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Middle Country Public Library Podcast
20 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
Episode 193 - More Scary Stories...
Last year we read from some spooky stories to get you into the mood for Halloween... you can listen to that episode here: https://www.mcplpodcast.com/e/episode-141-scary-stories/ This year we have some more scary stuff to share. If you'd like to read them yourself, check this out: Sara's picks: The Maidens by Alex Michaelides The Hunger by Alma Katsu Nicole's picks: Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz R.L. Stine's Fear Street Series Carrie by Stephen King Sal reads Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Haunted Houses
30 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Episode 192 - Movie Chat : The Descent
Our next Movie Chat is a spooky one just in time for Halloween: The Descent (2005) starring Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, and Alex Reid. Directed by Neil Marshall. This UK horror flick is sure to stir up some emotions...but be warned: there be big spoilers ahead! Watch the film on demand using your MCPL library card on Kanopy here. Or reserve a DVD copy here. Here is the alternate ending (also known as the "UK" ending or the "better" ending) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kxz2ueA3ok
14 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Episode 191 - MGM Comes to Kanopy
Kanopy, the streaming service available to MCPL patrons, has recently announced the addition of the majority of the MGM catalog! We discuss some of the films that you might like. Plus Sara has a few additional picks from the Kanopy library. To browse what MGM titles are available, click here.
18 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Episode 190 - Banned Books & Baking
It's a week of "B" words! It's the American Library Association's Banned Books Week. Check out their information site here. Nicole has a list of the top 10 "banned and challenged" books of last year, you can also read it as well. Sara started watching the new season of the Great British Baking Show and wanted to discuss some of the interesting baking words that are used that we may not quite be familiar with, along with some great books here at the library. A baker's life : from childhood bakes to five-star excellence / Paul Hollywood The great British baking show: Love to bake / project editor, Judy Barratt The big book of amazing cakes / Linda Collister You can also catch up on older seasons (DVD) here.
21 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
Episode 189 - Upcoming Programming + October DVD List Preview
Do you, or someone you know, face obstacles in getting to the library? If so, please contact us to learn more about the possibility of having library materials delivered to your home. In addition to the library’s continuing service for homebound patrons, the library will be starting a three-month trial this fall of an additional delivery service, specifically designed for patrons who have difficulty getting to the library, such as those dealing with transportation or mobility issues. Please contact 631-585-9393 ext. 302 for more details. For more information on the Stony Brook Healthy Libraries Program, click here. There are still seats for a number of great teen and children's programs at the library, check out our new handy dandy online calendar for more information! Sara is here to delight us with another preview of October's New DVD list...and it's pretty solid this time.
24 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
Episode 188 - Movie Chat : John Wick
This week we discuss the popular 2014 flick, John Wick starring Keanu Reeves. Here's the IMDb listing: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2911666/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 Have a card with MCPL? Reserve your copy here : https://mcpac.mcpl.lib.ny.us/record=b1665922
25 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Episode 187 - What Does Your Birthday Mean + Mansions of Newport
Sara has some interesting things to share regarding our birthdays... take a look a the books she discussed on today's episode: The Secret Language of Birthdays The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need Plus if you'd like to check out more books like the ones above, check this out in our catalog. Nicole recently came back from a lovely vacation touring the mansions of Newport, Rhode Island. If you'd like to check out more information about them, as well as the wonderful mansions we have here on Long Island, use these resources: http://www.newportmansions.org https://www.thirteen.org/program-content/a-guide-to-long-islands-gold-coast-mansions/ https://www.discoverlongisland.com/listings/mansions-arboretums/ You can also check out books here. Plus don't forget to take advantage of our Museum Pass program!
23 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Episode 186 - Name that Movie
Sal tries to stump Sara and Nicole to see if they can identify movies just by their official descriptions from Internet Movie Database.
22 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
Episode 185 - Theme Park Movie Rides + Tom Cruise Appreciation
Nicole has an interesting list of some theme park attractions/rides that have been made into movies (and visa-versa) plus Sara convinces us how wonderful Tom Cruise is. Do you agree? Get some movies at the library that are also rides or attractions: Pirates of the Caribbean The Haunted Mansion Tower of Terror The Country Bears Fast and the Furious Mission to Mars PLUS: Tom Cruise movies at the library are here.
23 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
Episode 184 - Are You Ready for Some Football?!?
Football season is upon us. Get ready with some interesting football facts. Here's some books to get you in the mood: The ultimate Super Bowl book : a complete reference to the stats, stars, and stories behind football's biggest game-- and why the best team won / Bob McGinn ; foreword by Michael MacCambridge. https://mcpac.mcpl.lib.ny.us/record=b1540736 In life, first you kick ass : reflections on the 1985 Bears and wisdom from Da Coach / Mike Ditka, with Rick Telander https://mcpac.mcpl.lib.ny.us/record=b1437610 Badasses : the legend of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death, and John Madden's Oakland Raiders / Peter Richmond. https://mcpac.mcpl.lib.ny.us/record=b1547366 And of course, there are great football movies for you to check out: https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/guide/essential-football-movies/ The season starts Thursday, Sept. 9th, 2021.
