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Worth Reading Wednesdays

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Worth Reading Wednesdays is a podcast from the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System about books we're reading, recommending, and anything else that has caught our attention.
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EP 54: More New Books to Come
Nicole opens with her delight in her latest read about a Ghanian assassin who develops feelings for one of her targets and provides updates on some of the latest books she has ordered for the library. Tori talks about her goal to read more nonfiction and shares Check out images of the books discussed in today's episode at lowndeslibrary.com/listen. The resources discussed in this episode are listed below. Amazon First Reads; Her Name is Knight by Yasmin Angoe; Killing Eve BBC America show; The Nineties by Chuck Klosterman; Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens; The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James; A Family Affair by Robyn Carr; Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir; Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir; Be the Boss of Your Stuff: The Kids' Guide to Decluttering and Creating Your Own Space by Allie Casazza; Mama: A World of Mothers and Motherhood by Hélène Delforge, illustrated by Quentin Gréban; Pearlie...I Dream: Peace in the Home by Yvonne Bardwell Cox; The Nation Must Awake: My Witness to the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 by Mary E. Jones Parrish
49:48
April 20, 2022
EP 53: Shalala Kiss the Girl!
In this episode, Nicole talks about a read that made her cry and tugged on her heartstrings and discusses more titles coming soon to the library shelves. Tori recommends a few young adult titles and an adult romance. The resources discussed in this episode are listed below: A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor by Dana Canedy; A Journal for Jordan (2021) film; Cat Kid Comic Club: On Purpose by Dav Pilkey; The Mean Girls: A Bunch of Bullies by Atiya C. Henley; I Color Myself Different by Colin Kaepernik, illustrated by Eric Wilkerson; Great Loves by DK; I'm Not Scared, You're Scared! by Seth Meyers, illustrated by Rob Sayegh Jr. Why Not You? by Ciara Wilson, Russell Wilson, JaNay Brown-Wood, illustrated by Jessica Gibson; Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson; Design Remix: A New Spin on Traditional Homes by Corey Damen Jenkins; Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves by Emily Henderson and Angelin Borsics; Disney Encanto: The Graphic Novel by Random House Disney; High Stakes by Danielle Steel; Beautiful by Danielle Steel; Cramm This Book: So You Know WTF Is Going On in the World Today by Olivia Seltzer; Dragons Are the Worst! by Alex Willan; Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri; J. D. and the Great Barber Battle by J. Dillard, illustrated by Akeem S. Roberts; J. D. and the Family Business by J. Dillard, illustrated by Akeem S. Roberts; Yasuke The Legend of the African Samurai by Jamal Turner; 47 Ronan by Mike Richardson, illustrated by Stan Sakai; Life Flight by Lynette Eason; The Match by Harlan Coben; A Safe House by Stuart Woods; Run Rose Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson; The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont; Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli; The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas; Dear Martin by Nic Stone; Love, Simon (2018) movie; Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous by Suzanne Park; The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
56:31
April 13, 2022
52: True Crime Thursdays – She Poisoned Some Soup, Did Some Torture
This month, Wil'Lani and Tori discuss a few true crime-related reads they're interested in, and Wil'Lani breaks out of her nonfiction zone into some fictionalized true crime! The resources discussed in this episode are listed below: The Innocents by Ace Atkins; Investigation Discovery article about Jessica Chambers; Oxygen's newsfeed regarding Jessica Chambers and Quinton Tellis; Jessica Chambers's Family Upset Over New Book article; Who Is Quinton Tellis and Where Is He Now? article; Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers Oxygen podcast; She Kills Me: The True Stories of History's Deadliest Women by Jennifer Wright, illustrations by Eva Bee; My Favorite Murder podcast; Taylor Schabusiness news article; Up and Vanished podcast season 1; Ryan Dukes pre-trial article; Cola Beale IV article 
45:53
April 07, 2022
EP 51: It's A Lot, Man
This week, Wil'Lani joins Tori to talk about more books, including some gripping fiction and nonfiction about survival, and more! The resources discussed in this episode are listed below: Rules by Cynthia Lord; Heartbeat by Sharon Creech; The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black; He Played Me by Ms. L.B.; He Played Me by Ms. L.B.; He Played Me (2021) Tubi movie; A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer; The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer; The Privilege of Youth: A Teenager's Story by Dave Pelzer; A Man Named Dave by Dave Pelzer; No obstacles could keep me down. I am victorious by Kimberly W. Mullin
51:52
March 31, 2022
EP 50: She's Skating on Vibes
In this episode, Nicole shares some new books she's purchased for the library's nonfiction sections, and they welcome Melissa, Circulation Assistant, to the show. The resources discussed in this episode are discussed below: The Mean Girls: A Bunch of Bullies by Atiyah C. Henley;  Find Your Unicorn Space: Reclaim Your Creative Life in a Too-Busy World by Eve Rodsky; What Is Black Lives Matter? by Lakita Wilson; What Were the Negro Leagues? by Varian Johnson; What Is Congress? by Jill Abramson; What Was the Bombing of Hiroshima? by Jess Brallier; What Was the Holocaust? by Gail Herman; What is Rock and Roll? by Jim O'Connor; What Are the Winter Olympics by Gail Herman; Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health by Thomas Insel; Pirate Queens: Dauntless Women who Dared to Rule the High Seas by Leigh Lewis; The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton; Her Name is Knight by Yasmin Angoe; The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow; The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow; Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead; The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead; Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead; The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead; Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead; Zone One by Colson Whitehead; Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times by Azar Nafisi; The Princess Bride Cookbook by Jen Fujikawa; The Manga Guide to Linear Algebra by Shin Takahashi and Iroha Inoue; Bridgerton Netflix show; Strike HBO show
37:28
March 23, 2022
EP 49: The Cyanide Kool-Aid
Nicole did her homework this week and tells all about her audiobooks coming to shelves soon! New titles include mystery and thriller reads, some romance, and other fiction and nonfiction titles. Tori talks about some young adult and nonfiction titles that have caught her attention this week. The resources discussed in this episode are listed below: Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell; Feeding the Soul (Because it's My Business): Finding Our Way to Joy, Love, and Freedom by Tabitha Brown; Something to Hide by Elizabeth George; Seasonal Work: Stories by Laura Lippman; American Housewife by Helen Ellis; Stronger Than You Know by Lori Foster; How Much I Love by Marie Force; The Sentence by Louise Erdrich; The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Miller; The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen; Ain't Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds and Jason Griffin; The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez; MetaMaus by Art Speigelman; Maus by Art Speigelman; Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen
43:16
March 16, 2022
EP 48: That Escalated Quickly
In this week's episode, Nicole looks ahead at some anticipated reads for 2022, and Tori talks about a graphic novel adaptation she's been reading, along with a young adult book she finally knocked off her to-be-read list. The resources discussed in this episode are listed below: A Face to Die For by Iris Johansen; Nightwork by Nora Roberts; High Stakes by Danielle Steel; The Best Is Yet to Come by Debbie Macomber; 22 Seconds by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro; What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline; Tom Clancy Target Aquired by Don Bentley; Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan; Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson; The Phantom of the Opera: The Graphic Novel by Varga Tomi; The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux; The Phantom of the Opera (2004) film; Cyrano de Bergerac play by Edmond Rostand; Cyrano (2021) film; Roxane (1987) film; Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
44:56
March 09, 2022
EP 47: True Crime Thursdays Has Arrived!
