Recorded April 14, 2011

Direct download: 20110414_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 1:33pm PST

On Sunday, April 10, 2011, an enthusiastic crowd of Devon Monk fans came to hear the author read from her upcoming book and talk about her writing. She started by reading from her soon to be published "Dead Iron: the age of steam", the first book in her new steam punk fantasy series. She then took questions from the audience which included many questions about her ongoing Allie Beckstrom urban fantasy series which takes place in Portland. Her latest book in that series, "Magic on the Hunt", just came out on April 5. (about 72 minutes)

Direct download: monk.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 6:44pm PST

VoiceCatcher Authors Reading

VoiceCatcher presents prose and poetry from its fifth women writers anthology. The work of several contributing authors will be highlighted. VoiceCatcher's mission is to publish an anthology of Portland-area women's writing reflecting a diversity of voice and genre. They offer a local publishing opportunity that respects, nurtures and promotes local artists.

Web site:                http://www.multcolib.org/events/writers.html

Direct download: 20110326_MCLVoiceCatcherAuthorsReading.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 4:42pm PST

Baba Wagué Diakité

Baba Wagué Diakité is a well known artist and storyteller from Mali, West Africa. Before Mali was a country, it was a great empire whose deeds are still passed down from generation to generation. Baba will tell the 13th century epic story of the creation of the Mali Empire from Sogolon the Hunchback Woman--the spirit of the Buffalo and Maghan the Handsome—the spirit of the Lion. Their invalid son, the great Sundiata Keita grows up to unite the twelve kingdoms of Mali and create one of the greatest empires of Africa.

Direct download: 20110320_MCLBabaWagueDiakite.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

Clementine

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

Stolen

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

Stress Rescue with Karl Starkweather

Stress is an inevitable byproduct of life. Speaker Karl Starkweather will introduce you to techniques to recognize stress triggers, let go of no-productive patterns, release tension and improve concentration.

Recorded February 24, 2011

Direct download: 20110224_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 1:02pm PST

Presented by Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke to the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners on February 17, 2011.

Direct download: 20110217LibraryFundingBriefing.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 10:08am PST

Leadership, Courage and Heresy with Steven Fulmer

Too often we seek a magical wizard to show the way to success when we have the power within us the whole time. Discover the keys to unlocking a whole new level of success.

Recorded February 10, 2011

Direct download: 20110210_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 8:52am PST