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Learn about book-ish things and hear from book-ish people with librarians from Vancouver Island Regional Library.

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Learn about book-ish things and hear from book-ish people with librarians from Vancouver Island Regional Library.

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English


Episodes
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41 - All Things Seaweed

7/18/2024
Nathan talks with Vancouver Island-based Amanda Swinimer all about seaweed. She has a BSc. that involved taking an algae physiology couse and harvests seaweed to eat. She also has written The Science and Sprit of Seaweed for adults and The Science and Superpowers of Seaweed for kids. You can find them here in the library. Pro tip from Darby: don't brandish bull kelp as a whip unless you are prepared to whip yourself in the butt (or face!) accidentally.

Duration:00:32:01

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40 - Beach Listening: Sea & Sea-darr Storytime

7/9/2024
It's a Sea & Cedar Storytime episode! Nathan gets piratey to set some beach vibes. Enjoy work from the Winter, 2024 edition of Sea & Cedar with local writers. Featured writers: You can READ this issue of Sea & Cedar online or in print. You can also SUBMIT your own work here.

Duration:00:58:35

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39 - Murder in Echo Bay with Yvonne Maximchuk

7/3/2024
Was it Really Murder? Big crime comes to a town too small to merit even that title in Murder Rides a Gale Force Wind. Beloved West Coast author and artist Yvonne Maximchuck is best known for her slices of BC marine life written with friend Billy Proctor, but has turned her hand to writing a murder mystery! Yvonne reads from the book to whet your appetite and then chats with Darby. Check out more about her writing and art, including purchasing her books at her website: https://www.yvonnemaximchuk.com/ You can borrow some of her books from the library here.

Duration:00:56:13

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38 - SOGI 1, 2, 3...

4/26/2024
Have you always wondered what SOGI stands for but didn't want to ask the angry people with the signs by the side of the road? Nathan thinks maybe you have. He conducts an investigation with the help of Scout from SOGI 1, 2, 3. Find some SOGI-inclusive books for children and teens here.

Duration:00:30:08

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37 Canadian Letters & Images Project

4/15/2024
Join us in our first sponsored episode! Buster and Barnfather's Children's Cigarettes are the perfect pairing for this educational look at Vancouver Island University's Canadian Letters & Images Project with Dr. Stephen Davies. See the project here at https://www.canadianletters.ca including some famous Canadian guest readers! You can help the project financially by donating through the VIU Foundation, which is a tax-deductible donation. If you have wartime letters, postcards, etc. you can lend them to the project as per the directions here.

Duration:00:16:49

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36 - Climate Action and Preparing for the Inferno

3/11/2024
Nathan gets a bit down/realistic about climate change with some special guests. First he talks to Teegan Walshe from Fridays for the Future in Qualicum, which is an ongoing school strike for climate justice. (Back in Nathan and Darby's day, people skipped school to smoke pot or buy candy.) Second, he talks with Lucy Grainger of FireSmart BC. You can learn more, including the free fire assessment mentioned, at FireSmartBC.ca. Books on the topic of Climate Optimism selected by our Librarians can be found here. Books mentioned by Teegan: The New Climate WarThe Future We ChooseSaving Us

Duration:00:39:09

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3/11/2024

Duration:00:39:09

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35 - Freedom to Read, this week & every week

2/16/2024
Ex-high school investigative journal turned Library Manager Stephanie interviews Library Manager Monica about Freedom to Read Week, which we observe from Feb. 18-24 this year. Tune in for this interesting library values conversation on this still very relevant topic. Further reading: Library's curated listsFreedomtoRead.caherehereStatement on Intellectual Freedom and Libraries

Duration:00:23:43

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34 - Library Trivialities in the Arena, vol. 3

2/1/2024
Nathan tests his Manager Stephanie's trivia prowess in today's episode. Can you beat Stephanie at trivia? Peter Parker Gretzky thinks you can in one section for sure. Winners will of course receive FREE BOOKS FOR LIFE! If you did not win, you will also receive free books for life, but only real Alex Cross titles. Redeemable at your local library branch.

Duration:00:16:55

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33 - LAC de livres, etc.

1/16/2024
We are feeling very educational today. So today is the day you learn a new acronym! LAC stands for Library and Archives Canada and we are really nerding out with Julie Anne Richardson from LAC. Ever wondered what the Library and Archives of Canada does? Or how Canada preserves its written and recorded culture? Or what animal noises Nathan's former bandmates can make? Listen to find out the answers to these questions and more... Check out Library and Archives Canada, where to do your Legal Deposit form if you made something they want to collect, and you can listen to Jordan Venn's Phosphorescence song on Bandcamp.