In this special, monthly installment, Tori and Wil'Lani host True Crime Thursday. This segment will highlight true-crime offerings available through the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System. Once a month, Wil'Lani and Tori will come together to discuss a true crime book they've devoured and rehash the outlandish details on air. In this first episode, Wil'Lani talks about her reading of No, Daddy, Don't!: A Father's Murderous Act of Revenge by Irene Pence and Tori talks about her reading of The Legs Murder Scandal by Hunter Cole. Both books are available via digital download on Hoopla and Libby, respectively.
57:13
March 03, 2022
EP 46: A Box and Nicole Means New Books (New Books Unboxing!)
In this episode, Tori and Nicole do a live unboxing of some new library books that arrived on Tuesday, February 22. Nicole runs through the nonfiction titles that will be available on shelves soon, while Tori continues to highlight books by Black authors about Black characters. The resources discussed in this episode are listed below: The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson; Life Force: How New Breakthroughs in Precision Medicine Can Transform the Quality of Your Life & Those You Love by Tony H. Robbins, Peter Diamandis, with Robert Hariri; Beautiful Things: A Memoir by Hunter Biden; Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad; Trucking Business Startup: The Complete Step-By-Step Guide to Starting & Maintaining a Successful Trucking Company Even If You're an Absolute Beginner by Walter Grant and Gary Field; The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss by Mary-Frances O'Connor, PhD; Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach; Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach; Black Women, Black Love: America's War on African American Marriage by Dianne M. Stewart; I Wish I Had A Red Dress by Pearl Cleage; Things That Make White People Uncomfortable (Adapted for Young Readers) by Michael Bennett; MUTED: A Novel in Verse by Tami Charles; Surviving R. Kelly (2019) documentary; Nubia: Real One by L.L. McKinney, illustrated by Robyn Smith; Disney Magic Kingdoms mobile app; P.Tracker mobile app
40:43
February 23, 2022
EP 45: Doing Vampire Lestat Things
In this episode, Nicole returns with some new non-fiction and fiction reads after a cataloging frenzy! She highlights some nonfiction that is coming soon, along with some a revival of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a new graphic novel, and more. Tori continues to highlight books by Black authors during Black History Month. The resources discussed in this episode are listed below: Things I Should Have Said: Family, Fame, and Figuring it Out by Jamie Lynn Spears; The Enneagram from A Christian Perspective: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery and Spiritual Growth by Andy Connor; The 21st Century Man: Advice from 50 Top Doctors and Men's Health Experts to Help You Feel Great, Look Good and Have Better Sex by Judson Brandeis; What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage; Queen of Tehano Music: Selena by Silvia López, illustrated by Paola Escobar; Selena (1997) movie; Selena: The Series (2020) Netflix show; Encanto (2021) movie; Hatchet by Gary Paulsen; Northwind by Gary Paulsen; In Every Generation by Kendare Blake; Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) movie; Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1992) movie; Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, illustrated by Lisa Sterle; Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans; The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson, illustrated by Nikkolas Smith; Reaction of The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson, illustrated by Nikkolas Smith by a young reader
53:09
February 16, 2022
EP 44: If Wakanda and Black Panther Fought in that Time
Wil'Lani joins Tori this week to recommend reads by Black authors including some of Wil'Lani's favorite fiction reads. Tori recommends two juvenile nonfiction titles that celebrate Black voices as well. The resources discussed in this video are listed below: Black Authors Beanstack Reading recommendations on Beanstack; The Color Purple by Alice Walker; Beloved by Toni Morrison; Push by Sapphire; Precious the movie; The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison; Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston; Casting the First Stone by Kimberla Lawson Roby; The Best of Everything by Kimberla Lawson Roby; The Reverend Curtis Black series by Kimberla Lawson Roby; Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace by Ashley Bryan; Rebecca Lee Crumpler by J.P. Miller, illustrated by Markia Jenai; In Praise of Our Fathers and Our Mothers: A Black Family Treasury by Outstanding Authors and Artists by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson; The Talk: Conversations about Race, Love, and Truth by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson; Insecure HBOMax TV show; Awkward Black Girl YouTube series; Eat Okra mobile app; The Golden Palace TV show; The Golden Girls TV show; Betty White Goes Wild Disney+ documentary
37:14
February 03, 2022
EP 43: Just Killin' Folks Left and Right
Nicole and Tori welcome Wil'Lani back to the show to talk more true crime picks, the emergence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in professional football players, and more. The resources discussed in this episode are listed below: Tears of Rage: From Grieving Father to Crusader for Justice: The Untold Story of the Adam Walsh Case by John Walsh; Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony by Jeff Ashton; Insulin Murders: True Life Cases by Vincent Marks; Home Sweet Murder by James Patterson; A Serial Killer's Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming by Kerri Rawson; The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer by Skip Hollingsworth; Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson by Keith Ablow; Witness: For the Prosecution of Scott Peterson by Amber Frey; Concussion by Jeanne Marie Laskas; Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football's Make-or-Break Moment by Carla Killough McClafferty; Meet 4 People Who Worry About CTE, But Never Played in the NFL article from NPR  Red At the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson; Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson; Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson; Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham; Theodore Boone: The Abduction by John Grisham; Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez Netflix documentary; 20/20 show from ABC; Southern Fried True Crime podcast
58:21
January 27, 2022
EP 42: Favorite Reads of 2021
In this episode, Tori and Nicole are back from their holiday break with their one of their favorite reads from 2021 each. The ladies also recommend one read each for the new year. The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System is hosting its Winter Reading Challenge Resources discussed in this episode are listed below: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman; And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman; Seven Days in June by Tia Williams; Feeding the Soul (Because It's My Business): Finding Our Way to Joy, Love, and Freedom by Tabitha Brown; Let's Play by Leeanne M. Krecic; lowndes.beanstack.org
