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By Heather Culley
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Summer Book Chat
20 Library Titles Most Circulated This Summer Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Shadows Reel by C. J. Box Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton The Investigator by John Sandford Dream Town by David Baldacci Sparring Partners by John Grisham Nothing to Lose by Judith A. Jance The Recovery Agent by Janet Evanovich Nightwork by Nora Roberts The Healing of Natalie Curtis by Jane Kirkpatrick What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline 11 Seconds by James Patterson The Match by Harlan Coben The Maid by Nita Prose The Sacred Bridge by Anne Hillerman The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley French Braid by Anne Tyler Death of the Black Widow by James Patterson Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel-- this title was on several lists The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah Maura's Summer 2022 Hot Picks No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal Exit West by Mohsin Hamid A Swim In a Pond In the Rain by George Saunders The Sentence by Louise Erdrich Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid Heather's Summer 2022 Hot Picks The Drifting Classroom by Kazuo Umezu Deserter by Junji Ito Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson-- Maura recommended this title to Heather The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia-- This is Heather's Summer FAVORITE The Jolly Regina by Kara LaReau James's Summer 2022 Hot Picks Breathe by Rickson Gracie This Is Your Brain On Food by Uma Naido Bourdain by Laurie Woolever The Bright Ages by Matthew Gabriele You Can't Be Serious by Kal Penn Catherine's Summer 2022 Hot Picks American Cult by Robyn Chapman Candy House by Jennifer Egan The Day the World Stops Shopping by J. B. MacKinnon An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed by Helene Tursten The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman Special Mention The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
September 03, 2022
Joshua Eaton Just Wants You To Have Fun With It
Joshua Eaton gave a program for us that taught the basic concept of the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, and introduced the beginnings of making a character to play. It was recorded live on the library floor during a regular working evening. Enjoy being transported to a modern library during evening open hours! Background noise! Interruptions! Heather is called away to perform Notary Public services! A thrilling adventure indeed.
April 16, 2022
...And Introducing Heather Culley
Your host is interviewed by recent guest Stephanie Huffman. In This Episode: Beginning With a Bash by Phoebe Atwood Taylor Ultimate Bread by Eric Treuille and Ursula Ferrigno Burt Reynolds Reads Robert B. Parker: A Spenser 3-in-1 Edition: Chance, Hush Money, Small Vices Our Flag Means Death streaming on HBO Max, starring Rhys Darby and Taika Waititi
April 09, 2022
The News of March 5, 1888
Heather finds a very rare photograph of the microfilm preparation technician, more squabbling between towns in the county, and an even more rare informative death notice.
March 05, 2022
Richard Stapleman and the Life's Work
We visited with Mr. Stapleman in his Court Street bespoke, handmade shoe store while he worked on his backlog of orders. We thank him heartily and sincerely for his gracious good humor. Unfortunately, we lost our web connection at the 20 minute mark, and the rest of the interview is lost.  Please enjoy this pleasant conversation. Favorite website: European Shoe Tutorials Last Movie Watched: Arctic Books: The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex by Murray Gell-Man The Joe Leaphorn Mysteries by Tony Hillerman The Christian apologist works of Frank Turek
February 26, 2022
Hail Joshua Eaton, Dungeon Master
We are joined by the guy who teaches us how to play dungeons and dragons! Well, he's GOING to, anyway. He asked as a reference question: what is the population of deaf citizens in the United States (I took that to mean how many deaf people do we have living in this country)? And here are some statistics. This is a more detailed, but still accessible, list from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. They have more links on this page. The general answer is about 30 million people. Favorite website: Podcasts Last TV Show binged: New Girl Books: Super Powereds by Drew Hayes The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster The Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson
February 19, 2022
News of February 5, 1889
Heather reads the news from the early days of the East Oregonian newspaper, including a patent medicine advertisement that makes the druggist sound like a vampire while making the reader laugh and laugh. Trigger Warning: racial insensitivity toward Chinese railroad workers.
February 05, 2022
News of January 29, 1889
Heather reads a little of the historical East Oregonian newspaper for you.
January 29, 2022
The Return of Sara Phinney
TV Show Ted Lasso Books Eden Robinson's Trickster Trilogy Son of a Trickster Trickster Drift  Return of the Trickster Honor Bright by Frances Parkinson Keyes Any Young Adult Fiction A Little Taste of Poison by R. J. Anderson (and A Pocket Full of Murder, which comes first) Henry Neff's Tapestry Series The Hound of Rowan  The Second Siege The Fiend and the Forge The Maelstorm The Red Winter
January 15, 2022
Week of Wonder December 2021
Heather outlines some wonderful programming coming up next week.
