Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarians
By Pittsford Community Library
Need more bookish banter in your life? Then tune in to Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarians, the podcast from the Pittsford Community Library. Each episode features an assortment of fun segments hosted by PCL librarians Robyn and Jim, from book discussions and recommendations to interviews with special guests.
YFNL interview with The Strong Museum's George Rollie Adams
George Rollie Adams, author and President & CEO Emeritus of The Strong museum, sat down with Jim and Robyn to discuss his career, what is was like to grow up in the segregated south, and how his childhood and career influenced his writing. Learn more about his books and his remarkable path to becoming a novelist at PCL on Thursday, June 2nd at 7PM.
May 22, 2022
YFNL - To Paradise Book Club Read
Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarians are back at it with another book club! This time they're talking about To Paradise, the follow-up novel to Hanya Yanagihara's 2015 epic masterpiece, A Little Life. Tune in to hear all of the hot takes and strong opinions Jim, Robyn, and special guest Roberta the Page have to share about Yanagihara's captivating journey through time.
May 08, 2022
National Library Week with MCLS/RPL Director Patty Uttaro
Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarians are back at the microphone again this week, and to celebrate National Library Week they chat with Patty Uttaro, the Director of the Monroe County Library System and the Rochester Public Library! It's a conversation centered on our local libraries, with a focus on the present and an eye toward the future. Plus they get to talk about what Patty loves to read!
April 03, 2022
YFNL - Movies, Books, and The Oscars with Little Theatre's Scott Pukos!
It's officially Oscars Season, which means your friendly neighborhood librarians Robyn and Jim are talkin' movies! They sat down with The Little Theatre's Scott Pukos, host of the Movies and a Microphone podcast, about all the nominated movies they liked, loved, and hated.
March 23, 2022
YFNL - "Your Children Are Very Greatly in Danger"! Book Talk with Justin Murphy
This week, Jim and Robyn are joined by Democrat and Chronicle reporter Justin Murphy. They discuss the history of school segregation in Rochester, what the current state of RCSD is, and what the future of education looks like in Rochester. Murphy's new book, Your Children Are Very Greatly In Danger, will be available on March 15.
March 10, 2022
YFNL - Banned Books & Gender Queer
This episode, Jim and Robyn are joined by their favorite book club buddy, Roberta the page, as well as first-time guest Laura, PCL's teen and tech librarian! They have a conversation on book banning, the book Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe, and the importance of being able to access information. Hang around until the end of the episode to hear a recommendation from Adrian, PCL's children's room clerk, and to find out what we'll be talking about next time.
February 20, 2022
YFNL - In This Moment with Quajay Donnell
Jim and Robyn talk books, public art, and the In This Moment chapbook series with Quajay Donnell, who was named a runner up in the Best Ambassador category of CITY Newspaper's 2021 Best of Rochester poll. Stick around to the end for a recommendation from a new staff member and for all the details on our next episode.
January 30, 2022
YFNL - Gary Craig and The Prison Guard's Daughter
In this episode of Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarians, Jim and Robyn talk to Democrat and Chronicle reporter Gary Craig about The Prison Guard's Daughter: My Journey Through the Ashes of Attica, which he recently co-authored with Deanne Quinn Miller. They discuss the 1971 riot at Attica Prison, Deanne's experience being the daughter of one of the guards who was murdered, and her persistence in fighting for justice and closure for those most deeply affected. Stick around to the end of the episode for a recommendation from one of our new staff members and to hear about who we're talking to next time.
January 16, 2022
YFNL - Living the Dream
In this episode of Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarians, Jim and Robyn talk to Pittsford's own Kevin Beckford. They discuss the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., how Beckford hopes Dr. King's dream will continue to manifest throughout future generations, and why he created and continues to champion the Town of Pittsford's MLK Living the Dream series. Stick around to the end of this episode for a recommendation from one of our newest staff members and to get a peek at what's coming up in our next episode.
