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OFF THE SHELF at the Susquehanna County Library

OFF THE SHELF at the Susquehanna County Library

By Howard Burkett
Welcome to a monthly podcast from the Susquehanna County Library. This is an easy and fun way to find out what is going on at all of our locations. We also want to let you know about community events and businesses! In Sept of 2022, we are putting out an eight part special BONUS series that discusses the association and our services. Check back often with us, or subscribe to get each release! We also enjoy getting your feedback! You can even leave us a quick "Voice Message"!
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S3:BONUS 3: Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association History Organizational History - Part 2 of 8
Hi there,  A while back, one of our Library Managers was having a conversation with me and wondered if using our Podcast would be a way of informing people in our community about our Association and at the same time could be used to capture some of the history or the organization.  Well, here we go!  This special series of eight BONUS episodes is a great way for new County Supervisors, new Association Board members, new Association staff members and most important, our patrons to learn about who we are, our history, and the services that we provide. Each episode is less than thirty minutes long, and we plan on releasing one episode a week for eight weeks.  Here is the list of the episodes: Episode #1 - Association History Overview Episode #2 - Board of Directors Overview Episode #3 - Historical Society Overview Episode #4 - Hallstead/Great Bend Branch Overview Episode #5 - Susquehanna Branch Overview Episode #6 - Forrest City Branch Overview Episode #7 - Outreach Services Overview Episode #8 - Custodial Services, Information Technology, Support Services and a general wrap up of the series. Be sure to subscribe to the Podcast so that you'll get each episode downloaded automatically to your podcast device! After you have listened to all eight episodes, be sure to go to our website and take the quick quiz on the material.  If you score 80% or higher, you will be entered into a special drawing for some great items.  If you have the highest score, you can claim the title of "THE GRAND ASSOCIATION SUPPORTER"
10:05
September 27, 2022
S3:BONUS 2: Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association History Organizational History - Part 1 of 8
Hi there,  A while back, one of our Library Managers was having a conversation with me and wondered if using our Podcast would be a way of informing people in our community about our Association and at the same time could be used to capture some of the history or the organization.  Well, here we go!  This special series of eight BONUS episodes is a great way for new County Supervisors, new Association Board members, new Association staff members and most important, our patrons to learn about who we are, our history, and the services that we provide. Each episode is less than thirty minutes long, and we plan on releasing one episode a week for eight weeks.  Here is the list of the episodes: Episode #1 - Association History Overview Episode #2 - Board of Directors Overview Episode #3 - Historical Society Overview Episode #4 - Hallstead/Great Bend Branch Overview Episode #5 - Susquehanna Branch Overview Episode #6 - Forrest City Branch Overview Episode #7 - Outreach Services Overview Episode #8 - Custodial Services, Information Technology, Support Services and a general wrap up of the series. Be sure to subscribe to the Podcast so that you'll get each episode downloaded automatically to your podcast device! After you have listened to all eight episodes, be sure to go to our website and take the quick quiz on the material.  If you score 80% or higher, you will be entered into a special drawing for some great items.  If you have the highest score, you can claim the title of "THE GRAND ASSOCIATION SUPPORTER"
30:23
September 21, 2022
S3:E1: OFF THE SHELF at the Susquehanna County Free Library - July 2022
     Welcome to SEASON 3 of our Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association podcast, "OFF THE SHELF"!  We took a few months off from Season #2 to change the format of the podcast.  For the first two years, we use to report on the most read authors from the prior month, but.... we found that that TOP 10 author list changed VERY LITTLE.  For 24 months, James Patterson was always #1, and the next nine authors were from a short list of about 20 authors, with very little movement in the rankings.  So, our new focus is on library and community programs and information that we think you will find value in listening too!     This episode will highlight three important events/programs in the area that are happening soon:           1. The 2022 Montrose Blueberry Festival - Running 5-6 August.           2. A program from PennState Extension: Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14.            3. The 164'th 2022 Harford County Fair - Running 15-20 August      We hope to hear some feedback from you on the new format or what else you would like us to include in the future!  You can email us at: info@susqcolibrary.org.  If you are a new listener to the podcast, we have a contest that you can enter!  Scan QR code to enter! (susqcolibrary.org)      We will be back in a few weeks with another episode with more information about our programs, our partners in the community and new books in our collection!
