Multnomah County Library Podcasts

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Leviathan (booktalk)

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20100917_MCL_Leviathan_LC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:33pm PDT

Saving the Ghost of the Mountain; an Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia

Saving the Ghost of the Mountain; an Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia by Sy Montgomery

A pale, spotted, almost cloud-like coat makes the snow leopard uncannily invisible in its rocky mountain habitat. Author Sy Montgomery and photographer Nic Bishop accompany conservationist Tom McCarthy and his team as they travel to Mongolia's Altai Mountains to gather data about snow leopard populations in an attempt to save this endangered species.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20100917_MCL_Saving_the_Ghost_KH.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:27pm PDT

Cosmic (Booktalk)

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

 12-year old Liam looks like he's thirty. Sometimes it's not bad; for example on the first day of school the principal mistakes Liam for a teacher or when he convinces a car dealer to let him test drive a Porsche. So feeling like he's stuck between two worlds, Liam cons his way into being the adult chaperone on the first space ship to take civilians into space. But when the ship is stuck 230,000 miles from home, being mistaken for an adult is not good.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20100917_MCLCosmicLC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:17pm PDT

Trickster's Choice

Teen Librarian, Sara Ryan, gives an enticing preview of the popular book, Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce.

Direct download: 20100901_MCLTricksters_Choice.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 11:48am PDT

Before Columbus; The Americas of 1491

Before Columbus; The Americas of 1491 by Charles C. Mann

Did you know a pyramid larger than the ones in Egypt was built in the Americas...near St. Louis?
And one of the world's greatest genetic feats of engineering was done by Native Americans...the invention of corn!

Relearn American history, and find out how the civilizations of the Americas were as sophisticated as those in Western Europe.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20100716_MCL_Before_Columbus_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:06pm PDT

Tumtum and Nutmeg; Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall

Tum Tum and Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall by Emily Bearn

Wealthy, married mice Tumtum and Nutmeg find adventure when they secretly try to help two human siblings who live in a tumbledown cottage with their absent-minded inventor father.

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20100716_MCL_Tumtum_and_Nutmeg_LC_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:51pm PDT

Tapestry of Tales Tellabration Finale 2009


Communities around the world gather on the same day to listen and share stories in Tellabration. This podcast of Multnomah County Library’s 10th Tapestry of Tales Festival Tellebration and Finale celebrates a world of stories with Antonio Sacre, Eth-No-Tec, and Donald Davis. Storytellers introduced by Oregon storyteller Will Hornyak.


Recorded November 21, 2009


Direct download: 20090921_MCLTapestryTellabrationFinale_.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 4:05pm PDT

Every day in the Peace Corps brings a new experience, adventure or lesson. Come listen to journal entries directly from the Peace Corps volunteers who wrote them and pick up your free copy of “A Life Inspired,” a collection of stories written by volunteers (while supplies last). A Peace Corps volunteer who served in Bulgaria will also share her personal experience, answer your questions, and provide tips to guide you through the application process.

About the Panel:
Jenny Ferro
Lesotho, Africa 2002-2006
Primary Education Resource Teacher
Reading: "Peace, Rain, Prosperity"

Vicki Crumpacker
Turkmenistan, Central Asia 2000-2001
Business Advising

Erik Vidstrand
Mauritania, West Africa 1982-1984
Health Extension

Direct download: 20090714_MCLPeaceCorps.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 1:32pm PDT

Central Library hosts readings and presentations commemorating Oregon's late poet .

Featured Participants:

  • Joel Nightingale Berning presents William Stafford as a Minister. Mr. Berning is a third-year Master of Divinity student at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
  • Kate Gray published her first full-length book of poems, Another Sunset We Survive, in 2007, and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.
  • Carlos Reyes is a noted poet, writer and translator whose latest book of poetry, The Book of Shadows; New and Selected Poems, was published in 2009.
  • Penelope Scambly Schott has published several books, including A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth, which won the 2008 Oregon Book Award for Poetry.
  • Joseph A. Soldati, host for the program, has published poems and essays. Recent among his published books is Apocalypse Clam.
Direct download: 20100131_MCLWilliamStafford.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 5:42pm PDT

What is your Oregon story? Whether you are new here or your family has lived here for generations, come and share stories about your Oregon experience. Five-minute maximum, no reading or performing (think “beginning, middle, end”). Featuring the Portland Storytellers Guild with Penny Walter, Sarah Hauser, Ken Iverson, Lori King, Pearl Steinberg, Anne Rutherford, Julie Strozyk.

Direct download: 20091108_MCLThisoregonLifePSG.mp3
Category:Oregon Stories -- posted at: 4:29pm PDT