January 02, 2022
YFNL - We're Back! Best Books of 2021!
Jim and Robyn are back for season two of Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarians! The first episode of the season features a discussion about the best books of 2021 with Adrienne Pettinelli, director of the Henrietta Public Library, and a conversation with PCL page Roberta about what we think is the biggest book of the year. Stick around to the end for a recommendation from one of our new staff members and a peek at what we have coming up in the next episode. *Notable Mentions* Klara and the Sun - Kazuo Ishiguro Migrations - Charlotte McConaghy Yearbook - Seth Rogen Changes: An Oral History of Tupac Shakur - Sheldon Pearce The Night the Lights Went Out: A Memoir of Life After Brain Damage - Drew Magary Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood - Dawn Turner How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America - Clint Smith Empire of Pain - Patrick Radden Keefe These Precious Days - Ann Patchett The Sentence - Louise Elfrich No One is Talking About This - Patricia Lockwood Matrix - Lauren Groff Cloud Cuckoo Land - Anthony Doerr Under the Whispering Door - TJ Klune What Strange Paradise - Omar El Akkad The Four Winds - Kristin Hannah Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted - Suleika Jaouad
December 19, 2021
YFNL - Episode 5: It’s All Reading!: Print Books, eBooks, and Audiobooks
Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarians are back with a new episode full of bookish banter! On the podcast this month we discuss the benefits of different types of reading formats and hear an enlightening interview with Alison Meyers, the executive director of Rochester’s literary arts center Writers & Books. As always, your co-hosts Robyn and Jim dish out some great recommendations and we hear all about everything happening at PCL this month. This is the final episode of season one of Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarians, but check back in November for the first episode of season two! Recommendations... The Dutch House by Ann Patchett The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett Graff
August 01, 2021
YFNL - Episode 4: Reading During the Summer
This month, Jim and Robyn talk all things reading during the summer: the best books to take on vacation, what a beach read truly is, and, of course, summer reading at PCL. Join them for conversations with Rachel Pazda, circulation supervisor at PCL, and Liz Bauld, The Storybook Cook. Stick around for their favorite summer reads and to hear about everything that's coming up at PCL. Recommended this month... - S*** Actually by Lindy West - Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz - Sincerely, Your Autistic Child: What People on the Autism Spectrum Wish Their Parents Knew About Growing Up, Acceptance, and Identity *multiple authors*
July 04, 2021
YFNL - Episode 3: James Patterson for Beginners
This month Jim and Robyn talk with library page Roberta about their experience reading James Patterson for the first time, chat with Assistant Director Kate Procious about true crime, discuss digital newspapers with Library Director Amanda Madigan, and hear all about the events that are coming up in June. Recommendations this month... Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman We Are Okay by Nina LaCour A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
June 06, 2021
YFNL - Episode 2: Book to Movie Adaptations
Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarians are back this month with a discussion perfectly timed for Oscar season: book-to-movie adaptations! Hear an interview with Vinise Bobrov, children's librarian at PCL, and tune in for recommendations, information about upcoming events, and a hint at next month's episode. Recommended this month... Drawn Together by Mihn Le Dragon Pearl (Rick Riordan Presents) by Yoon Ha Lee Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen Interior Chinatown by Charles Wu The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen
May 02, 2021
YFNL - Episode 1: Reading During The Pandemic
The first full episode of Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarians, PCL's podcast, is now available! Tune in for a discussion of reading during the pandemic, an interview with PCL's director Amanda Madigan, book recommendations, and information about all of our upcoming events. Like us? Don't forget to hit that "subscribe" button.
April 02, 2021
Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarians April Teaser
Need more bookish banter in your life? Then tune in to Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarians, the monthly podcast from the Pittsford Community Library. Each episode features an assortment of fun segments hosted by PCL librarians Robyn and Jim, from book discussions and recommendations to interviews with special guests and programming updates.
March 19, 2021