46:34
January 19, 2022
EP 41: Please Tell Me It Was A Dolphin
In this episode, Nicole recaps her take on the Miss Universe pageant, and shares some new books that she's currently cataloging. Tori shares a young adult read and a juvenile read that both require tissues! The resources discussed in this episode are listed below: Not The Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher; Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher; What Happens In Vegas (2008) movie; My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris; Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys; The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart; Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein; The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate; West Side Story (2021) movie; Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon anime
45:15
December 15, 2021
EP 40: She Be Small, but She Be Mighty
Nicole and Tori discuss their own impostor syndrome in their first visit to the library, and dive into some books worth reading! The resources discussed in this episode are listed below: Right Beside You by Mary Monroe; Dreaming Anastasia, a novel of love, magic, and the power of dreams by Joy Preble; The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming; The Manga Guide to Biochemistry by Masaharu Takemura and Kikuyaro; The Manga Guide to Calculus by Hiroyuki Kojima and Shin Togami; The Manga Guide to Statistics by Shin Takahashi; The Manga Guide to Linear Algebra by Shin Takahashi; The Manga Guide to Physics by Hideo Nitta and Keita Takatsu; This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes: How Science Is Tackling Unconscious Bias by Tanya Lloyd Kyi and Drew Shannon; How to Draw Deluxe Edition (Pokémon) by Maria S. Barbo and Tracey West, illustrated by Ron Zalme; The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of a Slave's Journey from Bondage to Freedom by David F. Walker, illustrated by Damon Smyth and Marissa Louise; Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father by Jonathan Hennessey, illustrated by Justin Greenwood; Murder Book: A Graphic Memoir of a True Crime Obsession by Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell; On Tyranny Graphic Edition: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder and Nora Krug; The Parent's Guide to Birdnesting: A Child-Centered Solution to Co-Parenting During Separation and Divorce by Ann Gold Buscho; Raising Multiracial Children: Tools for Nuturing Identity in a Racialized World by Farzana Nayani; Why Did No One Tell Me This?: The Doula's (Honest) Guide for Expectant Parents by Natalia Hailes and Ash Spivak, illustrated by Louise Reimer; Anxious Kids: How Children Can Turn Their Anxiety Into Resilience by Michael Grose and Dr. Jodi Richardson; The National Geographic Kids Almanac 2022; Disability Visability: First-Person Stories from the Twentieth Century by Alice Wong; Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally by Emily Ladau; Who Was Kobe Bryant? by Ellen Labrecque, illustrated by Gregory Copeland; Who Is Dolly Parton? by True Kelley, illustrated by Stephen Marchesi; Who Was Bob Marley? by Katie Ellison, illustrated by Gregory Copeland; Who Was Duke Ellington? by M. D. Payne, illustrated by Gregory Copeland; Things That Make White People Uncomfortable (Adapted for Young Adults) by Michael Bennett and Dave Zirin; Straight Up: Honest, Unfiltered, As-Real-As-I-Can-Put-It-Advice for Life's Biggest Challenges by Trent Shelton; Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex Harris and Brett Harris; Walk in Faith: 5 Minute Devotions for Teen Guys by Andy Dooley; The Guy's Guide to God, Girls, and the Phone in Your Pocket: 101 Real-World Tips for Teenaged Guys by Jonathan McKee; Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-Li Jiang; Almost American Girl by Robin Ha; Man's Search for Meaning: Young Adult Edition by Viktor E. Frankl and John Boyne; Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson; It's Trevor Noah: Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers) by Trevor Noah; They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Steven Scott, illustrated by Harmony Becker; Can't Stop Won't Stop (Young Adult Edition): A Hip-Hop History by Jeff Chang and Dave 'Davey D' Cook; The Teen's Guide to Social Skills: Practical Advice for Building Empathy, Self-Esteem, and Confidence by Kate Fitzsimons; Life Skills for Teens by Karen Harris See lowndeslibrary.com/listen for more show notes!
44:58
December 08, 2021
EP 39: We Want to Rip Off the Bandaid (w/ Emily of Friendly City Books)
Nicole and Tori welcome Emily, owner and operator of Friendly City Books, the only local independent bookstore in Columbus, Mississippi. Friendly City Books recently reopened on Nov. 27, 2021 after the storefront was damaged 10 weeks prior in an accident. Emily recommends some new books for listeners, and gives insight to what book shoppers will find in the newly reopened storefront. Online purchases with Friendly City Books can be made at bookshop.org/shop/friendlycitybooks. In addition to the reopening, the hosts and Emily discuss the recent growth in book bans across the country. The resources discussed in this episode are listed below: Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas; Friendly City Books bookshop.org store; Libby audiobook app; Libro.fm audiobook app; Missouri bill proposed to jail librarians for lending books with 'inappropriate content' to minors; These Precious Days: Essays by Ann Patchett; Stretch Like Scarlet by Emily Liner, illustrated by John Clark; How to Read by Thomas Richardson
38:45
December 01, 2021
EP 38: In This Week's Episode, Everyone Gets Played
Tori and Nicole welcome Maddie, Technical Services and Circulation Assistant, to the show in this episode. The three discuss new picture books that are coming to the library shelves soon, along with some old favorites that had an impact for them. The resources discussed in this episode are listed below: Roger the Prounoun by Coert Vorhees; Nelson the Noun by Coert Vorhees; Vinny the Action Verb & Lucy the Linking Verb by Coert Vorhees; Jake the Adjective by Coert Vorhees; Benny the Adverb by Coert Vorhees; Connie the Conjunction by Coert Vorhees; L'il Pete the Preposition by Coert Vorhees; Izzy the Interjection by Coert Vorhees; If You Were a Compound Word by Trisha Speed Shaskan, illustrated by Sara Jean Gray; If You Were a Conjunction by Nancy Loewen, illustrated by Sara Jean Gray; If You Were an Apostrophe by Shelly Lyons, illustrated by Sara Jean Gray; If You Were Quotation Marks by Molly Cece Barlow Blaisdell, illustrated by Sara Gray; If You Were a Capital Letter by Trisha Speed Shaskan, illustrated by Sara Jean Gray; If You Were a Prefix by Marcie