Duration:00:43:03

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32 - Goosefeather

11/23/2023
How do YOU feel about honking like a goose for people? If you're very comfortable, perhaps you are our next guest! Meet Naomi Steinberg, storyteller and author. There are no spoilers, just enjoy the voyage... *HONK!*

Duration:01:19:01

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31 - Sea & Cedar Storytime

10/20/2023
Enjoy your literary adult storytime with these Sea & Cedar magazine readings! Works included: Storyteller Spirits & Tuesday's TideHedgerow & MossFlame Girl Snake Spur RoadPlanting OnionsPop-Up Grebe Spell for Skookumchuck Narrows You can READ this issue of Sea & Cedar online or in print. You can also SUBMIT your own work here. A limited number of PRINT copies are also available for purchase! Email seacedarmag@virl.bc.ca to place an order (for pick up only at any VIRL branch). Cost is $15 + GST per copy.

Duration:00:38:53

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30 - The Great Debate: eBooks vs. pBooks

9/29/2023
Do paper (or "pbooks", if you will) have a place in this world anymore? Will reading an ebook lead to buying unneeded items on the internet and generally ruin your health? Nathan and Darby duke it out. Can they come together on the topic, or will the excitement of the debate rhetoric prove to be too much? Find out on this impassioned episode.

Duration:00:52:19

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29 - Jan Zwicky reads & talks philosophy and climate change

7/10/2023
Spurred on by our special guest, Nathan reflects on whether he is "award winning" for a brief, awkward moment. Then Quadra Island dwelling and Order of Canada winning poet Jan Zwicky (and lovely human being) does a special reading of her essays and poems. From this, she dives into a discussion with Darby about climate change and accepting the mess we seem to be in. If you're feeling stressed out about climate change, chill out with some exquisite poetry and feel admiration for the boundless energy of nature in this moment. If that still doesn't work, Jan and Darby suggest growing garlic and making garlic scape pesto, which is very good on pizza. You can get started with our Vancouver Master Gardeners' help here. Failing the garlic cure, you should get chickens.

Duration:01:05:23

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28 - Romance Recipe with Ruby Barret for Pride Month

6/29/2023
Casey talks with Ottawa based bisexual author Ruby Barrett. She is the author of The Romance Recipe, a queer rom-com featuring Amy and Sophie possibly adding the non-FDA approved ingredient of "love" into their restaurant food. Publisher's Weekly calls it "a down-to-earth queer romance". This episode was recorded at our live Pride Month event with Ruby Barrett. Check out some other LGBTQ2+ reads here on our Pride Month page. Queer books are great to read all year round!

Duration:00:59:13

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27 - F This

5/29/2023
Not for sensitive ears! There are a lot of words that start with different letters, but mostly "F". Get ready to feel like a kid looking up bad words in the dictionary! (Tee hee.) Nathan talks about all of the books with the eff word in the title. Apparently this kind of title is helpful to us all. And then there is some profanity trivia for you!

Duration:00:20:19

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26 - Sea & Cedar Storytime

4/21/2023
Nathan gets to reuse his accordion rendition of our theme to welcome you to this second special episode of Sea & Cedar magazine readings! It's like a literary adult storytime for you, really. Works included: Orca CafeWest Coast Mornings: the viewTracks You can READ this issue of Sea & Cedar online or in print. You can also SUBMIT your own work here.

Duration:00:40:19

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25 - From School to Sky

3/28/2023
Does your family have war stories? Are they shared or unspoken? Join blues musician George Halpern for his father's action-packed war story from his book From School to Sky: Joseph's Tale of War. You can borrow his book here or find out where to purchase it here. See photos here. This event was originally at the Nanaimo North Branch in early 2023.

Duration:00:55:29

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24 Win Free Books for Life with Library Trivia Vol. 2!

2/21/2023
Nathan quizzes Darby on such topics as: osmothèque?detective or dancer?Shakespeare word, or not?and many more... YOU could win FREE BOOKS FOR LIFE! Please redeem your prize at your nearest branch.

Duration:00:31:46

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23 Best Books Read in 2022 & what is time?

2/9/2023
Nathan and Darby talk about books (again) and important topics like “what is a new year anyway?” We may or may not be late with this segment about our top picks from 2022 (though we are totally early for Nowruz/Persian New Year, so there!). Our top picks: A Funny Kind of Paradise Rockton/Casey Duncan seriesCity of the LostThe VerifiersEveryone Knows Your Mother is a WitchThe Sentence Ducks: two years in the oil sandsOur Little Secret: a graphic memoirAdrift: the curious tale of the Lego lost at seaThe Pocket: a hidden history of women’s lives, 1660-1900 NomadlandOuter Order, Inner Calm Golden SwiftSilver Arrow

Duration:00:43:59