Multnomah County Library Podcasts

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Vailey Oehlke on Exceptional Women NW

Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke was recently profiled on Exceptional Women NW, a program that explores the achievement of local women leaders. Learn more about Vailey, the challenges facing public libraries, her takes on lifelong learning, the evolution of technology and libraries, the importance of reading for children and her vision for Multnomah County Library.

Direct download: Vailey_Oehlke_Interview_-_EWNW.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 12:05pm PST

Nic Bishop Frogs

Nic Bishop Frogs

Nic Bishop's photographs show all different kinds of frogs, big ones, very tiny ones, frogs with beautiful colors of skin, and one frog you can see inside of.

A Beverly Cleary Award Nominee 2011

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20101105_MCL_Nic_Bishop_Frogs_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:13pm PST

The Home-Run King (booktalk)

The Home-Run King by Patricia McKissack

During the Depression in Nashville, Tennessee, two baseball-loving brothers host Josh Gibson, a star of the Negro Leagues, in their home, and are motivated to get their own team started as well.

Beverly Cleary Award Nominee 2011

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20101105_MCL_Home_Run_King_LC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:04pm PST

Bed Bats and Beyond

Bed Bats and Beyond by Joan Holub

It's dawn and time for bats to go to bed, but Fang's brother Fink can't sleep. Soon the whole family tries different bedtime stories to lull Fink to sleep.

A Beverly Cleary Award Nominee 2011

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20101105_MCL_Beds_Bats_and_Beyond_KH.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 2:55pm PST

With passage of the new health care reform laws, you might be confused about what it can mean for your family.   Rachael Oh, Jeremy Van der Hey, and Jerry Cohen discuss how the bill impacts us here in Oregon.  The program includes a special section for people 50 and over.


Speakers: Rachel Oh, Consumer Liaison-Oregon Insurance Division

Jeremy Van der Hey, Community Engagement Coordinator-Oregon Health Authority

Jerry Cohen, State Director- AARP


Recorded: October 12, 2010

Direct download: 20101012_MCLHealthCareandYouCentral2.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 4:33pm PST

Examining Portland's Forgotten History Through Zines.

The Dill Pickle Club, a civic organization that organizes educational projects on local history, culture and civics, talks about Oregon History comics, Lone Fir Cemetery, with author and Portland Mercury reporter Sarah Mirk. Board members of the Club present a slide lecture on their "Forgotten Histories" programs, while Sarah discusses the process of researching, writing and working with 10 artists in illustrating under-acknowledged facts of Oregon history.

Recorded October 12, 2010 at Central Library

Direct download: 20101012_MCLZT_KnowYourCity.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 9:53am PST

Beloved novelist Tamora Pierce discusses where her ideas come from, where she gets names for her characters, and what books are in store for her readers.

Recorded October 18, 2010

Direct download: 20101018_MCL_TAMORAPIERCE.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 4:49pm PST

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

Are you overwhelmed with job and family demands? Speaker Brenda Buratti will help you to identify your priorities and your time-wasters. Walk away with strategies to make the most of your valuable time.

Recorded October 14, 2010

Direct download: 20101014_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 1:05pm PST

All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn

All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn

While spending the summer at their grandmother's Vermont inn, two prankster siblings awaken young ghosts from the inn's distant past who refuse to "rest in peace."

Audience: Kids and Teens


Direct download: 20101008_MCL_All_the_Lovely_Bad_Ones.JS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 9:39am PST

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-you Notes by Peggy Elizabeth Gifford

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-you Notes by Peggy Elizabeth Gifford

Moxy Maxwell thinks of a better, faster way to complete her Christmas thank-you notes.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20101008_MCL_Moxy_Maxwell_Does_Not_Love_Writing.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 9:21am PST