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BFL Podcast

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Brooks Free Library is located in the heart of Harwich, Massachusetts. Join hosts Jamie and Emily on Seasons 1 and 2 as we talk about anything and everything related to Brooks, books, and librarianship. On Season 3, join Assistant Director Emily M on our Know Your Town Series. Each department was in… read more

54 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

Local Olympian Joan Rosazza

August 6th, 2021


Meet Joan Rosazza, local Olympian and subject of the new book One Woman's Olympic Journey by Bill Ryan. Joan and Assistant Library Director Emily discuss how Joan overcame the lack of opportunity for girls to …

Know Your Town: Channel 18

April 1st, 2021


Channel 18 Station Manager Jamie Goodwin joins me to discuss the pivot to virtual public meetings during the pandemic, as well as the Cable Fund …

Know Your Town: Community Center

April 1st, 2021


In the final episode of the Know Your Town Series, I was joined by Community Center Director Carolyn Carey who provided information on the Community …

Know Your Town- Youth & Family Services

March 30th, 2021


This segment features Harwich Youth Services Director Sheila House who discusses counseling services and resources for the youth and families of Harwich. 


Town of Harwich Website-

Know Your Town : Conservation

March 27th, 2021


This segment features Conservation Administrator Amy Usowski. Amy provided lots of great info on the role the Conservation Department and the …

Know Your Town: Cemetery

March 27th, 2021


This segment features Cemetery Administrator Robbin Kelley who discussed the impacts the July 2020 tornado and the Covid-19 pandemic had on the …

Know Your Town: Brooks Free Library

March 25th, 2021


This segment features a special guest host! Brooks Free Library Staff Librarian Jamie Thornton interviews Assistant Library Director Emily Milan. 


Town of Harwich Website-

Brooks …

Know Your Town: Police

March 23rd, 2021


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Know Your Town: Water

March 18th, 2021


Water/Wastewater Superintendent Dan Pelletier discusses the impacts of the pandemic on departmental operations as well as the Enterprise Fund and other financial matters. We wrap up with info on how community members …

Know Your Town: Fire

March 18th, 2021


This episode of the Know Your Town series features Fire Chief Dave Leblanc who joined me to discuss the services and programs provided by Harwich Fire and how Covid impacted operations over the course of the past year. …

Know Your Town: Finance Department

March 16th, 2021



Finance Director- Carol Coppolla

Town Treasurer/Collector Amy Bullock

Assessing Director Donna Molino


Town of Harwich Website-

Know Your Town: Town Administration

March 16th, 2021


This segment features Town Administrator Joe Powers and Assistant Town Administrator Meggan Eldredge who joined the podcast to discuss the role of …

Know Your Town Series Trailer

March 9th, 2021


Here’s a sneak peek at the new Know Your Town Series!

Back to School 2020

September 18th, 2020


This year back to school looks a little (read: a lot) different than previous years. This whole pandemic thing has created some confusion and chaos …

Grab & Go, Holds, & You

September 16th, 2020


Announcing the next phase: Grab & Go! For details, visit our website at and look for “How does Grab and Go work?” under Library News.

hello it’s me

June 3rd, 2020


Jamie and Emily cover curbside pick up, book lists for titles from black authors, and where to find Pride titles!

To borrow titles from …

Knit Lit

May 21st, 2020


Carla Burke joins the podcast today for a special episode about Knit Lit!

travel sized

May 13th, 2020


An update from us on the status of things at the library, plus some ideas for different activities to try!

we forgot it again

April 29th, 2020


Some humor and a quick update about the library! Stay safe all.

we forgot the intro

April 23rd, 2020


Hello and welcome back! Jamie and Emily are talking about some of the virtual programming we’ve got going on right now. Stay safe all!

the books fell in the sea

April 15th, 2020


Jamie and Emily talk about what librarians do when they’re working from home, and debate the best way to treat a book.

the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

April 8th, 2020


Jamie and Emily talk about Ancestry, and how you can get access from home with a BPL e-card!

An update and some programs

April 1st, 2020


Jamie and Emily give a quick update on the state of things at the library and some online programs!

