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In This Day and Page

In This Day and Page

By WDM Public Library
A new podcast about books, reading, and public libraries. Together we'll learn about the ins and outs of the West Des Moines Public Library through interviews with staff members, book recommendations, and learning about all the cool and different library resources, services, and programs they provide.
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Episode 25: Crafting Frenzy at the Library! (June 13, 2022)
In today’s episode, we sat down with Courtney Bench who is an Adult Services Assistant here at the library. Courtney chatted all things crafts with us and highlighted some of the exciting upcoming adult crafting programs on the horizon!
22:19
June 13, 2022
Episode 24: In Conversation with Sara Ennis (May 31, 2022)
In today’s episode, we sat down with Sara Ennis, an author who recently presented at a Friends Foundation author event here at the library. Sara chatted with us about the process of writing and self-publishing three psychological thrillers in a little under a year. She also gave some wonderful advice for writers who are thinking of making that leap into publishing.
18:10
May 31, 2022
Episode 23: Summer Reading is BACK! (May 16, 2022)
In today’s episode, we sat down with Jenna Ehler, Head of Youth Services, and Jen Ohzourk, Head of Adult Services, to get a sneak preview at Summer Reading 2022! Registration opens on May 23rd and you won’t want to miss out on all of the exciting things happening in the library from May 23 – July 30! Learn more about Summer Escape at the West Des Moines Library here: https://www.wdmlibrary.org/summer
14:52
May 16, 2022
Episode 22: Other Duties as Assigned (May 2, 2022)
In today’s episode, we sat down with three library staff members to talk about some projects that might surprise patrons that they work on, or, as we like to call them “Other Duties as Assigned.” You’ll hear from Jacob Kirby, Circulation Clerk, Betsy Richter, Homebound and Outreach Assistant, and Max Schafer, Circulation Assistant.  If you want to listen to the podcast about caring for books featuring Ann Renken, it is Episode 11 found here: https://anchor.fm/wdmlibrary/episodes/Episode-11-The-Care-and-Keeping-of-Library-Materials-and-YOU--November-15--2021-e1a6mlp 
33:21
May 02, 2022
Episode 21: Meet the President of our Board of Trustees (April 18, 2022)
In today’s episode, we sat down with the president of our Library Board of Trustees, Mary Brooks. Mary shares information on the important role that the Board of Trustees plays in the success of the library, and things to look forward to on the next five-year strategic plan. If you would like to take part in our strategic survey, you can do so at this link: https://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aeJJWuuNWrU1gAm?Q_CHL=qr
16:20
April 18, 2022
Episode 20: Why We Love the Library: Stories from Patrons (April 4, 2022)
In honor of National Library Week, we sat down with four of our library patrons to pick their brains about what inspires them to keep coming back to the library. You’ll hear from Maggie Wyborny, Deb Guntly, Steven Bush and Holly Anderson in today’s episode.
26:57
April 04, 2022
Episode 19: Attend our Wine, Beer and Cheese Fundraiser! (March 21, 2022)
In today’s episode, we sat down with two members of the West Des Moines Public Library Friends Foundation board, Jean Fajen and Kate Amdor. Jean and Kate shared information about the upcoming Wine, Beer and Cheese Fundraiser on April 7, 2022 that anyone can attend as well as a large fundraising push for a new Library Pop-Up Vehicle for the library’s youth services department. Learn more about the Friends Foundation and where to donate here: https://www.wdmlibrary.org/about/friends-foundation 
19:41
March 21, 2022
Episode 18: Job Smarts Series (March 7, 2022)
In today’s episode, we sat down with Kate Thompson, Adult Services Assistant, who is one of the presenting speakers for our Job Smarts series here at the library. Kate talked about each of the upcoming sessions in March including: Job Training with Library Resources, How to Interview and Negotiate, and Job Searching: Tips on What NOT to do. If you'd like to register to attend these sessions, please visit: https://www.wdmlibrary.org/events/upcoming?keywords=job%20smarts
15:23
March 07, 2022
Episode 17: Author Conversation: Aaron Putze (February 22, 2022)
In today’s episode, we sat down with local author Aaron Putze. Aaron has authored two books—Destined for Greatness: The Story of Chuck Long & Resurgence of Iowa Hawkeyes’ Football, and YOU Are Destined for Greatness: Stories of Inspiration and Empowerment. We are delighted to have Aaron as a presenting speaker for a Friends Foundation author event this evening, February 22. 
23:59
February 22, 2022
Episode 16: Keeping Our Library Tech-Savvy (February 7, 2022)
In today’s episode, we sat down with Louise Alcorn, the library’s Technology Coordinator. Louise shared what excites her most about library technology and highlights some hidden gems that we have available FOR FREE to patrons that they might not be aware of. All of the databases mentioned by Louise can be found by visiting: https://www.wdmlibrary.org/digital-library
30:35
February 07, 2022
Episode 15: The Power of Intellectual Freedom in Public Libraries (January 24, 2022)
In today’s episode, we sat down with the Director of the West Des Moines Public Library, Darryl Eschete. As we spoke, Darryl shared about his responsibility to promote intellectual freedom within his public institution and the negative effects of censorship. Read Darryl's article about Forrest Spaulding published on the The Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association's blog here: https://www.oif.ala.org/oif/forrest-spaulding-drafter-of-the-original-library-bill-of-rights/
31:09
January 24, 2022
Episode 14: Becoming a Friend of the Library (January 10, 2022)
In today’s episode, we sat down with Jean Fajen, President of the West Des Moines Library Friends Foundation Board. Jean talked with us about her tenure as Board President, the impact that the Friends have on the library, and how patrons can become Friends of the library. Become a Friend by visiting wdmlibrary.org/friends.