December 11, 2021
Stephanie Huffman, Monster Knitter
Stephanie Huffman came on the podcast to talk about her knitting and pattern design business, and to enjoy a hectic time in the library podcast recording industry. Books in this Episode: The Illuminatus Trilogy by Robert Shea The Eye in the Pyramid The Golden Apple Leviathan Movies in this Episode: Skidoo, 1968 1941, 1972 (I'm almost sure I called it 1942, and apologize. It was a wild afternoon) Podcasts in this Episode:  ¡UY QUE HORROR! A Latinx Horror Movie Podcast
December 04, 2021
Jennifer and the Failed Programs
Jennifer and Heather discuss where our programming went wrong: attendance. We focus especially on our special Job Search programming. It's very sad.
November 27, 2021
Brian Johnson and the Second Take
We recorded last week, then there were technical difficulties. So we recorded again, same questions, new answers! Seven minutes more material! Books in this episode: Deep River by Karl Marlantes Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horowitz Inside the Klavern: the Secret History of the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s by David A. Horowitz Unsettled Ground: the Whitman Massacre and Its Shifting Legacy in the American West by Cassandra Tate
November 20, 2021
Joshua Samuel Brown's Path to Enlightenment Leads to Pendleton
Joshua Samuel Brown is an author, and enthusiastic resident of Pendleton, Oregon.
October 23, 2021
Kristen Tiede, Archeologist For the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Kristen talked with us about her job and what it entails. Books Ladies of the Field: Early Women Archaeologists and Their Search for Adventure, by Amanda Adams An Irish Country Village by Patrick Taylor, MD Outlander by Diana Gabaldon TV Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip With Sam and Graham A LInk to Abenaki Heritage Foods Still In Use Today
October 16, 2021
Katy Bowman, Our Friend
Katy Bowman came and talked about her work as a biomechanist. We have a big list of books to add. Books Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years, by Sarah L. Delany, A. Elizabeth Delany, and Amy Hill Hearth Symposium, by Plato Syllabus: Notes From an Accidental Professor, by Lynda Barry The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell Exhalation, by Ted Chiang Internet @AlexisNikole on TikTok, foraging! PubMed Google Scholar TV The West Wing
October 09, 2021
Bruce Kiskaddon, Poet
This is the last day of the 2021 Pendleton Round-Up, and in its honor, Heather reads some of Mr. Kiskaddon's poems.
September 18, 2021
Season 2 Opener!
Heather outlines the fun to come the fall! Call 541-966-0380 to register!
September 04, 2021
Episode 32: TikTok Comic Mash-Up!
James and Heather discuss the cultural significance of TikTok, how to make them with the help of good ol Charlie Brown, and why collaboration at a distance is the way of the future. Like, at Thanksgiving time.
August 20, 2021
Episode 31: Colleen Sanders, Comeback Kid
Colleen returns to the podcast to talk about how her growing season is going, drought tips, and some activism you can try at home. Activism You Can Try at Home Books in this episode: Gardening Without Work: For the Aging, the Busy, and the Indolent by Ruth Stout Lasagna Gardening: A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding! by Patricia Lanza Lasagna Gardening for Small Spaces: A Layering System for Big Results in Small Gardens and Containers by Patricia Lanza Columbus and Other Cannibals: The Wetiko Disease of Exploitation, Imperialism, and Terrorism by Jack D. Forbes
August 14, 2021
Episode 29: Jill Clark and I Discuss The Little Mermaid
Also the many aspects of its original author Hans Christian Andersen, and dark Disney.
August 07, 2021
Episode 30: Virginia Roberts Queen of the Old West
Virginia Roberts is the Pendleton Public Library's genealogy volunteer. She knows quite a bit about Pendleton. Books and authors in this episode: The Rivoli Book : the Rise of Pendleton's Public Halls, Opera Houses, and Film Theaters, Amid Saloons, Gambling Halls, Brothels, and Opium Dens, 1864-1981 by Victor J. Kucera. Dead Man's Walk by Larry  McMurtry Ivan Doig Jane Kirkpatrick Favorite websites: YouTube
August 07, 2021
Surprise Episode!
