Multnomah County Library Podcasts

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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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

Taking the Stairs with Laura Foster

Portland’s walking expert Laura Foster has recently released her latest book, "The Portland Stairs Book: Walks, Views, Stories." Join the author as she shares with you the best and most interesting staircases in Portland. Covering 207 staircases (and 10,155 steps), Foster’s journey combines geology, architecture, history and horticulture to tell the amazing stories of twenty outdoor staircases.  The stairs include the Willamette River Bridge Stairs, The Westover Terraces Steps and Rocky Butte’s Grand Staircase.  Presented at Hollywood Library January 23, 2011.
More information about Laura Foster can be found on her website at:

Direct download: 20110123MCL_Writers_LauraFosterHwd.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 11:32am PDT

Mediating Conflicts in Your Life with Tsipora Dimant

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

Recorded: February 3, 2011

Direct download: 20110203_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 5:07pm PDT