Librarian pets and working from home

March 25th, 2020


This one came off the cuff! Jamie and Emily talk about their pets, a.k.a. their co-workers as they work from home, and other self-care activities they've been doing.  Which is to say they talk about video games-- how …

And that’s CRAAP

March 18th, 2020


Jamie and Emily take you through the CRAAP test— a librarian tool for evaluating the information you consume. Applicable to any info from any source. …

Quick let's record

February 6th, 2020


We're back! This week is a quick update of some of the things coming your way and random French Bulldog noises!

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Happy 2020

January 15th, 2020


Hooray it's Season 2! To kickoff the new year, Jamie & Emily are going through the lists for top 100 books and movies in CLAMS for 2019. 

Things …


December 18th, 2019


This week Jamie and Emily are bringing you stories about all the wacky and bizarre things found in books and book drops.

We love ebooks (Part 2)

December 11th, 2019


Librarians shouting. No, we’re kidding. Well, sort of. Jamie and Emily talk about the #ebooksforall campaign and how it effects both libraries and patrons. For more information about the campaign visit

We love ebooks (Part 1)

November 20th, 2019


Part one of our discussion on ebooks! This episode Jamie and Emily talk a little bit about what ebooks are, how you can get them, and how the library …

Smallpox on Cape Cod

October 30th, 2019


We're wrapping up our October special with a brief history of Smallpox on Cape Cod. Jamie and Emily cover the epidemics that swept through Chatham and Provincetown in the 1800s, and where to find their smallpox …


October 23rd, 2019


Ever heard of the Orleans Inn? What about the Gloucester Sea Serpent? No? Well get ready, because on this week's episode Jamie & Emily are covering Cape Cod hauntings and New England cryptids!

Here's what we're …

It came from the stacks!

October 16th, 2019


Join Jamie, Emily, and guest host Ann on this week's special episode! Ann is here to talk about J and YA horror. Get ready to add a whole slew of new …

Who You Gonna Call

October 9th, 2019


This week on episode 2 of our Spooktober special Jamie and Emily talk about paranormal programming at the library. We had some interesting encounters last year, and are looking forward to hosting a new investigation …

Our House in the Middle of the Steet

October 2nd, 2019


Jamie and Emily are kicking off the BFL Podcast October Special with a brief history of the library's founding family and the building itself. We're also touching on some ghostly encounters in the stacks shared by other …

there was a lot

September 18th, 2019


Jamie and Emily go all over the place in this episode, from childhood scary stories to climate prep week events!

Things in this episode:

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze 

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin …


September 4th, 2019


On this episode of the BFL Podcast, Jamie and Emily discuss the Confidential Corner, book donations, and some upcoming plans!

Things in this episode:

The Penumbra Podcast by Sophie Kaner & Kevin Vibert

Those take up a ton of time

August 21st, 2019


Jamie and Emily rec some podcasts and do a quick summer wrap up as we get ready to slide into September..



Things in this episode: 

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

The Penumbra Podcast by …

the hustle is real

August 7th, 2019


Jamie and Emily catch up after the Cape Cod tornado, and cover some books & graphic novels.



Books in this episode: 

Booked : a traveler's guide to literary locations around the world by Richard Kreitner 

They …

Oh I've seen that one

July 17th, 2019


Emily and Jamie ramble about books, Boston, and Things. 



Books in this episode: 

Booked : a traveler's guide to literary locations around the world by Richard Kreitner 

The bucket list : places to find peace & …


July 3rd, 2019


Flying by the seat of their pants, Jamie and Emily discuss video games available through the library.

Formative Books

June 26th, 2019


Join Jamie and Emily for a casual chat about the books that shaped them and some more summer tips!

You go too fast for me

June 5th, 2019


Jamie and Emily cover Good Omens, books, and some summer tips!

One Book at a Time

May 15th, 2019


Jamie and Emily talk about some books they’ve read and movies they’ve seen!


May 1st, 2019


General library news and millennial colloquialisms.

It Sparks Joy

April 17th, 2019


Jamie & Emily dip their toes into fandom!


April 3rd, 2019


Jamie & Emily take a look at a fun non-fiction title: Speaking American by Josh Katz.

I said that so weird

March 20th, 2019


Express books, Booker adventures, and more!

Finding Joy in Livi-smit

March 6th, 2019


Top holds and new things happening at Brooks. Including Fine Amnesty and Museum Passes.

Are we recording?

February 13th, 2019


Welcome to the first episode of the BFL podcast! Join hosts Jamie and Emily as we discuss our hopes for the show.

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