Come see Katy Bowman next Wednesday, during and after the Book Walk! A book walk, then a book talk, as the ancients predicted. Katy Bowman has a podcast, Move Your DNA We have some Katy Bowman books and dvds: Books Move your DNA Movement matters : essays on movement science, movement ecology, and the nature of movement Diastasis recti : the whole-body solution to abdominal weakness and separation Whole body barefoot : transitioning well to minimal footwear Dynamic aging : simple exercises for whole-body mobility Don't just sit there : transitioning to a standing and dynamic workstation for whole-body health Grow wild: the whole-child, whole-family, nature-rich guide to moving more Simple steps to foot pain relief : the new science of healthy feet DVDs Daily movement multivitamin with Katy Bowman, M.S Aligned and well
August 05, 2021
Rob Brooks Finds the Library a Welcome Resource
Rob Brooks coaches boxing at Blanc's Boxing Gym in Pendleton, right next door the the library. Books in this podcast: The Tommyknockers by Stephen King The Art of War by Sun Tzu Bowling Alone by Robert D. Putnam Favorite website: weather
July 31, 2021
Episode 27: Dr Nick Nash and the Adventure in the Library
Dr Nick Nash recommends: The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers by Bridgett M. Davis Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last by Wright Thompson
July 24, 2021
Episode 26: Dr Beau Benson of the Oregon East Symphony
Movies mentioned in this episode: Nosferatu (1922) The Robot vs The Aztec Mummy (1958) Nothing But Trouble (1991) yes Heather did know which movie it was. Also Heather now remembers the actor whose name she was trying to remember was Harold Lloyd. Her favorite of his movies is Hot Water. Books mentioned in this episode: Beauty: a Very Short Introduction by Roger Scruton Beowulf The Aeneid of Virgil Metamorphosis by Ovid Unseen Realm by Michael Heiser
July 17, 2021
Episode #25: Glenn Graham and the Long Good-Bye
Glenn is retiring, and we took this opportunity to record his ineffable pesonality. Books in this episode were the entire works of Patrick F. McManus, especially The Horse In My Garage.  Also Garrison Keillor.
July 10, 2021
Episode 24: Christine Guenther and Her Calling
Christine Guenther, Registered Dietician, came in and talked about how she discovered her career. Books in the episode: Lion: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley Cooking the Whole Foods Way: Your Complete, Everyday Guide to Healthy, Delicious Eating with 500 VeganRecipes , Menus, Techniques, Meal Planning, Buying Tips, Wit, and Wisdom by Christina Pirello East to the Dawn: the Life of Amelia Earhart by Susan Butler Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook by Nancy Clark Skinny Liver: A Proven Program to Prevent and Reverse the New Silent Epidemic--Fatty Liver Disease by Kirsten Kirkpatrick and Ibrahim Hanouneh MD.  Favorite Website:
July 03, 2021
Episode 23: Catherine Campbell and the Year of Reading Constantly
Catherine Campbell shares her list of A Number 1 King of Books picks published in 2020/2021. She read WAAAAY more than this in the past year. Book List: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Once You Go This Far by Kristen Lepionka (4th in detective series Roxane Weary) Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell (also discussed: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell, from 2019) Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab The Searcher by Tana French (also mentioned: The Witch Elm by Tana French, from 2018) Devolution : a Firsthand Account of the Mt Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks Notes From an Apocalypse : a Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back by Mark O'Connell The Cold Millions by Jess Walter The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen After Life by Julia Alvarez The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons) : Poetry by Barbara Kingsolver These Women by Ivy Pochoda Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson (1st in detective series Malcolm Kershaw) Decoding Boys by Cara Natterson  Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (also discussed: We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix) Magic Lessons : a Prequel to Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman  The Survivors by Jane Harper
June 26, 2021
Episode 22: Jill Clark and the Adventure of the Middle School Pandemic Spring Term
Jill Clark, teacher of English, speaks on teaching to a lovable crowd, roller skating, and fairy tales and the women who love them. Jill's Book List: This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
June 19, 2021
Episode 21: Kola Shippentower Thompson, a Woman of Power
Kola drops by to talk about Jiu-Jitsu, fighting competitively, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women/People, and a great book with a local setting. Instagram- @kolshippentower Stolen Butterfly- by Paty Jager Wisawca Project And lastly, here’s my Link Tree: (Everything can be found here) Books in this episode:  Naya Nuki: Shoshoni Girl Who Ran by Kenneth Thomasma  Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey More Myself: A Journey by Alicia Keys
June 12, 2021
Episode 20: Heather and the Fancy Summer
Two very fun summer projects you can do with the library! To register for DIY: Embroidered Photographs, call (541)966-0380, or email us at To be included in Heather's Book Notes, email us at
June 05, 2021
Episode 19: Summer Reading with James!
James and Heather discuss their favorite upcoming programs for the 2021 Summer Reading Program, Reading Colors Your World. To register for programs, call (541)966-0380. Also, please email us at with any questions.
May 29, 2021
Episode 18: Sally Kosey Episode 2
Sally recommends three books. 50 Shades of Grey by E. L. James The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel Wiyaxayxt / Wiyaakaa'awn / As Days Go By: Our History, Our Land, Our People --The Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla by Jennifer Karson
May 22, 2021
Episode 17: Sally Kosey, CTUIR Board Secretary
Sally Kosey is the Board of Trustees Secretary of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
May 15, 2021
Episode 16: Robb Corbett and the Visit to the Library Department
Robb Corbett is the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Pendleton, and his office is directly above the Library.