Aboff, illustrated by Sara Jean Gray; If You Were an Exclamation Point by Shelly Lyons, illustrated by Sara Jean Gray; If You Were a Suffix by Marcie Aboff, illustrated by Sara Jean Gray; If You Were a Plural Word by Trisha Speed Shaskan, illustrated by Sara Jean Gray; If You Were a Contraction by Trisha Speed Shaskan, illustrated by Sara Jean Gray; The Karate Kid: The Classic Illustrated Storybook illustrated by Kim Smith; E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: The Classic Illustrated Storybook illustrated by Kim Smith;  Elf: The Classic Illustrated Storybook illustrated by Kim Smith; Elf (2003) movie; School of Rock (2003) movie; School of Rock: The Classic Illustrated Storybook illustrated by Kim Smith; The Goonies (1985) movie; The Goonies: The Illustrated Storybook by Brooke Vitale, illustrated by Teo Skaffa; Our Table by Peter H. Reynolds; Change Sings: A Children's Anthem by Amanda Gorman, illustrated by Loren Long; Pete the Cat's Groovy Imagination by Kimberly and James Dean; Chuck's Ice Cream Wish by Viola Butler, illustrated by Ward Jenkins; Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson; Speak (2004) movie; SHOUT by Laurie Halse Anderson; The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen; The Devil's Arithmetic (1999) movie; The Promise by Chaim Potok; The Chosen by Chaim Potok; What's The Difference Between Hasidic vs. Orthodox Jews? One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus; One of Us Is Lying Netflix series; The Cousins by Karen M. McManus; Nothing More to Tell by Karen M. McManus (forthcoming); Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty by Lauren Weisberger; The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger; Smooth Talk (1985) movie; Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? short story by Joyce Carol Oates;
57:57
November 24, 2021
EP 37: That Mustache is Legendary
In this episode, Tori and Nicole begin by nerding out over stationery and planners as they think towards the upcoming new year. Nicole previews some new nonfiction titles that will arrive at the library soon, and Tori highlights a summer read and a new children's graphic novel. The ladies talk about some mobile games that have caught their attention as they wrap up the episode. The resources discussed in this episode are listed below: Is Atheism Dead? by Eric Metaxas; You Were Made for This Moment: Courage for Today and Hope for Tomorrow by Max Lucado; Will by Will Smith; The Menopause Myth: What Your Mother, Doctor, and Friends Haven't Shared about Life After 35 by Arianna Sholes-Douglas; Twice A Daughter: A Search for Identity, Family, and Belonging by Julie Ryan McGue; Going There by Katie Couric; The Reckoning: Our Nation's Trauma and Finding A Way to Heal by Mary L. Trump; Holy Hot Mess: Finding God in the Details of this Weird and Wonderful Life by Mary Katherine Backstrom; What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism by Dan Rather; What Unites Us: The Graphic Novel by Dan Rather, illustrated by Elliot Kirschner and Tim Foley; The Magic School Bus Explores Human Evolution by Joanna Cole, illustrated by Bruce Degen; The Jesus I Know: Honest Conversations and Diverse Opinions about Who He Is by Kathie Lee Gifford; Lost Cities, Ancient Tombs: 100 Discoveries That Changed the World by Ann R. Williams; Sapiens: A Graphic History, Volume 1 – The Birth of Humankind by David Vandermeulen, Daniel Casanave, and Yuval Noah Harari;  Sapiens: A Graphic History, Volume 2 – The Pillars of Civilization by David Vandermeulen, Daniel Casanave, and Yuval Noah Harari; Peril by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa; Cracking the Menopause: While Keeping Yourself Together by Mariella Frostrup and Alice Smellie; Black Heroes of the Wild West by James Otis Smith; Foul Play by Janet Evanovich; The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck; The Good Earth graphic adaptation by Pearl S. Buck, illustrated by Nick Bertozzi; Apologies to Pearl S. Buck by Celeste Ng; Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck; Art Puzzle mobile app; Cooking Fever mobile app
52:53
November 17, 2021
EP 36: She Got Money in the Bank
Nicole updates listeners on all the new books coming to adult and juvenile readers just in time for the holidays, while Tori recommends one new graphic novel series for young readers. The resources discussed in this episode are listed below: It Shouldn't Be This Hard to Serve Your Country: Our Broken Government and the Plight of Veterans by David Shulkin; The Becoming (The Dragon Heart Legacy #2) by Nora Roberts; The Awakening (The Dragon Heart Legacy #1) by Nora Roberts; Mercy by David Baldacci; Clive Cussler's The Devil's Sea by Dirk Cussler; Tom Clancy Chain of Command by Marc Cameron;  The Midnight Lock (Lincoln Rhyme #15) by Jeffrey Deaver; Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector TV series; The Kingsbridge Series by Ken Follett; Never by Ken Follett; The Christmas Wedding Guest by Susan Mallory; Dear Santa by Debbie Macomber; Santa Cruise by Fern Michaels; Right Beside You by Mary Monroe; The Happy Pumpkin by MacKenzie Haley; Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak; How to Catch a Yeti by Adam Wallace, illustrated by Andy Elkerton; Abominable movie; How to Catch a Snowman by Adam Wallace, illustrated by Andy Elkerton; How to Catch a Gingerbread Man by Adam Wallace, illustrated by Andy Elkerton; How to Catch a Dragon by Adam Wallace, illustrated by Andy Elkerton; How to Catch a Turkey by Adam Wallace, illustrated by Andy Elkerton; How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace, illustrated by Andy Elkerton; The Christmas Pig by J.K. Rowling; Rutabega the Adventure Chef by Eric Colossal; Rutabega the Adventure Chef: Feasts of Fury by Eric Colossal; Lore Olympus: Volume 1 by Rachel Smythe; Let's Play: Volume 1 by Leeanne M. Krecic; 1984: The Graphic Novel by George Orwell and Fido Nesti; mSecure password security app; Chilled Cow Youtube Channel for LoFi listening
51:29
November 10, 2021
EP 35: I Wasn't Supposed to Growl
Nicole and Tori talk about their conspiracy theories behind pollen, Mississippi magnolias, and upcoming new books that have arrived at the library. The resources discussed in this episode are listed below. Forgotten In Death by J.D. Robb; Game On: Tempting Twenty-Eight by Janet Evanovich; The Jailhouse Lawyer by James Patterson and Nancy Allen; The Butler by Danielle Steel; The Wish by Nicholas Sparks; The Judge's List by John Grisham; Sooley by John Grisham; Foul Play by Stuart Woods;  State of Terror by Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny; She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan; Feeding the Soul (Because It's My Business): Finding Our Way to Joy, Love, and Freedom by Tabitha Brown; Run: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Power and L. Fury; March graphic novel memoir series by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Power; Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean; Toradora! Anime
49:50
November 03, 2021
EP 34: Library Partnerships Galore!
