Borrowed

11 EpisodesProduced by Brooklyn Public Library

Brooklyn has so many stories to tell, and a lot of them start at the library. Every other week, “Borrowed” brings you stories that start here and take you somewhere new. We're talking to people starting businesses, finding their roots, playing Dungeons & Dragons, creating community—and of course, bo… read more

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Ep 10: New Americans

July 16th, 2019

21:12

Immigration is a pressing topic in our political landscape right now, with concerns about ICE raids and immigration bans. In this episode, we listen …

Ep 9: A Writer Grows in Brooklyn

July 2nd, 2019

31:59

There’s something about Brooklyn that makes you want to write. “Everything is alive here,” says poet Mahogany L. Browne. And thank goodness we have writers to capture that. In this episode, we share an interview with …

Ep 8: Teens Take Over

June 18th, 2019

22:11

Kairi Hollon tried to go to the library when he was a teenager in Brooklyn in the 1980s, but he kept getting kicked out. Years later, he came back to …

Ep 7: Work in Progress

June 4th, 2019

23:05

From “the most expensive pigeon roost in the world” to one of the world’s most unique libraries, Brooklyn’s Central Library has many stories to tell. We’ll dive into the history of Central Library, and bring you stories …

Ep 6: For Kids' Sake

May 21st, 2019

19:40

It turns out that libraries weren’t always so friendly toward children. That started to change around the turn of the 20th century, thanks to a librarian who is pretty much unknown today. We're taking a field trip to a …

Ep 5: Weathering the Storm

May 7th, 2019

22:18

Sometimes, in the wake of natural disasters, the library becomes an information center, a shelter and a community space. We travel to Coney Island, Red Hook, and Puerto Rico to learn about how neighbors come together …

Ep 4: Across the Reference Desk

April 23rd, 2019

20:03

Online search engines are basically universal, so questions at the library reference desk are changing. We follow the story of one question, “I want …

Ep 3: Something to Offend Everyone

April 9th, 2019

22:23

“A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.” So goes the quote from librarian Jo Godwin. From Dr. Seuss to kosher books to …

Ep 2: Oil Spills and Moldy Paper

March 26th, 2019

24:50

Preserving history is about more than battling mold and disintegration. We took a trip to Greenpoint, Brooklyn to learn about how an environmental …

Ep 1: Books Are Not Dead

March 12th, 2019

21:38

Books on conveyor belts, book vacuums and books in the mail. This episode of “Borrowed” will take you behind the scenes to see how books travel around the boroughs, from Long Island City to Bensonhurst to your bedside …

Introducing 'Borrowed'

February 21st, 2019

1:58

Brooklyn has so many stories to tell, and a lot of them start at the library. Every other week, “Borrowed” brings you stories that start here and take you somewhere new. Brought to you by Brooklyn Public Library. Our …

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