Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Episode 24: Downton Abbey Premiere

Suzanne Gunnerson, Kirstin Boothman, and Jody Hall discuss the upcoming season 4 premiere of the PBS blockbuster drama, Downton Abbey, and talk about the library premiere party that will be hosted on the evening of Jan. 5, 2014.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Episode 22: The Bodacious Bookmarks debut their on air conversation

For ten years, the Duxbury Free Library has had a weekly discussion group for high school students loosely based on the Socrates Cafe by Christopher Phillips. Books, movies, TV, large philosphical issues are all fair game for discussion. Aleksander Meyer hosts.

This is our first Bookmark podcast. We will be migrating over to our own blog eventually but, for now, we hope you all enjoy the quality of our discussion!

Aleksander Meyer
Autumn Brown
Mary Kate Lyons
Kyra Staier
Lauren Matthews
Dmitri Rusinak
Maddy Buchanan

Ellen Snoeyenbos

Monday, December 9, 2013

Episode 21: Great Holiday Book Gifts for Adults

Suzanne and Director, Carol Jankowski, talk about what books they will be putting under the tree for their favorite readers!

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Episode 20: Paul DuGre's Biking Adventure

Patron, Paul DuGre tells us how he planned and executed a 9 day bike ride from Duxbury, MA to Cape May, NJ immediately after Hurricane Sandy.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Episode 19: Bitcoin Explained by Alec Petro

Duxbury resident and investor, Alec Petro, explains how this new innovative form of online currency works and why we should be aware of its potential.

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Here are some web sites that have additional information:

Episode 18: Yarn Bombing the DFL

Suzanne explains the phenomenon called, "Yarn Bombing," and how we have been hit by this here at the Duxbury Free Library!

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Episode 17: Cardboard Tube Wars

Suzanne and Ellen discuss the 5th anniversary of the Duxbury Free Library's annual Cardboard Tube Wars - a crazy cardboard event held on Taylor field on Nov. 30, 2013 at 1 p.m. in which folks ages 10+ sword fight with cardboard tubes to the music of Carmina Burana.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Episode 16: The Hour of Code

Suzanne and Ellen give a preview of The Hour of Code, a week of online activities that promotes children and adults to discover the fun and challenges of computational thinking as it relates to building games, solving puzzles, creating electronic art, etc.
The Hour of Code will be taking place all over the country from Dec. 9 - 15th.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Episode 15: Historical Preservation of Clothing

Maddy Ali, the former head of the clothing collection for the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society talks to us about what is preserved, how it's preserved and what to collect for the future.

Detail from 1750s Sampson petticoat

1880s wedding dress

          19th century Duxbury bonnet.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Episode 14: Interviewing Fire Chief Nord

Duxbury Fire Chief Kevin Nord ignites our interest in fire safety and how he protects a town like Duxbury from fire, flood, and other calamities.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Episode 13: Banned Books

A conversation about how public libraries deal with challenges and the art of choosing material that people want to read and watch.

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Click here for OCLN catalog to place a "hold" one one of the 2012 Banned Books:

2012 Top Ten Banned Books

Out of 464 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom
  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey.   Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.  Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.  Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.  Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
  6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.  Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green.  Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz  Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
  9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison   Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Episode 12- Arr! Talk Like A Pirate Day

Shiver me timbers! September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. To celebrate the occasion, library wenches Jessica and Suzanne talk about all the piratey things they like, pirate events in Massachusetts, and some pirate fact vs. fiction.

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Here are some of the books mentioned in the podcast. Here is our catalog if you would like to check them out yourself:

Like the idea of Alestorm's pirate metal? Listen to their song Of Treasure.

Pirate slang newbie? Here be a fine glossary of piratin' terms.

And here are the Pirate things to explore in Massachusetts. Let us know if we missed your favorite!

Pirates Cove Mini Golf
Pirate Museum, Salem MA
New England Pirate Faire
Whydah Museum

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Episode 11 - Following the Music Scene

Suzanne Gunnerson interviews blogger and fellow librarian, Michael Achille, about the music scene in and around Boston.

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Episode 10: Laughter Yoga at the Library

Ellen and Rose discuss the health benefits of laughing without jokes but with playfulness - a key element of their weekly practice of Laughter Yoga.

Laughter Yoga resources at the Duxbury Free Library:
  • Laughology - film by Albrt Nerenberg:  points out not only that humor is not synonymous with laughter but also that laughter has a longer history and a deeper purpose.
  • Laughter Friends: DVD Luaghter Yoga resource for kids. Laura Gentry
  • Laugh Your Way There: CD for laughing while in the car. Laura Gentry
  • Be Laughter: CD combines Yogic breath and laughtr exercises for an hour of balanced spirit-filled exercise.
  •  Web site of Robert Rivest:
  • Duxbury Free Library web page for weekly Laughter Yoga group:

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Episode 9 : Personal Style and defying stereotypes

Suzanne Gunnerson and Kristin Boothman explain to Ellen Snoeyenbos how they achieve a personal style that is authentic, age appropriate but quirky enough to be unique.


Check out these helpful books from your library:

  • Kathryn Finney, How to be a Budget Fashionista
  • Nina Garcia, The One Hundred: A guide to the pieces every stylish woman must own
  • Trinny Woodall & Susannah Constantine, What Not to Wear;   What You Wear Can Change Your Life
  • Isaac Mizrahi, How to have Style
  • Clinton Kelly & Stacy London, Dress your Best
  • Ted Allen... etc.   Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
  • Carla Krupp, How Not to Look Old
  • Ari Seth Cohen, Advanced Style

Kirstin and Suzanne also mentioned their favorite fashion bloggers, Tom and Lorenzo

Suzanne's book purse, extreme librarian fashion!