Clara joins the show as a guest host and catches Tori up on all of the fantastic library partnerships happening with CLPLS. The library has been finishing up Careers in Construction Month in partnership with FORGE in an effort to connect patrons with career paths, and Clara talks about MUW's Common Read. The resources discussed in this episode are listed below: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson; To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee; Just Mercy movie; Hoopla and Libby audiobook apps; This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron; Dune movie (2021); Dune by Frank Herbert; Plum Paper
22:02
October 27, 2021
EP 33: That Dirty Bean Juice
In the second episode back, Tori and Nicole start out by talking about their favorite coffee brands, Pumpkin Spice, and Walmart check-out lines. Nicole makes the argument for not judging a book by its cover, and Tori reveals a secret obsession and some recommendations. The resources discussed in this episode are listed below. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig; Bookriot.com His Hideous Heart by Dahlia Adler; Real by Carol Cujec and Peyton Goddard; Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper; Out of My Heart by Sharon M. Draper; Stella By Starlight by Sharon M. Draper; Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean;  "Why 'Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover' Is Bad Advice" by Gia R. Crime Junkies podcast; The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears Hulu episode; The New York Times Presents: Controlling Britney Spears Hulu episode; Britney vs. Spears Netflix documentary; lowndeslibrary.com/listen
51:53
October 20, 2021
EP 32: Wait A Minute, Y'all
Nicole and Tori are back after a break for summer programs and catch up on changes in the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System. From a recap of summer programs to the upcoming Haunted Library on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 5-7 p.m., the ladies share their excitement of all the things happening. They take a look at the library's updated online calendar available to all at www.lowndeslibrary.com/library-calendar.  The resources discussed in this episode are listed below: The Martian by Andy Weir; The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams; Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes; Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam; Pride by Ibi Zoboi; Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon; Seven Days in June by Tia Williams; His Hideous Heart by Dahlia Adler; Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean;  Happy Color color by number mobile application; Crunchyroll.com
51:57
October 13, 2021
EP 31: Worthy Reads – Tails and Tales #11
Worthy Reads is a summer installment of the Worth Reading Wednesdays podcast, hosted by the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System. To celebrate the library's 2021 summer reading program, Tails and Tales, our librarian co-hosts will be sharing some of their favorite reads in case you need help deciding on your next book. In this mini-episode, Nicole recommends Have We Met? by Camille Baker.
09:37
July 28, 2021
EP 30: Worthy Reads – Tails and Tales #10
Worthy Reads is a summer installment of the Worth Reading Wednesdays podcast, hosted by the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System. To celebrate the library's 2021 summer reading program, Tails and Tales, our librarian co-hosts will be sharing some of their favorite reads in case you need help deciding on your next book! You can register for the summer library program at lowndes.beanstack.org for a chance to win free goodies, gift cards, and more! In this mini-episode, Tori recommends Anxious People by Fredrik Backman.
09:15
July 21, 2021
EP 29: Worthy Reads – Tails and Tales #9
Worthy Reads is a summer installment of the Worth Reading Wednesdays podcast, hosted by the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System. To celebrate the library's 2021 summer reading program, Tails and Tales, our librarian co-hosts will be sharing some of their favorite reads in case you need help deciding on your next book! You can register for the summer library program at lowndes.beanstack.org for a chance to win free goodies, gift cards, and more! In this mini-episode, Tori talks about all the interesting things she learned while reading Exploring the White House: Inside America's Most Famous Home by Kate Andersen Brower.
07:38
July 14, 2021
EP 28: Worthy Reads – Tails and Tales #8
Worthy Reads is a summer installment of the Worth Reading Wednesdays podcast, hosted by the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System. To celebrate the library's 2021 summer reading program, Tails and Tales, our librarian co-hosts will be sharing some of their favorite reads in case you need help deciding on your next book! You can register for the summer library program at lowndes.beanstack.org for a chance to win free goodies, gift cards, and more! In this mini-episode, Nicole recommends Everybody Fights: So Why Not Get Better At It? by Kim and Penn Holderness.
08:52
July 07, 2021
EP 27: Worthy Reads – Tails and Tales #7
Worthy Reads is a summer installment of the Worth Reading Wednesdays podcast, hosted by the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System. To celebrate the library's 2021 summer reading program, Tails and Tales, our librarian co-hosts will be sharing some of their favorite reads in case you need help deciding on your next book! You can register for the summer library program at lowndes.beanstack.org for a chance to win free goodies, gift cards, and more! In this mini-episode, Tori gushes about Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston.
05:13
June 30, 2021
EP 26: Worthy Reads – Tails and Tales #6
Worthy Reads is a summer installment of the Worth Reading Wednesdays podcast, hosted by the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System. To celebrate the library's 2021 summer reading program, Tails and Tales, our librarian co-hosts will be sharing some of their favorite reads in case you need help deciding on your next book! You can register for the summer library program at lowndes.beanstack.org for a chance to win free goodies, gift cards, and more! In this mini-episode, Nicole shares about The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris, a book she's excited to read next.
06:48
June 23, 2021
EP 25: Worthy Reads – Tails and Tales #5
Worthy Reads is a summer installment of the Worth Reading Wednesdays podcast, hosted by the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System. To celebrate the library's 2021 summer reading program, Tails and Tales, our librarian co-hosts will be sharing some of their favorite reads in case you need help deciding on your next book! You can register for the summer library program at lowndes.beanstack.org for a chance to win free goodies, gift cards, and more! In this mini-episode, Tori talks about All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda.
07:30
June 17, 2021
EP 24: Worthy Reads – Tails and Tales #4
Worthy Reads is a summer installment of the Worth Reading Wednesdays podcast, hosted by the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System. To celebrate the library's 2021 summer reading program, Tails and Tales, our librarian co-hosts will be sharing some of their favorite reads in case you need help deciding on your next book! You can register for the summer library program at lowndes.beanstack.org for a chance to win free goodies, gift cards, and more! In this mini-episode, Nicole talks about her anticipated read and what she plans to take from Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen: The Essential Conversations You Need to Have with Your Kids Before They Start High School by Michelle Icard.
10:29
June 09, 2021
EP 23: Worthy Reads – Tails and Tales #3
Worthy Reads is a summer installment of the Worth Reading Wednesdays podcast, hosted by the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System. To celebrate the library's 2021 summer reading program, Tails and Tales, our librarian co-hosts will be sharing some of their favorite reads in case you need help deciding on your next book! You can register for the summer library program at lowndes.beanstack.org for a chance to win free goodies, gift cards, and more! In this mini-episode, Tori gushes incoherently about the reading experience she had as she read Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson.
06:32
June 03, 2021
EP 22: Worthy Reads – Tails and Tales #2
Worthy Reads is a summer installment of the Worth Reading Wednesdays podcast, hosted by the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System. To celebrate the library's 2021 summer reading program, Tails and Tales, our librarian co-hosts will be sharing some of their favorite reads in case you need help deciding on your next book! You can register for the summer library program at lowndes.beanstack.org for a chance to win free goodies, gift cards, and more! In this mini-episode, Nicole introduces listeners to Laretha, the main character in It's Not All Downhill From Here by Terry McMillan.
09:08
May 26, 2021
EP 21: Worthy Reads – Tails and Tales #1
Worthy Reads is a summer installment of the Worth Reading Wednesdays podcast, hosted by the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System. To celebrate the library's 2021 summer reading program, Tails and Tales, our librarian co-hosts will be sharing some of their favorite reads in case you need help deciding on your next book! You can register for the summer library program at lowndes.beanstack.org for a chance to win free goodies, gift cards, and more! In this mini-episode, Tori highlights one of her favorite books, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. 