54:35
July 27, 2022
BONUS EPISODE: - 25 - The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens - Part 5 of 5
Happy Holidays!  We want to thank you for listening to our podcast series, OFF THE SHELF.  We have a special treat for you as we end 2021.  We have the return of our five part reading of one of the most famous holiday stories,  The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.  The book was first released on 19 December 1843, We are excited to share five chapters starting today and the next four days, presented by five different readers. Our readers are all members of our local community that have an important connection to the library.  You may know who they are by listening to them, but we are not going to tell you who they are till the end of their chapter. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast so that you will get a download when each segment is released.  Thank you for all your support in 2021 and we look forward to supporting  you in 2022.  Be SAFE and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS! Talk to you in 2022! We hope that you have enjoyed listening to this five episode holiday repeat of The Christmas Carol.  Thank you so much to our five talented readers!   Howard Heads Up!  We will modify our OFF THE SHELF podcast format starting in January.  The focus will be more on what's NEW at the library with programs and events, a brief reminder of the on-going programs and then a quick report out on the top FIVE checked out authors from the prior month.
25:29
December 23, 2021
BONUS EPISODE: - 24 - The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens - Part 4 of 5
Happy Holidays!  We want to thank you for listening to our podcast series, OFF THE SHELF.  We have a special treat for you as we end 2021.  We have the return of our five part reading of one of the most famous holiday stories,  The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.  The book was first released on 19 December 1843, We are excited to share five chapters starting today and the next four days, presented by five different readers. Our readers are all members of our local community that have an important connection to the library.  You may know who they are by listening to them, but we are not going to tell you who they are till the end of their chapter. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast so that you will get a download when each segment is released.  Thank you for all your support in 2021 and we look forward to supporting  you in 2022.  Be SAFE and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS! Talk to you in 2022!  Be sure to join us tomorrow for the next and final podcast of this book! Howard Heads Up!  We will modify our OFF THE SHELF podcast format starting in January.  The focus will be more on what's NEW at the library with programs and events, a brief reminder of the on-going programs and then a quick report out on the top FIVE checked out authors from the prior month.
52:22
December 22, 2021
BONUS EPISODE: - 23 - The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens - Part 3 of 5
Happy Holidays!  We want to thank you for listening to our podcast series, OFF THE SHELF.  We have a special treat for you as we end 2021.  We have the return of our five part reading of one of the most famous holiday stories,  The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.  The book was first released on 19 December 1843, We are excited to share five chapters starting today and the next four days, presented by five different readers. Our readers are all members of our local community that have an important connection to the library.  You may know who they are by listening to them, but we are not going to tell you who they are till the end of their chapter. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast so that you will get a download when each segment is released.  Thank you for all your support in 2021 and we look forward to supporting  you in 2022.  Be SAFE and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS! Talk to you in 2022! Howard Heads Up!  We will modify our OFF THE SHELF podcast format starting in January.  The focus will be more on what's NEW at the library with programs and events, a brief reminder of the on-going programs and then a quick report out on the top FIVE checked out authors from the prior month.
01:04:36
December 21, 2021
BONUS EPISODE: - 22 - The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens - Part 2 of 5
Happy Holidays!  We want to thank you for listening to our podcast series, OFF THE SHELF.  We have a special treat for you as we end 2021.  We have the return of our five part reading of one of the most famous holiday stories,  The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.  The book was first released on 19 December 1843, We are excited to share five chapters starting today and the next four days, presented by five different readers. Our readers are all members of our local community that have an important connection to the library.  You may know who they are by listening to them, but we are not going to tell you who they are till the end of their chapter. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast so that you will get a download when each segment is released.  Thank you for all your support in 2021 and we look forward to supporting  you in 2022.  Be SAFE and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS! Talk to you in 2022! Howard Heads Up!  We will modify our OFF THE SHELF podcast format starting in January.  The focus will be more on what's NEW at the library with programs and events, a brief reminder of the on-going programs and then a quick report out on the top FIVE checked out authors from the prior month.
48:36
December 20, 2021
BONUS EPISODE: - 21 - The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens - Part 1 of 5
Happy Holidays!  We want to thank you for listening to our podcast series, OFF THE SHELF.  We have a special treat for you as we end 2021.  We have the return of our five part reading of one of the most famous holiday stories,  The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.  The book was first released on 19 December 1843, We are excited to share five chapters starting today and the next four days, presented by five different readers. Our readers are all members of our local community that have an important connection to the library.  You may know who they are by listening to them, but we are not going to tell you who they are till the end of their chapter.    Be sure to subscribe to the podcast so that you will get a download when each segment is released.  Thank you for all your support in 2021 and we look forward to supporting  you in 2022.  Be SAFE and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS! Talk to you in 2022! Howard Heads Up!  We will modify our OFF THE SHELF podcast format starting in January.  The focus will be more on what's NEW at the library with programs and events, a brief reminder of the on-going programs and then a quick report out on the top FIVE checked out authors from the prior month.  
