In this episode, Michelle spends some time talking about one of her favorite subjects - media literacy! In a short discussion about the ways in which social media feeds alter our thinking, Michelle talks about how the algorithm doesn't do you any favors when it comes to learning actual information on a subject, the reaction buttons on social media are there to gather more information about you to sell to advertisers, and the false equivalencies created when every post in your feed looks exactly the same. Learn about how our thoughts are permanently changed by the algorithms social media companies use to feed us information to keep up scrolling, and get some recommendations for further reading.
In this episode, Rob and Michelle discuss some novels from the Young Adult section that they recommend to anyone looking for a fast, engaging read. A novel is classified as Young Adult (YA) by a few metrics – you can expect that the motivations and the feelings of the characters will interact with problems in a different way than an adult novel. YA novels deal with problems in the immediate future, rather than thinking about long term goals and effects. Generally speaking, a YA novel will be less graphic than an adult novel, but modern YA does not shy away from the realities of the world. The pacing will be fast, the plot will be intriguing, and the characters will make you want to root for them.
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
<p><span style="font-size:14px">Rob and Michelle recap some of their favorite books and media of 2020 in this episode! Check us out wherever you listen to your podcasts!</span></p>
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<p><strong><span style="font-size:11pt"><span><span>Southern Book Club’s guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix</span></span></span></strong></p>
Rob and Michelle interview their coworker, Marquez McClinton. Marquez is an author, a motivational speaker, performer, and poet. He also works full time at the Madison Public Library. Marquez wrote his book “Becoming: The process of becoming you” to help people on their own journey to becoming their best selves. He shares a little of his message in this interview, as well as shares what he’s currently reading and listening to to help him realize his own goals. His advice for us in the New Year is to love yourself. When you love yourself, he says, you treat people differently, and you don’t react the same way to adversity. He gives some good ideas for how to love yourself in different ways to kick start your new year. Marquez also discusses his goals, and some projects that he’s working on for us to look out for in 2021.
This week, Rob and Michelle pick some materials from the library’s digital collections to share. Both of your hosts found old favorites to revisit on Hoopla, and then they close the episode with a discussion about grief and allowing yourself the stages of grief right now, even though it can be difficult to put a finger on what you’re grieving. 2020 was quite the ride, and your hosts would like to encourage you to take the time to acknowledge your feelings in whatever stage of grief you might be in and allow yourself the space to work through it.
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Open Book by Jessica Simpson
Rob and Michelle discuss their Holiday book exchange picks for each other in this episode, as well as some criteria to judge whether a Holiday movie really is a Holiday movie. Your hosts discuss what makes a Holiday romance enjoyable, and their favorite movies of the season. Listen to see if your favorite holiday movie meets the criteria to be counted as an actual holiday movie!
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A Very Merry Christmas by Lori Foster
Rob and Michelle and their coworkers had to isolate because of a COVID-19 case at work. Before they shut the library down for a bit, they grabbed some new release books and some movies to keep them entertained while isolating.
Rob and Michelle read A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean for their first book club meeting.
In this Regency era romance, MacLean has created two characters that you can really root for and care about. It's funny, it’s heart warming, it’s swoony. It has revenge, twists, intrigue, a satisfying resolution to some past wrongdoings. And of course, kissing. Listen to a discussion about the book, what makes a romance a romance, and why the romance industry is a billion dollar sector of publishing.
Listen to Rob and Michelle discuss the things that help them get ready for Thanksgiving and then move into the rest of the Holiday season!
We included a list of pun-ny Holiday book titles in the episode for your enjoyment, and discuss materials you can find throughout the system that we recommend to bring some joy to your season.
This is a list of a wide variety of materials from movies, to cook books, to TV shows, to Westerns!
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<p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span><span>November has a lot going on! There’s No Shave November, and there’s NaNoWriMo, which Rob I know is participating in. There’s Thanksgiving. And there’s also the very first meeting of the Two Librarians Walk Into A Shelf Book Club! Our first book is a Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean, and you can find it on Hoopla for free, no waiting, unlimited checkouts in both ebook and audiobook formats! It’s a Regency-era romance novel, full of scoundrels and scandals and also a very swoony love story. </span></span></span></p>