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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.
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Artist and dyslexia advocate Rebecca Warner talks with Jill about ways to identify and help students with dyslexia.Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.orgFeatured Resource: Acorn TVOther Resources:Code of Virginia: Child FindConnections Episode 74: "I'm Intelligent, But Reading is Hard"Decoding Dyslexia: VirginiaDyslexia Friendly Library ChallengeLearning AllyInternational Dyslexia AssociationNational Center for Learning DisabilitiesPqbdUnderstoodVirginia Association of School LibrariansVA Department of Education: Dyslexia
Jill recently read Dress Coded and uses this episode to think about dress codes in the workplace.Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.orgFeatured Resource: Libby
Autumn Thoughts

Autumn Thoughts

2020-11-1111:38

Jill talks about the words associated with autumn and after failing to find a book that represents the season, reads an excerpt from Lindsey Stoddard's Just Like Jackie.  Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.orgFeatured Resource: Acorn TV
Author and ghostwriter Laura Tucker talks with Jill about her work and her book All the Greys on Greene Street.Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.orgFeatured Resource: Acorn TV
The Library of Virginia offered a racial equity educational challenge to librarians in Virginia. In this episode, Jill and a librarian from another library record their conversation as they think about racial equity before starting the challenge.Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.orgFeatured Resource: A to Z World Food
Literary agent and author of Parked, Danielle Svetcov talks to Jill about what a literary agent does. In the process, they talk about books, podcasts, writing, and more.Featured Resource: NoveListOther Resources:Alexander McCall SmithAsk a ManagerBreath by James NestorBreath: The Art of Manliness Podcast Interview with James NestorCan't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation by Anne Helen PetersenDanielle SvetcovFighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker BradleyFree Lunch by Rex OgleGordon KormanOutliers by Malcolm GladwellWink by Rob HarrellWriters and Lovers by Lily King
Inspired by Jason Reynolds' Long Way Down, Jill learns about social norms.Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.orgFeatured Resource: Local History ArchivesOther Resources:Bodies: A Digital Companion > Cultural NormThe National Academies Press: Addressing the Social and Cultural Norms That Underlie the Acceptance of ViolenceOpen Oregon Press Books: Introduction to the American Criminal Justice SystemStanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Social Norms
Jill creates a playlist for Jill and Mandy from Sara Zarr's How to Save a Life and talks a bit about adoption.Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.orgFeatured Resource: Curbside ServiceOther Resources:AdoptionBusiness Insider: How Much It Costs to Have a BabyU.S. News and World Report: What Adoption CostsVirginia Department of Social ServicesJill's Playlist"I Grieve" written by Peter Gabriel"The Lonely" written by Christina Perri and David Hodges"Start Over Again" written by Gregg Ryan Christopher and Stevens ChristopherMandy's Playlist"Fight Song" written by Dave Bassett and Rachel Platten"It's Not Over Yet" written by Ben Glover, Joel Smallbone, Kyle Rictor, Luke Smallbone, and Ted Tjornhom"Speechless" written by Alan Menken, Justin Paul, and Benj Pasek
Jill talks with author Traci Sorell, inspired by the book Indian No More which she finished for Charlene Willing McManis.Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.orgFeatured Resource: The Friends of the James L. Hamner Public LibraryOther Resources:The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben PhilippeIllumiNativeNational Indian Council on AgingThe People Shall Continue by Simon J. OrtizTraci SorellSociety of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Jill thinks about Meg Medina's Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass in the context of anti-bullying advice.Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.orgFeatured Resource: Local History ArchivesOther Resources:Stomp Out BullyingYaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
On Homes and Dignity

On Homes and Dignity

2020-09-1635:23

Jill talks about Danielle Svetcov's book Parked, focusing more on themes and how events compare to real life than on reviewing or summarizing the story.Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.orgFeatured Resource: Libby by OverdriveOther Resources:Danielle SvetcovTeaching Books Author Pronunciation Guide
Hiatus Announcement

Hiatus Announcement

2020-08-1301:39

Jill announces a hiatus.Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org
Jill talks about how to apply for a job at her library.Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.orgFeatured Resource: Weekly Amelia Bulletin Monitor articleOther Resources:"What a Library Service Job Is Really Like" Part 1"What a Library Service Job Is Really Like" Part 2
Jill talks about the differences between a library job ad and what the work really is like.Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.orgFeatured Resource: Local History Archives
Jill talks about the differences between a library job ad and what the work really is like.Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.orgFeatured Resource: Libby/Overdrive
Jill starts year 3 of Connections by reading "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches" by Arthur Conan Doyle.Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.orgFeatured Resource: A to Z World Food
Jill starts year 3 of Connections by reading "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches" by Arthur Conan Doyle.Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.orgFeatured Resource: IndieFlix
Jill starts year 3 of Connections by reading "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches" by Arthur Conan Doyle.Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.orgFeatured Resource: SOVALUe/Overdrive/Libby
What Are We Thinking?

What Are We Thinking?

2020-06-2434:35

Jill explains some of the thoughts behind decisions the library made for Phase 2 of their reopening.Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.orgFeatured Resource: Marshall Bullock Summer Reading ProgramOther Resources: Virginia Phase 2 Guidelines for Business Sectors
Josh teaches Jill about the Farmville Area Bus and how to use public transportation.Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.orgFeatured Resource: The Friends of the James L. Hamner Public LibraryOther Resources:Connections Episode #108: Matt Sandbank's Shadow FactoryFarmville Area Bus
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