May 08, 2021
Episode 15: J. D. Kindle Enjoys a Nice Read or Two
Executive Director J. D. Kindle of the Oregon East Symphony discusses his personal journeys. His reading list: The Hawkline Monster by Richard Brautigan Travel works of Paul Bowles Lipstick Traces: a Secret History of the Twentieth Century by Greil Marcus Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia The Faerie Queen by Edmund Spenser The Brotherhood of the Grape by John Fante
May 01, 2021
The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's
Heather reads a short story from 1912, written by L. M. Montgomery.
April 24, 2021
Episode 13: Roy Jones and the Friendly Chat
Onmyōji (2001) and Onmyōji 2 (2003) are movies mentioned in this podcast.
April 17, 2021
Library Events for April 2021
Things that are, things that have been, and things that have not yet come to pass. (541)966-0380
April 10, 2021
Episode 10: Matthew Campbell Likes Gardens
Matthew visits to speak about his garden plans for the year, and some tips and tricks for starting sweet potatoes effectively, growing blueberries successfully, and fighting insect incursions mindfully.
March 27, 2021
Episode 11: Greg Alexander and the Theater of the Mind
You can reach Greg at His book recommendations today were: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, by Malcolm Gladwell The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, & Madness at the Fair That Changed America, by Erik Larson Thunderstruck,  by Erik Larson
March 27, 2021
Episode 9: Colleen Sanders and the Wonderful Garden
Plant varieties mentioned in the episode include: Blueberry, Duke: northern highbush early fruiting variety Blueberry, Chandler: late fruiting variety, HUGE fruit Sunflower, Shock-O-Lot: dark red brown petals with clear yellow tips Sunflower, Chocolate Cherry: dark red and dark brown Sunflower, Honey Bear: orange, fluffy powderpuff shape Sunflower, Italian Ice: white, a bit small Pumpkin, Connecticut Field: even size and shape, the classic U-Pick Halloween pumpkin. Developed by the Abenaki people, the originators of many dependable heirloom vegetables. Any gourds you fancy in the seed department of any store will amuse and divert you. It's fun to let the seeds of any small gourd mix reseed every year. For a while.
March 20, 2021
Episode 8: Jon Bullard, Eagle of the Recreation Department
Jon Bullard of the City of Pendleton Parks and Recreation Department sits down with us to answer 20 questions about himself and his life and his career.
March 13, 2021
Episode 7: Matthew Campbell, Butterfly Man
Matthew Campbell had allowed the library to adopt the care of several batches of caterpillars, which turn into butterflies over the course of summer weeks, and are released in front of the library. He has some advice for attracting butterflies to our yards.
March 06, 2021
Episode 6: Jennifer and the Art Kit.
We are using materials that came in an Art Snacks subscription kit. If you would like to receive one of the library's craft kit subscriptions, fill out this form.
February 27, 2021
March 2021 Programming
Programs coming up in March 2021. Learn more about library programs, and register for them at: (541)966-0380 The Dr Seuss Celebration times on Saturday March 6th are  10:30am 11:15am 12:00pm 12:30pm Craft Kit Subscription Form Mystery Pack Form BMCC/PPL Joint Virtual Book Club Email Heather
February 20, 2021
Episode Four: Maura and the Readers' Advisory
Please find Maura's great sources for book recommendations on the following links: New York Time Best Seller List Goodreads Library Reads Books and Authors Database NOTE: the above is a link to the Pendleton Public Library's Gale Database Resources page, you will have to click on the Books and Authors portal once you are there. NPR Book Concierge You might also be interested in Nancy Pearl and her recommendations: Nancy Pearl
February 13, 2021
Episode Three: Steve Lawn of the UAS Test Range
Steve Lawn works with people building and testing Unmanned Air Systems. You can find out more about the test range at their website,
February 06, 2021
Episode Two: James!
James talks to us about his job at the library, and his experiences trying out the Library's new Nintendo Switch Lite. You can attend his Interlibrary Loan Program at 6pm on February 10th, via Zoom. We also have Libby, a free library downloadable media app. has links to both.
January 30, 2021
Episode One: Late January 2021 Programs at the Library
BMCC & PPL Joint Virtual Book Club: We meet online in a Zoom discussion every other Monday at 5pm. The next meeting is February 5th. We are reading Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey and Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor. will find us. Pendleton Public Library email: use the one of the following subjects Library email list Virtual Book Club Notes Virtual Book Club Question Print Request Mystery Box Craft Subscription Library contact: (541)966-0380
January 26, 2021
Listen Here Now!
Introducing a new podcast from Pendleton Public Library, Listen Here Now: Serious Library News Magazine, with Heather!
January 12, 2021