Connections: A Podcast of the James L. Hamner Public Library
Connections: A Podcast of the James L. Hamner Public Library
If you want book reviews, don’t listen here. The mission of the James L. Hamner Public Library is to facilitate connections that provide free learning opportunities. That means almost anything is relevant to the library. In Connections, library …
Are You Sure I Can Have That?
Nov 20 • 24 min
Jill and Josh discuss the ethics and philosophy behind helping people find things to read.
Why Did You Pick That One?
Nov 13 • 33 min
Josh asks Jill, “How do we decide which items to buy for the library?”
I Wrote a Novel!
Nov 6 • 28 min
Jill describes NaNoWriMo to Josh.
Grandma Salad: Author Reading
Oct 30 • 21 min
Virginia author Grandma Salad reads her book “How the Mockingbird Found His Tune.”
October is for Drawing
Oct 23 • 19 min
Josh explains Inktober to Jill.
I’m Intelligent, But Reading is Hard
Oct 16 • 49 min
Rebecca Warner talks with Jill about dyslexia.
What Do I Want to Give You?
Oct 9 • 35 min
Jill and Josh talk about services they wish they could offer library users.
This Isn’t What I Expected
Oct 2 • 19 min
Josh talks about how his job compares to what he thought it would be.
Which World Am I In?
Sep 25 • 23 min
Josh and Jill talk about games, virtual reality, and holodecks.
Let’s Go to Therapy
Sep 18 • 40 min
Mark Loewen, LPC talks with Jill about therapy and counseling.
Let’s Talk Movies
Sep 11 • 21 min
Josh and Jill talk about movies and TV as a storytelling mechanism.
What’s That Life Like?
Sep 4 • 19 min
Jill and Josh talk about books that made them wonder about different ways of living.
Music for Life
Aug 28 • 20 min
Josh and Jill discuss the question, “Is music a life skill or a nice-to-have?”
What Did That Boring Old Book Ever Do For You?
Aug 21 • 26 min
Josh asks Jill what required reading book had an unexpected impact on her life.
What Do You Do All Day?
Aug 14 • 47 min
Library director Jay Stephens talks with Jill about what a typical work day is like.
The Person is Not the Crime
Aug 7 • 44 min
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Bateman talks to Jill about being a prosecutor for Virginia.
What is Success?
Jul 31 • 21 min
Jill and Josh try to answer the questions, “What is success?”
Drawing is Easier than Swimming
Jul 24 • 26 min
Josh tells Jill that everyone can draw and then gives ideas on how to learn the skill.
Be Online and Dress Appropriately: Groovy Nate Part 2
Jul 17 • 36 min
Children’s entertainer Groovy Nate talks Jill about actions entertainers can take to get hired by libraries.
It’s All About the Relationships: Groovy Nate Part 1
Jul 10 • 24 min
Children’s entertainer Groovy Nate talks with Jill about becoming an entertainer at libraries.
We Want You to Inhale
Jul 3 • 65 min
Retired respiratory therapist Roger Hames describes his experiences in this medical profession.
Sewing is Consolation
Jun 26 • 29 min
Author Barbara Emodi talks with Jill about writing a sewing book.
Jun 19 • 22 min
Jill and Josh tell about a time they learned things from an unrelated experience.
A Talk with Author Erin Teagan
Jun 12 • 29 min
Virginia author Erin Teagan talks with Jill about science and writing.
A Talk with Author Veronica Bartles
Jun 5 • 38 min
Maryland author Veronica Bartles talks with Jill about the importance of failure.
The Wanderings of Director-Chat
May 29 • 35 min
Library director Ryan Higginbotham chats with Jill.
The Cause of My Change Is Not What You Think
May 22 • 18 min
Jill and Josh tell stories about how their lives changed because of the library.
It’s a Date!
May 15 • 13 min
Jill and Josh think of ideas for dates at the library.
Pickles and Motorcycles: Stories from Wyoming
May 8 • 27 min
Josh tells stories about Yellowstone and Jill tells a camping story.
Is It the Future Yet?
May 1 • 26 min
Jill and Josh plan a futuristic library.
The Book Hunter is Coming
Apr 24 • 34 min
Josh and Jill play The Tearable RPG.
Good People Read
Apr 17 • 32 min
Jill and reading educator Amy Alvut talk about the benefits of reading, touching on the idea of reading as a virtue.
In Which I Hire a Mercenary
Apr 10 • 27 min
Josh explains role-playing games to Jill.
It Had Purple Tentacles
Apr 3 • 22 min
Jill and Josh demonstrate two readers’ advisory interactions.
Show Them Options
Mar 27 • 44 min
Thomas Woodson, 4-H Extension Agent, talks about youth development.
What Do I Like to Read?
Mar 20 • 22 min
Jill and Josh explore what readers’ advisory is.
I Like Them Short
Mar 13 • 24 min
Josh describes his reading journey from forced reader to graphic novels to mythology.
I’m Here to Talk
Mar 6 • 28 min
Josh talks about his perception of the library as a teenager compared to now as an employee.
Feb 27 • 33 min
Josh Baker gives Jill an introduction to the art of animation.
A Conversation with a Muslim
Feb 20 • 38 min
Patricia Kalimah Carter talks with Jill about her Muslim faith.
A Conversation with a Baptist
Feb 13 • 60 min
Terry Maples talks with Jill about what his branch of Baptists believe.