48:27
December 19, 2021
BONUS EPISODE: - 26 - The Night Before Christmas
As Christmas Eve approaches, we wish to share this reading of a poem that was written in 1823 by Clement Clarke Moore, The Night Before Christmas.  It's a short piece, but one of the most well known writings about Saint Nick. Our reader of this wonderful poem is Susquehanna County Commissioner Allen Hall.  Commissioner Hall was kind enough to have recorded this with us in 2019, and we replayed it last year in 2021 and are happy to bring it to you again this year!   And as Saint Nick says at the end of the poem...... "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night."
05:08
December 17, 2021
BONUS EPISODE - S2E12 - Off The Shelf: Halloween 2021 - Edgar Allan Poe - The Tell-Tale Heart (A repeat from our Oct 2020 show)
Last year we did a reading of Edgar Allan Poe's short story, "The Tell-Tale Heart.  With Halloween just a few days away, we thought it might be nice to repeat this for our new listeners.   Edgar Allan Poe published this in 1843, and it's reported that he was only paid about $10.00 for the story.  Now, almost 200 years later, it is considered one of his best short stories.  We hope you enjoy and we would enjoy hearing from you with comments about our podcasts.  Good reading and listening!
16:02
October 21, 2021
Top Ten Authors checked out from the Susquehanna County Library during September 2021
Fall is here! We had over 5,500 titles checked out in September.   Will James Patterson still be the number one author for yet another month? Are there any surprises or new authors on the list?  Are the children still reading enough books to get those authors on the list?  You'll have to listen to find out! Don't forget to check out the "Coming Soon" list, which shows the books that we will be receiving in the next several months.  It is available on our web site and posted at our front desk, at each of our four locations.  If you see an author and a future title that you would like to read, contact the library by phone or in person to get put on the "WAIT LIST" for that title.  Now you can also place yourself on the list by going to the web site. Then when it is received and processed, you can be one of the first people to be called to come in and get it! Drop in to Montrose and check out our new Walk By Scrabble game!  It's your chance to get in a drawing for a DUNKIN' Gift Card if you are on the winning Scrabble team! Listen at the end of the podcast to some of the new and coming programs! Be sure to subscribe so that you receive future episodes automatically and have a GREAT READ till we talk again! Howard
16:50
October 20, 2021
Top Ten Authors checked out from the Susquehanna County Library during August 2021
Summer is almost over!! We had almost 6,500 titles checked out in August.   Will James Patterson still be the number one author for yet another month? Are there any surprises or new authors on the list?  Are the children still reading enough books to get those authors on the list?  You'll have to listen to find out! Don't forget to check out the "Coming Soon" list, which shows the books that we will be receiving in the next several months.  It is available on our web site and posted at our front desk, at each of our four locations.  If you see an author and a future title that you would like to read, contact the library by phone or in person to get put on the "WAIT LIST" for that title.  Now you can also place yourself on the list by going to the web site.  Then when it is received and processed, you can be one of the first people to be called to come in and get it! Drop in to Montrose and check out our new Walk By Scrabble game!  It's your chance to get in a drawing for a DUNKIN' Gift Card if you are on the winning Scrabble team! Listen at the end of the podcast to some of the upcoming programs we have coming soon! Be sure to subscribe so that you receive future episodes automatically and have a GREAT READ till we talk again! Howard
18:09
September 14, 2021
Top Ten Authors checked out from the Susquehanna County Library during July 2021
Summer is almost over!! We had over 6,500 titles checked out in July.   Will James Patterson still be the number one author for yet another month? Are there any surprises or new authors on the list?  Are the children still reading enough books to get those authors on the list?  You'll have to listen to find out! Don't forget to check out the "Coming Soon" list, which shows the books that we will be receiving in the next several months.  It is available on our web site and posted at our front desk, at each of our four locations.  If you see an author and a future title that you would like to read, contact the library by phone or in person to get put on the "WAIT LIST" for that title.  Now you can also place yourself on the list by going to the web site.  Then when it is received and processed, you can be one of the first people to be called to come in and get it! Drop in to Montrose and check out our new Walk By Scrabble game!  It's your chance to get in a drawing for a DUNKIN' Gift Card if you are on the winning Scrabble team! Now till Labor day you can come to either the Montrose or Forrest City locations to check out our special "VACATION WITH A BOOK" display and maybe you will win a DUNKIN's gift card! Don't FORGET, it's FAIR MONTH!!!! If you visit the Master Gardener booth and mention to one of the Master Gardeners that are working the booth that you heard from either JEAN or HOWARD, that you could enter to win a FREE Amazon ALEXA device to listen to the next podcast, they will give you an entry form!  GOOD LUCK! Have a GREAT READ! Howard
