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Connections: A Podcast of the James L. Hamner Public Library

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If you want book reviews, don't listen here. The mission of the James L. Hamner Public Library is to facilitate connections that provide free learning opportunities. That means almost anything is relevant to the library. In Connections, library workers take advantage of this and talk about whatever interests them. Sometimes, they even talk about the library. Dance, religion, why the library thinks you're a terrible person (spoiler... it doesn't... usually), almost anything is up for grabs.

If you want book reviews, don't listen here. The mission of the James L. Hamner Public Library is to facilitate connections that provide free learning opportunities. That means almost anything is relevant to the library. In Connections, library workers take advantage of this and talk about whatever interests them. Sometimes, they even talk about the library. Dance, religion, why the library thinks you're a terrible person (spoiler... it doesn't... usually), almost anything is up for grabs.
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If you want book reviews, don't listen here. The mission of the James L. Hamner Public Library is to facilitate connections that provide free learning opportunities. That means almost anything is relevant to the library. In Connections, library workers take advantage of this and talk about whatever interests them. Sometimes, they even talk about the library. Dance, religion, why the library thinks you're a terrible person (spoiler... it doesn't... usually), almost anything is up for grabs.

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Episodes

We Listen to Podcasts, Too!

12/11/2019
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Do you have hours of holiday cleaning coming up? Long drives? Just looking to listen to something new? In this episode, Jill and Josh talk about the podcasts they are listening to, plus a few more. Suggest a Topic: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Connections Podcast (See if your public library has a podcast or YouTube channel.) Podcasts Mentioned: The Art of ManlinessGood Christian FunMyths and LegendsSewing Out LoudTil Death Due Us BlartThe Worst Idea of All TimeRole...

Duration:00:29:33

I've Got a Tradition and the Library Can Help

12/4/2019
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Holidays typically come with family traditions. In this episode, Jill and Josh talk about some of their traditions and how the library can help them. Suggest a Topic: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Pimsleur Language Program CDs Other Resources: A to Z Food AmericaA to Z World FoodConnections Episode 32: "Holiday Remembrances"eBooks and More

Duration:00:22:34

Live the Story or Scream

11/27/2019
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Josh likes to visit theme parks, both the kind where the objective is to ride anything that will make you scream and those where the objective is to be immersed in another world. In this episode, Josh tells Jill about parks he has visited, which leads the discussion to human-eating pigs, racing woolly worms, and vengeful animatronics. Suggest a Topic: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Great Courses Library Collection e-Videos Other Resources: Defunctland YouTube...

Duration:00:30:48

Are You Sure I Can Have That?

11/20/2019
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Library workers work in a place of tension between valuing allowing anyone to access any idea they want and being responsible adults who care about children's welfare. The American Library Association has a Code of Ethics that helps guide libraries as they make policies and procedures to help library workers navigate these values. In this episode, Jill and Josh look at some of the ethical and philosophical ideas behind their day-to-day decisions. Contact Us:...

Duration:00:24:40

Why Did You Pick That One?

11/13/2019
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Josh starts this episode by asking Jill, "How do we decide which items to buy for the library?" Jill begins to answer and the conversation goes from there, including a tangent on classics and boring books that win awards. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: JLH Library Policy Webpage

Duration:00:33:00

I Wrote a Novel!

11/6/2019
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National Novel Writing Month challenges participants to write a 50,000-word novel during November. In this episode, Jill describes the challenge to Josh and talks about her experience participating. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: IndieFlix Other Resources: National Novel Writing MonthNaNoWriMo Young Writers Program

Duration:00:28:18

Grandma Salad: Author Reading

10/30/2019
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Virginia author Grandma Salad wrote and illustrated How the Mockingbird Found His Tune. This episode is a live recording of the reading she gave at a Friends of James L. Hamner Public Library author reading.* *For long-time listeners, the sound quality is much improved over the last live recording. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Friends of the Library

Duration:00:21:42

October is for Drawing

10/23/2019
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Jill and Josh were talking about National Novel Writing Month and Josh mentioned Inktober. In this episode, Josh explains Inktober to Jill and Jill takes Josh on tangents. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: A to Z Food America Other Resources: 24-Hour Comics DayInktoberNational Novel Writing Month

Duration:00:19:26

I'm Intelligent, But Reading is Hard

10/16/2019
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Rebecca Warner is a founding member of Decoding Dyslexia Virginia. In this episode, Rebecca talks with Jill about dyslexia, explaining what dyslexia is and isn't, giving advice for caregivers helping dyslexic students, and more. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Libby/SOVALUe (e-books and e-audiobooks) Other Resources: ConnectionsGood People ReadDecoding Dyslexia Virginia FacebookDyslexia pqbdInternational Dyslexia AssociationOrton-Gillingham Multi-Sensory...

