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The Ask Us Desk

The Ask Us Desk

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Get the inside scoop from three library professionals as we chat about libraries, books, and just about anything else. Have a question or need a book recommendation? Ask us!
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Ask an Elder
Ask an Elder
May's #AskUsReadingChallenge prompt is "Ask an Elder." Listen as Britney, Gabi, and Amanda discuss what their elders read. They also discuss Queer Pirate Summer, Christian Theology, and Socialist Anarchy? 
01:05:28
May 22, 2022
Library Selection (feat. Mary)
Library Selection (feat. Mary)
Britney, Gabi, and Amanda are joined by Mary to discuss library selection practices and talk about Book Twitter drama. 
01:22:14
May 02, 2022
Rainy Day Reads
Rainy Day Reads
April showers bring cozy book suggestions! Amanda, Britney, and Gabi chit chat about some fun book to screen adaptations and share some suggestions for the April #AskUsReadingChallenge prompt- Rainy Day Reads. Or you could just... read whatever you're reading while it happens to be raining! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @AskUsPod for more reading recommendations and podcast updates. 
50:54
April 10, 2022
BTS Reading Challenge (feat. Amy)
BTS Reading Challenge (feat. Amy)
Amanda, Britney, and Gabi talk with special guest Amy about her BTS Reading Challenge. Then the group talk about fandom in books and libraries.  You can find Amy on tweeter @AnneLives81 and participate in her BTS reading challenge using the hashtag #BTS_Reads 
01:02:20
February 20, 2022
Let's Talk About Sex
Let's Talk About Sex
Gabi, Britney, and Amanda give recommendations for romance and sexuality nonfiction for the #AskUsReadingChallenge 2022 February Reading prompt "Let's Talk About Sex." Find the full year of prompts on TheStoryGraph or our Instagram page @AskUsDesk.
01:02:37
January 30, 2022
Reading Challenges
Reading Challenges
Amanda, Britney, and Gabi talk about Reading Challenges! They also do a recap of how the #AskUsReadingChallenge went for 2021 and they come up with the 2022 prompts. 
01:06:52
January 16, 2022
Santa, Baby
Santa, Baby
WARNING: This episode is extremely NSFW, listeners beware. The young and faint of heart should skip and watch The Muppet Christmas Carol with some hot cocoa instead.  Gabi assigns Santa erotica for Amanda and Britney to read. From shape-shifting reindeer to evil, sexy elves-- what will Mrs. Claus think? This episode is the REAL War on Christmas. Enjoy. 
01:13:14
December 19, 2021
Be Gay, Read Romance
Be Gay, Read Romance
Listen as Amanda, Gabi, and Britney give LGBTQ Romance recommendations. The group also shares latest TV obsessions, Gabi explains the cat man with double dicks, and they all take a trip to Crustaceous Park. Enjoy!
47:35
November 30, 2021
Heritage
Heritage
Gabi, Britney, and Amanda give reading suggestions for the Heritage prompt (read a book by a Native, First Nations, or Indigenous author). They also chit chat about the state of of the state of Texas. Will Mic Jagger roll back the stone so that JFK Jr. can return from the dead to save us all? Find out! Links from today's discussion: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/curious-texas/2020/09/09/what-happened-to-native-american-tribes-that-once-existed-in-north-texas-curious-texas-investigates/ https://native-land.ca https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2021/11/02/qanon-supporters-gather-in-downtown-dallas-expecting-jfk-jr-to-reappear/ https://www.texastribune.org/2021/10/26/texas-school-books-race-sexuality/ http://societyofnativenations.org/about.html 
56:18
November 14, 2021
It Served Its Time
It Served Its Time
Britney, Amanda, and Gabi help each other select what to read next from their TBR (to be read) lists. They also chat about currently reading books and the ongoing dystopia that is the state of Texas.  Make sure to participate in the yearlong #AskUsReadingChallenge on twitter and instagram by sharing a photo of the book you've read for one of our prompts and tagging us @askuspod. You can find the list of prompts on our StoryGraph page here: https://app.thestorygraph.com/reading_challenges/2cb8111b-8c11-4a9f-bdb0-9c6c24d3c156 
54:40
October 17, 2021
Spooky Spectacular 2: 2 Spooky 2 Spectacular
Spooky Spectacular 2: 2 Spooky 2 Spectacular
Gather 'round ghosts and ghouls! It's time for another Spooky Spectacular! This time with suggestions from listeners and a few horror movie party games. Can Gabi guess the fake horror movie? Who will win in a battle of horror knowledge, Britney or Amanda?  Don't forget to participate in our year-long reading challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift card to bookshop.org. Post to Instagram or Twitter tagging us @askuspod using the hashtag #askusreadingchallenge to tell us about a book you are reading for the challenge. Link to the prompts in our Instagram bio. 
50:31
October 03, 2021
Birthday Buddies
Birthday Buddies
Amanda, Gabi, and Britney talk more about how much they love fall. Amanda admits that Steve from Blue's Clues "still looks good" and the crew share some author recommendations. This episode is centered around the #AskUsReadingChallenge prompt 'Birthday Buddies.' Read an author born in the same month as you.  Don't forget to post about the #AskUsReadingChallenge on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag and making sure to tag us @AskUsPod. You could win our next $25 bookshop.org gift card!