15:19
August 04, 2021
Top Ten Authors checked out from the Susquehanna County Library during June 2021
Summer is half over!   We had over 6,400 titles checked out in June.   Will James Patterson still be the number one author for yet another month? Are there any surprises or new authors on the list?  You'll have to listen to find out! Don't forget to check out the "Coming Soon" list, which shows the books that we will be receiving in the next several months.  It is available on our web site and posted at our front desk, at each of our four locations.  If you see an author and a future title that you would like to read, contact the library by phone or in person to get put on the "WAIT LIST" for that title.  Now you can also place yourself on the list by going to the web site.  Then when it is received and processed, you can be one of the first people to be called to come in and get it! Be sure to check out our programs on our web page and the new gardening questions/topics podcast, "DIGGING FOR ANSWERS",  with the PSE Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County. You can email or leave a voice mail message with them and after researching and getting back to the individual, some of the questions will be included in our podcast.  It's a FREE way to get your gardening, lawn care, tree, questions addressed. Drop in to Montrose and check out our new Walk By Scrabble game!  It's your chance to get in a drawing for a DUNKIN' Gift Card if you are on the winning Scrabble team! We will be back in August with another "Wrapped Book" special event!  Be sure to listen next month or go to the library web site. Have a GREAT READ! Howard
19:01
July 14, 2021
BONUS EPISODE - 20 - The Library ON-LINE Gift Basket Auction June 23'rd till June 30'th
With COVID this last year, one of our biggest fund raisers did not happen.  As we approach our summer season, which included the auction, we thought, "Can't we do an on-line auction?"  OF COURSE WE CAN!  So, this is a short test to auction off six wonderful gift baskets over a week long period, running Wednesday 23 June till noon on Wednesday 30 June.  It is your chance, regardless where you listen to this podcast and live, to see what is in the baskets, and then place a bid on one or more of the baskets.   This podcast will describe what is in the six baskets and what the process is for you to register as a bidder and place your bid(s).  Since this is a test, you can only win one basket per bid ID, so keep that in mind.  We would use the time stamp of the last winning bid to determine which basket that you would win, IF, you happen to have the highest bid on more than one basket.   Four of the six baskets include $18.00 worth of PA Scratcher Lottery tickets, so you might win a HUGE amount of $$$$$.   NOTE: We are releasing this podcast on 9 June, you can request a BIDDER ID (expect a response within 24 hours) and you can place a bid before the 23'rd of June, but don't expect a response till the 23'rd. A BIG THANK YOU, to the staff, Board members and other individuals and companies that donated the basket contents. Thank you in advance for your support of this fundraiser!   If you have any questions, please contact the library at any of our four locations. BEST OF LUCK to you in the bidding and in scratching off those lottery tickets!
15:43
June 09, 2021
Top Ten Authors checked out from the Susquehanna County Library during May 2021
Wow, where did the month of May go?  I hope you had some time to read at least one new book!   We had over 5343 titles checked out in May.   Will James Patterson still be the number one author for yet another month? Are there any surprises or new authors on the list?  You'll have to listen to find out! Don't forget to check out the "Coming Soon" list, which shows the books that we will be receiving in the next several months.  It is available on our web site and posted at our front desk, at each of our four locations.  If you see an author and a future title that you would like to read, contact the library by phone or in person to get put on the "WAIT LIST" for that title.  Now you can also place yourself on the list by going to the web site.  Then when it is received and processed, you can be one of the first people to be called to come in and get it! Be sure to check out our programs on our web page and the new gardening questions/topics podcast, "DIGGING FOR ANSWERS",  with the PSE Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County. You can email or leave a voice mail message with them and after researching and getting back to the individual, some of the questions will be included in our podcast.  It's a FREE way to get your gardening, lawn care, tree, questions addressed. We also have some special programs running till the end of May, that might land you a DUNKIN' Gift Card! The  "BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK" event was a GREAT success in May.  Patrons picked a wrapped book from our special area and checked it out, took it home, unwrapped it, and spend some time with it.  For many it was a NEW author or genre, from what they normally selected.  We had almost forty, "RATE YOUR DATE" rating cards submitted, and will soon be announcing  the winners of the DUNKIN' gift cards.!    This event was held at the Montrose and Hallstead/Great Bend locations.  We will be having another event like this by the end of summer, so be ready! At the end of June we will be having an on-line gift basket auction.  There will be a podcast release in the next few days that will describe the gift baskets and how the online process works.  Be sure to spread the word to others so that they can help with this important fund raiser.  Since four of the gift baskets contain lottery scratchers, maybe we will have a VERY BIG winner! Have a GREAT READ!   Howard