06:58
May 19, 2021
EP 20: New Reads and Some Oldies
Nicole and Tori share their struggles with the weather, vaccinations, and more. Nicole suggests some brand new reads in Sci-Fi and Mystery and Thriller. Tori highlights new books in the juvenile nonfiction section that were purchased thanks to a grant from International Paper. The resources talked about in this episode are listed below. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro; Detriot: Become Human video game; Bicentennial Man movie; The Bounty by Janet Evanovich and Steve Hamilton; Bridgerton Netflix series; The Windsor Knot by S.J. Bennett; Traditional Stories of the Southeast Nations by Carla Mooney; Samurai! Strong and Steady Warriors by Elsie Olson; The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country by Amanda Gorman; Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers by Michelle Obama; Wings of Ebony by J. Elle; Meet the Austins by Madeline L'Engle; Homecoming by Cynthia Voight
45:03
May 02, 2021
EP 19: I Am Flipper, Flipper Is Me
Nicole and Tori welcome Kathryn, the library's Technical Services Assistant as a guest to talk about creepy-crawlies, honeybees, and more. Squirming and sacrificing bees come along with the territory of bug books, and the ladies talk out their fears of gross spiders and other bugs in the process. The resources discussed in this episode are listed below: The Butterfly House by Katrine Engberg; Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann; Dancing Bees and Other Communicators by Mary Lindeen; 100 Things You Should Know About Insects and Spiders by Steve Parker; You Can Be the Entomologist: Investigating Insects with Dr. Martins by Dino Martins; Bones TV show; The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman; The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King;  Charlotte's Web by E.B. White; Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live by Rob Dunn;  Blue Beetle, Vol. 2: Blue Diamond by Tony Bedard, illustrated by Ig Guara; Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Collection, Book 1 by Michael Brian Bendis, illustrated by Sara Pichelli, Chris Samnee, David Marquez, Justin Ponsor, and Cory Petit; The Little Book of Bees: The Fascinating World of Bees, Hives, Honey, and More by Hilary Kearney, illustrated by Amy Holliday; Bookshop.org; Larue 1680 Teas; Traditional Medicinals Elderflower Spice Tea
01:01:28
March 31, 2021
EP 18: Asian American & Pacific Islander Reads
Nicole and Tori talk about upcoming National Library Week Plans, including Poetry in the Garden at Munson and Brothers Trading Post on Friday, April 9 at 5 p.m., a marathon to end out the week, new DVD Binge Boxes coming to the library starting April 4th, and even the annual Edible Book Festival. More information can be found at the library's Facebook page. In solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander community, the hosts feature books by and about Asian Americans and individuals of Asian descent and their experiences. To find out more about how you can assist the Asian American community at this time, visit stopaapihate.org. The resources talked about in this episode are listed below: The Sam Wu Is Not Afraid Of... Series by Katie Tsang and Kevin Tsang, illustrated by Nathan Reed; Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong; Always Be My Maybe Netflix Original movie; Maya Lin: Thinking with Her Hands by Susan Goldman Rubin; Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Dung Ho; Laxmi's Mooch by Shelly Anand, illustrated by Nabi H. Ali; The Shadow Hero Omnibus by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew, illustrated by Chu Hing; How to Write Good by Ryan Higa; White Ivy by Susie Yang; Pachinko by Min Jin Lee When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
50:11
March 24, 2021
EP 17: We Did A Whole 12 Minutes On Trees
Tori isn't ready for the heat wave and Nicole is missing her Virginia springs! The ladies bring all books green to the table for this episode of Worth Reading Wednesday. The resources discussed in this episode are listed below:  The World Encyclopedia of Trees: A Reference and Identification Guide to 1300 of the World's Most Significant Trees by Tony Russell with Catherine Cutler and Martin Walters; Ladybird Tales of Super Heroes by Sufiya Ahmed, Yvonne Battle-Felton, Sarwat Chadda, and Maisie Chan and illustrated by Louise Warwick, Victoria Sandøy, Aviel Basil, Fotini Tikkou, Poonam Mistry, and Jia Liu; Ladybird movie;  Migration: Incredible Animal Journeys by Mike Unwin and illustrated by Jenni Desmond; Finding Nemo movie; Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley; The Mountain Between Us movie; The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin; I Wish I Had A Red Dress by Pearl Cleage; What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage; A Seed Is The Start (National Geographic Kids) by Melissa Stewart; Linnea's Windowsill Garden by Christina Björk and illustrated by Lena Anderson; Credit Karma mobile app; Shop app by Shopify
57:11
March 17, 2021
EP 16: This Episode Is Gonna Be A Hot Mess
Nicole and Tori focus on some books that celebrate strong female characters, help women to feel empowered, and books that are centered around female points of view for International Women's Day. The resources talked about in this episode are listed below: Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson; Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business by Lyla Lee;  Rage Against the Minivan: Learning to Parent Without Perfection by Kristen Howerton; Get Our of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts by Jennie Allen; Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard by Jennie Allen; Roller Derby / Girl Gang: An Art Anthology edited by Jamie Kendall; Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol; Scythe by Neal Schusterman; Arc of the Scythe series by Neal Schusterman; Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub; Still Star-Crossed ABC tv show;  Cinder by Marissa Meyer; Scarlet by Marissa Meyer; Cress by Marissa Meyer; Winter by Marissa Meyer; The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer; Snow White: A Tale of Terror 1997 movie
46:50
March 10, 2021
EP 15: Have You Hydrated Today?
