Off the shelf and in your ear
The HCLS HiJinx podcast educates listeners about local topics including HCLS events and curriculum in a conversational style that peaks interest and sparks curiosity. Through their conversations with guests, podcast hosts explore various facets of an overarching theme each month.
Here we are looking back at the year gone by –and gearing up for the new one ahead. It’s time to hear about your favorite books of 2023. We visited the branches and spoke with staff and community members about their favorite reads. I’m sure you’ll want to add these titles to your To Be Read pile. You can always place your requests at hclibrary.org using your library card and PIN number. So, let’s get to it and hear all about your best books of 2023!
In this episode, we explore all the ways the library can prepare you for a successful school year. We hear from staff at Howard County Library System, Howard County Public School System, and students. Listen in and learn how to make this school year successful and fun.
Resources in this episode
- Teen Time – http://hclibrary.org/new-a-main/teen-time/
- A+ Educators Card – http://hclibrary.org/new-a-main/teachers/educators-library-card/
- Nat Geo – http://hclibrary.org/research/remote-authentication/?resource=ngma
- Brainfuse – http://hclibrary.org/research/remote-authentication/?resource=brain
- Little Pim – http://hclibrary.org/research/remote-authentication/?resource=littlepim
- mango – http://hclibrary.org/research/remote-authentication/?resource=mango
- Research tools – http://hclibrary.org/research/online-tools/
- Test Prep – hclibrary.org/all-about-the-sat
- Novelist – http://hclibrary.org/research/remote-authentication/?resource=novelist
Events in this episode
- Spelling Bee – http://hclibrary.org/new-a-main/spelling-bee/
- Battle of the Books – http://hclibrary.org/battle-of-the-books/
- National History Day – http://hclibrary.org/new-a-main/students/history-day-research/
In this episode we’ll speak with HCLS leadership and staff members about the value and purpose of Summer Reading Adventures at Howard County Library System. Plus, we’ll check in with some of your favorite instructors about classes and events coming up.
Learn more at:
Learn more about Adult Summer Reading Challenges
Robert Roller: Trail Dogs and Firefighters: A Memoir from the Burning West
Author Works: Authors Jenny Xie and Molly Lynch
Author Works: Elizabeth Silver : The Majority
3 Carnival: HiTech, How-to, Hands-on
Listen to teens share their visions for the proposed Lakefront Library.
• Lakefront Library info: hclibrary.org/lakefront
• Merriweather Teen Nights: www.merriweatherarts.org
• Summer Reading Info: hclibrary.org/summer
As the days hasten and the nights get longer, we have prepared a not-so-spooky seasonal episode.
In our first segment, we meet with Alex Sullivan at the Howard County Welcome Center to tour their current Exhibition, “A brief history of Ellicott city’s undertakers and funeral homes.” This fascinating exhibit is not as macabre as it sounds and touches on many aspects of Ellicott city history.
In the second part of our episode, we meet with Ellen Flynn Giles to discuss the ‘Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe’ at the Museum of Howard County History.
Listen in as we interview Roseanne A. Brown New York Times best selling author oif A Song of Wraiths and Ruin. Rosie was born in Ghana and immigrated to the wild jungles of central Maryland as a child. Writing was her first love, and she knew from a young age that she wanted to use the power of writing—creative and otherwise—
In this episode, we chat with owners of excellent businesses -who are also black entrepreneurs – and share how you can support their growth. For a treat anytime anywhere, we hear from Taharka Bros. ice cream and for our time indoors – cozy candles from 228 Grant Street Candle Co. First, we speak with Kendal Brown, Founder of 228 Grant Street Candle Co. Next, we talk to Detric McCoy and Tayonna Jackson of Taharka Bros. Ice Cream.
Taharka Bros Ice Cream – www.taharkabrothers.com/
228 Grant Street Candle Co. – www.228grantstreet.com/
Tayonna Jackson – linktr.ee/TayyBandz1
In this episode, we speak with an award-winning, Emmy-nominated journalist and host of “Midday Maryland” on ABC Baltimore, Elsa M. Some of our listeners may have watched Elsa dazzle us as the emcee of our 2021 virtual Evening in the Stacks. Throughout her career as a TV reporter and anchor, Elsa has won several awards and distinctions including the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence and The National Press Foundation’s “Why Journalism Matters” competition. She was named one of the “40 Ethiopians Under 40 Changing the World” by Addis Life Magazine. We get to know Elsa, hear about her journey, and learn how she is launching a legacy of her own.
