Multnomah County Library Podcasts

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Welsh Month @ Central Library: Welsh Poetry with John Good Welsh language poetry with John Good.  John was born in South Wales, into a house where the Welsh language was spoken.  Over the past twenty years, he has given bilingual presentations on Welsh culture, sharing poetry, music and literature.  This program was presented to celebrate Left Coast Eisteddfod, Portland

Direct download: 20090819_MCLWelshPoetry.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 2:56pm PST

Claudette Colvin (Booktalk) In March 1955, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat on a mostly white bus...months before Rosa Parks made the news for doing the same thing.
Direct download: 20090821_MCLClaudette_Colvin_LC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:58pm PST

Return to Sender (Booktalk) Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez. After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders.
Direct download: 20090821_MCL_Return_to_Sender_LC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:55pm PST

Masterpiece (Booktalk) Masterpiece by Elise Broach. After Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as an eleventh birthday gift for James, a human with whom he shares a house, the two new friends work together to help recover a Durer drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Direct download: 20090821_MCL_Masterpiece_LC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:51pm PST

Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg (Booktalk) Mostly True Adventures of Homer P Figg by Rodman Philbrick. Twelve-year-old Homer, a poor but clever orphan, has extraordinary adventures after running away from his evil uncle to rescue his brother, who has been sold into service in the Civil War.
Direct download: 20090821_MCLMostly_True_Adven_of_HomerLC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:44pm PST

 Book Crafts

Groan! Fall's here and it's back to school. But in your spare time, check out these books about book crafts: things involved with writing, making and publishing your own books. Books reviewed include:

Indie Publishing; How to Design and Produce your Own Book ed. by Ellen Lupton

In Print! 40 Cool Publishing Projects for Kids by Joe Rhatigan

Cool Calligraphy by Anders Hanson

Making Books that Fly, Fold, Wrap, Hide, Pop Up, Twist and Turn by Gwen Diehn

Direct download: 20090821_MCLbookcraftsCCRF.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 1:07pm PST

Reconstruct a Tee! T-shirt reconstruction is the new knitting!  Listen to some great book and online resources for turning your t-shirts into fabulous things to wear, including T-Shirt Makeovers, Generation T, Tease, and threadbanger.com. 
Direct download: 20090713_MCLReconstruct_a_Tee.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 2:09pm PST

Elfriede Wuckert walked up the steps of the Albina Library (now Titlewave) in the late 1920's holding her mother's hand.  Her family emigrated in 1925 from Germany and quickly became library "regulars.”  Listen to her stories of the citizenship classes her mother attended along with the memories of what it was like to be new in town and find friends in the books she carried home by the “armfuls.”  Hear what is different, but also what remains stable and familiar in the library for people new to the country.
Direct download: 20090530_MCLelfriede.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 7:20am PST

Zine readings by Shawn Granton, Editor of The Zinesters Guide to Portland and the author of Temporary Relocation Project and Ten -foot-rule and Erica Schreiner, author of The Way Things Used to Be and Argyle. Adult program Zinesters Talking, recorded live at Central Library August 26, 2008.

Direct download: 20080826_ZinestersTalkingCentral.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 9:49am PST

Insomnia Solutions with Dr. Greg Nigh Always tired, but can't sleep? Is your productivity suffering? Come explore the causes and learn about natural simple therapies to help you snooze through the night to improve your efficiency and mood during the day.
Direct download: 20090514_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 4:56pm PST