Nicole talks all things creation, audiobooks, and Big Think ideas in this episode, while Tori waffles with her kpop obsession and some juvenile fiction and nonfiction reads! The resources talked about in this episode are listed below: The Tenant by Katrine Engberg; Long Bright River by Liz Moore; Things in Jars by Jess Kidd; The Woman's Hour: Our Fight for the Right to Vote by Elaine F. Weiss; The Sea in the Sky by Jackson Musker (audible Original); Caste by Isabel Wilkerson; The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett; Evil Has A Name The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation by Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, and Peter McDonnell (audible Original); I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara; Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine; Heads Will Roll by Kate McKinnon and Emily Lynne (audible Original); White Bird by R.J. Palacio; Wonder by R.J. Palacio; Auggie and Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio; nathanwpylestrangeplanet Instagram account; Big Think website; Paperback Paradise Instagram account
48:12
March 03, 2021
EP 14: Insert Major Drool
For the last episode highlighting books with Black authors and characters for Black History Month, Nicole shares some titles that are soon to be hot off the cataloging cart. She features a new historical fiction pick and gushes about her favorite YA series, plus a hot and spicy adult read. Tori focuses on some juvenile reads both fiction and nonfiction alike. The resources talked about in this episode are listed below: The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History by David F. Walker, illustrated by Marcus Kwame Anderson; Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson; Big Monty and the Lunatic Lunch Lady by Matt Maxx; Big Monty and the Cyborg Substitute by Matt Maxx; Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace by Ashley Bryan; I Survived Series by Lauren Tarshis; Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi; Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi; Rebel by Beverly Jenkins; Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri; Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison; The #Mindful App; Blackcoffeewithwhitefriends Instagram account; When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
57:29
February 24, 2021
EP 13: The Tea from Lowndes County History
Nicole and Tori get a crash course on some one-of-a-kind court proceedings and other undiscovered information about Lowndes County history from their guest in this episode. Turns out, times were never "simpler" and people were always crazy. Who knew! The resources talked about in this episode are listed below: His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham; The March graphic novel series by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell; Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Right Now by Jaron Lanier; Inside of A Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz; The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson; Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi; Catherine Atkins Lowndes County Mississippi Circuit Court Case, circa 1856-57; 12 Years A Slave by Solomon Northup; The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead; Columbus City Minutes, April 1866
59:40
February 17, 2021
EP 12: I Feel Warm and Fuzzy Now
In this episode, Nicole and Tori feature some fiction and nonfiction reads that are receiving some well-deserved buzz! For read and recommended picks, both the co-hosts dug up some reads from the past that had an impact on their thinking and their hearts. The resources talked about in this episode are listed below: The Stand tv show; On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King; Steel Magnolias movie; Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour; Behind the Scenes by Christina C. Jones; I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James;  Crown: Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi; Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi; How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry McMillan; I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan; The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae; Insecure tv show; John Henry by Julius Lester, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; The Block: Poems by Langston Hughes, collage by Romare Bearden
45:33
February 10, 2021
EP 11: I'm Happy to Bop Along
Nicole and Tori welcome another guest on the 11th episode to talk all things worth reading! During the month of February, the podcast will solely focus on resources that are created by Black authors or about Black characters in honor of Black History Month. The list of resources talked about in this episode are listed below:  The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré; His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie; The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur and Leila Steinburg; Badass Black Girl: Questions, Quotes, and Affirmations for Teens by M.J. Fievre; Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo; The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo; The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin; The Coin Slot Chronicles by Rashad Jennings; Arcade and the Triple T Token by Rashad Jennings; Arcade and the Golden Travel Guide by Rashad Jennings; My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World by Malcolm Mitchell, illustrated by Michael Robertson; I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart; A Song For You: My Life with Whitney Houston by Robyn Crawford; wikiHow; Ron Finley; LiquidIV
44:04
February 03, 2021
EP 10: Shocker!
In the tenth episode, Tori and Nicole talk about some new books including inspirational young adult fiction picks as well as some new romance and mystery titles that will appear on library shelves soon. Plus, a new juvenile graphic novel, young adult science fiction, fun socks and a great place to grab some lunch!  The resources discussed in this episode are listed below: Quantum by Patricia Cornwell;  The Scorpion's Tail by Preston & Child;  NYPD Red 6 by James Patterson;  Robert B. Parker's Someone to Watch Over Me by Ace Atkins; Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner; Neighbors by Danielle Steel; Wyoming Heart by Diana Palmer;  Wyoming True by Diana Palmer; Vivid by Beverly Jenkins; Confessions in B Flat by Donna Hill; The Last Best Hope by Una McCormack; The Dark Veil by James Swallow; Star Trek Discovery TV show;  The Expanse TV show; The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey; Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey;  Forever Hidden by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse; A Picture of Love by Beth Wiseman; Twins by Varian Johnson, illustrated by Shannon Wright; Viral Parenting: A Guide to Setting Boundaries, Building Trust, and Raising Responsible Kids in an Online World by Mindy McKnight; Left Behind: The Kids series by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye; Sticks and Stones by Dianne Beck; Fallen Leaves by Tessa Emily Hall; Warcross by Marie Lu; The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain; John's Crazy Socks Cafe on Main
47:52
January 27, 2021
EP 09: Don't Slunch!
Nicole and Tori welcome another guest to Worth Reading Wednesdays who brings some reads from beloved Mississippi authors, including the latest from Angie Thomas and others. Other rumblings include worries about library hauntings, maintaining the habit of wearing a mask, creepy kudzu growth, and more! The books and resources discussed in this episode are listed below: Ten Lessons for A Post-Pandemic World by Fareed Zakaria; National Archives Flu Pandemic of 1918 photo gallery published in The Atlantic; The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library's Quarantine Holiday Special; Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas; The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas; Friendly City Books; The Rose that Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur; Fugly by Claire Waller; Blackwood by Michael Farris Smith; The Fighter by Michael Farris Smith; Nick by Michael Farris Smith; The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; The Great Gatsby movie directed by Baz Lurhmann; Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury; HBO's Fahrenheit 451 television series; A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain; The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath; Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky; William Faulkner; Isis and Osiris: To the Ends of the Earth, an Egyptian myth by Jeff Limke, illustrated by David Witt; Graphic Myths and Legends series; The Storygraph; Everlasting Comfort Lumbar Cushion; Bombas and Balega socks
50:23
January 20, 2021
EP 08: Mind Ya Business
Tori and Nicole dive into some new and favorite reads for the new year in episode 9 and talk about their intentions for the year ahead. Below are the books and resources Tori and Nicole cover in this episode: Libraryland: It's All About the Story edited by Ben Bizzle and Sue Considine; Librarian Tales: Dispatches from the Stacks by William Ottens; Take Care of Your Type: An Enneagram Guide to Self-Care by Christina S. Wilcox; Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson; Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park; Among Us game; The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow; Charmed TV series; Sabrina the Teenage Witch Netflix series; Practical Magic movie; Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse by Catherine Reef; Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes by Wab Kinew, illustrations by Joe Morse; Killing Crazy Horse: The Merciless Indian Wars in America by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard; The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey and with Michaela Angela Davis; The Prince of Egypt movie; Humans by Brandon Stanton;  Humans of New York; The Business Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained edited by Sam Atkinson; Friends and Lovers by Eric Jerome Dickey;  NexGuard Bandage Tape; Avachara: Avatar Character Maker