15:35
June 02, 2021
Top Ten Authors checked out from the Susquehanna County Library during April 2021
Welcome to May!  We are running a bit late, but it's time to see what our 20,000+ patrons were reading in the month of April 2021. We had over 6,077 titles checked out in April.   Will James Patterson still be the number one author for yet another month? You'll have to listen to find out! Don't forget to check out our "Coming Soon" list, which shows the books that we will be receiving in the next several months.  It is available on our web site and posted at our front desk, at each of our four locations.  If you see an author and a future title that you would like to read, contact the library by phone or in person to get put on the "WAIT LIST" for that title.  Then when it is received and processed, you can be one of the first people to be called to come in and get it! Be sure to check out our programs on our web page and the new gardening questions/topics podcast, "DIGGING FOR ANSWERS",  with the PSE Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County. You can email or leave a voice mail message with them and after researching and getting back to the individual, some of the questions will be included in our podcast.  It's a FREE way to get your gardening, lawn care, tree, questions addressed. We also have some special programs running till the end of May, that might land you a DUNKIN' Gift Card! 1.- Help us  to "SPREAD THE WORD" about our podcasts.  It will be a chance for existing podcast subscribers and new listeners to have a chance of winning a prize by Spreading the Word about our podcasts. Listen during this podcast for a secret word provided during the podcast, that you can use when you enter on our web site.   2.- The  "BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK" event is running till the end of the month of May.  You pick a wrapped book from our special area and check it out, take it home, unwrap it, and spend some time with it.  I might be an author or genre that is new to you.  After you are finished spending some time with it, you enter a "RATE YOUR DATE" response, which will put you in a drawing for a DUNKIN' gift card!  You can enter more than once.  This event will be held at the Montrose and Hallstead/Great Bend locations.
16:54
May 18, 2021
BONUS EPISODE - 18 - Help us to SPREAD THE WORD about our podcasts!!!
Hi there, If you enjoy listening to our podcasts, "Digging for Answers" and/or "Off the Shelf", here is your chance to help us to SPREAD THE WORD about them to others and have a chance of winning a DUNKIN' gift card! Our goal is to increase our listeners by at least 20%, which means we need at least 138 additional downloads. Thank you for sharing with others. We hope you are subscribed and enjoying each episode. Howard
08:20
April 19, 2021
Top Ten Authors checked out from the Susquehanna County Library during March 2021
We are off and running into the month of April and it's time to see what our 20,000+ patrons were reading in the month of March.   We had over 6065 titles checked out in March, up over 10% from our February checkouts.   Will James Patterson still be the number one author for yep another month? You'll have to listen to find out! We enjoy getting your inputs.  You can ask a library related question or comment on our podcast.  "programs@susqucolibrary.org" is our address if you want to email us.  Don't forget to check out our "Coming Soon" list, which shows the books that we will be receiving in the next several months.  It is available on our web site and posted at our front desk, at each of our four locations.  If you see an author and a future title that you would like to read, contact the library by phone or in person to get put on the "WAIT LIST" for that title.  Then when it is received and processed, you can be one of the first people to be called to come in and get it! Be sure to check out our programs on our web page and the new gardening questions/topics podcast, "DIGGING FOR ANSWERS",  with the PSE Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County. You can email or leave a voice mail message with them and after researching and getting back to the individual, some of the questions will be included in our podcast.  It's a FREE way to get your gardening, lawn care, tree, questions addressed. Watch for some upcoming special programs!   1.- A special event to "SPREAD THE WORD" about our podcasts.  It will be a chance for existing podcast subscribers and new listeners to have a chance of winning a prize by Spreading the Word about our podcasts. 2.- Our upcoming "BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK" event coming in a few weeks.  You pick a wrapped book from our special area and check it out, take it home, unwrap it, and spend some time with it.  I might be an author or genre that is new to you.  After you are finished spending some time with it, you enter a "RATE YOUR DATE" response, which will put you in a drawing for a DUNKIN' gift card!  You can enter more than once.  This event will be held at the Montrose and Hallstead/Great Bend locations soon, running till the end May. 