32 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
Episode 183 - Free Comic Books + Olympics Wrap-up
We have a jammed-packed episode for you this week! National Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, Aug. 14th. Come down to the library to grab yours. Sara has some interesting Comic Book trivia... Nicole is here with wrap-up of the Olympics plus a list of some interesting "firsts." Jim Ward gives us the lowdown on what to expect at next week's first MCPL Music Under the Stars featuring the country band Southbound. The concert takes place in the parking lot on Tuesday, Aug. 17th at 7pm. (Doors open at 5:30p) Come down early for line dancing instruction at 6pm!
18 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Episode 182 - Your Own Asian Film Festival + August Book Horoscopes
The 20th Annual NY Asian Film Festival starts this weekend, and if you can't make it to the city, how about creating your very own at home with a great selection of movies we have here at the library in our Foreign Film DVD collection! Sara can get you started with a few of her favorites. Plus it's the beginning of the month and Nicole is thrilled to once again use her absolute favorite website, Book Riot, to clue us in on our Book Horoscopes for August. Want to check yours out? Click here.
13 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Episode 181 - National Night Out is Back!
National Night Out is a community-police awareness-raising event in the United States, held the first Tuesday of August. We are pleased to have our colleague and Coordinator of Outreach Services Deborah Hempe here to chat with us about this year's event taking place on Tuesday, August 3rd from 5:30-8:30pm at the Centereach Pool. The local NNO event is a partnership between the 6th Precinct of the SCPD, Councilman Kevin LaValle at the Town of Brookhaven, and MCPL. While not required, registration for the event is highly recommended. Visit http://brookhavenny.gov/nno to RSVP. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Councilman LaValle's office at 631-451-6647.
24 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Episode 180 - Movie Chat : The Birthday Cake
Another movie chat, and this time Nicole has spun the wheel to land on a new flick, The Birthday Cake. Is it delicious or deadly? Listen to find out. PS - there will be spoilers, obviously! MCPL patrons can reserve a copy here: http://mcpac.mcpl.lib.ny.us/record=b2064580 Here's the IMDb listing: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10719958/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 That scene from Family Guy : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvpNdwh__Fc
17 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Episode 179 - Norse Mythology + Attracting Butterflies
Nicole's been watching Ragnarok and Loki which has piqued her interest in Norse Mythology...she has some interesting books to check out next time you are at the library. Check out these books on Norse Mythology: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman Treasury of Norse mythology stories of intrigue, trickery, love, and revenge by Donna Jo Napoli Plus some Norse God-themed fiction: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard - Sword of Summer Valhalla Rising (DVD) Plus Sara is here to talk butterflies and the best way to attract them and their mouth parts to your yard: A resource on Butterflies in the US The Rarest Butterfly on Earth Attracting Butterflies Parts of a Butterfly
19 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Episode 178 - New DVDs are not for Composting
Where else can you hear about new DVD releases at the library plus interesting info on composting? Sara has an update on new DVD releases this month. If you'd like to view the current list, click here. Nicole has started a new project at the library: a worm composting bin. While it's currently in the beginning stages out of view, it will soon be available to see at our Nature Explorium. If you'd like to start your own Indoor Worm Composting Bin, check this out. Here is interesting information from Cornell on composting: Worm Composting Basics. There are also great books to be seen here. Want to get hyper-local weather info? Check out the library's weather station page here, or our Twitter feed here.
21 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Episode 177 - Let's Go Camping!
It's the time of year when many folks go camping...so why not we take a look at interesting facts from Statista on camping in the U.S. Just a reminder... Statista is an amazing online resource that gives you access to statistics and demographics on market and consumer data from around the world. It's available to all MCPL cardholders as well as our Miller Business Center members. For more information, visit http://www.statista.com Here are some resources for you if you are interested in going camping this summer: Kampgrounds of America https://koa.com/ Good Sam https://www.goodsam.com/ Reserve America https://www.reserveamerica.com/ NYS Parks https://parks.ny.gov/camping/ Home to the Largest NYS Park https://enchantedmountains.com/facts/home-largest-new-york-state-park-11 Want to find a book or eBook on camping? Click here.
24 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Episode 176 - Summer Programming is Here!
We are so happy to let you in on some amazing programming coming this summer, both in person and virtual, for our patrons. Plus did you know we have discount tickets to some great attractions? Listen and find out. Read about all the programs mentioned in this episode here: http://www.mcplibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/MCPL_Quarterly.pdf See where you can get discounted attraction tickets here: https://www.mcplibrary.org/discount-tickets-area-attractions-mcpl/ Here's the information on where Nicole took a nice walk, Storm King Art Center.
20 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Episode 175 - Summer Reading Club 2021
The 2021 MCPL Summer Reading Club starts next week! We are happy to have Jessica, Michelle, Amber and Alex join us to talk about what to expect for this year's club throughout the library. Get all the details as well access Beanstack to sign up for this year's event here: https://www.mcplibrary.org/summer-reading-club/
18 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Episode 174 - Water Safety + New DVDs
Summer is upon us and so are opportunities to cool down in either a pool or at the beach. Nicole has some information on water safety along with sobering facts. Here are some resources to check out before diving in: National Drowning Prevention Alliance Red Cross Water Safety Watersports Safety and First Aid reserve it here Make my World Safe - Around Water reserve it here PLUS: Sara has a new coming soon DVD list to share...it's not all that bad!
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