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Libraries Transform Texas Podcast

Libraries Transform Texas Podcast

By Texas Library Association
This monthly podcast is a production of the Texas Library Association Public Relations and Marketing Committee. It’s designed to showcase the amazing work of Texas librarians and the influence of Texas libraries. We’ll share stories from public libraries, K-12 school libraries, university libraries and more. #librariestransformtx
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Let’s Move in Libraries: Public Library Initiatives for Healthy Living

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Friends of the Library groups and how they support public libraries
In this episode, Jeannette Davies of the San Antonio Public Library interviews Pat Bjornson, a longtime volunteer with the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library, to talk about Friends of the Library groups and everything they do to help public libraries at the branch level. From holding book sales to raising money for remodels to hosting appreciation dinners for library staff, public libraries could not do what they do without support from Friends volunteers.
21:17
June 14, 2022
Holding Summer Programs at Your School Library
Traditionally, we think of summer reading programs at public libraries. But what about a summer program at your school library? In today’s episode, Katherine Counterman, an elementary librarian in Katy ISD, interviews Sean Heller, librarian at Stockdick Junior High School in Katy ISD. For the last five years, Sean kept his school library open one day a week in the summer. He saw great turnout from students and families and any student, from any school, was welcome. He talks about story times for younger siblings, parents using WiFi and keeping books available in a book desert while school is out. 
23:05
May 26, 2022
TALL Texans and What It Can Do for You
Brandi Dawson, Supervisor of Library Media Services for Lewisville ISD, hosts this panel discussion about the TALL Texans leadership program -- applying, attending, and what happens after the week of learning. Guests on the panel are Heather Hornor, Library & Information Tech Specialist at Richardson Independent School District; Dawn Wilbert, Director of the Decatur Public Library; LaMoya Burks, Head Librarian at Texarkana College and Valerie Prilop, Senior Librarian at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
33:34
April 12, 2022
It’s National Library Week! We visit Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne. You can check out cake pans with different shapes, learn about historic recipes and more.
In honor of National Library Week (April 3-9), Jeannette Davies of the San Antonio Public Library interviews staff from the Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne about their creative programs. Guests are Natalie Morgan, Robin Stauber, Alison Topper and Erica Metz, all of Patrick Heath PL. They have a rollicking conversation about food, cookbooks, foods popular during the 1950s and other creative programs. Bon appetit!  
42:51
April 04, 2022
Hidden Gems of the TLA 2022 Annual Conference
With more than 250 education sessions to pick from at the TLA 2022 Annual Conference in Fort Worth this April, it's hard to know what to attend! Here to recommend sessions that are "hidden gems" are Dan Burgard, TLA President, and Curren McLane and Stacy Cameron, co-chairs of the Conference Program Committee. They all have recommendations for sessions that might get overlooked, but are well worth your time. 
12:34
March 16, 2022
Switching Gears: Changing Library Careers (Part 2)
This episode is about switching library careers from one track to another -- and sometimes to another after that. From school to public, from public to vendor, public to academic, and more; hear some real-life experiences from TLA members. This episode is hosted by library director Kendra Harrell, and features interviews with Priscilla Delgado, Jackie Kruzie, and Martha Lopez Coleman. This is part 2 of 2; part 1 is season 2, episode 7.
59:36
February 18, 2022
Switching Gears: Changing Library Careers (Part 1)
This episode is about switching library careers from one track to another -- and sometimes to another after that. From school to public, from public to vendor, public to academic, and more; hear some real-life experiences from TLA members. This episode is hosted by library director Kendra Harrell, and features interviews with Morgan Brickey-Jones, Lisa Zinkie, and Kelly Hoppe. This is part 1 of 2; part 2 is season 2, episode 8.
58:19
February 16, 2022
Living Beyond Borders: Interview with author and editor Margarita Longoria
Alexandra Cornejo of the Harlingen School of Health Professions interviews Margarita Longoria, author and editor of the anthology Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican in America, which has received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Journal and more. Twenty stand-alone short stories, essays, poems, and more from celebrated and award-winning authors make up this YA anthology that explores the Mexican American experience. Both active Texas Library Association members, Alexandra and Margarita talk about how the book came together, volunteer experiences with TLA and why being a librarian is the best job in the world.