29:22
April 07, 2021
Top Ten Authors checked out from the Susquehanna County Free Library during February 2021
Are you ready for the time change coming up in early March?  That means that it won't be getting dark outside till after 7 p.m. It's going to make the day seem longer for most of us.  What a great chance to spend a bit more time reading!  It may be your favorite mystery author or maybe a book on gardening, since it is almost time to plant!   We had over 5391 titles checked out in February, up over 2% from our January checkouts.   Will James Patterson still be the number one author for yep another month? You'll have to listen to find out!  Be sure to check out our first book review from one our our patrons!  The book this month is Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance. We enjoy getting your inputs.  You can ask a library related question or comment on our podcast.  "programs@susqucolibrary.org" is our address if you want to email us.  Don't forget to check out our "Coming Soon" list, which shows the books that we will be receiving in the next several months.  It is available on our web site and posted at our front desk, at each of our four locations.  If you see an author and a future title that you would like to read, contact the library by phone or in person to get put on the "WAIT LIST" for that title.  Then when it is received and processed, you can be one of the first people to be called to come in and get it! Be sure to check out our programs on our web page and the new gardening questions/topics podcast, "DIGGING FOR ANSWERS",  with the PSE Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County. You can email or leave a voice mail message with them and after researching and getting back to the individual, some of the questions will be included in our podcast.  It's a FREE way to get your gardening, lawn care, tree, questions addressed. Have a great month, keep your fingers busy turning the pages of a few good books, and keep an eye out for the Leprechaun's pot of gold!
27:13
March 03, 2021
Top Ten Authors checked out from the Susquehanna County Free Library during January 2021
What?  Six more weeks of winter?  (Did you see the Groundhog's remaining winter prediction?)  You need to find some good books to read!!! We had over 5180 titles checked out in January, up several from December.   Will James Patterson still be the number one author for yep another month? We enjoy getting your inputs.  You can ask a library related question or comment on our podcast.  "programs@susqucolibrary.org" is our address if you want to email us.  I want to thank "SUE", a listener who contacted us and suggested that as we review the authors each month, that we discuss our "Coming Soon" list, which shows the books that we will be receiving in the next several months.  It is available on our web site and posted at our front desk, at each of our four locations.  If you see an author and a future title that you would like to read, contact the library by phone or in person to get put on the "WAIT LIST" for that title.  Then when it is received and processed, you can be one of the first people to be called to come in and get it! Be sure to check out our programs on our web page and the new gardening questions/topics podcast, "DIGGING FOR ANSWERS",  with the PSE Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County. You can email or leave a voice mail message with them and after researching and getting back to the individual, some of the questions will be included in our podcast.  It's a FREE way to get your gardening, lawn care, tree, questions addressed. Have a great month, keep your fingers busy turning the pages of a few good books, and not picking up pieces of Valentine candy!
21:20
February 03, 2021
BONUS EPISODE: - 14 - How to set up your On-Line Book Club
We had a question submitted about how do you set up an on-line book club or book review, so we thought that we would do a bit of research and publish a BONUS podcast on the topic.  There are a LOT of ways that you could set up and run an on-line club, so there really isn't a right or wrong answer.   If you do decide to set up a new club or open up your existing club to an on-line format, and you are looking for members, please let us know.  You can even create a flyer that can be posted, recruiting new members. If you have any questions, please let us know!  See you in a few weeks for our regular OFF THE SHELF episode, as we review the ten best authors for January 2021.
31:13
January 19, 2021
Top Ten Authors checked out from the Susquehanna County Free Library during December 2020
Good bye 2020 and hello 2021!  This episode will take a look at how we ended up 2020.  We had over 4,400 authors checked out in December, many of them with patrons reading holiday themed books.   Will James Patterson still be the number one author for another month? We enjoy getting your inputs.  You can ask a library related question or comment on our podcast.  "programs@susqucolibrary.org" is our address if you want to email us. Be sure to check out our programs on our web page and the new gardening questions/topics podcast, "DIGGING FOR ANSWERS",  with the Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County. You can email or leave a voice mail message with them and after researching and getting back to the individual, some of the questions will be included in our podcast.  It's a FREE way to get your gardening, lawn care, tree, questions addressed.
20:55
January 13, 2021
BONUS EPISODE: - 13 - What is a Podcast? What do you suggest I download and check out?
Hi there,  I'm Howard and I can't believe that we are just about to wrap up 2020 and our first season of podcasting here at the Susquehanna County Free Library.  We are going to end the year with an episode that was requested to cover, "What is a Podcast?".  We will discuss what a podcast is, what it isn't, where to find them, how to get them, and then... I'll recommend five of my current favorite ones.   This is a great one to listen to as one year ends and another starts.  Is listening to more podcasts going to be on your New Year's resolutions list?   Enjoy and hope to have you back in a week or so to hear our regular podcast on the Top Ten Authors for December 2020 as our regular feature of "OFF THE SHELF".  We also plan on having a podcast in January based on a request of how to hold an on-line book club.   HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!! Howard and the Library/Historical Society Staff P.S. Don't forget to listen to our other new podcast focused on gardening, titled, "Digging For Answers" with the Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County.