Music to See: No Education Needed
Feb 6 • 35 min
Jill talks with composer Victor Haskins about his music.
Can’t Sing? No Problem!
Jan 30 • 59 min
Jill talks with Joan Maples about being a music teacher and student.
Emergency! I Need a Taxi!
Jan 23 • 36 min
Jill talks with Karen Giles about working in emergency medical services.
Let’s Move a Tower!
Jan 16 • 31 min
Jill talks with Tommy Gleason about moving huge, heavy structures.
Are You Hirable?
Jan 9 • 33 min
Jill talks about the job candidate review process at the library.
A Conversation with an Episcopalian
Jan 2 • 59 min
Jill and the Reverend Doctor Bruce A. Gray talk about what Episcopalians believe.
Dec 26, 2018 • 41 min
Jill and Matt remember childhood Christmases.
A Conversation with a Presbyterian
Dec 19, 2018 • 78 min
Jill talks with Presbyterian Reverend Jeremy Cannada about what Presbyterians believe.
A Conversation with a Methodist
Dec 12, 2018 • 51 min
Jill talks with Methodist pastor Callie Walker about what Methodists believe.
Read Local Authors Karin Anderson and Kathryn Erskine
Dec 5, 2018 • 25 min
Virginia photographer Karin Anderson and author Kathryn Erskine talk about their Read Local books.
You Know Me By My Books
Nov 28, 2018 • 32 min
Jill and Matt talk about books that represent who they are.
Nov 21, 2018 • 33 min
Jill and Matt consider how the library is different from other community organizations.
We’ve Got Values
Nov 14, 2018 • 26 min
Jill and Matt talk about the values that inform the library’s five-year plan.
We’re on a Mission
Nov 7, 2018 • 20 min
Jill and Matt think about ways the mission statement is relevant to the library.
I Didn’t Expect It to Be So Much Fun
Oct 31, 2018 • 43 min
Angela talks about her experience at her first library conference and how it compared to manga and gaming conventions.
I Remember When… And Now I’m Officially Old
Oct 24, 2018 • 42 min
Jill and Matt start with their first memories of a public library and end with hair trends.
You’re So Inspiring! And Now I’m a Fanboy.
Oct 17, 2018 • 28 min
Matt talks about his experience at his first library conference.
How’s the Pasta?
Oct 10, 2018 • 33 min
Jill and Angela talk about pasta.
Beliefs, Preferences, Culture, and Professionalism
Oct 3, 2018 • 31 min
Inspired by the seventh statement of the ALA Code of Ethics, Jill and Matt explore how personal convictions interact with professional behavior.
May I Dance?
Sep 26, 2018 • 39 min
Jill and Matt talk about their experience in performing arts schools.
Please, I’m Human
Sep 19, 2018 • 29 min
Jill and Matt discuss what makes an equitable, enjoyable workplace.
You Provide, But They Don’t Come
Sep 12, 2018 • 28 min
Jill and Matt talk about programming at the library.
But I Made It!
Sep 5, 2018 • 30 min
Jill and Matt discuss privacy and intellectual property, using the ALA Code of Ethics as a starting point.
Grey Cloaks, Pirates, and Inspiring Women
Aug 29, 2018 • 34 min
Jill and Matt talk about books that have made a positive impact on their lives.
How Do I Decide If I Have No Choice?
Aug 22, 2018 • 32 min
Jill and Matt discuss intellectual freedom, inspired by the ALA Code of Ethics.
Aug 15, 2018 • 24 min
Jill talks about trying six new lunch recipes in one week, all from a food type she does not enjoy eating.
Are You Ready? This Could Be Awkward.
Aug 8, 2018 • 29 min
Jill and Matt explore the first statement of the ALA Code of Ethics.
Long Live the Library!
Aug 1, 2018 • 31 min
Matt gets fired up when someone suggests cutting funding to public libraries.
I Need a Hug
Jul 25, 2018 • 32 min
Matt and Jill discuss how the library is a place of human connection.
But I Don’t Care About Privacy!
Jul 18, 2018 • 28 min
Jill and Matt talk about why confidentiality is important to library workers.
It’s Not You, It’s My Job
Jul 11, 2018 • 29 min
Jill and Matt talk about their experiences with unwanted “romantic” attention.
It’s Changing Me!
Jul 4, 2018 • 30 min
Matt talks about how his job is different than he anticipated.
Manga: Simple, Yet Complex
Jun 27, 2018 • 24 min
Angela and Jill discuss Angela’s work studying manga as a reflection of culture.
Give Us Back Our Stuff! The Truth about the Library’s Naughty or Nice List.
Jun 20, 2018 • 25 min
Jill and Matt discuss the difference between overdue fines and lost fees, then talk about the library’s Naughty or Nice list.
Why Does that Chair Keep Moving?
Jun 13, 2018 • 19 min
Jill tries to explain to Matt why she keeps moving the library furniture.
Library Workers Can Save Your Hair
Jun 6, 2018 • 18 min
Matt and Jill discuss coloring hair and how this conversation connects to library services.
Easy Access? We Try.
May 30, 2018 • 21 min
Jill and Matt explain why you should get a public library account.
Won’t a Library Podcast be Boring?
May 29, 2018 • 6 min
A library podcast sounds boring, but Jill and Matt think they can be entertaining.
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