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Welcome to Kent District Library’s Stump the Librarian Podcast where your friendly neighborhood librarians put their research skills to the test answering questions from you, the listener! Join Courtnei, Emily, and Jill every other Wednesday to learn new and exciting information. Think you have a question that can stump us? Visit www.kdl.org/stump to submit a question of your own!

Welcome to Kent District Library’s Stump the Librarian Podcast where your friendly neighborhood librarians put their research skills to the test answering questions from you, the listener! Join Courtnei, Emily, and Jill every other Wednesday to learn new and exciting information. Think you have a question that can stump us? Visit www.kdl.org/stump to submit a question of your own!

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Welcome to Kent District Library’s Stump the Librarian Podcast where your friendly neighborhood librarians put their research skills to the test answering questions from you, the listener! Join Courtnei, Emily, and Jill every other Wednesday to learn new and exciting information. Think you have a question that can stump us? Visit www.kdl.org/stump to submit a question of your own!

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English


Episodes

Episode 20 - Puppets in the Blue Skies

5/18/2022
It’s the season finale of Stump the Librarian! The podcast where YOU the listener, attempt to Stump Librarians Courtnei and Emily, with a little help from the Librarian-behind-the-computer, Jill. Tune in this week to hear why the sky is so blue, how TVs work, and who were some of the oldest known puppeteers in Michigan. We will be back with season 3 after just a short break. In the meantime, submit a question of your own! We would love to hear from you. Check us out at kdl.org/stump. While...

Duration:00:27:13

Episode 19 - The Potential Energy of a Teddy Bear

5/4/2022
Well, hello! Just your favorite friendly neighborhood librarians back with another information-packed episode of Stump the Librarian! This episode is a wild one, let me tell you! First, we start off with the very-sciencey question, “Is there a limit to how much potential energy an object can have?” Then, we ease our way into the next few questions on muteness, “How does being mute work? Can they not talk if they even try? Can they play an instrument?” Lastly, we slow it down with, “Who...

Duration:00:27:43

Episode 18 - Fighting Crickets

4/20/2022
Stump the Librarian is here with a special 4th grade takeover episode! This week join librarians Courtnei and Emily, with a little help from the librarian behind the computer, Jill as they tackle questions from Mrs. Blanchard’s 4th grade class at Vanguard Charter Academy. These quick-thinking scholars tried to stump us and even gave us a book recommendation! Join us as we discuss the inner workings of fire extinguishers, the invention of zippers, and why crickets chirp. Listen to find out...

Duration:00:32:53

Episode 17 - Jaguars and Jolly Ranchers

4/6/2022
Your favorite friendly neighborhood librarians are back with another information-filled episode of Stump the Librarian! In this episode, our librarians prove that they will try their best to answer any and every question they get! And will always go a little above and beyond what you asked for, but hey that’s what librarians are for. Listen as Emily and Courtnei, with a little help from our librarian-behind-the-computer, Jill, answer questions about the moon, jaguars, and Florida’s state...

Duration:00:32:51

Episode 16 - Do You Bite Your Ice Cream?

3/23/2022
Was the last episode a little too gross for you? Or not gross enough? Either way, we toned things down a bit this episode to talk about teeth, giraffe necks, and everyone's favorite frozen treats! Join your fearless podcasters Courtnei and Emily, with the gracious behind-the-scenes help of Jill, as we navigate through questions from listeners, like you! “Why do humans have two sets of teeth?,” “Why do giraffes have such long necks?,” and “Did the same person invite ice cream and popsicles?”...

Duration:00:30:10

Episode 15 -Ew, That’s Gross

3/9/2022
Stump the Librarian Episode 15 – Ew, That’s Gross It’s the gross out episode of Stump the Librarian podcast where we explore all things icky! Join librarians Courtnei and Emily, with a little help from the librarian behind the screen Jill as we answer questions from YOU, the listener. This week we are tackling the questions “Why does there have to be bugs?”, “Why don’t we notice our own BO?” and “How many times does an average person fart in a day?” If you love all things ick, this is the...

Duration:00:31:16

Episode 14 – To Great Heights (not by flying)

2/23/2022
Your friendly neighborhood librarians are back at it, answering questions from listeners, like you, in episode 14 – To Great Heights (not by flying). In this episode, our librarians, Courtnei & Emily, with a little help from the librarian behind the screen, Jill, answer questions about the tallest building, how hearing works, and if humans will ever be able to fly! Take a listen because this episode is filled with lots of useful information and a few laughs. (Please do not try to fly, just...

Duration:00:35:20

Episode 13 - Flying Paper Airplanes to the Moon

2/9/2022
Welcome to the third episode of season two of Stump the Librarian! Join Courtnei and Emily, with a little help from Jill, as they tackle three questions in this episode. Does the Earth’s moon have a name? How far can a paper airplane fly? How does hair grow? We would love to answer questions from you, the listener. Email us at stumpthelibrarian@kdl.org. Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast so you never miss an episode! While you are waiting for the next episode, check out season 1 or...

Duration:00:31:20

Episode 12 - Spinning is NOT for the Faint of Heart

1/26/2022
Welcome to the second episode of season two of Stump the Librarian! Join Courtnei and Emily, with a little help from Jill, as they tackle three questions in this episode. What causes earthquakes? Why do we get dizzy when we spin? Do kangaroos have belly buttons? We would love to answer your questions too! Email us at stumpthelibrarian@kdl.org. We would love to hear from you! Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast via stumpthelibrarian.podbean.com/ or wherever you get your podcasts, so you...