50:35
December 30, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: - 11 - The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens - Part 5 of 5
Happy Holidays!  We want to thank you for listening to us over the last few months as we kicked off our podcast series, OFF THE SHELF.  We conclude our special treat for you today as we end 2020.  This is the last of a five part reading of one of the most famous holiday stories,  The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.  The book was first released on 19 December 1843, Today we are releasing Stave 5 of five.  Each Stave was presented by a different reader.  Our readers are all members of our local community that have an important connection to the library.  You may know who they are by listening to them, but we are not going to tell you who they are till the end of their chapter. Thank you for all your support in 2020 and we look forward to supporting  you in 2021.  Be SAFE and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Please be sure to leave us a review so we can pass comments along to our readers! We hope that you have enjoyed listening to this BONUS five episodes of our OFF THE SHELF podcast! Howard
27:50
December 23, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: - 12 - The Night Before Christmas
As Christmas Eve approaches, we wish to share this reading of a poem that was written in 1823 by Clement Clarke Moore, The Night Before Christmas.  It's a short piece, but one of the most well known writings about Saint Nick.   Our reader of this wonderful poem is Susquehanna County Commissioner Allen Hall.  Commissioner Hall was kind enough to have recorded this with us last year, and we had several requests this year to post it as a podcast, so here it is! And as Saint Nick says at the end of the poem...... "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night."
05:08
December 22, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: - 10 - The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens - Part 4 of 5
Happy Holidays!  We want to thank you for listening to us over the last few months as we kicked off our podcast series, OFF THE SHELF.  We continue our special treat for you today as we end 2020.  We have a five part reading of one of the most famous holiday stories,  The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.  The book was first released on 19 December 1843, Today we are releasing Stave 4 of five and tomorrow  we will release the last Stave, presented by different readers for each Stave (chapters).  Our readers are all members of our local community that have an important connection to the library.  You may know who they are by listening to them, but we are not going to tell you who they are till the end of their chapter. Thank you for all your support in 2020 and we look forward to supporting  you in 2021.  Be SAFE and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Please be sure to leave us a review so we can pass comments along to our readers! Talk to you tomorrow for the last Stave! Howard
54:43
December 22, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: - 9 - The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens - Part 3 of 5
Happy Holidays!  We want to thank you for listening to us over the last few months as we kicked off our podcast series, OFF THE SHELF.  We continue our special treat for you today as we end 2020.  We have a five part reading of one of the most famous holiday stories,  The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.  The book was first released on 19 December 1843, Today we are releasing Stave 3 of five and the next two days we will release the remaining Staves, presented by different readers for each Stave (chapters).  Our readers are all members of our local community that have an important connection to the library.  You may know who they are by listening to them, but we are not going to tell you who they are till the end of their chapter. Thank you for all your support in 2020 and we look forward to supporting  you in 2021.  Be SAFE and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Please be sure to leave us a review so we can pass comments along to our readers! Talk to you tomorrow for the next Stave! Howard
01:06:57
December 21, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: - 8 - The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens - Part 2 of 5
Happy Holidays!  We want to thank you for listening to us over the last few months as we kicked off our podcast series, OFF THE SHELF.  We continue our special treat for you today as we end 2020.  We have a five part reading of one of the most famous holiday stories,  The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.  The book was first released on 19 December 1843, Today we are releasing Stave 2 of five and the next three days we will release the remaining Staves, presented by different readers for each Stave (chapters).  Our readers are all members of our local community that have an important connection to the library.  You may know who they are by listening to them, but we are not going to tell you who they are till the end of their chapter. Thank you for all your support in 2020 and we look forward to supporting  you in 2021.  Be SAFE and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Please be sure to leave us a review so we can pass comments along to our readers! Talk to you tomorrow for the next Stave! Howard
50:57
December 20, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: - 7 - The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens - Part 1 of 5
Happy Holidays!  We want to thank you for listening to us over the last few months as we kicked off our podcast series, OFF THE SHELF.  We have a special treat for you as we end 2020.  We have a five part reading of one of the most famous holiday stories,  The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.  The book was first released on 19 December 1843, We are excited to share five chapters over today and the next four days, presented by five different readers.  Our readers are all members of our local community that have an important connection to the library.  You may know who they are by listening to them, but we are not going to tell you who they are till the end of their chapter.   Thank you for all your support in 2020 and we look forward to supporting  you in 2021.  Be SAFE and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS! Talk to you in 2021! Howard 
50:48
December 19, 2020
Top Ten Authors checked out from the Susquehanna County Free Library during November 2020
Are you done eating those turkey leftovers yet?  It's December.....the last month of 2020.  That means that it's time to review the top ten authors that had books checked out during the month of November.  What surprises will we find this month?  Will James Patterson still be the number one author for another month?   From all of us at the four library branches and the Historical Society, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season.  Be safe and we will be back in 2021 with our next top ten author list. We enjoy getting your inputs.  You can wish us a happy holiday season, ask a question or comment on our podcast.  programs@susqucolibrary.org is our address if you want to email us. Be sure to check out our programs on our web page, like the on-line Instant Pot Cooking Class in January, the on-line Resume class in December, and the new gardening questions/topics podcast, "DIGGING FOR ANSWERS",  with the Penn State Ext Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County..  