19:40
January 10, 2022
Episode 13: Library Programs (for Adults!) (December 13, 2021)
In today’s episode, we sat down with Jen Ohzourk, the Head of Adult Services here at the library. She shared how she and her team come up with fun events for adult patrons and gave us a little sneak peek into what we can look forward to in 2022. See our full and updated event calendar here: www.wdmlibrary.org/events
16:18
December 13, 2021
Episode 12: In Conversation with NYT Bestselling Author Tracey Garvis Graves (November 29, 2021)
In today’s episode, we sat down with New York Times Bestselling Author Tracey Garvis Graves! Tracey recently celebrated the ten-year anniversary of her breakout hit debut novel, On The Island, and her latest book, Heard It in a Love Song, released from St. Martin’s press on November 9. 
22:17
November 29, 2021
Episode 11: The Care and Keeping of Library Materials (and YOU!) (November 15, 2021)
In today’s episode, we sat down with our Head of Collection Services, Ann Renken, to learn more about the care and upkeep of library materials. We also sat down with Meetu Sharma, one of our Circulation Clerks who is also Yoga Alliance Certified, about the care and upkeep of YOU. She focused on some simple mindfulness and yoga techniques that we can all use in our every day lives. Meetu will be hosting a Beginners Yoga and Mindfulness four-week program starting on Saturday, November 27th. 
30:13
November 15, 2021
Episode 10: Tech Help with Teens (November 1, 2021)
In today’s episode, we sat down with a handful of people to highlight a new program being offered here at the library: Tech Help with Teens - a program designed to pair trained teen technicians with library patrons who have specific questions about technology. This program was created by its supervisor, Jodi Tschudin, and is sponsored by the City of West Des Moines, Youth Justice Initiative, United Way, Microsoft and Google Fiber. I was able to chat with Jodi, five of the teens who are currently participating in the program, and Jennifer Hahn, the Director of Youth Justice Initiative. 
21:05
November 01, 2021
Episode 9: Dear Librarian: Chatting with Author Lydia M. Sigwarth (October 18, 2021)
In today’s episode, we sat down with award-winning picture book author Lydia M. Sigwarth. Lydia’s book, Dear Librarian, offers a moving true story about a child experiencing homelessness who finds a safe haven in her local library.  We are so honored that Lydia will be joining us here at the West Des Moines Public Library on Monday, October 25 for a storytime and book signing! She will be here from 10:30 – 11:30 AM that morning.
25:43
October 18, 2021
Episode 8: A Conversation with Author Jay Kasperbauer (October 4, 2021)
This week on In This Day and Page, we are talking with author Jay Kasperbauer who spoke at a recent WDM Library Friends Foundation event. His debut novel, Perlie, follows Perlie, a scrutinized convict struggling with identity and reestablishment after a brief prison sentence. 
21:19
October 04, 2021
Episode 7: Increasing Accessibility for Neurodivergent Patrons and Staff (September 20, 2021)
This week on In This Day and Page, we are talking with Kate Thompson, Adult Services Assistant, about her research around library programming for Autistic children and teens. Additionally, she will present at the Iowa Library Association conference on how to increase accessibility in the library for Neurodivergent adults. 
16:19
September 20, 2021
Episode 6: New Kids Graphic Novel Club Read (September 7, 2021)
This week on In This Day and Page, we are talking with Nate Huber, Youth Services Assistant at the West Des Moines Public Library, about the library's new Kids Graphic Novel Club Read that he will be starting. The first club meeting will be on September 23 from 4:15 - 5:00 PM and the group will be reading New Kid by Jerry Craft. 
13:54
September 07, 2021
Episode 5: Meet Your New Host! (August 23, 2021)
This week on In This Day and Page, we are talking with the new podcast host, Maggie Martin who is the Information Coordinator at the West Des Moines Public Library about her vision for the podcast moving forward. She'll also chat about her two published Young Adult novels and the writing process! 
20:39
August 23, 2021
Episode 4: Outreach and Homebound Delivery (August 9, 2021)
This week on In This Day and Page, we are talking with Betsy Richter (Homebound and Outreach Assistant at the West Des Moines Public Library) about the library's outreach and homebound delivery program.
26:42
August 09, 2021
Episode 3: Bonus Logs and Summer Reading Finale (July 26, 2021)
This week on In This Day and Page, we are talking with Amy Seufert (Youth Services Assistant at the West Des Moines Public Library) about the summer reading program bonus logs and the summer reading program finale event. After this week, In This Day and Page will switch to an every-other-week schedule.
25:56
July 26, 2021
Episode 2: Adult Club Read (July 19, 2021)
This week on In This Day and Page, we are talking with Alana Hetland and Amy Scherer about the West Des Moines Public Library's Adult Club Read, touching on subjects such as the book selection process, what a typical meeting looks like, and increased accessibility in the time of Covid.
28:23
July 19, 2021
Episode 1: Summer Reading Program (July 12, 2021)
Welcome to In This Day and Page! For our kickoff episode, we are speaking with Jenna Ehler (West Des Moines Public Library's Head of Youth Services) and local teen Cece to talk about all things books, the West Des Moines Public Library, and the Summer Reading Program.
28:05
July 12, 2021