01:00:25
January 13, 2021
EP 07: 2020? Never Heard of Her
In the first episode of 2021, Nicole and Tori talk about some books that have helped them pause for self-reflection. Nicole speaks about her discovery of the enneagram system and how it helped her learn more about herself, while Tori focuses on a book that helped her understand how people process pain within their family units.  Legend movie CLPLS Winter Reading Challenge Take Care of Your Type: An Enneagram Guide to Self-Care by Christina S. Wilcox Yourenneagramcoach.com It Didn't Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle by Mark Wolynn Epigenetics: A Graphic Guide by Cath Ennis
50:41
January 06, 2021
EP 06: True Crime Living
Tori and Nicole are back with a special guest! Circulation Coordinator Wil'Lani graces the podcast with her presence and shares her love of all things true crime. In this episode, Nicole provides a quick run-down of some new books at the library as well as some graphic novel picks, while Tori sheds some light on newer children's literature that deserves a second look. The resources talked about in this episode are listed below: Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System #WinterReads2021 Challenge; No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality by Michael J. Fox; Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant; The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett; The Pillars of the Earth Series by Ken Follet;  Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz; Piece of My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke; Stuff You Should Know podcast; The Acadia Files: Summer Science (Book 1) by Katie Coppens, illustrated by Holly Hatam; Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot's World War II Story by Marc Tyler Nobleman, illustrated by Melissa Iwai; The Last Podcast on the Left podcast; The Last Book on the Left: Stories of Murder and Mayhem from History's Most Notorious Serial Killers by Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks, and Henry Zebrowski with illustrations by Tom Neely; Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon; Everything Everything movie; Run Hulu movie; The Act Hulu mini-series; Mindhunter Netflix series; Genetics: A Graphic Guide by Stephen Jones and Boren Van Loon; Harleen by Stjepan Šejić; Suicide Squad movie; Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel; Virgin River Netflix series; Virgin River series by Robin Carr; Return to Virgin River by Robin Carr; Cetaphil face wash; Lucifer TV show
56:54
December 30, 2020
EP 05: Anti-Racism Reading Shelf Grant
In episode five, Nicole and Tori recommend books that help to combat racism while celebrating the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System's latest funding from the Mississippi Humanities Council via its Anti-Racism Reading Shelf grant. The grant is financially supported by Mississippians and the National Endowment for Humanities. Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina by Lea Lyon and A. LaFaye, illustrated by Jessica Gibson; The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love, and Truth edited by Wade and Cheryl Willis Hudson; So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo; How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide by Crystal M. Fleming; What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays by Damon Young; Ethic by Ashley Antoinette; Butterfly by Ashley Antoinette; How Long ‘til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin; The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin; On the Corner of Hope and Main by Beverly Jenkins; The Blessings Series by Beverly Jenkins; Be My Eyes mobile application; Ray film; Gametime SideKicks
57:15
December 23, 2020
EP 04: A Christmas Carol and A Christmasaurus
In episode four, Tori and Nicole suggest some reads for Christmas time. They talk about a Christmasaurus, traditional Christmas stories, and spicy Christmas romances!  The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher; The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury; Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich; Gremlins movie; Dickens’ Christmas: A Victorian Celebration by Simon Callow; Young Victoria film; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; A Very Merry Romance by Brenda Jackson; The Madaris Family Saga by Brenda Jackson; Naughtier Than Nice by Eric Jerome Dickey; Naughty or Nice by Eric Jerome Dickey; Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle; An Abundance of Katherines by John Green; Looking for Alaska by John Green; Paper Towns by John Green; The Fault in Our Stars by John Green; Hobby Lobby; I AM Affirmations mobile application
55:19
December 16, 2020
EP 03: Hot Off The Cataloging Cart
Nicole and Tori follow up on their current reads in episode 3 and about how they can't get enough romance in their lives! New young adult reads are recommended as well while the ladies look at why people of all backgrounds should read books about people who don't look like them. Finally, they dive into two non-book recommendations that have had an impact on them and their personal experiences behind them. Listed below are the books, series, and other things mentioned in this episode:  Author Jason Reynolds; Patina by Jason Reynolds; Love in Catalina Cove by Brenda Jackson; Danielle Steel; The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature edited by Russ Kick;  The Betrothed by Kiera Cass;  The Selection Series by Kiera Cass;  The Pretenders by Rebecca Hanover;  The Similars by Rebecca Hanover;  One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus;  Fugly by Claire Waller;  Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon;  Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng;  Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business by Lyla Lee, illustrated by Dung Ho; My First 1000 Words / Mis primeras 1000 palabras: A Picture Word Book / Un libro de palabras translated by Laura Collado Píriz; Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett;  The Librarian is In podcast by The New York Public Library; Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War by Jessica Dee Humphreys and Michel Chikwanine and illustrated by Claudia Davila; The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida; Wattpad; A Different World TV show; The Newsroom TV show;  Meet Me in St. Louis movie   
58:44
December 09, 2020
EP 02: I Want to Go to Catalina Cove
Tori and Nicole are back with new current reads and more recommendations. The ladies take on topics such as whether DNFing is as scandalous as society tells us it is, how children’s literature started out wild, the contentions that arise in relationships discovered through DNA testing, and Alex Trebek’s recent passing. Listed below are the books, series, and other things mentioned in this episode: The Library of the Unwritten by AJ Hackwith; Love in Catalina Cove by Brenda Jackson; Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky; Book Riot Article about DNFing; Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman; Thanksgiving by Janet Evanovich; The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature edited by Russ Kick; Little Red Riding Hood; Alice in Wonderland; Cinderella; Grimm’s Fairy Tales; Uncle Remus Stories by Joel Chandler Harris; Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia; Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library; The Lost Family: How DNA Is Uncovering Secrets, Reuniting Relatives, and Upending Who We Are by Libby Copeland; The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend; Delivery Man (2013) starring Vince Vaughn and Chris Pratt; The Gift of Forgiveness: Inspiring Stories from Those Who Have Overcome the Unforgivable by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt; The Answer Is...:Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebek; Roll With It by Jamie Sumner; Home Before Dark by Riley Sager; A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett; My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder by Nie Jun; Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds; Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds; The Ghost Series by Jason Reynolds; Kale Salad Animals Instagram Account; Webtoons; The Wrath and the Dawn by Reneé Ahdieh
57:33
December 02, 2020
EP 01: The Beyoncé of Books
In the first Worth Reading Wednesday episode, Nicole and Tori talk all about what's new at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System, what they've been reading, and books that have caught their eye over the 2020 COVID-19 quarantine. Listed below are the books, series, and other things mentioned in this episode: Goodreads.com; The Library of the Unwritten by AJ Hackwith; The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson; Lizzie Borden TV Show: The Lizzie Borden Chronicles; Lizzie Borden Chant; The Coast to Coast Murders by James Patterson and JD Barker; Fortune and Glory: Tantalizing Twenty-Seven by Janet Evanovich; The Sentinel by Lee Child; Shakeup by Stuart Woods; A Time for Mercy by John Grisham; Camino Winds by John Grisham; Dark Song by Christine Feehan; The Return by Nicholas Sparks; The Bridal Suite by Rochelle Alers; Danielle Steel; The Westmoreland Series by Brenda Jackson; The Baxter Family Series by Karen Kingsbury; Love Story by Karen Kingsbury; Truly Madly Deeply by Karen Kingsbury; The Midnight Library by Matt Haig; The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer; Cinder by Marissa Meyer; Friendly City Books; Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers; Clean Getaway by Nic Stone; Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour; Manga Classics Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; The Mothers by Brit Bennett; The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett; Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion; Thriftbooks.com; Friends and Lovers by Eric Jerome Dickey; Discord.com
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November 25, 2020
Worth Reading Wednesdays is Coming!
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November 16, 2020