01:01:34
September 19, 2021
The Book is Better
The Book is Better
Gabi, Amanda, and Britney talk about the #AskUsReadingChallenge prompt "The Book is Better" and share some of their favorite book to movie adaptations. Stuff gets spooky and depressing in the chit chat. Gabi shares a spicy current read and Amanda share a spicy book to movie. You know goddamn well which kind of spice. 
01:20:48
September 05, 2021
Phone a Friend
Phone a Friend
Britney, Gabi, and Amanda have a heartfelt discussion about friendship and talk about their friends' favorite books. This episode is inspired by the "Phone a Friend" prompt in the #AskUsReadingChallenge. To participate in the year-long reading challenge, post about a book you're reading for one of the prompts on Twitter or Instagram using #AskUsReadingChallenge and tag the podcast @AskUsDesk. Don't forget, you can send us a voice message. You might make it onto the show!  Remember: they can't make you read Santa porn in prison. 
01:06:08
August 15, 2021
Too Graphic
Too Graphic
Amanda, Britney, and Gabi talk about ongoing COVID stress and graphic novels.  Participate in the #AskUsReadingChallenge with @AskUsPod on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to win a $25 gift card for bookshop.org.  Have a library question or need a book recommendation? Ask us by emailing askuspod@gmail.com. 
01:16:02
August 01, 2021
What's Cookin'?
What's Cookin'?
In this episode, Gabi shares her love of food industry memoirs with Britney and Amanda. The three also discuss pandemic mask wearing weirdness and Waffle House.   Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter @AskUsPod and participate in our year-long #AskUsReadingChallenge. 
01:10:46
July 19, 2021
Listen Up
Listen Up
This week, Britney, Gabi, and Amanda talk about their favorite audiobooks to give suggestions for the "Listen Up" prompt from their #AskUsReadingChallenge. Need reading suggestions or have a reference question? Don't forget you can always Ask Us! 
50:52
July 04, 2021
Childhood Favorites
Childhood Favorites
Britney, Gabi, and Amanda talk about their favorite books from childhood. Gabi wants everyone to know that she had loving parents.  Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @AskUsPod. Don't forget to participate in the #AskUsReadingChallenge for a chance to win a $25 gift card to bookshop.org. The next deadline for submission is June 30. Details on our instagram. 
51:58
June 20, 2021
Check it Out
Check it Out
Amanda, Britney, and Gabi are back! In this episode they talk about reopening their libraries, alarming new laws, and give reading recommendations for books by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. They also promote the #AskUsReadingChallenge and the "Check it Out" prompt. Any book you check out or read with library resources will count! Make sure to submit your entry to win in the next giveaway on June 30th. Post about any book you are reading for the #AskUsReadingChallenge and tag us @AskUsPod on Instagram on Twitter. You can also email us at AskUsPod@gmail.com.  
58:30
June 06, 2021
Well Verse'd
Well Verse'd
Happy belated National Poetry Month! Gabi, Britney, and Amanda share their current reads, talk about automated library services, and read you poems. Lots of poems. Don't forget to follow the podcast @AskUsPod on Instagram and Twitter. And make sure to participate in our year-long reading challenge #AskUsReadingChallenge to win $25 to bookshop.org. The next giveaway deadline is June 30. 
59:21
May 09, 2021
True Crime
True Crime
Turns out True Crime is more than just murder books! Join Amanda, Britney, and Gabi as they discuss current events and give some True Crime recommendations for the #AskUsReadingChallenge. 
58:39
April 25, 2021
Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays!
Spring is a time lush with holidays. Whether you celebrate Easter, Holi, Ramadan, Passover, or any other holiday this time of year-- Happy Holidays! Britney, Gabi, and Amanda talk about COVID vaccines and library working conditions. They talk about who gets to say fuck in the library profession. And they talk about books you can read for their #AskUsReadingChallenge prompt- Happy Holidays! 
47:54
April 11, 2021
Found in Translation
Found in Translation
Gabi, Britney, and Amanda talk about vaccinations, children's books by celebrities, and suggest some translated titles for the #AskUsReadingChallenge.  
47:07
March 28, 2021
Black Trans Lives Matter
Black Trans Lives Matter
Britney and Gabi regale Amanda with their harrowing tales of the Texas Snowpocoplyse. The trio also discuss recent Dr. Seuss shenanigans and give suggestions for Black Trans authors to read for their #AskUsReadingChallenge. The first giveaway ends March 31st, so make sure to post about which books you are reading for the challenge prompts by tagging @askuspod on twitter or instagram and using the #AskUsReadingChallenge to win a $25 gift card to bookshop.org.  You can find the full list of prompts here: https://app.thestorygraph.com/reading_challenges/2cb8111b-8c11-4a9f-bdb0-9c6c24d3c156  You can learn more about the work of doctoral student DeAnza Williams here: https://ischool.illinois.edu/people/deanza-williams  You can check out this list of Black Trans authors here: https://emmiebooks.wordpress.com/2020/06/25/its-queer-here-black-trans-nonbinary-writers-to-support/ 
40:39
March 14, 2021
Brownie Points
Brownie Points
Gabi, Britney, and Amanda talk about Girl Scout cookies and their favorite books of all time. 