18:12
December 02, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: - 6 - A Thanksgiving Story for our younger patrons - Part 2
This story is for our younger readers, ages 8 and up.  This is the second part.  If you have enjoyed the reading, you'll need to come into one of our library branches to check the book out to finish out the story.  Enjoy!  If you are not aware of the many children's programs that we have available, check us out on line or stop in to talk to someone at our front desk!
18:14
November 24, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: - 5 - A Thanksgiving Story for our younger patrons - Part 1
This story is for our younger readers, ages 8 and up.  Enjoy!  If you are not aware of the many children's programs that we have available, check us out on line or stop in to talk to someone at our front desk!
17:22
November 18, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: - 4 - Happy Thanksgiving- A Thanksgiving short story for our patrons!
Wow, Thanksgiving is in just two weeks!  We had such good inputs from our Bonus Halloween Episode on Edgar Allen Poe's Tell-Tale Heart, we thought your might enjoy a reflective piece for Thanksgiving. We hope that you can take a moment from your busy schedule and listen to this episode.  We appreciate you subscribing to our podcast and look forward to our future episodes.  As always, if you like what you are hearing, please share it with others and rate us on your favorite podcaster site. Till next time,  Howard
13:12
November 17, 2020
Top Ten Authors checked out from the Susquehanna County Free Library during October 2020
Wow, where did the month of October go?  We are into November and it's time for our look of what came "OFF THE SHELF" at the Susquehanna County Free Library during the month of October 2020.  We hope you enjoy our update and knowing what the top authors are from the 5,993 books that were checked out last month! Please be sure to subscribe on which ever podcaster service that you are using.  We would also like to hear your review! Speaking of reviews..... Did you listen to our Special Episode #3, on our Staff/Patron book reviews?  If you discover a great book when you pull it "OFF THE SHELF", please do a quick review and submit it to the library.  Check for details on our web site.  AND..... if you submit a qualifying review by 20 November 2020, you will be in a random drawing for a Dunkin Doughnuts gift card, if you are a Susquehanna County Free Library patron.  We will be using the reviews for a future podcast!   Till next time, enjoy and Good Reading! Howard
22:54
November 04, 2020
SPECIAL EPISODE - 3 - PLEASE GIVE US YOUR BOOK REVIEWS!
We would like to capture book reviews from our staff and our patrons.  So, if you have a Library Card with us, listen here for our process, submit your review and we will present the best reviews in a SPECIAL episode of "OFF THE SHELF", so everyone knows what our county readers recommend.   As a BONUS for this first set of reviews, if you have a valid Susquehanna Free library card, and submit a review, you will be entered into a random drawing for a Dunkin Doughnuts gift card, since you "Dunked into our library shelves to pull a book OFF THE SHELF" to read and review.  Your review must be received by 20 November to qualify.   We hope you enjoy the reviews and please subscript via your favorite podcaster site and rate us!  We want our podcasts to be something that you look forward to getting when they are published.  If you are in our physical library locations, be sure to let the desk staff know what you think of our on-line products, like this podcast. Have a good read! Howard
12:38
October 28, 2020
BONUS EPISODE - 2 - Off The Shelf: Halloween 2020 - Edgar Allan Poe - The Tell-Tale Heart
With Halloween just a few days away, we thought it might be nice to record a short story that came OFF THE SHELF, for the holiday.  Edgar Allan Poe published this in 1843, and it's reported that he was only paid about $10.00 for the story.  Now, almost 200 years later, it is considered one of his best short stories.  We hope you enjoy and we would enjoy hearing from you with comments about our podcasts.  Good reading!
22:15
October 21, 2020
Top Ten Authors checked out from the Susquehanna County Free Library during Sept 2020
Do you wonder what other readers of our library system have been reading over the last month?  This podcast lets you know from our circulation records which authors had the most books pulled "OFF THE SHELF", by our patrons.  Join Howard for a brief review of who they are and a bit of background on the author.  Please be sure to provide us some feedback on the podcast so we can make it even better in future months!  Enjoy and happy reading!
13:13
October 07, 2020