Duration:00:35:22

Episode 11 - Who Toots?

1/12/2022
Welcome to the first episode of season two of Stump the Librarian! Join Courtnei and Emily, with a little help from Jill, as they tackle three questions in this episode. Why is New York called the Big Apple? How did black pepper become such a popular spice? Are there any animals that can’t fart? Do bats?? We would love to answer your questions too! Email us at stumpthelibrarian@kdl.org. We’d love to hear from you! Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast via stumpthelibrarian.podbean.com/...

Duration:00:35:37

The Minisode - All About KDL

12/20/2021
Hello Friends and Listeners!! Your friendly neighborhood librarians are back with a quick episode to answer some questions about our library system, Kent District Library. If you’ve ever wondered how many books KDL has or how we came to be Kent District Library, take a listen! We will return on January 12th to answer more questions aimed to stump us. Don’t forget if you have a question you’d like us to find an answer for (or one you don’t think there is an answer for) you can submit it via...

Duration:00:11:30

Episode 10 - Our Brains Are Full

11/17/2021
Well friends you’ve made it to the last episode of the first season of Stump the Librarian! Join Courtnei and Emily, with a little help from Jill, in this episode as they tackle three questions that may or may not have us a little stumped (but not for lack of trying). Tune in to hear how robots work, what the scientific process is, and just how fast the universe is expanding (if at all). If you have any questions about the questions answered you can email us at stumpthelibrarian@kdl.org....

Duration:00:41:20

Episode 9 - We Know Too Much (About Ticks)

11/3/2021
Join your friendly neighborhood librarians Courtnei, Emily, and Jill as we answer these extra interesting questions. So grab a nice hot beverage and sit back to listen to our latest episode where we answer these hard-hitting questions: How do they move houses from place to place? What happens when a tick is full? What makes a mammal a mammal if whale sharks can have live births? If you have any questions about the questions answered you can email us at stumpthelibrarian@kdl.org. We’d love to...

Duration:00:39:31

Episode 8 - Sand, Secrets and the Osage territory

10/20/2021
Your friendly neighborhood librarians are back at it, answering questions from listeners, like you, in episode 8 – Sand, Secrets and the Osage territory. As always, we are answering a wide array of questions, so sit back and enjoy an ice cold pop while you learn the answers to these pressing questions: “How did all the sand get in the desert?” and, “What's the secret ingredient in Coca Cola?” and lastly, “Is Little House on the Prairie true? Who invented the book?” Check out this link to a...

Duration:00:38:01

Episode 7 - The Origin of Underwear in Space

10/6/2021
Your friendly neighborhood librarians are back at it, answering questions from listeners, like you, in episode 7 – The Origin of Underwear in Space. As you might be able to guess from the title our librarians are answering a wide range of questions, so get ready to listen and learn some interesting information! We tackle the origin of the Earth, investigate who invented underwear, and wonder if birds can really fly in space. Join us for a new episode every other Wednesday to see if...

Duration:00:33:17

Episode 6 - You Say MeOWth I say MeowTH

9/22/2021
Your friendly neighborhood librarians are back with a brand new episode answering some rather interesting questions. In this episode, we explore how well water filters filter out different parasites and bacteria, why Meowth (a Scratch Cat Pokemon) can speak in English, and just how strong a lion’s bite is. Join us for a new episode every other Wednesday to see if listeners were able to stump the librarian and learn some rather interesting information! You can submit a question of your own...

Duration:00:34:34

Episode 5 - What a Jam

9/8/2021
The librarians are back with an episode of questions all over the board! We have two delightful questions, “What are the triangles on the power lines?” and “What kind of fish have lungs and gills?” and one delicious question, “What is the difference between jams and jellies?” Join us for episode 5 and every other Wednesday morning to see if the librarians were stumped and learn some neat information along the way! You can submit your own stumper of a question or any question you might have...

Duration:00:30:26

Episode 4 - Body Surfing Hippos

8/25/2021
Why is the 4th Episode of Stump the Librarian called “Body Surfing Hippos??” Well, you’ll have to listen to your friendly neighborhood librarians, Emily and Courtnei as well as the librarian behind the curtain Jill to find out! Join us this episode to hear the answers to three amazing questions. “Who is the person who has lived the longest?” “Do pigs go in ponds?” and “How long does it take lemons to go bad after being picked?” In this episode, Emily explores animals who swim, Courtnei...

Duration:00:54:05

Episode 3 - Don‘t Eat the Nuclear Pasta

8/11/2021
Stump the Librarian Episode 3 – Do Not Eat the Nuclear Pasta The curious librarians of KDL’s Stump the Librarian Podcast are back with a third episode filled with quizzical questions and interesting information. In this episode, our librarians talk about all things related to that mystical peculiar place we like to call Outer Space. Join us as we ponder if life may exist outside of planet Earth and what that life may look like, how many planets there are in the entire universe, and what the...

Duration:00:32:10

Episode 2 - Whale Buffet Wednesdays

7/28/2021
Welcome to the second episode of Stump the Librarian, a podcast where two librarians from Kent District Library, Emily and Courtnei, with a little help from the librarian behind the curtain, Jill, answer questions from curious listeners. Join us in this episode as we find the answers to which sea creatures can survive at the deepest depth of the ocean, why the temperature feels different in the sun and the shade, and how worms are able to survive being cut in half. Join us bi-weekly as we...

Duration:00:38:05