23:28
January 12, 2022
The Benefits of Being a TLA Member; and Who's Who on Your TLA Staff
Our topic for this episode is TLA Member Benefits and who’s who on the TLA Staff. Recently, TLA’s wonderful membership coordinator, Christy Reynolds, spoke to District 10 at their fall meeting about the benefits of TLA membership, and shared a quick rundown of the TLA staff and each of our duties. We thought this information was very valuable and wanted to share it with all of our members. Join Christy in this episode to learn more about TLA!
10:12
December 08, 2021
Let’s Move in Libraries: Public Library Initiatives for Healthy Living
Discover ways public libraries support healthy living in their communities. In this episode, Linda Stevens, Division Director, Programs, Partnerships & Outreach at Harris County Public Library, interviews Dr. Noah Lenstra, founder of Let's Move in Libraries, an organization which focuses on supporting healthy living in public libraries. They talk about innovative programs -- from teaching kids how to build a skateboard to starting a community garden -- and how libraries support healthy living in many ways. Dr. Lenstra is an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Studies in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the author of "Healthy Living at the Library."  
26:36
November 10, 2021
Plano Public Library community outreach for #LibrariesTransformTX week
In honor of Libraries Transform Texas Week, Jennifer Logsdon, Library Director of the Hood County Library, talks with Tammy Korns, Outreach and Engagement Manager for the Plano Public Library System, about Plano PL’s outreach efforts to their community. In 2021, Plano Public Library received the 2021 ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award. Plano PL was selected for its innovative use of technology to provide one-on-one tech training to seniors, Brain Injury Network of Dallas club members, and ESL students. Korns talks about these efforts and more…from teaching children robotics at a local Boys & Girls Club, to bringing the library mobile van to back-to-school nights, to going to events with senior citizens, libraries have the power to transform their communities.  
21:43
October 04, 2021
Hispanic Heritage Month Author Interview with Adrianna Cuevas
Today on the Libraries Transform Texas podcast series (episode 2, season 2) we interview Texas author Adrianna Cuevas. Cuevas is a first-generation Cuban-American originally from Miami, Florida whose middle grade debut novel "The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez" received a Pura Belpre Honor this last year. In the last month, her new novel "Cuba in My Pocket" just released, a semi-biographical journey of her own father's immigration from Cuba to Florida during the 1960s Castro regime. Librarian Cate Sweeney talks with Cuevas about everything from Cuban cooking to magical realism and what it is like to go from living in a Cuban rich culture in America to suddenly not seeing any cultural identity represented in your surroundings. Join us! 
24:45
September 29, 2021
Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read
Banned Books Week is more pertinent than ever, given the number of recent challenges to books on school reading lists and in school libraries. In this episode, Jeannette Davies of the San Antonio Public Library interviews Dr. Mark Bayer, chair of the English department at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Carrie Damon, Northside ISD middle school librarian, about the history of banned books and why ensuring the freedom to read is so vital. From Ulysses to The Hate U Give, often the books that are the most meaningful are the ones that draw the most ire.
29:14
September 27, 2021
A Conversation with Mark Smith, State Librarian and TSLAC Director
We are thrilled to have Mark Smith, the Director of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the State Librarian, as our guest for this podcast. He discusses the biggest challenges facing American libraries, why it's crucial for communities to have access to broadband and why he still believes -- more than ever -- that libraries can save America.
24:25
August 11, 2021
School Libraries Fall 2021: What Will the "New Normal" Look Like?
"What Will the New Normal Look Like?" Jill Bellomy, librarian at Highland Park Middle School in Dallas and chair of the Texas Association of School Librarians, is the featured guest for this episode. Jill talks with TLA staffer Michele Chan Santos about what practices from the pandemic are likely to stay, what school book fairs will look like this coming year, why nonfiction is important and what she's looking forward to when school starts.