50:29
January 31, 2021
Talking Bodies
Talking Bodies
Amanda, Britney and Gabi give reading suggestions for the Talking Bodies prompt of the #AskUsReadingChallenge and the currently reading section goes a little off track with a Bridgerton detour. They also discuss library life in the times of COVID and coups at the capital. Also sheep? Baa.
50:51
January 18, 2021
Start That Series
Start That Series
New Year, new podcast format! Amanda, Britney, and Gabi focus more on books and reading in The Ask Us Desk Season 2. They introduce the #AskUsReadingChallenge, which is 26 prompts to keep you reading all year long. This episode is centered around prompt number 1: Start That Series.  Get some reading suggestions and listen as Amanda uses her librarian superpower to solve a "What's that book?" for Britney. 
46:17
January 03, 2021
Holidays in the Library
Holidays in the Library
Amanda, Britney, and Gabi discuss celebrating holidays in public libraries. They get sidetracked discussing cheesy Christmas movies and answer some questions about library services. Amanda can't for the life of her remember any details about How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Britney discloses her childhood fear of Santa, and Gabi tries to convince everyone that Santa can be sexy. They also reveal their exciting new format for the new year, which includes the #AsUsReadingChallenge. 
48:18
December 20, 2020
Fake News
Fake News
In this episode, Amanda, Britney, and Gabi discuss how libraries address Fake News. They also answer their first ever listener question, talk about library marketing in the time of COVID, and discuss workplace bullying.  Links for further reading on Fake News: “Information Overload Helps Fake News Spread, and Social Media Knows It” by Flippo Menczer and Thomas Hills on Scientific American. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/information-overload-helps-fake-news-spread-and-social-media-knows-it/ “Why Librarians Can’t Fight Fake News” by M. Connor Sullivan Journal of Librarianship and Information Science https://dash.harvard.edu/bitstream/handle/1/42517488/Why%20Librarians%20Cant%20Fight%20Fake%20News.pdf?sequence=1
44:19
December 06, 2020
National Native American Heritage Month
National Native American Heritage Month
On this episode, Amanda, Britney, and Gabi pay tribute to three amazing Native American Librarians and share some currently readings by Native authors. They also answer some questions from library twitter about information desk organization and library collection development.  Links from the show: Library of Congress Interview with Dr. Lotsee Paterson: https://www.loc.gov/item/webcast-8261 Circulating Ideas Podcast episode with Dr. Loriene Roy: https://circulatingideas.com/2016/01/05/episode-83-loriene-roy/ American Indians in Children's Literature Blog by Dr. Debbie Reese: https://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/ Duwamish Tribe website to learn about their fight for Federal Recognition and to pay Real Rent: https://www.duwamishtribe.org/ 
52:11
November 22, 2020
NaNoWriMo
NaNoWriMo
November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Gabi, Britney, and Amanda discuss their own writing methods, NaNoWriMo library programs, and answer questions from library twitter to try and quell their election day anxieties. Find out why they love cozy mystery titles, how little they know about growing plants, and why animals are no longer allowed at a certain library. 
50:15
November 08, 2020
Libraries and Elections
Libraries and Elections
In this episode, we talk about what some libraries are doing to support elections and answer a few library related questions. Where do you take breaks during COVID? Do your managers work weekends? And more.
57:02
October 25, 2020
Spooky Spectacular
Spooky Spectacular
Instead of answering library questions, Amanda, Britney, and Gabi decide to share 5 TV shows, movies, and books to consume for the autumnal season in this special, Spooky Spectacular. Muhahahahaha.
01:28:43
October 11, 2020
Oh COVID
Oh COVID
We've passed the sixth month mark of the pandemic. In this episode, Gabi, Britney, and Amanda discuss how libraries have changed for COVID times and answer some library questions. Is now a good time to get your library degree? How do you get your foot in the door at libraries? Is it a good idea to live in the community you serve? Buckle up for this longer episode, folks. 
47:17
September 27, 2020
Oh Douglas County, Part II
Oh Douglas County, Part II
In this episode, Britney, Gabi, and Amanda discuss the continuing foolishness over the Douglas County Library diversity statement. They also get into lighter topics like shoes, library pets, and, you know, how we all die and what is life even. 
37:26
September 13, 2020
Oh Douglas County
Oh Douglas County
In this episode, we discuss the reaction from the Sherif's Office to Douglas County Library's Black Lives Matter statement, the myth of the library neutrality, and how to handle challenges to library programs. 
29:51
August 30, 2020
Oh JoAnne
Oh JoAnne
In this episode we talk about our disappointment in J. K. Rowling, share our current reads, and answer some library questions about reader's advisory and nasty book drop finds. 
30:19
August 16, 2020