In this episode, we will be speaking to Susan Ware, a pioneer in the field of women’s history and a leading feminist biographer. Ms. Ware is the author and editor of numerous books on twentieth-century U.S. History. Next, we talk to Vivian “Millie” Bailey, (Recorded, November 2020) a very special local hero and World War II Veteran.
In this episode, we speak with Hannibal B. Johnson, Harvard Law School graduate, author, attorney, and consultant. Mr. Johnson dedicates his work and service to telling the story of Black Wall Street. We also talk to Laura Bacon, founder, and CEO of The 3rd, a space where Women of Color can build, execute and thrive.
In this episode, we are excited to speak with a friend to HCLS, Ms. Heidi Hiller, Owner, Creative Director of Innovative Party Planners, and Virtual Event Producer of Innovative Virtual Events. We will talk about the state of the party planning industry as well as tips on hosting your own virtual event, and of course, we’ll discuss the upcoming HCLS fundraiser Serata Virtuale Evening in the Stacks.
Innovative Party Planners
Tickets for Serata Virtuale Evening in the Stacks
On this episode of HiJinx, we turn our attention to being home and healthy for the holidays. We are joined by three compassionate experts on the topics of, both, mental and nutritional health. First, we speak with Denise Guilano, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Howard County, Next, we talk to Razan Sahuri, Nutrition Educator / Maryland SNAP-Ed nutrition education, University of Maryland Extension (UME) Howard County and Karen Basinger, Family Consumer Sciences, University of Maryland Extension (UME) Howard County. We wish you all a Happy Holiday and a prosperous New Year.
NAMI Howard County: namihowardcounty.org
If You Are Having A Mental Health Emergency:
• Call 911
• Call The Grassroots Mobile Crisis Team At 410-531-6677.
• Call 800-950-6264, Monday Through Friday From 10 A.M. To 6 P.M. Or Text The Crisis Text Line, A 24/7, Confidential Text Message Service (Text “HOME” To 741741)
• Call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline At 1-800-273-8255.
University of Maryland Extension: eatsmart.umd.edu
Razan Sahuri – [email protected]
Karen Basinger – [email protected]
In this episode, we hear from Cynthia Williams, President of the League of Women Voters and Linda Frascarella, Director of Education at the League of Women Voters on furthering the cause for voter education. Later we will also chat with Allison Jessing, Events & Seminars Manager and Emily Trovato, Children’s Instructor & Research Specialist of Howard County Library System to hear about HCLS’s resources and action plan to engage citizens before the general election on Tuesday, November 3rd.
HCLS Voter Education Page
League of Women Voters
Howard County Board of Elections
Bump the Ballot
In this episode, we speak with Ms. TiQuoria Jackson and Ms. Alicia Whye, the two youth activists leading the NAACP’s local We Are Done Dying campaign. We also talk to Mr. Jonathon McKinney, the Mid-Atlantic Field Director, and Mr. Trovon Williams, Vice President of Marketing and Communications about the Virtual March on Washington, their current initiatives, and how they are mobilizing on voter education and access to elections this Fall.
In this episode, we hear from Ms. Laura Johnson, Vice President of Communication for the National Summer Learning Association. Ms. Johnson shares the latest developments in summer learning, a newly published study on summer learning loss, and the organization’s most up-to-date resources to keep students engaged. Then HCLS Teens’ Instructor & Research Specialist, Lori Conforti, joins us to share about the library’s summer learning resources and what to expect from the library this fall.
National Summer Learning Association
In this episode, we hear from three community organizations lending their helping hands to provide various forms of relief aid during this crisis. We speak with Jessica Mahajan and Amy Brooks of Oakland Mills Online or OMO. Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Executive Director, and Barb Van Winkle, Board Chair of the Women’s Giving Circle. Last but not least, Sanjay Srivastava of the Indian Cultural Association and The Lentil.
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