13:49
July 07, 2021
Summer Reading! Connecting with children during summer break.
It’s time to talk about summer reading programs! Jeannette Davies of the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) interviews Cresencia Huff, Coordinator of Children’s Services at SAPL. Also joining the discussion are Kate Simpson and Leslie Elsasser, chairs of SAPL's Children's Summer Reading Club Committee. They discuss motivating children to read, making summer reading fun and building connections to the library during this turbulent year. Includes a fun musical clip from Latin Grammy winning-duo 123 Andres. 
24:16
June 07, 2021
An interview with children's book author and illustrator Aram Kim
Aram Kim, author of the new book "Sunday Funday in Koreatown," and the popular "No Kimchi for Me!" and "Let's Go to Taekwondo", all in the Yoomi, friends and family series, discusses what inspires her, why she loves libraries and librarians and more, in an interview with Michele Chan Santos of the Texas Library Association.
26:59
May 18, 2021
TLA Reading List Committees from the Children's Roundtable
Curious about the TLA Reading Lists from the Children's Roundtable? Learn about the lists, what makes each of them unique and the rewards of volunteering on a reading list committee in our April episode. 
27:30
April 21, 2021
Hidden Gems of the TLA 2021 Annual Conference
Discover hidden gems of the upcoming TLA 2021 Annual Conference! Our guests, Christina Gola, TLA President, and Valerie Prilop and Melanie Scales, co-chairs of the 2021 Program Committee, talk about amazing sessions you don't want to miss.
11:28
March 16, 2021
Talking Library Books: Librarian Tales: Funny, Strange and Inspiring Dispatches from the Stacks with Author William Ottens
Are you one of the thousands of fans of the Librarian Problems blog? Then make sure to listen to our conversation with William Ottens. He's the creator of that laugh-out-loud blog and the author of "Librarian Tales: Funny, Strange and Inspiring Dispatches from the Stacks." He talks about why he became a librarian, his current pet peeves and more. 
17:23
February 25, 2021
What Makes a Successful Branding Iron Award Entry? Learn from past winners.
Rachel Yzaguirre, the Community Outreach Librarian of Plano Public Library, hosts this episode, featuring interviews with Cate Sweeney, Public Services Manager and Gretchen Hardin, Public Services Librarian, both of Bee Cave Public Library. The team from Bee Cave Public Library won the TLA 2019 Branding Iron "Best in Show" Award for their #celebrarian social media campaign. We encourage you to enter the Branding Iron Awards!
19:06
January 14, 2021
How Public Libraries Responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Let's hear about how public libraries responded with innovation and diligence to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Featured guests are Ramiro Salazar, Director of the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL), in the first part of the podcast; and Haley Holmes and Cheryl Sheehan, Public Service Administrators at SAPL, in the second portion of the podcast. Our hosts today are Jeanette Davies of SAPL and Ted Wanner, Director of Education and Member Engagement at the Texas Library Association.
28:04
December 15, 2020
TLA Reading List Committees from the Young Adult Round Table
Curious about the TLA Reading Lists from the Young Adult Round Table? Learn about the lists, what makes each of them unique and the rewards of volunteering on a reading list committee from our November episode.
18:17
November 19, 2020
How School Libraries Pivoted in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Jeannette Davies of the San Antonio Public Library interviews Lisa Kulka, the Director of Libraries and Instructional Materials at Northside ISD in San Antonio. Northside ISD has more than 106,000 students and 110 school libraries. Kulka talks about virtual and in-person instruction, curbside checkout, teaching families to access ebooks and more.  #librariestransformtx
13:49
October 19, 2020
Libraries Transform Texas Podcast Trailer: Meet Our Team
Welcome to the Libraries Transform Texas podcast! Meet our team -- Rachel Yzaguirre, Allie Cornejo, Linda Stevens, Jeannette Davies and Michele Chan Santos. This podcast is a production of the Texas Library Association Public Relations and Marketing Committee. It’s designed to showcase the amazing work of Texas librarians and the influence of Texas libraries.
02:09
October 06, 2020