Duration:00:49:50

What Do I Want to Give You?

10/9/2019
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In this episode, Jill and Josh dream about the services they wish they could offer to library users. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Library Meeting Room

Duration:00:34:59

This Isn't What I Expected

10/2/2019
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Josh has worked as a circulation assistant for about nine months. In this episode, he talks with Jill about how what he actually does compares to what he thought he would be doing. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Virtual Reality (VR) Headset to Use at the Library Other Resources: Connections Episode 7: "It's Changing Me!"

Duration:00:19:15

Which World Am I In?

9/25/2019
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Josh wanted to talk about games. Jill rarely plays games. The conversation turns to virtual reality (VR) and Jill begging for help to become the first public library with a holodeck. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Passport Application Acceptance Other Resources: Travel.State.Gov

Duration:00:23:54

Let's Go to Therapy

9/18/2019
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Mark Loewen, LPC and founder of LaunchPad Counseling, talks with Jill about counseling. He answer questions about the difference between counseling and therapy, when someone should go to counseling, what to do about feeling embarrassed about wanting therapy, and more. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: A to Z Food America Other Resources: All TherapistLaunchPad CounselingPsychology Today Therapist DirectoryWhat Does a Princess Really Look Like?

Duration:00:40:17

Let's Talk Movies

9/11/2019
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One day, Josh asked Jill, "Are movies important in life?" This episode is their conversation in response to that question. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: RB Digital e-Audiobooks Other Resources: CasablancaDr. WhoEragonBookMovieJurassic ParkBookMovieKitchen NightmaresUSAUKLive PDThe Lord of the RingsBookMovieMad Max Fury RoadMidsomer MurdersRebeccaBookMovieStar TrekStar Wars

Duration:00:21:09

What's That Life Like?

9/4/2019
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One day, Jill asked Josh, "Have you ever read a book that made you wonder what it would be like to live a different type of life?" This episode is the conversation that resulted from that question. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: RBDigital Magazines Other Resources: A Good Kind of TroubleHildafolkMike LanzaPlayborhoodThe JungleTheodore BooneWritten in the Stars

Duration:00:19:03

Music for Life

8/28/2019
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Jill and Josh both play musical instruments. One day, Jill asked Josh, "Is music a life skill or a nice-to-have?" This episode contains their thoughts on the answer to that question. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Qello Concerts

Duration:00:20:31

What Did That Boring Old Book Ever Do For You?

8/21/2019
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One day, Josh asked Jill, "Is there a book you had for assigned reading in school that you didn't think anything about at the time, but it has an impact on your life now?" In this episode, Jill and Josh talk about this question and go on at least three tangents. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: The Library Board of Trustees Other Resources: ConnectionsI Like Them ShortThe Crucible (1957)I Heard the Owl Call My Name (1973)GrendelNorse MythologyThe Scarlet...

Duration:00:26:52

What Do You Do All Day?

8/14/2019
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Library directors have similar jobs, but the specifics can be different, depending on the library. In this episode, Jay Stephens, library director for the Halifax County South Boston Public Library System, starts out talking with Jill about what a typical work day is like, but then they end up talking about the things library directors talk about when they're just chatting. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: ProCitizenPronunciatorOther Resources: Ask a Manager...

Duration:00:47:53

The Person is Not the Crime

8/7/2019
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What does a Commonwealth's Attorney do? What's the difference between an attorney and a lawyer? How accurately does Law and Order portray trials? In this episode, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney John Bateman, Esq. answers these questions and more as he talks about his job, work-life balance, what happens in dime-a-dozen court cases, and more. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Gale Legal Forms

Duration:00:44:15

What is Success?

7/31/2019
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What is success? In this episode, Jill and Josh talk about possible answers to that question. Suggest a Topic: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Passport Application Services Other Resources: The Art of Manliness: Begin With the End in MindCasey Neistat YouTubeSawbones

Duration:00:21:41